More than 50 LOCAL AND STATEWIDE GROUPS AND OFFICIALS support burying the power lines on the Providence/East Providence waterfront, as indicated by statements issued by, among others, the:   
>Governor, Lt. Governor, Attorney General, and Cong. Kennedy
>Presidents of Brown, RISD, and Johnson and Wales
>Providence and East Providence City Councils
>citizens associations from nine city neighborhoods, and many advocacy and professional groups

The Community Associations represent Fox Point, College Hill, Downtown, Cape Verdeans, the Jewelry District, West Broadway, the Southside, Summit, and South Main Street.

The Business a
nd Professional Associations include the Providence Tourism Council, Downtown Merchants Association, and American Institute of Architects, RI Chapter

The Statewide Advocacy Organizations include Save the Bay, the Sierra Club, Preserve Rhode Island, the RI Tree Council, and the Conservation Law Foundation

COMMON THEMES of the statements of support:
  • It’s now or never to bury power lines that have to be removed for the I-195 relocation.
  • This is an irrevocable decision: we will have to live with it for the next century.
  • Industrial-era transmission lines significantly detract from the waterfront, a regional landmark.
  • Burying the wires would finish the job begun by the river walks, which have powered the economic rebirth of the capital region.
  • The power lines could be buried at a marginal cost relative to the overall cost of relocating I-195, waterfront and downtown redevelopment, and the longterm economic benefits of burial.
  • It would be penny-wise and pound-foolish not to take advantage of this once-in-a-century chance to enhance the waterfront, a cornerstone of the capital region's economic future.


State Elected Officials:
Governor Donald Carcieri
Attorney General Patrick Lynch
Lt. Gov. Charles Fogarty
State House of Representatives:
Unanimous resolution
State Senate
Sen. Dan DaPonte, Sen. Rhoda Perry
RI State Planning Council:
John O'Brien, Secretary
RI Dept of Environmental Mgt:
Ron Gagnon, Chief, Office of Technical and Customer Assistance
US Congress:
Rep. Patrick Kennedy

City of Providence
Mayor David Cicilline
Providence City Council

Unanimous resolution
Providence City Plan Commission

Unanimous resolution
Providence Parks Department

Bob McMahon, Acting Supt.
India Pt. Master Plan Adv. Comm.

Sam Shamoon, fmr Plan. Dept. Dir.

City of East Providence
East Providence City Council
East Providence Planning Board
William Conley, Acting City Manager
Unanimous resolution
Michael Robinson, Acting Chair

Brown University
Johnson & Wales
RI School of Design

President Ruth Simmons
President John Bowen
President Roger Mandle

American Institute of Architects, RI Chapter
American Society of Landscape Architects, RI Chapter
Downtown Merchants Assn.
Jewelry District Assn.
Providence Tourism Council
South Main Street Improvement Assn.
Martha Werenfels, Past President

Charles Carberry, President

Josh Miller, President
Michael Hogue, President
George Donnelly, Exec. Director
Jim Hahn, President

Providence Journal
WBRU radio
Bob Whitcomb, Editorial Page Editor
Michael Hong, General Manager

Cape Verdean Subcommittee of RIHPHC
College Hill Neighborhood Assn.
Corliss Landing Condominium Assn.
Fox Point Boys and Girls Club
Fox Point Citizens Assn.
Friends of India Point Park
The original India Pt Park Committee
Summit Neighborhood Assn.
West Bwy Neighborhood Assoc.
Mercedes Monteiro, Chair
Thomas Goddard, President
Judi Braman, Secretary
Robert Britto, Executive Director
John Roney, President
David Riley, Co-Chair
Peggy Sharpe & Bob Schacht
Constance Chesebrough, Vice President
Kari Lang, Executive Director

Conservation Law Foundation
DOT Watch
Greenways Alliance of RI
Groundwork Providence
Preserve Rhode Island
Rhode Island Tree Council
Save the Bay
Sierra Club, RI Chapter

Jennifer Cole Steele, Advoc Coordinator
Bob Votava, Exec. Director
Richard Santopietro, Chair
Laura Archambault, Exec. Director
Janet Zwolinski, Exec. Director
Fred Stolle, Chairperson
Topher Hamblett, Director of Advocacy
Barry Schiller, Transportation Chair

Community Boating Center
Dunn Foundation (formerly Scenic RI)
Heritage Harbor Museum
Providence Maritime Heritage Fndn.
Vartan Gregorian School
Peter Gengler, President
Richard Youngken, Exec. Director
Mark Davis, Former CEO
Karen Pelczarski, former President
Anthony DeAngelis, Acting Principal

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