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Next Speaker: JENNIFER BRADLEY, Brookings Institution Fellow and Co-Author of The Metropolitan Revolution 

Join us in this second installment of the Not Always Easy: Building the New Urban Experience Speaker Series as part of PPS' 56th Annual Meeting

Thursday, January 23, 2014 | 5:30 pm
Brown University's Salomon Center for Teaching (click for map)
FREE and Open to the Public

jennifer bradleyJennifer Bradley This year's PPS Annual Meeting will be held on the evening of Thursday, January 23, featuring Jennifer Bradley of the Brookings Institution as the keynote speaker. Ms. Bradley is a fellow at the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program, and co-author of The Metropolitan Revolution, published in 2013. The lecture will be the second part in our Not Always Easy: Building the New Urban Experience series, stimulating a dialogue about the future of Providence by conversing with nationally recognized experts. Ms. Bradley's recent work focuses on the role of metropolitan areas in the country's economy, society, and politics. She will speak to the context of her book, co-written with Bruce Katz, on how cities and metros are fixing our broken politics and fragile economy.

Jennifer Bradley has vast knowledge of the urban economy and local governments. As a fellow at the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program, she examines the critical role of metropolitan areas in the country’s economy, society, and politics. She has worked extensively on the challenges and opportunities of older industrial cities and has co-authored major economic turnaround strategies for Ohio and Michigan. In addition, as a former attorney, Ms. Bradley co-authored Supreme Court amicus briefs in cases that affirmed the constitutional powers of local governments and secured greater environmental protections. She has written popular articles in such publications as Newsweek, The New Republic, The Atlantic Monthly, Huffington Post, Democracy, Next American City and American Prospect. Ms. Bradley is a graduate of the University of Texas; Oxford University, which she attended as a Rhodes Scholar; and the Georgetown University Law Center.

The Annual Meeting will also premiere our 2014 Ten Most Endangered Properties List (MEP) and Photo Exhibit, featuring the work of noted Rhode Island photographer Jesse Burke. For 20 years, PPS has been working with concerned neighbors, preservationists and activists to put together this annual list. Properties selected each represent an important aspect of the local community, yet face threats like deterioration, neglect, and demolition. The photographic exhibit is sponsored by Dr. Joseph A. Chazan. 

A book signing with Ms. Bradley and reception will follow her talk and feature the MEP Photo Exhibit. Interested attendees can find out more information at www.ppsri.org or call 401-831-7440.



Adrian Benepe at the Iconic and Historic Industrial Trust Building
November 14, 2013 | 5:30 – 8:00 pm | 111 Westminster Street, Providence RI | FREE

Adrian Benepe Kicking off the Providence Preservation Society’s yearlong series on downtown Providence and the making of great cities is Adrian Benepe, former New York City Parks Commissioner and now Senior Vice President and Director of City Park Development at the Trust for Public Land. He will lead us in discussing the benefit and potential for open space and public land.

Adrian Benepe has worked in the public and non-profit realm as a leader in park and public space conservation, design, construction and operation, in the areas of city planning, arts, culture, historic preservation, and landscape and urban design for his entire career. As Parks Commissioner of the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation under Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, he oversaw public-private partnerships that catalyzed the development of several signature city parks, including the High Line and Brooklyn Bridge Park. During his 12-year tenure, he created 730 new acres of parks and public space in NYC, and refurbished a number of existing ones. In 2012, Benepe became Senior Vice President and Director of City Park Development for The Trust for Public Land and oversees the urban work of over thirty offices whose projects include parks, playgrounds, gardens, trails and greenways across the United States. Benepe earned a B.A. in English Literature from Middlebury College and a Master’s Degree in Journalism from Columbia University, where he was awarded a Pulitzer Fellowship.

A Conversation with Adrian Benepe is a collaboration between the Providence Preservation Society and the Downtown Providence Parks Conservancy, an advocate for the redevelopment of Kennedy Plaza and the downtown Providence park system. The event will take place in the first floor bank hall of the Industrial Trust Building, Providence’s tallest skyscraper that sits across from Kennedy Plaza and Burnside Park at 111 Westminster Street. After Mr. Benepe’s talk, Cliff Wood, executive director of DPPC will join him on stage for a one-on-one dialogue and facilitate questions from the audience. 

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Downtown Providence is at a crossroads. The last 40 years has brought significant investment into this rich historic city: major infrastructure projects have literally shifted the city’s built environment along with restoration and revitalization of its buildings, and new construction has created energy and engagement in the downtown core.

The city has been bold—in moving train tracks, rivers and highways, rejuvenating historic properties and promoting new construction. Yet
challenges and questions remain in navigating the dynamic terrain on the way to becoming the next great American city.

Not Always Easy: Building the New Urban Experience will tackle these questions and stimulate an important dialogue to move our city forward. By looking at government’s role
in development, the importance of open space to economic development, and the necessity of a vibrant and diverse transit system to the health of a city, PPS will spark substantive and engaging conversations in this yearlong series.

Be part of the conversation. Join us

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