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The Fall Of The 1977 Phillies: How A Baseball Team's Collapse Sank A City's Spirit, Mitchell J. Nathanson Sep 2007

The Fall Of The 1977 Phillies: How A Baseball Team's Collapse Sank A City's Spirit, Mitchell J. Nathanson

Mitchell J Nathanson

Too often, the Philadelphia sports fan has been dismissed as a lout, a boorish dolt immune to reason, his vocabulary whittled down to a singular “boo.” This is particularly true when it comes to Phillies fans, who are more likely to turn on their team than any other in the city. Although the Eagles, Sixers and Flyers may hear it from the rafters when they’re not going well, only the Phils will hear it when they are. The strained relationship between the city and the Phillies, however, has deep historical and sociological roots; roots that directly correlate with the ...


For Providence, Another Era Of Greatness?, Chester Smolski Sep 2001

For Providence, Another Era Of Greatness?, Chester Smolski

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"Providence has come a long way from just 20 years ago when a visitor coming into the city by rail would find sprayed across the walls of the nearly empty Union Station such epithets as 'Providence is the pits' and 'Welcome to dead city.' And it was. I know because I lived there."


Early Observations On The 2000 Census, Chester Smolski Apr 2001

Early Observations On The 2000 Census, Chester Smolski

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"The 281.4 million residents of our country counted in 2000 exceeded census estimates of 274.5 by nearly seven million and 13.2 percent, was the largest numeric gain for a decade in the history of census taking, dating back to 1790 when the first one was taken. Swelled by immigrant numbers and holding a steady birth rate, this increase topped the previously highest increase of 28 million of the baby boom years of the 1950s."


A Scheme For Using Our Valuable Land Wisely, Chester Smolski Dec 2000

A Scheme For Using Our Valuable Land Wisely, Chester Smolski

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"In the American experience we assume that a house has windows on all four sides and sideyards to separate our house from that of our neighbor. it wasn't until I lived in England and discovered that this most common type of housing in our country was referred to as 'detached' housing in that country to differentiate it from the 'attached' housing in which they commonly live. In England the dream of a young couple is to attain a 'semi' i.e., a semidetached house, or what we call a duplex, while we in this richer country aspire to attain ...


Charting The Census Count On The Way To Our Woodsian Future, Chester Smolski Sep 2000

Charting The Census Count On The Way To Our Woodsian Future, Chester Smolski

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"Our country is a wonderful example of the world in miniature. because of our generous immigration policy which allows approximately one million persons to enter the country each year and to come from almost any country in the world, it is not necessary to go out in search of different people and cultures for almost all are to be found here. Whether one talks of the Hispanics and Native Americans of the Southwest, the AfroAmericans of the South, the Asians of Hawaii, the whites of the North or the more than 120 national groups found in the Elmhurst neighborhood of ...


Accurate Census Count Critical For Ri, Chester Smolski Mar 2000

Accurate Census Count Critical For Ri, Chester Smolski

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"In his recent speech to the General Assembly outlining his proposed budget for the next fiscal year starting on July 1, Governor Almond's proposal for a $2.3 billion state spending package will require an increase of $97.2 million over this year. meanwhile there will be a small decrease in the state income tax. Beyond increased spending and reduced state income taxes there is another variable that will affect the state budget, but that opportunity comes only this year."


Only In Ri: Housing Booms, Population Sags, Shifts, Chester Smolski Jan 1999

Only In Ri: Housing Booms, Population Sags, Shifts, Chester Smolski

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"House sales in the state are at an all-time high. Some towns have imposed housing impact fees and caps on building permits to slow population growth that exceeds 20 percent. Communities are trying to save open space because 26,000 acres of raw land has gone into new development over the last 20 years. And all of this taking place in one of only two states to have lost population in the last seven years!"


Time To Trade In Our Island Mentality For A World View, Chester Smolski Nov 1998

Time To Trade In Our Island Mentality For A World View, Chester Smolski

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"The 836 residents of New Shoreham (Block Island) don't leave that island very often because of the expense and inconvenience. And some say that there is no need to leave that 10 square miles of beauty because they have everything there, so they are happy to stay.

That type of mentality, of feeling isolated and different from other places, may also be true of the state which, coincidentally, has the name "island" in its name. The reluctance to leave or move across the minuscule box of orders that define this smallest of states means that we turn inward and ...


One Grim View Of Life For The Aged Is Disputed, Chester Smolski Sep 1998

One Grim View Of Life For The Aged Is Disputed, Chester Smolski

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""The way the United States treats their elderly is a total disgrace... they cant live on the amount of money from Social Security... It's even worse than the poverty level." Thus spoke a Cranston senior citizen when Vice President Gore was in town recently to discuss the future of Social Security."


Cultural Contribution Of The Capital City, Chester Smolski Jun 1997

Cultural Contribution Of The Capital City, Chester Smolski

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"I like Providence, but it was not always so. As a youngster, growing up between Boston and Providence, my friends and I very seldom ventured south into that city of corruption, clutter and crime; after all this was where the Mob was centered. Rightly or wrongly, that was the image that was conveyed."


Banner Trail Map Helps Find The Way, Chester Smolski Jun 1996

Banner Trail Map Helps Find The Way, Chester Smolski

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"It's exciting to see all the changes taking place in central Providence. Whether one considers the relocation of the railroad, rivers or proposed interstate highway, the Capital Center development, the arts and entertainment activities or the refurbishing of historic buildings and construction of new buildings, "Downcity" is the place with all of the action."


James Rouse--A Man For All Seasons, Chester Smolski Apr 1996

James Rouse--A Man For All Seasons, Chester Smolski

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"Donna Shalala, Secretary of Health and Human Services, said it best: he 'did more to revitalize American cities than anyone this century.' Recognition of this fact came last September when President Clinton awarded him our nation's highest civilian honor--the Presidential Medal of Freedom. James W. Rouse, died at the age of 81, just 17 short days before his 82nd birthday on April 26--a long life with long-lasting achievements by a humanist and an urbanist, a man often referred to as a 'real Christian' and an 'urban visionary.' Where does one begin?"


The Nemesis Of Population Decline, Chester Smolski Feb 1996

The Nemesis Of Population Decline, Chester Smolski

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"The recent announcement by the U.S. Census Bureau that Rhode Island was one of only two states (New York being the other) to lose population between July 1, 1994 and July 1, 1995 should come as no surprise. After all, according to Census estimates, we have been losing population for each of the past five years and now have 15,000 fewer residents than we had on July 1, 1990."


Hospitality And Tourism; The Hidden Industry, Chester Smolski May 1995

Hospitality And Tourism; The Hidden Industry, Chester Smolski

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"At the national level it generates $416 billion in sales and employs over 6 million people, and in Rhode Island it generates $1.4 billion in sales and employs 28,000 people. Now the second largest economic activity here and throughout the nation, this 'industry' is one that many do not recognize."


Urban Areas Offer Opportunities For Real Discoveries, Chester Smolski Apr 1995

Urban Areas Offer Opportunities For Real Discoveries, Chester Smolski

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"Many of us love, and long for, wide-open spaces, especially when coming from this crowded Northeastern part of the nation. And whenever time and money allow, we seek those quiet and serene spaces in order to get away from the rush and confusion of our own crowded landscape."


In R.I. Bad Driving Is A Way Of Life, Chester Smolski Jan 1995

In R.I. Bad Driving Is A Way Of Life, Chester Smolski

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"A transplanted Rhode Islander, now living in Portland, Oregon tells an amusing story about Rhode Island drivers. Having lived in Oregon's major city for two years and driving there every day, she became accustomed to the good driving habits of the residents of that city and its suburbs, containing a population about 50 percent greater than that of the Providence metropolitan area. She claims that in those two years of driving she was never once frightened by someone cutting into the traffic lane in which she was driving, until recently. And then it happened, the car to her left ...


Erasing Misconceptions About Immigration, Chester Smolski Oct 1994

Erasing Misconceptions About Immigration, Chester Smolski

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"Much has been written about our immigration policy because of the large numbers of Mexicans, Cubans and Haitians that have come, or attempted to come, to this country. Stemming the flow of immigrants is also one of the reasons for the actions of this country in Haiti."


The Portland Of The Pacific Beguiles, Chester Smolski Sep 1994

The Portland Of The Pacific Beguiles, Chester Smolski

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"When Amos Lovejoy of Boston and Francis Pettygrove of Portland sought to name the clearing in the Oregon forest called 'Stumptown' (because of the tree stumps remaining from frequent fires set by the Indians), each wanted to honor the New England city from which he came. By the toss of a coin, Pettygrove was the winner, and the Portland of the Northeast had its counterpart in the Portland of the Northwest."


Population Density Has Its Good Points, Chester Smolski Aug 1994

Population Density Has Its Good Points, Chester Smolski

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"Many of us love and long for the wide-open spaces, especially when coming from this crowded Northeastern part of the nation. Whenever time and money allow, we seek quiet and serene spaces to get away from the rush and confusion of our crowded landscape."


Which Is 2nd Safest? City Or Area?, Chester Smolski Apr 1994

Which Is 2nd Safest? City Or Area?, Chester Smolski

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"Buried in a recent two-column story in the national Parade Magazine section of the Sunday newspapers and obscured by the advertisements that took up most of the two pages, John Tepper Marlin's headlined story, 'The Safest Places To Live,' was designed to grab one's attention. And that it did, especially if your city ranked second in the nation."


Development Is Different For Cities, Chester Smolski Dec 1993

Development Is Different For Cities, Chester Smolski

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"It is one of the most powerful trade organizations in the country. The 13,000 members come from the legal, realty, building, financial, governmental, academic and development sectors, and many are CEOs and presidents of their companies and corporations. Most are or represent the decision-making leaders of their various constituencies, and they are the ones who make things happen in the land development of this country. So when the Urban Land Institute (ULI) meets to discuss the issues affecting this nation, one is well-advised to be there."


Why Not 'Soak' The Visitors?, Chester Smolski May 1993

Why Not 'Soak' The Visitors?, Chester Smolski

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"Providence Mayor Vincent Cianci has a financial problem, which is not uncommon these days for just about any mayor. Center cities are faced with a host of problems that require sizable expenditures to address. And with the downturn in an economy making a feeble effort to recover, available resources are in scarce supply."


Rhode Island Is Bigger Than Nauru, Chester Smolski Mar 1993

Rhode Island Is Bigger Than Nauru, Chester Smolski

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"It's not easy being the smallest kid on the block. Taunting and joking about ones small physical stature can do an awful job on one's ego and self-esteem. In a sense, the same is true if one is a resident of the smallest state."


Ethnic Mix Enriches Culture, Chester Smolski Feb 1993

Ethnic Mix Enriches Culture, Chester Smolski

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"Rhode Island is unique. It is the smallest state in the country, has a different religious majority, has one of the oldest populations and has one of the largest varieties of ethnic groups in the country."


Planning For People And Beauty, Chester Smolski Aug 1992

Planning For People And Beauty, Chester Smolski

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"Tourists who return from England frequently say the same thing: "What a beautiful country!" True enough, but it did not just happen. A naturally occurring rolling landscape and a climate to keep it green helped, to be sure. But strict government-imposed planning accounts for much of beauty [sic] of present-day England, too."


That Precious 'Ambience', Chester Smolski Feb 1992

That Precious 'Ambience', Chester Smolski

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"Colette Peters, former Rhode Island School of Design student, renowned cake baker and author of Colette's Cakes, was recently asked about her food memories of Providence. This current resident of New York said, 'Haven Brothers! We'd go to Haven Brothers for hot dogs when I was a student at RISD. It was what we could afford.'"


Redistricting Law And Minority Rights, Chester Smolski Oct 1991

Redistricting Law And Minority Rights, Chester Smolski

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"It has been referred to as "probably the most important civil rights law on the books," and the results of that legislation are most impressive. But more importantly, the Voting Rights Act promises to have an even greater influence in the coming decade."


The Benefits Of Regionalization, Chester Smolski Jul 1991

The Benefits Of Regionalization, Chester Smolski

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"Bristol County is unusual among Rhode Island's five counties. Not only is it contiguous with a county of the same name in an adjoining state, but it also consists of only three towns--Barrington, Warren and Bristol--and is one of the smallest of the 3,141 counties in this country."


Census Numbers Show R.I.'S Soul, Chester Smolski Jul 1991

Census Numbers Show R.I.'S Soul, Chester Smolski

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"More numbers have been released by the government from the 1990 census on population and housing. The results tell us something of the uniqueness of this smallest state.

It is useful to determine trends from the past and the present in order to plan for the future, a common method of analysis. But it is also helpful to realize that we are part of a region and a country, and much can be learned by making comparisons between ourselves and others for the same period of time."


Some Thoughts On Regionalization, Chester Smolski Jul 1991

Some Thoughts On Regionalization, Chester Smolski

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"New Englanders pride themselves on their self-reliance, their fortitude, their independance and, some would say, their obstinacy. Generally good qualities, but they come at a price: not cooperating with others around you. And this has been a tradition in this part of the country since its founding.

But now the 39 cities and towns are faced with severe cutbacks in funding from federal and state sources, and major questions are being raised by taxpayers who are expressing their anger by voting to reduce all types of programs, especially the biggest expense in most communities--the schools."