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Providence article at wikipedia

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I'd love to see all you PVDers enhance the wikiP article.  It could especially use 2 or 3 good pictures.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Providence%2C_Rhode_Island

And speaking of wikiP, look at this article:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BosWash

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That's the first time i've seen ALL 8 Providence TV channels listed!

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I'd love to see all you PVDers enhance the wikiP article.  It could especially use 2 or 3 good pictures.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Providence%2C_Rhode_Island

And speaking of wikiP, look at this article:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BosWash

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Click on http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BosWash and then select Providence from the listing of ciites and look what you see at the beginning text!!

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I'd love to see all you PVDers enhance the wikiP article.  It could especially use 2 or 3 good pictures.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Providence%2C_Rhode_Island

And speaking of wikiP, look at this article:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BosWash

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Good overall. I'm guessing you are the author?

But I think the article in the history section doesn't give enough attention to Providence's maritime and industrial history.

The city was a major port especially following the capture of Newport by the British in the Revolution. Families like the Browns built huge fortunes in shipping and even slavetrading

In the 19th century and into the 20th, Providence was a major industrial center.

The city was the longtime capital of the costume jewelry industry with firms based here such as Speidel and Coro as well as innumerable small shops.

It was also a leading center of textile manufacturing particularly woolens. Providence based firms such as the Lonsdale Co. and Knight Bros. (purveyors of the Fruit of the Loom brand) established large textile operations in the adjacent Blackstone and Pawtuxet river valleys.

The city itslef also had the "Five Wonders" of Providence: Corliss Steam Engine (largest steam engine manufacturer. The Corliss Steam Engine, BTW, seen on a mural on the side of the Strand downtown was a major Victorian invention and powered the 1876 Philadelphia Centennial.) The other "Wonders" were Nicholson File (largest file manufacturer), Brown and Sharpe (largest machine tool manufacturer), American Screw (largest screw maker) and Gorham (largest silverware producer).

The industrial history of Providence is what gave the city its ethic diversity: Irish, Italians, Portuguese, Cape Verdeans, Jews, African Americans, Armenians, and more recently Southeast Asians and Latinos came to live here along with the original Yankees. You could also touch on some of the great ethnic neighborhoods in Providence such as Federal Hill (Italian) or Fox Point (Portuguese).

Another important aspect of Providence that I think should receive more attention is that it is home to Brown and RISD. Some facts about these institutions whose histories are inseparable from that of the city's arein order.

Also more on the current scene such as the remarkable creation of Waterplace park, Capital Center, and the revitalization of the city in general (it's not called the Renaissance City for nothing) would greatly enhance the article.

As for "Beehive of Industry" they may have called it that 100 years ago so that might go in the history section.

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The industrial history of Providence is what gave the city its ethic diversity: Irish, Italians, Portuguese, Cape Verdeans, Jews, African Americans, Armenians, and more recently Southeast Asians and Latinos came to live here along with the original Yankees. You could also touch on some of the great ethnic neighborhoods in Providence such as Federal Hill (Italian) or Fox Point (Portuguese).

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Also more on the current scene such as the remarkable creation of Waterplace park, Capital Center, and the revitalization of the city in general (it's not called the Renaissance City for nothing) would greatly enhance the article.

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I agree that there should be a lot more under the "culture" section- the different ethnic communities , as well as the culture and arts scenes. The history of the city is fascinating, but the ethnic mix and really vibrant arts community here is what makes Providence a unique place today, if you ask me. Of course, I don't want to write it, but I wish someone else would.

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