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Street Vendors (Coffee, Muffins, Snack, Bottled Beverages, Newspapers)

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What are people's views on a street cart consisting of gourmet coffees to go, fresh baked muffins, pre-packaged snacks, bottled beverages and a multi-newpaper stand in Downcity Providence?

Is this a good idea for Downcity Providence?

Where would people take advantage of it the most?

Do people have any other ideas of what they would like to buy at it?

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I would think that the only ideal place to do this downcity would be Kennedy Plaza during rush hour, or the financial district during lunch hour. And of course when there's an event @ either the convention center of the civic center, if that's allowed by law, of course.

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I would think that the only ideal place to do this downcity would be Kennedy Plaza during rush hour, or the financial district during lunch hour. And of course when there's an event @ either the convention center of the civic center, if that's allowed by law, of course.

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I was thinking that Kennedy Plaza would attract the wrong attention with the way it is right now.

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Downcity Market is still in the works, but isn't going to be put together as soon as we would have liked and definetly won't be opening by June 1st. This idea would be an "express" branch of the market, hence "DowncityMarket EXPRESS with the actual market to follow. Do you like it?

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sure. it would need to be markedly (no pun intended) from 7-11, however, since a little market with newstand and prepackaged muffins etc already exists downtown--twice.

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it is called 7-11 and there's one on the corner of Dorrance and K-Plaza, and one on the Corner of Weybosset and ...Um, Union? or Eddy?

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What are people's views on a street cart consisting of gourmet coffees to go, fresh baked muffins, pre-packaged snacks, bottled beverages and a multi-newpaper stand in Downcity Providence?

Is this a good idea for Downcity Providence?

Where would people take advantage of it the most?

Do people have any other ideas of what they would like to buy at it?

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Up until the early 80's there were plenty of news stands down city. You could drive up and ask for the paper of your choice; Prov, Boston, NYC and local cities were available. One was even in Olneyville. None of these had food available. The only news stand like that is in Pawtucket.

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I agree that it adds to an urban landscape, just like in the bigger cities you mention.

As someone already mentioned, catching the foot traffic during an event at the Civic Center would be a great idea. Same with providing late-night snacks for people leaving concerts, shows, or clubs. But it sounds like what you are proposing is more for the daytime crowds.

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Up until the early 80's there were plenty of news stands down city. You could drive up and ask for the paper of your choice; Prov, Boston, NYC and local cities were available. One was even in Olneyville. None of these had food available. The only news stand like that is in Pawtucket.

Mark

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Having moved here from NYC, I think that adding street carts anywhere downtown would be a great idea. Even at Kennedy Plaza, the way it is now. Really, the only way to "clean up" an area is bring is to bring desirable activity into it. For a city center, Kennedy Plaza's current uses are largely hidden away from the street. More street vendors means more (sorry Jane Jacobs!) "eyes on the street"...

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I've always thought that the (crumbling) concrete 'plaza' in fron of the train station would make a decent locations for a FEW cart vendors...

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