East Providence


In East Providence, a revitalization of its Riverside Square "Main Street" will create buy-in from community members through a comprehensive approach with specific outcomes and business investments. By utilizing existing recreational amenities, an historic carousel, and the most popular bike path in Rhode Island, this Working Cities Challenge initiative works toward providing an improved quality of life for residents and visitors.

Design Grant

Design Grant



Riverside will realize its vision of revitalizing its Riverside Square "Main Street" with an "Arts District-feel" consisting of work/live spaces, galleries, restaurants, small first floor retail, music venues, dynamic public spaces, complementing the existing recreational amenities of two waterfront parks, an historic Carousel and the most popular bike path in Rhode Island.


From 1990 to 2015, East Providence steadily lost 30 percent of persons ages 25 to 34, yet the Riverside area has the highest concentration of young, one-person households in the city. The Working Cities Challenge team in East Providence seeks to engage this disenfranchised community in a process of revitalization, resulting in them defining and internalizing a vision to work towards a comprehensive approach, specific outcomes, and business investments, all leading to an improved quality of life for its residents and visitors.