A Day in Providence, Rhode Island

In the midst of New York’s swelter, I hopped on a bus to Rhode Island to spend a day in the home town of one of RISD, one of the most interesting design schools today, and to saunter around Providences’s diverse and peculiar neighborhoods

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All local buses are equipped to carry bikes — I wonder if they obstruct driver’s view.
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“Not a public way” is one of a few common local signs that confuse more than explain.
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Cellar Stories is the largest shop for used books in Rhode Island.
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Cellar Stories is heavy on hobby literature — fishing, golfing, aviation.
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The Promenade, an apartment complex built in a converted factory. Studios start at $1,500 a month.
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Benches made of perforated metal.
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AS220 is a powerful local arts organizations, a gallery and a workshop space for local artists and designers.
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The Dean hotel (122 Fountain St) offers tasteful and exquisite lodging — with a coffee shop in the lobby.
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Bus stops are marked alphabetically — simple to identify and give directions.
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Harry’s Bar (121 N Main St.) serves one of the best selections of craft beers in town. I enjoyed a citrus IPA.

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