Welcome to Providence
Once destined to become an industrial relic, Providence's fate was spared when Buddy Cianci, its then controversial two-time mayor, rolled out a plan to revitalize the downtown core by rerouting subterranean rivers, reclaiming land and restoring historic facades. It created a city where history's treasures are integrated into a creative present, not simply memorialized; three centuries of architectural styles are unified in colorful urban streetscapes that are at once bold, beautiful and cooler than cool.
Providence's large student population helps keep the city's social and arts scenes cutting edge. Play it cool.