The report presents technical analysis, data and supplementary information developed in the preparation of the Providence auto restricted zone (ARZ) demonstration plan. Several existing urban design factors are critical to assess the potential for an ARZ in Providence: pedestrian environment; connections between downtown districts; quality of transit environment; historical quality and development potential; quality of economic environment; and management of public spaces. These issues are discussed in the text and the urban design proposals address these as problems that the ARZ should help resolve. The city built a shopping mall, which was intended to compete with the increasing number of suburban shopping centers and to reestablish the downtown as the activity center of the city. However, while pedestrian volumes still remain high, several stores on the mall have closed. This trend suggests that the downtown may need solutions other than just pedestrianization. Several plans and developments that relate to the ARZ study have been proposed or are being prepared. The city has advanced proposals to expand the mall along with a major rehabilitation of its existing ARZ. This report addresses these proposals and the feasibility of creating a major expanded ARZ in the downtown.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Prepared in cooperation with Cambridge Systematics, Inc., MA., Moore-Heder Architects, Cambridge, MA., and Kearney (A. T.), Inc., Chicago, IL. See also PB-286321. Also available in set of 9 reports PC E20, PB-286 312-SET.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Voorhees (Alan M) and Associates, Incorporated

    Cambridge, MA  United States 

    Cambridge Systematics, Incorporated

    100 Cambridge Park Drive, Suite 400
    Cambridge, MA  United States  02140

    Moore-Header Architects

    806 Massachusetts Avenue
    Cambridge, MA  United States  02118

    Kearney (AT) and Company, Incorporated

    100 South Wacker Drive
    Chicago, IL  United States  60606

    Urban Mass Transportation Administration

    Office of Research, Development and Demonstration
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Herald, W S
  • Publication Date: 1977-12

Media Info

  • Pagination: 207 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00186093
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: UMTA-VA-06-0042-78-8Final Rpt.
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-TSC-1057
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Dec 29 1981 12:00AM