Hope for forgotten neighborhoods?

(Editor’s note: This is the second of a two-part series exploring the potential impact of the planned redesign/replacement of Providence’s Route 6-10 connector.)

Walking down Chapin Avenue toward Route 10 in Providence, the tail-end of rush hour becomes audible a block-and-a-half away.

Children are laughing and riding bikes; a man walks his dog. This is the West End neighborhood and the homes from Cranston Street to Ellery Street are well-kept.

But that all changes at the intersection of Chapin and Messer, where the road suddenly begins to descend toward Route 10. The last block of Chapin, where Valerie Stephens owns a single-family home with her husband and 8-year-old daughter, might as well be in a different neighborhood.

“I feel trapped,” says Stephens, whose home is a stone’s throw away from the Route 6-10 interchange, a tangled knot of roadways where Route 6 from the west meets Route 10 from the south.

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Read the full story at Providence Business News here.

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