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The Arcade: What’s at Stake

Thursday, September 30, 2010


It is historic, iconic, neglected.

As new buildings rise in various corners of downtown Providence, one of its most revered structures, the Westminster Arcade, sits abandoned. The first enclosed shopping mall in the United States, the Arcade was built in 1828, then closed in 2008 is anticipation of a major renovation. Two years (and no renovation) later, GoLocalProv's Sam Valorose went up the famous granite steps and brought with him James Hall, Executive Director of the Providence Preservation Society, to talk it over.


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