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Anybody Been To Or Live In Rhode Island?

Thu Mar 09, 2006 4:00 am

Hi everybody, I'm applying for a job in Rhode Island and I am seriously contemplating it, even though it isn't my first choice right now (I hear back from that one in one week). I would like to know if anybody lives there or has been there and what your opinion on it is. The job itself is in Providence doing social service, specifically literacy training and tutoring for K-3 age youth. Thanks.
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RE: Anybody Been To Or Live In Rhode Island?

Thu Mar 09, 2006 4:02 am

Providence is a pleasant enough town when I have been there. Big enough to have what you need but small enough that you aren't overwhelmed. Perhaps some of the locals can speak towards crime, etc. although I can attest to the winters being cold and wet.
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RE: Anybody Been To Or Live In Rhode Island?

Thu Mar 09, 2006 4:07 am

Amazingly, stats show that Providence is a pretty poor town, with 29% of families living under the poverty line.
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RE: Anybody Been To Or Live In Rhode Island?

Thu Mar 09, 2006 4:09 am

Rhode Island is the size of a postage stamp. But I exaggerate. It's the size of a football stadium.

My company's main office is in Providence and I spend a fair amount of time down there.

Providence is going through a phase of gentrification, so it's getting pretty nice. Although, there are some dicey neighborhoods. The hill - where Brown University is situated - is a fun area.

And, if you feel isolated and get a hankering for a big city, you can always take the hour and fifteen minute drive (or hour train ride) up to Boston.
 
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RE: Anybody Been To Or Live In Rhode Island?

Thu Mar 09, 2006 4:14 am

Quoting Tbar220 (Reply 2):
ingly, stats show that Providence is a pretty poor town, with 29% of families living under the poverty line.

I think you can find that stat in any state capitol. Closer to the services and entitlement programs they rely on. From just a southern perspective I can vouch for Atlanta, Tallahassee, Montgomery, Columbia, Jackson, Nashville, and Baton Rouge (although NOLA had their fair share before the storm.)

Quoting MBMBOS (Reply 3):
Providence is going through a phase of gentrification, so it's getting pretty nice

We stayed downtown at The Courtyard and I was pleasantly surprised at the area.

You can also watch "Me, Myself, and Irene" as it is based in Rhode Island plus it's a damn funny movie. Hopefully though your neighbor won't take a dump on your lawn.
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RE: Anybody Been To Or Live In Rhode Island?

Thu Mar 09, 2006 4:31 am

I spent my college years in Rhode Island (Roger Williams University in Bristol which is located between Providence & Newport), there are some very nice areas throughout the state.

If you're into sailing, you'll love Newport. There's also some nice beaches along the coast as well.

Be prepared for real estate sticker shock, even if you're initially/only renting. Property values throughout New England (even in the not-so-hot-areas) have skyrocketed during the last few years.

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RE: Anybody Been To Or Live In Rhode Island?

Thu Mar 09, 2006 4:50 am

Quoting PHLBOS (Reply 5):
Be prepared for real estate sticker shock, even if you're initially/only renting.

Yea, I'm pretty much expecting that in every job I'm applying for in big cities, from Chicago to Providence. I currently pay a very reasonable price on my apartment but don't expect to pay this low a rent on my next place.
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RE: Anybody Been To Or Live In Rhode Island?

Thu Mar 09, 2006 4:56 am

Providence is not a particularly nice place. They have a decent mall and some pretty buildings, but if you have ever set foot in the Kennedy Plaza Bus Station, you will know what I am talking about. If you had to live in Rhode Island, I would go somewhere like Tiverton or some other place on the water or you could reverse commute from Boston. You want more info about Providence, talk to MSYTristar, he went to college there.
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RE: Anybody Been To Or Live In Rhode Island?

Thu Mar 09, 2006 4:57 am

Quoting Tbar220 (Reply 6):
Yea, I'm pretty much expecting that in every job I'm applying for in big cities, from Chicago to Providence.

To give you a rough magnitude of the increase(s). My father's 3-bedroom house w/a 2-car garage on a small lot in Toledo, OH (Point Place area) has a price of $122,000. Place that house and lot anywhere in New England and you're talking $450,000 to $500,000 easy.
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RE: Anybody Been To Or Live In Rhode Island?

Thu Mar 09, 2006 5:02 am

I am from Rhode Island. I live in Cranston. I can tell you everything you'd ever want to know about this little state.

The Bad:

-Thayer Street (college hill - Brown/RISD) is VERY OVERRATED
-Potholes galore
-Federal Hill is a joke (trust me, my family owns a store up there)
-$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ to own a house or even rent
-Everyone knows each other...seriously!
-Traffic has been getting worse and worse (4pm-6pm is a standstill on some of the highways)
-Corruption (need I say more?)
-PVD (use BOS)

The Good:

-Block Island is the best thing RI has going for it.
-Newport/Jamestown/Little Compton are beautiful parts of the state!
-Beaches (summer is pretty nice in south county)
-Boston is only 45 mins away !
-Some REALLY good restaurants... Al Forno
-Ecelectic people
-Garden City Shopping Center (outdoor mall)
-Probably the best tap water in the country
-No long drives to get anywhere (you can take so many different routes to your destination)
-Roger Williams Park (very nice, but watch out for perverts)
-Great Library network

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RE: Anybody Been To Or Live In Rhode Island?

Thu Mar 09, 2006 5:04 am

Quoting PHLBOS (Reply 8):
To give you a rough magnitude of the increase(s). My father's 3-bedroom house w/a 2-car garage on a small lot in Toledo, OH (Point Place area) has a price of $122,000. Place that house and lot anywhere in New England and you're talking $450,000 to $500,000 easy.

Our Colonial home has gone from being bought for $62,000 in the 1970s to about $800,000 today.
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RE: Anybody Been To Or Live In Rhode Island?

Thu Mar 09, 2006 5:29 am

I never been to the Rhode Island mainland, but I have been to Block Island a few times (took the ferry from Montauk NY). It's a nice little island.

Added: I also passed through PVD twice on the way up to Boston.

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