Kennedy Plaza video

Kennedy Plaza's intermodal bus terminal and five elegant waiting kiosks. (

Kennedy Plaza’s intermodal bus terminal and five elegant waiting kiosks. (

Here is a fascinating and extremely useful time-lapse video of Kennedy Plaza that, in two and a half minutes, shows buses and riders entering and leaving the plaza from 3:05 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012. To me it shows how well used the plaza is, and how effective it is for bus riders. The city hopes to convince the public that the plaza is inadequate. Maybe this video can be used to suggest that, but to me it suggests the reverse. It might have been more instructive if it had been shot from a window in the court house at the other end of the plaza, rather than from City Hall. After all, it is the crowding of the commuters at bus stops and the supposed congestion of the buses themselves that is at issue, and most of that takes place beyond the intermodal center at the center of the video.

I will address the changes proposed for Kennedy Plaza in my next column.

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This blog was begun in 2009 as a feature of the Providence Journal, where I was on the editorial board and wrote a weekly column of architecture criticism for three decades. Architecture Here and There fights the style wars for classical architecture and against modern architecture, no holds barred. History Press asked me to write and in August 2017 published my first book, "Lost Providence." I am now writing my second book. My freelance writing on architecture and other topics addresses issues of design and culture locally and globally. I am a member of the board of the New England chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, which bestowed an Arthur Ross Award on me in 2002. I work from Providence, R.I., where I live with my wife Victoria, my son Billy and our cat Gato. If you would like to employ my writing and editing to improve your work, please email me at my consultancy,, or call 401.351.0457. Testimonial: "Your work is so wonderful - you now enter my mind and write what I would have written." - Nikos Salingaros, mathematician at the University of Texas, architectural theorist and author of many books.
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2 Responses to Kennedy Plaza video

  1. Pingback: Column: Kennedy Plaza’s future spins its wheels | Architecture Here and There

  2. Michael J. Tyrrell says:

    Kennedy Plaza is problematic. It’s become a catch basin for winos and trouble makers (There, I said it). Better to decentralize KP and attract new investment via a thorough makeover. It pains me to say it, but a wider good will come by creating a series of bus-transit nodes, vs. bunching it all up (Much like Boston’s subway hubs). Besides, too much of single thing is always a bore. Lets embrace new possibilities. Lets attract investment by making KP something more diverse and compelling; a showcase for civic design through ample reinvestment via this catalyst of new urban hubs within a re-emerging Downtown Providence.


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