[This is my weekly column in The Providence Journal, a revised version of the post “Let’s ruin Kennedy Plaza” on my blog Architecture Here and There, written on vacation the day before the July 15 groundbreaking for this unfortunate project.]
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For a city transit hub, Kennedy Plaza’s bus station, its five waiting kiosks and its fancy pavement lined with black railings, bollards, period lampposts and delicate street trees beat the pants off most civic squares around the world for beauty, even those that do not serve double duty as bus hubs — and ours serves single duty. Providence has hosted its transit patrons, including me, in high style for just a dozen years.
Now it appears we can say good-bye to all that — and hello to the ugly urban duckling, pictured above, whose groundbreaking was sprung on us last week.
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