Notre Dame’s 6-10 charrette

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An illustrative board from the Notre Dame 6-10 presentation.

Here are the boards – images reflecting thoughts thus far – of the charrette or brainstorming session on the 6-10 connector and Route 195 land issues, hosted last month by Prof. Philip Bess and his graduate students from the School of Architecture at Notre Dame. This is part of Bess’s annual After Burnham studio on city planning. Coincidentally, as these boards were being released, the city of Providence released its own preliminary plan for a boulevard, sort of, to resolve the 6-10 aging problem. The Rhode Island Department of Transportation wants now, alas, to simply rebuild the connector as a 1950s-era limited-access highway.

After Governor Raimondo’s decision, I ran a post referring to the Notre Dame visit to Providence, “Build the boulevard anyway.”

To some degree, I suspect, the city’s plan for 6-10 is much closer to the Notre Dame plan for a 6-10 boulevard than the state’s rebuild plan. And the Notre Dame plan is closer than the city’s plan to a possible simpler boulevard plan, without bells and whistles (sort of like boulevards used to be back in the day before everything had to be ridiculously complicated). The simpler boulevard plan might address the speed-of-implementation (that is, safety) issues that are allegedly behind the state’s new plan to simply rebuild the awful raised highway originally built half a century ago.

I include a link to the Notre Dame boards thus far, showing progress toward reaching a proposal on 6-10 (and, to a lesser degree, on 195). I also include several links to the recently released city boulevard plan, with its “halo” intersection between 6 and 10. It is a lot of material, but worth going through. First, the Notre Dame link. Below are the several city links:

Draft Plan:

PDF of the presentation:

Live Stream Video of the presentation:


About David Brussat

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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