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A morning stroll through Providence

I am on a writing break and have been taking the time to share some of my favorites from the More to Come archives. However, this new post — which consists of a few words and some pictures — is of a personal nature that I wanted to share in a timely fashion.

Providence, Rhode Island, is one of the country’s underappreciated gems. We arrived by train last evening in order to hear our son, Andrew Bearden Brown, sing the role of the Evangelist tomorrow afternoon in the St. John Passion with the Schola Cantorum of Boston and the Providence Baroque Orchestra. Very cool!

UPDATE: Andrew did a fantastic job and received a rousing ovation at the end of the concert!

As is my habit in the morning, I woke up early, stretched, and then took to the streets of downtown Providence. The city is very walkable — Candice and I walked from the train station to our hotel last evening — with great architecture all around. Thanks to the work of preservationists, city government, business leaders, and others, downtown has had a renaissance. On this trip I saw more early-morning dog walkers, which suggests that downtown living is growing in popularity, and some of the empty parking lots have been filled in with new infill construction. Updated with more pictures after we took a self-guided walking tour of downtown mid-day.

The historic arcade in the early morning hours before shoppers have stirred
Providence has a wealth of wonderful architecture
The historic Hotel Providence, our location for the weekend.
Grace Episcopal Church, the venue for the St. John Passion…and mere steps from our hotel
Grace Church (Episcopal) interior
Grace Church (Episcopal) rear organ
Modern addition to Grace Church (Episcopal) looking out
“The Women” mural in downtown Providence
Skylight in the Emery Majestic Theatre – now home to Trinity Rep
Detail on the Turks Head Building
The Providence Public Library – one of the gems of the city
Beneficent Church
A good reminder…
Westminster Street
Ambrose Burnside – who is better remembered for his facial hair (and giving the world the word “sideburns”) than his military exploits.

And did I mention that Providence is one of the great food cities in America? Forbes magazine once called it the country’s best food city per capita, and we agree. In our first 15 hours in town, we’ll have eaten two great meals (at North and at Ellie’s) and tonight we have reservations at one of our favorite Providence restaurants, Gracie’s.

As I said…an underappreciated gem.

More to come…



I am David J. Brown (hence the DJB) and I originally created this personal blog more than ten years ago as a way to capture photos and memories from a family vacation. After the trip was over I simply continued writing. Over the years the blog has changed to have a more definite focus aligned with my interest in places that matter, reading well, roots music, and more. My professional background is as a national nonprofit leader with a four-decade record of growing and strengthening organizations at local, state, and national levels. This work has been driven by my passion for connecting people in thriving, sustainable, and vibrant communities.


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