Originally Posted by JupiterL
How expensive are houses in Providence? We both are creative professionals and live in a really diverse and hip neighborhood in Oakland, with tons of coffee shops and amazing eateries, etc. Where might this exist in Providence? We also love the outdoors and have a big dog. Are there good hiking opportunities near Providence?
We moved to RI two years ago and I'm still looking to find what you're talking about!!! I have found 3 streets so far (Thayer, Wickendon & S. Main St) within Providence that have some
shops (coffee, antique, quaint, quirky movie houses) but overall...huge disappointment as a city in and of itself. Waterfires are beautiful. There are only two health food stores in Providence that I've found & both are Wholefoods. Atwells Ave isn't bad...isn't great either compared to CA or say, Portland OR. Lots of restaraunts but culinary creativity isn't apparent. And watch what part of the city you venture into...drugs, gangs and so forth. The city could do something amazing with Allens Ave by the pier but currently it's lowlife redlight district that is the city's shame (imo.)
Newport is beautiful but touristy, overpriced/crowded in summer and you need to go through Middletown to get there. Dead in the winter.
Jamestown is also beautiful but don't blink or you'll miss downtown. Beautiful to spend the day by the lighthouse & such...bring a lunch.
Outdoorsy hikes & nature you need to check out S. County but know there's absolutely nothing else down there. Beaches are beautiful but too many of them aren't easily accessible in season and hard to find a place to park your car. Most other beaches are gonna run you $14-20 to park for the day & there's no boardwalk type of scene (and bring your own bottle water, no snack shops either on most beaches).
We have a great dane and have yet to find a dog friendly park where she can run free & play safely inside. Most hiking trails are "no dogs allowed".
The politics are among the most corrupt in the country...I personally love to watch the city plows drive along the city roads w/ their plows up 3-5" so they can run the clock into getting paid overtime...which my crazy-high tax dollars pay for...and the city does nothing but knows it. This is one of the major contributors of the horrible traffic when it snows...because the streets aren't plowed (but they receive paychecks to plow them!) and accidents are unavoidable (but silly me, the only thing that matters is getting more $...not people's lives! and hey, they have insurance, right??) "Not my problem"
is the motto in this state!
When I ask people why they stay or moved here it's b/c of family...we stay b/c I found a job here w/ good benefits (also very rare in this state!!) & we're close enough to our ailing parents. Hubby has a mediocre job but we are starting to look else where in the country.
The money this state pays out to welfare/state programs is extremely shocking!! I know, I work in the health care industry... for one example, this state has a specific program which only supplies birth control methods/devices and that's the whole point of the program. We can't coordinate reasonable healthcare but by the Govenor, we will pay for the young teens to have sex w/out parental knowledge or say so but with sex counseling! ummm...oh yeah, when that fails and they get pregnant anyways...we have a program for that too (also fully paid for by the state & I'm talking millions of tax dollars to shell out birthcontrol.).
I used to love the beauty of this little state..and still do. But to live here is completely