Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Community Planning (MCP)


Community Planning and Area Development

First Advisor

Farhad Atash


Throughout the 1980's several neighborhoods within the City of Providence, Rhode Island have been undergoing a rapid rate of economic and physical decline. The Elmwood, Upper and Lower South Providence neighborhoods, in particular, have been faced with several difficulties in this regard. Currently, this area is experiencing high crime rates and several businesses located along the commercial area of Broad Street have been vacated due to economic hardships caused by low customer volumes.

Elmwood Neighborhood Housing Services, Inc.(ENHS), a non-profit organization which is located within this area, has expressed a growing concern for improving the Broad Street section of its neighborhood. It is the hope of ENHS that by addressing the issue of the commercial revitalization of Broad Street that these efforts will result in the spread of economic revitalization and physical improvements throughout the neighborhoods which border it.

Currently, ENHS is considering two strategies in order to achieve this goal. The first strategy would be to develop an urban design guideline for Broad Street, a project to be undertaken by students at the Rhode Island School of Design. Second, is a set of commercial revitalization guidelines which will be the focus of this project.