The Rhode Island landscape features its share of now-vacant development projects that ignored state guide building principles, like this one in North Kingstown. Forestland is regularly cleared to make room for these monstrosities. (Joanna Detz/ecoRI News)

The Rhode Island landscape features its share of now-vacant development projects that ignored state guide building principles, like this one in North Kingstown. Forestland is regularly cleared to make room for these monstrosities. (Joanna Detz/ecoRI News)

Rhode Island seems determined to resurrect 20th-century dinosaurs. But crafty politicians and sly investors have changed the behemoths’ names to soothe public fears. Strip malls are now dynamic regional hubs of activity. A rest area is a travel plaza and welcome center. Natural-gas infrastructure is a bridge fuel. An office park is now called a corporate campus.

RIDOT, City of Providence at Odds Over Future of 6-10 Connector

The 6-10 Connector is in undisputed need of reconstruction. A debate is ongoing about how the highway should be reconstructed. (RIDOT)

The 6-10 Connector is in undisputed need of reconstruction. A debate is ongoing about how the highway should be reconstructed. (RIDOT)

PROVIDENCE — It has become increasingly clear that the process of choosing the design for the 6-10 Connector project will pit the city's planning department against the Rhode Island Department of Transportation, the latter of which has already selected a preferred design that the city doesn't entirely support.


Pass or Fail? 2016 Legislative Session Environmental Scorecard

PROVIDENCE — Hundreds of environmental bills are introduced each year in the General Assembly. Most go nowhere and simply die in committee. This year, however, saw many bills make their way into law. But what didn't make it, and what good are the ones that did?


Westerly Quarry Fined for Clean Air Violations

WESTERLY, R.I. — A Pawtucket-based company running a local stone-crushing and gravel-processing facility has taken steps to help minimize emissions of hazardous air pollutants and visually test for dust under an agreement signed recently with the Environmental Protection Agency.

The massive defoliation of trees in southern New England by winter moth and gypsy moth caterpillars this spring and summer has totally changed the look of the regional landscape. (istock)

The massive defoliation of trees in southern New England by winter moth and gypsy moth caterpillars this spring and summer has totally changed the look of the regional landscape. (istock)

Students from the Paul Cuffee School in Providence recently released classroom-raised trout into the Woonasquatucket River. (Sonya Gurwitt/ecoRI News)

Students from the Paul Cuffee School in Providence recently released classroom-raised trout into the Woonasquatucket River. (Sonya Gurwitt/ecoRI News)

The program takes area youth, ages 16-19 who are involved with juvenile corrections, and puts them to work making sauces, pickles and other preserves. (Farm Fresh Rhode Island)

The program takes area youth, ages 16-19 who are involved with juvenile corrections, and puts them to work making sauces, pickles and other preserves. (Farm Fresh Rhode Island)


Clothing, Bike Donations Open Doors for Refugees

PROVIDENCE — Refugees resettled in Rhode Island often arrive with nothing but the clothes on their backs. Some, having feared for their and their family’s immediate safety, may have fled their homes hastily; others may have had time to pack some personal belongings. Few, if any, arrive here with the means to begin a new life in a new country.


Miner Proves to be Tireless Advocate for Conn.'s Waters

Margaret Miner stood in front of a mountain of gravel next to the Mossup River in eastern Connecticut. We approached the edge of the hard-hat area and peered up at a big, yellow excavator using its mechanical arm to shift mounds of sand around the industrial site.