Street Stories: Ella Boyan

Name, age, any personal identities you feel like sharing, neighborhood where you live, who you live with/care for, the school you go to, type of work you do or hope to do. My name is Ella Boyan and I am 18 years old. I was born and raised in College Hill, right off South Main St. I graduated from Classical …

ACTION ALERT: Demand public input and climate analysis in RI’s transportation spending

Dear Community, Last summer, we organized around the RI Department of Transportation’s 10-year funding plan: an opaque process which continues to prioritize highway expansion while underfunding public transit and active mobility projects that support people and the planet. Now, the federal Transportation Bill is giving Rhode Island an additional $750 million, which RIDOT proposes to fast track via “Minor Amendment 2” – with minimal …

Street Stories: Zan Berry

Zan Berry is a 31-year-old musician and educator who works at the Matthewson Street Church with the Tenderloin Opera Company (TOC), a music and theater group made up of people currently and formerly experiencing homelessness and advocates. Zan has lived in Providence since 2016 and focuses on building accessible creative communities. Zan and other members of TOC worked all of …

Street Stories: Matthew Requintina

Name, age, any personal identities you feel like sharing, neighborhood where you live, who you live with/care for, the school you go to, type of work you do or hope to do. Matthew Requintina, 34, Olneyville, Footwear Designer How do you typically travel around Providence? Is that working for you? How does it affect your life, your job, your family? …

Street Stories: Paul Medici

Paul Medici, 56, volunteers at the Matthewson Street Church downtown and takes RIPTA for all his trips. He says it generally works well for him because the lines he takes are frequent. “The way it’s centralized right now works well,” he says. “But what concerns me is if they break it up, there would be more bus transfers for people …

Street Stories: Barbara Freitas

Name, age, any personal identities you feel like sharing, neighborhood where you live, who you live with/care for, the school you go to, type of work you do or hope to do. I’m Barbara Freitas, and I am 62. I live in Smith Hill, and I live with two roommates, a mother and son. I volunteer as the director of …

Street Stories: Soraya Pierre-Louis

Name, age, any personal identities you feel like sharing, neighborhood where you live, who you live with/care for, the school you go to, type of work you do or hope to do. My name is Soraya Pierre-Louis. I’m 23 and live in Riverside with my mother. I currently work as a recruitment coordinator in Boston and hope to get my …

Street Stories: Mel Fundakowski

Name, age, any personal identities you feel like sharing, neighborhood where you live, who you live with/care for, the school you go to, type of work you do or hope to do. My name is Mel Fundakowski, and I’m 43 years old, and I live with mental health issues. I live on the Pawtucket/ Providence line off of N. Main …

Street Stories: Daria Phoebe Brashear

Street Stories is an interview series with Providence residents about how they move around the our city by local photographer Brittanny Taylor. Would you like to share your story? Get in touch.  Name, age, any personal identities you feel like sharing, neighborhood where you live, who you live with/care for, the school you go to, type of work you do or hope …