It's true, my tongue is firmly in my cheek as I write this, but: it isn't wise to walk around in public wearing a New York Yankees cap. I have it on good authority from Mark Patinkin, columnist for the Providence Journal Bulletin. We DO enjoy something called the "New York System" but it is a hot dog, not a way of doing business.
Hi, the things I am concerned about in Providence being a black adult male. Corrupt police who cover for there brethren. Look at the news here and police are arrested everyday for all types of crimes. it is disguised but this is a state where there are no black people in power and they like it that way...thats why the poster told you to stay away from south providence because thats where the black people and spanish people live that have been disinfranchised for decades by white bigots. Even the black folks here who pretend to have any juice are just lackys of the white corrupt power structure here. The good things about the corruption in providence is you can get anything here, a house, car, mortgage...etc.. everything on the surface seems ok...but stay away from the cops here...the courts cover for them so they can do anything.......read the newspaper re cops in providence for the last year and you will see what i mean
Other Providence VT'ers have commented about the generally bad driving habits of Rhode Island residents. I'd just like to emphasize that whatever their skills during normal weather, in snow all bets are off -- things can get hazardous very quickly. (I realize this is not purely a local phenomenon; even in Michigan, where we got a lot of snow, it took people a snowfall or two to remember how to drive in the stuff.) If you are visiting, try not to be on the roads during the morning and evening rush hours, when accidents are most likely to occur. Remember that secondary roads are rarely plowed, salted or sanded in major storms until the road crews have caught up with the main streets; in a bad storm, it can literally take 24-48 hours in some areas.
Didn't your parents always tell you to get in early? Let's not carry this too far -- 2:00 AM is late in anyone's book, I suppose -- but it is good advice for those who may be inclined to linger downtown (or elsewhere in the city) when the bars close at that hour. There is quite a history of bar fights and melees in the crowds which are suddenly forced into the streets at closing time. People have been shot, knifed, mugged, and generally subjected to the kind of unpleasantness that makes them wish they'd gotten away a little earlier in the evening. Although the city routinely patrols, and many bars and nightclubs are required to hire police details to handle crowd control, there are numerous instances each year when things get out of hand. The problem is exacerbated because bars in neighboring Massachusetts close at 1:00, thus allowing an influx from the Bay State before Rhode Island shuts down.
There are several sections of Providence that should be avoided by tourists. The first in the South Providence area. The city has been revamped in the last 10 years unfortunately the southside has not been part of the master plan. The area has a high crime and drug rate.
Other areas are past Federal Hill in the vicinity of Academy Str. Also the Smith Hill area has some touchy spots. But there are still very nice people living in these areas, just use your best judgement.
In Rhode Island road rage is an accepted social pastime. People don't use turn signals, cutting someone off is alright if your in a hurry, and the term " following too close" is a gray area.
Also in Providence try not to park on the street. The towing companies are corrupt and will tow your car even if it's LEGALLY parked.
Thayer Street/Brown Univ./RISD is where a lot of the action is. While I was in Providence, it seemed almost every weekend someone got beat up by a gang in this neighborhood (1 block from where I lived) ...which by the way, is a very pretty & well populated neighborhood. So, when walking around at night, it's best to have people along. Frequently, there were 4 attackers for 1 victim. Don't be a victim, walk around in a group at night. Thayer Street and vicinity....
There are some places where I did not feel too safe. I took a wrong turn out of the zoo, which is easy to do, and found myself in the wrong part of town. It is easy to get lost in the park, so get you a map so you can find your way out.