Make a day of: Prospect Terrace Park, then and now

Ask any random Brown student what his or her favorite spots in Providence are, and chances are high that Prospect Terrace Park will be among them. Located at the intersection of Bowen and Congdon, this little park affords pretty views over downtown Providence (especially at night) and is a wonderful place for a moment of quiet and contemplation. In visiting Prospect Park, however, you’ll also notice the imposing statue of Providence founder Roger Williams—a testament to the park’s surprisingly rich history, spanning the works of H.P Lovecraft to the 1998 film There’s Something About Mary. Here we compare the familiar goings-on of the modern Prospect Terrace Park to the exciting events that have occurred through its past, all the way back to 1636…

Then: Arriving in Rhode Island after his expulsion from Boston at the hands of the Puritans, Roger Williams founded the religiously tolerant city of Providence on land granted to him by the Wampanoags. His accomplishment is immortalized in the park’s statue, which features Williams on the bow of a canoe, arms outstretched, overlooking Providence. It was constructed in the 1930s.

Now: Arriving at Brown after summers during which doing absolutely no reading was acceptable, new first-years can be spotted frantically skimming their copies of Sons of Providence in the warm September air of orientation week, hoping to find a fact or two to throw in during discussion section. Unfortunately, studying in the park, in the company of Williams, isn’t going to help when literally no one in your section read past page 40. Literally not one person. Continue Reading

Make a Day of: Wickenden Street edition

Let’s face it, Thayer gets pretty old after first semester. So instead of doing “the usual” (whatever Thayer destination that might be) during the weekend, Make-a-Day-of  will feature various Providence neighborhoods, giving you the tools and tips to get your butt of Brown campus and out on the town.

This week, we’ll feature a Providence destination that every Brown student should know and love, yet surprisingly seldom do — Wickenden Street.

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