Providence is a town with a distinctive, interesting background that has aged and adapted with modern times. Once an operative seaport, it has grown into a memorable remnant and a progressive addition to the east coast’s more lofty metropolitan areas.
The downtown region has been restored and revitalized of late, its old World streets weaving through an odd non-grid. Progressive colleges such as Providence University and Rhode Island School of Design give the town a youthful, forward-thinking air. The campus region, lined with coffee shops and vintage stores, is full of life when school is in session.