Rhode Island

Fronteras | Borders


Broad Street | South Providence

Fefa's Market 2017

As you continue down Broad Street from Cranston and enter the City of Providence, you cross more than physical borders. Broad Street is where the first Dominican bodega (pictured above) was established by Tony and Josefina “Fefa” Rosario in the early 1960s. On this section of Broad Street, you are more apt to hear Spanish being spoken, or see it written on posters lining local businesses and on billboards looming high for all to see.

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Broad Street | El Puente de La Broa'

Broad St Overpass

Photo courtesy of Alberto Genao


A few feet from the site of
Fefa’s Market and the Duarte monument is what locals refer to as El Puente de La Broa’ [the Broad Street bridge]. In reality, this puente is an overpass to I-95, and unlike the bridge in Pawtuxet Village with an idyllic body of water flowing underneath, there is a loud interstate highway running below.

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La Broa' | El Fogon

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In July of 2019, the City of Providence Planning Office | Providence Redevelopment Agency (PRA) sent out a Request for Quotation (RFQ) as follows:

The Providence Redevelopment Agency is pleased to announce the acquisition of the long-vacant former “El Fogon” site on Broad Street to make way for a new gateway and visitor’s center to Roger Williams Park. With funding support through the Property Acquisition and Revitalization Program at Rhode Island Housing, we are currently seeking submittals from qualified firms for architectural and engineering services for this exciting project.

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Broad Street | Cumberland to Central Falls

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The northern span of Broad Street borders Cumberland and Central Falls. The Blackstone River rages in the background of the above photo.

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