I thought we would rank higher on the list of ‘brainiest cities in America’ but we’re only #113.
We have Brown, RISD, RIC, URI, PC and CCRI. But we also have over 10% unemployment, and a disgraceful high-school dropout rate.
So, the challenge for the incoming Mayor and Governor is to spread the smartness around, so that the education doesn’t just concentrate on college hill, but flows into the public pre-schools, elementary schools and high schools.
And let’s keep the Creative Capital. Body of Proof brought a good hunk of money into the state. They even used paintings by the fine Rhode Island artist, Kathy Hodge, as part of their set. I don’t mind having to detour around film crew trailers. I want to see the Cranston St. Armory lit up and occupied full time as a sound stage.