Newport’s Department of Public Services Announces Public Workshop for Thames/Spring Streetscape Improvements Project – May 24, 2016, 5:30 to 7:30 PM, Edward King House

The City of Newport has embarked on a major initiative to plan for the future of Thames and Spring Streets. These streets serve as vital corridors for transporting people, goods, and services and provide a rich sense of history through building architecture, quaint storefronts, and access to the waterfront. They are a lifeline for the many businesses along the street and important gateways for residents and visitors.

Thames and Spring Streets are vital to the fabric of Newport. In 2014, the City initiated the Thames & Spring Streetscape Improvements Project to propose ways to enhance these two streets in a contextually sensitive way that is respectful of the historical nature of the area.

The Newport City Council established and appointed a project advisory group comprised of area residents and business owners to assist the city staff and its consultant team with developing this project. Phase I of this project is currently underway and involves creating a vision and a conceptual plan for roadway and sidewalk improvements, stormwater management, and “placemaking”—creating spaces where people can enjoy all these corridors have to offer.

Following a workshop in November 2015, and a Grow Smart RI workshop in June 2015, residents, business owners, advisory task force members, and project staff have been meeting to develop this vision and conceptual plan. Next steps will be to finalize the design concepts and to forward recommendations to the Newport City Council.

The City Of Newport hopes to hear from people who live, work, shop, dine here and regularly use these streets as drivers, pedestrians and cyclists.

The next participative public meeting will be held:

Tuesday, May 24, 2016, at the Edward King House, 35 King Street
5:30 – 6:00 PM: Open House

6:00 – 6:30 PM: Get to Know the Plan

6:30 – 7:00 PM: Presentation of the Vision

7:00 PM: Discussion/Audience Polling

7:30 PM: Adjourn
All are welcome to attend. For those unable to attend in person, the opportunity to participate is available through the Engage Newport webpage HERE.

Ryan Belmore is the Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

Belmore and his wife, Jen, currently live in Alexandria, Virginia, a move they made in 2021. Read more about that here -

Belmore visits Newport every couple of weeks to support the 12+ paid contributors What'sUpNewp has on the ground across Rhode Island, a place he called home for 39 years.

Belmore is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers, Society of Professional Journalists, and the North American Snowsports Journalists Association.

In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
Belmore can be contacted at and 401-662-1653.