Providence, capital of Rhode Island, is one of New England’s largest cities and among the nation’s first. Covering nearly 20 miles of land, the city is located on the Providence River and has evolved from a maritime capital to a manufacturing stronghold, with a cultural scene that includes fine arts and culinary up-and-comers. Founded in 1636 and recognized as Rhode Island’s first permanent settlement, Providence also abounds with historic landmarks and monuments, and is well-known as the home of Brown University and the Rhode Island School of Design.

Exploring Providence neighborhoods on foot is an ideal way to get a feel for the city’s distinct history and culture. On the city’s East Side…

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