Thayer Street, College Hill
Along Thayer Street in Providence, Rhode
Isand is a number of restaurants and shops
where most of the people from the different
schools on College Hill come together. These
include the Avon Cinema, the Au Bon Pain,
Johnny Rockets, City Sports, the Urban
Outfitters, the Chipotle Mexican Grill and,
of course, Starbucks.
One of the most popular locations on Thayer
Street is the independent-business called
“The Spot On”.
It is a center owned by a group of local
residents, namely Keven Blanchette, Josh
Wills, Nick Cardi and Josh Fulford. “The
Spot On” is used by College Hill residents
for seminars, classes and meetings.
It is also common venue for artists’
display and exhibitions. Originally, the
area was occupied by Boston-based music
store “In Your Ear”.
|The continuous increase of
commercial establishments on Thayer Street is becoming a
problem for College Hill residents. There are not enough
parking slots to accommodate all of the restaurants’
customers, and this disrupts the traffic flow. Neighboring
communities are complaining of the noise the students make. To try to keep things under
control, the College Hill Neighborhood Association, which is
an organization of College Hill residents, closely monitor
the businesses in the area. Much to the dismay of many
students, the association has taken it upon itself to oppose
all applications for liquor licenses made by restaurants and
stores on Thayer Street.
Thayer Street is in the College Hill neighborhood, and as
such, is a dynamic hub of students from Brown University,
the Rhode Island School of Design, the Providence College,
the Moses Brown School, the Wheeler School and the Johnson
The Brown University is part of the highly respected group
of educational institutions known as the Ivy League. It is a
private university founded in 1764 as the College of Rhode
Island in Warren. It was moved to College Hill in 1770, and
was renamed Brown University in 1804 after Nicholas Brown.
Brown University is one of the oldest institutions of higher
education not just in New England, but in the whole of the
The Rhode Island School of Design is considered to be one of
the finest schools for the arts worldwide. It was founded in
1877 and since then has produced numerous alumni who have
become established icons in their fields.
The Providence College, located near River Avenue, is a
Catholic college founded in 1917. While The Rhode Island
School of Design is known for its intensive fine arts
program, the Providence College is known for it liberal arts
and science curriculums.
The Johnson & Wales University is a business school founded
in 1914 by Mary T. Wales and Gertrude I. Johnson. It offers
courses on business, technology, culinary arts, hospitality
The Moses Brown School was founded in 1784 by Moses Brown
who was a Quaker abolitionist. It is one of the oldest and
most prestigious preparatory schools in the United States.