In the last decade, as regular weekend visitors to Providence, we have seen the waterfront capitol undergo a major cultural and artistic revival. But with the latest wave of new restaurants and hotels, the city has gone from unique to downright cool. That’s because Providence is a few cities rolled into one.

You’ll weave in and out of pockets that boast a hip West Coast vibe — art students on bikes, guitarists on street corners, tattooed baristas, skateboarders zipping past the riverfront, afternoon gondola riders.

Then there’s downcity (what Providence calls downtown) where Providence Performing Arts Center and Trinity Repertory Company patrons walk streets as noticeably clean as downtown Chicago’s.

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