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PPS included Providence’s National Register Districts on the 2003 Most Endangered Properties list in direct response to the frustrations of neighborhood residents over the increasing loss of historic buildings listed on the National Register but without local protections.

As part of the listing, PPS argued that a demolition delay ordinance for resources listed on the National Register would help the city to examine the importance of each resource and explore demolition alternatives with owners prior to issuing a demolition permit. PPS researched demolition delay ordinances in other cities and towns and presented this information to the Mayor’s office. As of February, 2019, no action has been taken on this proposal, with the exception of Downtown, where a 2012 ordinance now requires a full construction permit before a building is allowed to be demolished.

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