Providence Downtown Improvement District

Providence, Rhode Island

Since 2005, the Providence Downtown Improvement District (DID) has had a visible presence downtown, working side-by-side with community partners.

Clean Streets for Everyone

The DID Clean Team is on litter patrol every day! You’ll find team members wearing bright yellow uniforms, sweeping the sidewalks and collecting trash throughout the downtown district. They collect an average of nearly 50,000 lbs. of trash each month!

Clean Team members also powerwash sidewalks, remove stickers from street signs and poles, and do touch-up painting of street furniture. In the summer months they do graffiti removal, and in the winter they shovel snow from sidewalk curb cuts. Keeping downtown clean and attractive is a top priority.

Keeping Downtown Safe

DID safety guides work closely with the Providence Police Department and other members of the community to keep downtown safe and welcoming. Every day, they patrol the district on foot, on bike, and on segway, providing extra eyes and ears on the street.


Since 2007, the DID has managed the seasonal downtown planting program, to great acclaim. Starting with 94 hanging baskets and a few planting areas, the program has expanded to now include 292 hanging baskets, 90 large-scale sidewalk planters, and 8 ground-level planting areas.

The gorgeous flowers add a pop of color downtown, and as visitors frequently comment, the city has never looked better!


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Number of Blocks 87 - Serving Since: 2005