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Providence’s college-centric east side

Blackstone Boulevard, lined with million-dollar homes, is a popular walking route in East Providence.
Blackstone Boulevard, lined with million-dollar homes, is a popular walking route in East Providence.Photos by Paul E. Kandarian for the boston Globe

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Thriving city neighborhoods are like communities unto themselves, such as Providence’s East Side. The area is college-centric, with Brown University and the Rhode Island School of Design, and Providence’s oldest — Roger Williams founded the city here: You’ll find his statue at Prospect Terrace Park with its stunning skyline views. The East Side is rich in history, unique architecture, culture and culinary flavor, where you’ll find abundant places to shop, dine, stay and stroll about.

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