Providence is the state capital and largest city in Rhode Island, as well as the third largest city in New England. Formerly an industrial bastion of organized crime, Providence's Renaissance has created new parks and attractions and brought emphasis back to its historic roots. Downcity events, historic vistas, eclectic districts such as College Hill and Federal Hill, and a great nightlife make Providence a worthwhile tourist destination.
Most of Providence's attractions are organized into three neighborhoods: Downcity, which includes the core of the downtown area as well as Waterplace Park, the Providence Place Mall, and Capitol Hill; Federal Hill, a neighborhood just west of downtown along Atwells Avenue that is known for nightlife and Italian dining; and College Hill/The East Side, which is home to some of the city's oldest homes as well as both Brown University and RISD, and features several smaller neighborhoods with eclectic shops and restaurants. College Hill is primarily centered along Thayer Street at the intersection of Waterman and Angell Avenues, but there are other scattered blocks (such as Wickenden St.) with attractions.
One of Providence’s divisions would be South Providence. S. Providence is basically the start of Elmwood Ave. (closest to downtown) and Broad St. On the south side of Providence, one can find many restaurants, mainly serving Spanish or Chinese food. There are also many fast food places, hair salons, banks, pharmacies, libraries and supermarkets. Everything is a very close walk, and an ever closer drive. South Providence has a reputation of being a poor place; the night clubs on Broad St. which are a big scene for fights that turn into crimes are something else that comes to mind.
South Providence is known and thought of as the “ghetto”, the “hood” but it is also has its nice neighborhoods. These are the neighborhoods that call tourists who are looking for a quiet place to get away from everything. One can walk to across the street to get something at the pharmacy or grab something to eat because everything is so close. For night life, downtown is a 15 minute drive away for the best night club experience, shopping or even arcade fun. There are plenty of restaurants located in South Providence and Downtown which give our tourist a wide variety to select from when it comes to eat.