simply put, Providence gives you the freedom to chase what you want without requiring that you compromise the ability to sustain yourself.
- cost of living low enough to try out some wacky ideas without falling into financial ruin
- greenspace-y enough for you to find a place (within the city) to get away
- close enough to beaches & mountains if you need that in a larger dose
- built-in resources (tons free & open to the public) at Brown, RISD, JWU, AS220, Steel Yard, etc etc etc
- a huge artist - maker - cyclist - thinker - reader - sharer - doer community that's close and personal enough for you to actually feel connected
- the food. you like to eat, don't you? PVD's restaurants / cafes / food trucks / farmer's markets aren't gaining national recognition for no reason!
... and wait! it's close enough to BOS and NYC so you can visit those and remember how you're *not* stuck paying thousands of dollars just to live in some horrible closet somewhere while working 4 jobs so you can "sort of" pursue your dreams 2 hours a week. and if you *are* doing that, then you should move to Providence already and stop being such a sucker for the urban dream that doesn't even exist! BOOM.