Statewide leaders and mom-and-pop shopkeepers are urging Rhode Islanders to take pride in the local and homegrown. "Rhode Island: It's All in Our Backyard" proclaims a recent statewide media campaign created by the Rhode Island Foundation. Preservationists get the message. After all, historic preservation is all about taking pride in local places and working to reuse, restore, and interpret.
And where better to talk about pride of place than Warren? Its citizens and business leaders rallied to preserve the working waterfront. Homeowners and government officials developed a voluntary historic district and a demolition ordinance to protect historic properties. Artists, shopkeepers, and entrepreneurs have established Warren as a creative and cultural hub in the East Bay. There is a lot to be proud of in the smallest town in the smallest county in the smallest state in the nation.