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Podcast: The future of Providence, according to Mayor Brett Smiley

Providence Mayor Brett Smiley answers questions about storm water overflow in the city's Wanskuck neighborhood flowing Monday's rain.Ryan T. Conaty/Ryan T. Conaty for the Boston Gl

PROVIDENCE — It has been a busy — and occasionally stormy — summer for Mayor Brett Smiley.

On this week’s edition of the Rhode Island Report podcast, Smiley discusses his landmark agreement with the city’s four private colleges, the fallout from PVDFest, and when he thinks it will be time for the state to return the city’s public school district to local control.

Plus, Smiley discusses his ideas for tackling the flooding that has plagued Providence in recent weeks, what’s next for the Cranston Street Armory, and his own political future.

To get the latest episode each week, follow Rhode Island Report podcast on Apple Podcasts and other podcasting platforms, or listen in the player above.

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