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Long known as Rhode Island’s premiere Italian-American neighborhood and a destination for foodies and tourists, business owners and residents are now fighting to protect Providence’s Federal Hill’s image in the wake of violence.

All photos by Lane Turner of the Globe Staff

A hanging pine cone at the start of Atwells Avenue in Federal Hill.
A hanging pine cone at the start of Atwells Avenue in Federal Hill.Lane Turner/Globe Staff/Globe Staff
A sign welcoming people to Federal Hill
A sign welcoming people to Federal HillLane Turner/Globe Staff/Globe Staff
DePasquale Square is a colorful collection of restaurants arranged around a fountain in the neighborhood.
DePasquale Square is a colorful collection of restaurants arranged around a fountain in the neighborhood.Lane Turner/Globe Staff/Globe Staff
Flowers hanging outside a restaurant in DePasquale Square.
Flowers hanging outside a restaurant in DePasquale Square.Lane Turner/Globe Staff/Globe Staff
Atwells Avenue runs through the heart of Federal Hill.
Atwells Avenue runs through the heart of Federal Hill.Lane Turner/Globe Staff/Globe Staff
A mural along Atwells Avenue.
A mural along Atwells Avenue.Lane Turner/Globe Staff/Globe Staff
Diners enjoy lunch in DePasquale Square.
Diners enjoy lunch in DePasquale Square.Lane Turner/Globe Staff/Globe Staff
Pane e Vino restaurant along Atwells Avenue is one of several Italian eateries in Federal Hill.
Pane e Vino restaurant along Atwells Avenue is one of several Italian eateries in Federal Hill.Lane Turner/Globe Staff/Globe Staff
Shops along Atwells Avenue
Shops along Atwells AvenueLane Turner/Globe Staff/Globe Staff
Providence mounted police pause a the corner of Sutton Street and Atwells Avenue
Providence mounted police pause a the corner of Sutton Street and Atwells AvenueLane Turner/Globe Staff/Globe Staff
A lantern outside one of the shops along Atwells Avenue.
A lantern outside one of the shops along Atwells Avenue.Lane Turner/Globe Staff/Globe Staff
Police say the alleged assailants in the June death of Stephen Cabral came from Club Seven nightclub in Federal Hill. Cabral was stabbed to death at the Walgreens on Atwells Avenue, around the corner from the club.
Police say the alleged assailants in the June death of Stephen Cabral came from Club Seven nightclub in Federal Hill. Cabral was stabbed to death at the Walgreens on Atwells Avenue, around the corner from the club.Lane Turner/Globe Staff/Globe Staff
The faded colors of the Italian flag decorate the center line of Atwells Avenue in Federal Hill, which was once an Italian-American enclave and is wrestling with the neighborhood’s image in the wake of the violence there.
The faded colors of the Italian flag decorate the center line of Atwells Avenue in Federal Hill, which was once an Italian-American enclave and is wrestling with the neighborhood’s image in the wake of the violence there.Lane Turner/Globe Staff/Globe Staff