The "Blink-and-you'll-miss-it" state's capital has seen some serious revitalization over the past decade. Shopping centers and high end boutiques are now the main attractions in downtown Providence, which not long ago was home to nothing more than abandoned warehouses and factories. Rivers that were once paved over have been uncovered and turned into a system of canals with parks along their banks. A thriving artistic and creative community has brought with it music venues and theater productions.
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Once seen as the estranged little sibling of Boston, the city itself is starting to directly compete for visitors and is actually drawing native Bostonians away for quick weekend trips.