Northeast of Providence, Pawtucket is Rhode Island’s fourth-largest city with a population of more than 71,000 living in its 8.7 square miles. In Algonquian, "petuket" means "at the falls in the river." In 1671, ironworker Joseph Jenks built a forge and gristmill on the west bank of the Seekonk River at the falls where the Blackstone River reaches sea level, establishing a village that would grow on both sides of the fast-running river. The city shaped the Industrial Revolution, reaching its manufacturing peak in the late 19th century. Many industries moved south or died out in the 20th century, leaving numerous vacant mills for which city officials continue to pursue adaptive reuse projects. Pawtucket is still home to the headquarters of toy manufacturer Hasbro. Its thriving arts and cultural scene includes the Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre, originally founded in Providence and now occupying the annex of the historic Pawtucket Armory, and the Hope Artiste Village, a mix of art studios, lofts, retail shops, light-industrial workshops, and the Met music venue.


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