Edgewood: A Streetcar Suburb

Goldenberg memorializes Edgewood’s trolley roots


By Don Fowler

Documentary filmmaker David Goldenberg recently screened his latest documentary short film, “Edgewood: A Streetcar Suburb,” before a full house at Cranston’s Hall Library.

Using vintage postcards, newspaper articles and photos, film clips and recollections of senior citizens, Goldenberg – a Cranston resident – created a fascinating film about a forgotten era when Cranston and Warwick were key destinations for leisure activities along the eastern shore of Rhode Island.

“Edgewood was a ‘streetcar suburb’ shaped by Broad Street and Eddy Street – Edgewood lines, Goldenberg explained. “After the tracks were removed from Narragansett Boulevard in 2017, a sculpture was created from retrieved pieces.”

Working with the Edgewood Waterfront Preservation Association, Goldenberg
is seeking contributions to meet the cost of landscaping and placing the sculpture
at the corner of Sefton Drive and Narragansett Boulevard – the former “end of the line.”

A historic marker next to the sculpture will explain how trolleys shaped the neighborhood.

Tax-deductible contributions can be sent to EWPA, 1438 Narragansett Blvd., Cranston, RI 02905, marking checks “trolley memorial.”

For more information about the project, go to http://stillhousecove.org/end-of-the-line/.


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