Taveras and a New Providence

Angel Taveras' inauguration ceremony is kicking off. The air is brisk. Spanish is heard as often as English. There is an air of the new. Advance copies of the mayor's speech are circulating, in English and in Spanish. Here's the open:

Honorable elected officials, family and distinguished guests from near and far, good afternoon and welcome to Rhode Island’s great capital City – Providence.
Not far from where we are now gathered, Roger Williams planted the seed that would become Providence, Rhode Island: a community that refused to conform blindly, refused to accept the conventional wisdom of their time. This strong belief in self-determination helped develop Providence into a bustling city, where creativity and resourcefulness have been celebrated and encouraged ever since.
Today, Providence is home to history once again as I stand here, ready to begin work as Providence’s 37th Mayor.

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