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Soccer project has support PawSox lacked

Pawtucket’s future looks brighter thanks to a proposed $400 million development that includes a soccer stadium, hotel, mixed-use and commercial space, and an indoor...
COUNCIL BYPASS: A Providence City Council finance panel’s recent vote to effectively block a $39 million project from getting to the full council suggests it is time such projects be allowed to follow an administrative, rather than political, approval process.

City must stop throwing roadblocks in front of worthy developers

Despite all the talk about making Providence more hospitable for developers, some city officials continue to throw roadblocks in front of worthy projects. The latest...
FRIENDLY FACE: Tom’s Market in Tiverton saw increased sales in the months after an April strike at Stop & Shop. Cashier Elizabeth Pence, right, speaks with a customer. / PBN FILE PHOTO/
MIKE SKORSKI

Consumers win in high-stakes supermarket food fight

Labor unrest at supermarket giant Stop & Shop in April was at least a temporary boon for many of Rhode Island’s independent markets. While they...

Raimondo trip pays dividend

Gov. Gina M. Raimondo’s leadership of the Democratic Governor’s Association paid a local dividend with the recent signing of an agreement with Ben-Gurion University...
BUY LOCAL: Annie Philbrick, standing, owner of Savoy Bookshop & Café in Westerly, visits with customers in 2017. The shop is one of many Rhode Island businesses hoping shoppers buy local this holiday season. / PBN FILE PHOTO/BRIAN MCDONALD

When local retailers do well, so does rest of the state

The National Retail Federation is projecting another strong holiday shopping season, with retail sales up between 3.8% and 4.2% over 2018. Many local communities...

Why not try honorary ambassadors?

The late Robert J. Healey Jr. endeared himself to many Rhode Islanders during three unsuccessful runs for lieutenant governor, primarily on a platform of...

Let businesses see how their money helps schools

A recent PBN.com poll asked whether business leaders should heed R.I. Education Commissioner Angélica Infante-Green’s call to do more to help Providence’s struggling public...
RIPTA CEO Scott Avedisian, at a stop at Kennedy Plaza in downtown Providence. He says feedback from riders on the state’s plan to create multiple bus hubs in downtown Providence has been mixed. / PBN FILE PHOTO/ RUPERT WHITELEY

Don’t try to satisfy everyone with downtown transit plan

In trying to serve all interests with its plan to create multiple bus hubs in downtown Providence, the R.I. Department of Transportation is in...

Data alone no help to patients

Health care providers and insurers have access to more information on costs, pricing and quality of services than they sometimes know how to share...
LACKING LEVERAGE: Gov. Gina. M. Raimondo wants state lawmakers to give Rhode Island’s Department of Public Utilities and Carriers the same authority to fine utilities that Massachusetts and other states have. / PBN FILE PHOTO/ELI SHERMAN

State must have same leverage as Mass. to hold utility accountable

Gov. Gina M. Raimondo has had National Grid Rhode Island in her sights since an ­October 2017 storm that left tens of thousands of...
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