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Flood risk too costly to ignore

Rhode Island has so far escaped what has been a very active hurricane season, but the danger of flooding is a fact of life...
NEW USES: East Providence Mayor Roberto DaSilva says waterfront redevelopment will help the city attract more residents and visitors. He’s pictured on a public pier at the Kettle Point development. / PBN FILE PHOTO/ MICHAEL SALERNO

Pandemic hasn’t stopped momentum for redevelopment in East Prov.

It’s too soon to predict the pandemic’s long-term effects on development across the state and region, but the early signs in East Providence are...

Lifespan, CNE must prove merger’s worth

If persistence were always rewarded, then Lifespan Corp. and Care New England Health System would see their planned merger win quick approval by the...
BUSINESS RECOVERY: Attorney John A. Dorsey, an administrator for the R.I. Judiciary’s Business Recovery Plan, says participation in the program won’t hurt a business’s credit. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

R.I. court program offers struggling businesses a lifeline

Have there been too many state and federal support programs competing for the attention of local businesses during the pandemic? That may sound crazy in...

Nonprofits are making an impact

The news is the type easily overlooked amid daily headlines reporting new COVID-19 deaths, mounting job losses and other often weighty pandemic developments. Two nonprofits...
PAST DUE: 
Property owner Ilanna Ball says she’s owed more than $25,000 in unpaid rent. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Act now to avert eviction crisis

State leaders must begin making hard, painful decisions in the coming weeks on state spending during a pandemic-induced recession, including where to direct millions...

Wanted: poll workers in R.I.

For the first time in Rhode Island, mail ballots topped in-person voting in the spring presidential primary. Election officials in several communities have good reason...
EMPTY SEATS: Yoleni’s co-owner John Philippides, left, and marketing manager Danny Willis say their business and many others in downtown Providence are dependent on college students returning to the city this month and next.  / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Helping Providence’s downtown is boost for the entire state

Providence is the engine that drives Rhode Island’s economy. And the downtown is the capital city’s heartbeat. It’s been that way since a transformation that...

Change is coming at Metacomet

Development doesn’t always equal progress and prosperity, or the certain destruction of natural resources and residential neighborhoods. The truth is rarely so black and white....

COVID-19 fight far from won

Rhode Island continues to do better than many other states in limiting major outbreaks of COVID-19. But such success can be fleeting, as we’ve...

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