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Send Fane Packing

“My advice is, if you don’t like the way it looks, look in a different direction.” This was developer Jason Fane’s charm offensive three years ago when addressing the concerns of city residents who questioned the location of this oversized “luxury” condo tower. Now Fane has submitted this “new” design to the 195 Redevelopment District …

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NO To Police Surveillance Cameras

These are not just “license plate readers.” The cameras, now being installed around town for use by the Providence Police Department, will run 24-hours/day and will be recording much more data than your plate (see image below). Fortunately, some City Council members are tapping the brakes on this intrusive technology. Last night Helen Anthony, Rachel …

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New ‘Roadfood’ Unworthy Of PBS

And unworthy of your time. Shame on PBS, the home of Julia Child and Jacques Pépin. Their new show “Roadfood” is supposed to be an homage to Jane and Michael Stern, authors of the seminal “Roadfood” books, but the episode filmed in Rhode Island seems like a hastily researched treatment featuring a spectacularly unfit host. …

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Gov McKee — $3,000 To State Workers For Vaccination

Christmas is coming early for members of AFSCME*, the largest union of state workers, thanks to bonuses coming there way courtesy of the taxpayers of Rhode Island. Should their new contract be ratified as expected, Governor McKee will be providing two $1,500 bonuses to employees who have received a Covid vaccine. This is roughly $3,000 …

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Fane Tower Project Still Looms

Guess what did survive the pandemic. And just in time. With federal unemployment subsidies ending and eviction protections gone — let’s shovel money into the pockets of an out-of-town developer for a luxury apartment tower. (A Fane spokesperson calls them “market-rate apartments,” whatever that means. Clearly they are pivoting from the word “luxury.”) It has …

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Demolition Proposed For Wayland Square Landmark

The City Plan Commission will be holding a public information meeting in August for a major land development project in Wayland Square on the site of the former funeral home at 230 Waterman Street. The proposal includes demolition of the existing 1892 building (unprotected because it is not part of a local historic district) and …

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URI President David Dooley Retires In Disgrace

Outgoing URI President David Dooley has decided to allow convicted felon and treasonous QAnon supporter Michael Flynn to retain the honorary degree the university bestowed upon him in 2014 (ProJo 6.24.21) forever tarnishing the school’s reputation in the eyes of the world. The seditious campaign of this retired army general and former national security advisor …

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Sackler Family Values — First The Book, Now A Documentary

“Put simply, this book will make your blood boil.” That is the assessment of John Carreyrou in his New York Times review of “Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty” written by award-winning author Patrick Radden Keefe. The Sacklers are the Rhode Island family that owns Purdue Pharma, maker of OxyContin. Some …

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‘Acquire, Neglect, Obscure, Demolish’

Brown University’s relentless march to the sea continues with Brook Street in the crosshairs once again. The Fox Point Neighborhood Association has been rallying opposition to two proposed dorms on either side of Brook Street. Seen here is the Bagel Gourmet plaza and (below) the buildings on Charlesfield Street, all of which will be razed …

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AG Inquiry — Did Hospital Board Members Cut In Line

Because when we think of “hospital volunteers” we immediately picture the Board of Directors courageously sitting around a table voting on things. It now looks as if these brave Covid warriors have been cutting to the head of the vaccination line. According to the ProJo, Attorney General Peter Neronha has sent letters to the CEOs …

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Rep. Justin Price Has To Go

More glory for the Rhode Island Republican party. State Rep. Justin Price took part in the violent insurrection that took place in Washington D.C. on January 6th. Edward Fitzpatrick writes in the Boston Globe: In a series of tweets, Representative Justin Price, a Richmond Republican, said that he “marched to the Capitol” with “peaceful patriots,” …

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Sackler Means Death

I want to make sure something horrible turns up whenever future Sacklers google their family name. Ditto for the institutions that have plastered that name on buildings and wings, people who might actually care about their reputations. Now comes this development: Purdue Pharma Pleads Guilty to Criminal Charges for Opioid Sales (NYT 10.20.20). The Justice …

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