Privatization of Kennedy Plaza, Scaring Away Panhandlers Won’t End Homelessness

Privatization of Kennedy Plaza, Scaring Away Panhandlers Won’t End Homelessness

PROVIDENCE — The solution to this complex societal issue doesn’t lie with increasing police presence, outlawing panhandling and keeping the less fortunate out of Kennedy Plaza. In fact, laws and policies designed to criminalize and demean poverty and homelessness only perpetuate the real problem: a growing chasm between the rich and poor that is slowly ripping society apart.

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Resource-Devouring Dinosaurs Trample Rhode Island's Remaining Forests

Rhode Island seems determined to resurrect 20th-century dinosaurs. But crafty politicians and sly investors have changed the behemoths’ names to soothe public fears. Strip malls are now dynamic regional hubs of activity. A rest area is a travel plaza and welcome center. Natural-gas infrastructure is a bridge fuel. An office park is now called a corporate campus.

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