I told them they shouldn’t have torn down the URI extension and the produce terminal. There was doubt whether the Providence Place Mall was going to work. My brother had a joke–he said there was a big ‘A’ in the basement, so when the Mall failed it would become Providence Palace Casino.
So now it’s, financially speaking, built on sand. Well, I never liked the way the water drips in the parking garage–the part they had to finish in a hurry. But it’s there, it’s not going away. It’s even kind of pretty on Waterfire nights, thanks to the Providence planners who nixed the original plan to present us a big wall and save the best face for the highway.
Can’t have a dead mall in the heart of the Creative Capital. Should RIPTA bus in teens from the deprived areas of Barrington and Johnston? It may be our only hope.