For years, we've been waiting and waiting for a long-planned big medical building to be built on Providence's North Main Street near the Miriam Hospital. It would both improve healthcare in our area and lead to an economic renaissance of that strip of North Main. Indeed, the building could be the start of a "medical half-mile'' there, with all sorts of businesses, not just medical, being spawned by it.
Why oh why is it being held up? The public wants it. And it could keep many Rhode Island patients and their friends and family from taking their business to nearby Massachusetts.