Providence city officials and some homeless advocates are voicing skepticism about the wisdom of opening a daytime homeless shelter, casting doubt on whether the Taveras Administration will agree to Occupy Providence's demand for such a shelter in exchange for leaving Burnside Park.
But the city appears to be taking the thrust of the Occupiers' demands - better care for the homeless this winter - seriously. What an alternate plan might look like is not yet clear. And whether Occupy will agree to such a plan is not clear either.
Both sides, though, seem to want the same thing: a dignified Burnside exit for Occupy, as the weather grows colder.
How long it will take to come to an agreement is anyone's guess.