And yet that's precisely what has happened. Demolition and property acquisition proceeded despite a lack of funding. You're well aware of that if you're a regular reader of this blog.
James Gill at the Times-Picayune points out just how foolhardy the backers of the proposed UMC hospital have been - and notes that signficant hurdles and uncertainties remain.
After mentioning that the proposed hospital would need an unsustainable $70 million annual subsidy, he also does something that I'm sure will raise the ire of folks at LSU and the state - he re-floats the idea of going back into Charity Hospital.