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City to ask Kalihi, downtown residents about rail

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 12:29 a.m. HST, Oct 24, 2011

Honolulu plans to hold community workshops in downtown and Kalihi this week to ask residents what kind of development they would like to see around commuter rail stations in their neighborhoods.

The city also wants to ask residents how public spaces around their stations could be improved.

Planning and permitting department officials will speak to downtown residents at the Hawaii Community Development Authority on Cooke Street on Monday.

On Tuesday, they will head to Kalihi for a meeting with residents at the Farrington High School library. Both meetings are scheduled for 6 p.m.

Six rail stations are planned for these neighborhoods in downtown, Chinatown, Iwilei, Kapalama, Kalihi and Middle Street.

The city is seeking input on residential and commercial development, industrial and waterfront uses, park enhancements and transportation improvements.

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ffejhonolulu wrote:
Kill the rail!!
on October 23,2011 | 04:48PM
pakeheat wrote:
amen to that, if you live in downtown, why you need to use rail? I hope the majority will come out and speak out against this project.
on October 23,2011 | 06:09PM
Oye_Como_Va wrote:
No way. Our Mayor said that the majority of voters voted in the affirmative for steel on steel rail and the cost that goes along with it. They want their own Disneyland ride to the Ewa plains. All the Union workers are in favor of rail since they are assured a job if it is built. That way instead of parking at the Waikiki Shell they can use rail to go to work and back home.
on October 23,2011 | 10:49PM
pakeheat wrote:
Oye, I didn't know that Union workers can park at the Waikiki Shell, LOL. BTW, rail does not go to Waikiki so please stop drinking the kool-aid it might help you get the facts straight.
on October 23,2011 | 11:59PM
butinski wrote:
How about massage parlors around each station? Rail commuters will double.
on October 23,2011 | 04:58PM
Oye_Como_Va wrote:
Yes, they will. Even Obama's close friend will ride the rail to the massage palors for some special massage.
on October 23,2011 | 11:23PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
This news is released on Sunday at 3:30 when the meetings are planned for Monday and Tuesday? Nicely done HART people, you've once again guaranteed a minimal turnout. That whole transparency stuff was overrated anyway.
on October 23,2011 | 04:58PM
Why not ask the people of East Oahu, North Shore and the Windward side about the rail project. They will get very little benefit from the rail but will pay the same costs as everybody else. And if they don't, they will all be thrown in jail as being tax cheats. It must be a good feeling for the government to able to use the power of the State to extort money from constituents to pay for their projects while they recieve generous campaign donations from favored unions and contractors. I feel for the people who have to forfeit hard earned money that could benefit their family to pay higher taxes for a rail that they will hardly ever use. Its really tough being part of the 99%.
on October 23,2011 | 05:17PM
islandsun wrote:
Vote the Mayor and city council members out of office in the next go around. Our roads and sewers should be a priority with this money.
on October 23,2011 | 05:28PM
pakeheat wrote:
Residential development? In downtown, who are you kidding? What you think the cost for living close to town going to be? Cheap, LOL. Just more feel good promises but just more smoke screen.
on October 23,2011 | 06:12PM
farmbuoy wrote:
Rail is a joke. It is not the right answer to the traffic problem. Traffic is not a serious problem in the summer when school is out. Isn't there a solution in that somewhere?
on October 24,2011 | 03:50AM
clum56 wrote:
With all of the rail stations being considered in the 6 areas, what are going to happen to the residents and businesses in the areas. I know that in the Kapalama area it is mosty subsidised housing, where are these residents going to be relocated to and how are they going to pay for possbily higher rents.. More money from the city will go towards low income housing I guess... Auwe for the businesses and residents that will be affected by the rail being built.
on October 24,2011 | 03:55AM
bender wrote:
The development decisions were made long ago. This is just a dog and pony show they are putting on the make the area residents feel involved. One more way to fool the residents. I wonder what HART would say if the residents told them to build parking lots and that they didn't want any development. Bet they get developed anyway.
on October 24,2011 | 05:52AM
hilocal wrote:
You're right. The hearings are shibai.
on October 24,2011 | 06:46AM
mcc wrote:
How about another choice? NO RAIL!!!
on October 24,2011 | 07:08AM
Anonymous wrote:
These meetings are always a sham. The audience is peppered with paid people who steer the conversation the way they are paid to do. The city could care less what the public thinks but has to put on a show to look concerned. Also, who is putting ont he show and what are they charging the rail fund? Mufi's campaign manager "earned" $500,000 for community outreach as did former councilman John DeSoto who earned $150,000. It's just a means to spread the money around doing nothing for big money.
on October 24,2011 | 07:44AM
KMT wrote:
These meetings are to help guide development around the transit stations. This is NOT about rail.
on October 24,2011 | 02:21PM
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