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Don't overlook small businesses


POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, May 28, 2013

~~<p>As much of urban Honolulu redevelops in the coming decades, there's been a lot of concern that the new communities include housing for people at the lower ends of the income scale as well as for those ready to move into posh condominiums. There's good reason for that concern, given Honolulu's chronic shortage of affordable housing units.</p>
<p>But the cost of places to live is only part of the urban-planning picture. Honolulu must make sure its business zones accommodate the mom-and-pops and a range of other small local businesses in the new city as well.</p>
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As much of urban Honolulu redevelops in the coming decades, there's been a lot of concern that the new communities include housing for people at the lower ends of the income scale as well as for those ready to move into posh condominiums. There's good reason for that concern, given Honolulu's chronic shortage of affordable housing units.

But the cost of places to live is only part of the urban-planning picture. Honolulu must make sure its business zones accommodate the mom-and-pops and a range of other small local businesses in the new city as well. Login for more...



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