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Let’s focus on renewing Oahu’s older neighborhoods

By Cynthia Oi

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Aug 08, 2013

~~<p>Three years back, the state Legislature considered a measure that would have wrested control of development in Kakaako from the Hawaii Community Development Authority and transferred it to the city and state.</p>
<p>The bill didn&rsquo;t fly. And as a collection of mostly market-value &mdash; meaning expensive &mdash; and luxury&nbsp; &mdash; meaning really, really expensive &mdash; high-rise projects skip through HCDA&rsquo;s random approval process, the city&rsquo;s elected officials can only stand by as a good chunk of Oahu&rsquo;s primary urban core is reshaped without their participation. </p>
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Three years back, the state Legislature considered a measure that would have wrested control of development in Kakaako from the Hawaii Community Development Authority and transferred it to the city and state.

The bill didn’t fly. And as a collection of mostly market-value — meaning expensive — and luxury  — meaning really, really expensive — high-rise projects skip through HCDA’s random approval process, the city’s elected officials can only stand by as a good chunk of Oahu’s primary urban core is reshaped without their participation. Login for more...



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