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Protect the view from the road


POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Jan 03, 2014

~~<p>&quot;Lucky we live Hawaii&quot; is the phrase that comes to mind whenever residents take a moment to appreciate the beauty of their surroundings. On Oahu, those occasions come along too infrequently. Vistas of land, sea and sky are obscured because heads get buried in daily activities and worries, and because the vistas themselves become obscured by urban development.</p>
<p>The importance of that respite to the visiting tourists and local residents alike makes the state's decisions to add four new &quot;scenic byways&quot; to the existing list of four all the more welcome. On this island, there are great long expanses of highway where it's easy to forget that the Pacific Ocean is a rock's throw away. That concern underlies many land-use debates, over developments from Turtle Bay to Kakaako.</p>
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"Lucky we live Hawaii" is the phrase that comes to mind whenever residents take a moment to appreciate the beauty of their surroundings. On Oahu, those occasions come along too infrequently. Vistas of land, sea and sky are obscured because heads get buried in daily activities and worries, and because the vistas themselves become obscured by urban development.

The importance of that respite to the visiting tourists and local residents alike makes the state's decisions to add four new "scenic byways" to the existing list of four all the more welcome. On this island, there are great long expanses of highway where it's easy to forget that the Pacific Ocean is a rock's throw away. That concern underlies many land-use debates, over developments from Turtle Bay to Kakaako. Login for more...



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