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Don't throw out HCDA baby with bathwater


POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Feb 02, 2014

~~<p>Kakaako redevelopment, for decades a topic that primarily inhabited blueprints and board- rooms, is now very real to many more people than ever before, and many are unhappy. The uproar has put the state office overseeing the work in the crosshairs, producing an impulse to constrain the agency, or even kill it.</p>
<p>The plain fact is, there is a need for the Hawaii Community Development Authority to exist, and even to have some measure of autonomy. But there still is room for improvements in accommodating community input, over- seeing development standards and defining how the authority itself is governed.</p>
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Kakaako redevelopment, for decades a topic that primarily inhabited blueprints and board- rooms, is now very real to many more people than ever before, and many are unhappy. The uproar has put the state office overseeing the work in the crosshairs, producing an impulse to constrain the agency, or even kill it.

The plain fact is, there is a need for the Hawaii Community Development Authority to exist, and even to have some measure of autonomy. But there still is room for improvements in accommodating community input, over- seeing development standards and defining how the authority itself is governed. Login for more...



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