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Don't overbuild Blaisdell complex


POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Mar 05, 2014

~~<p>A quick glance at an aerial photo of the neighborhood makes it obvious that the revitalized &quot;cultural corridor&quot; that Mayor Kirk Caldwell envisions for urban Honolulu is no pie-in-the-sky idea. The strong anchors already exist along Ward Avenue, makai from the Honolulu Museum of Art and its adjacent art school, through Thomas Square Park and across King Street to the Neal S. Blaisdell Center performing arts and exhibition complex, which at 50 years old, is overdue for a major overhaul.</p>
<p>The question is not whether this worthy vision can be achieved, but how to do so in a way that makes the stretch a vibrant entertainment magnet for Oahu residents near and far, and not simply another gaudy commercial district.</p>
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A quick glance at an aerial photo of the neighborhood makes it obvious that the revitalized "cultural corridor" that Mayor Kirk Caldwell envisions for urban Honolulu is no pie-in-the-sky idea. The strong anchors already exist along Ward Avenue, makai from the Honolulu Museum of Art and its adjacent art school, through Thomas Square Park and across King Street to the Neal S. Blaisdell Center performing arts and exhibition complex, which at 50 years old, is overdue for a major overhaul.

The question is not whether this worthy vision can be achieved, but how to do so in a way that makes the stretch a vibrant entertainment magnet for Oahu residents near and far, and not simply another gaudy commercial district. Login for more...



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