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Mayor Wright right for revamp


POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Jul 16, 2014

~~<p>It tells you something &mdash; about the project's age, primarily &mdash; that the state's second-largest public housing development was named after George F. Wright. He was mayor of Honolulu from 1931 until 1938, when he died aboard the Matson Lines ship, the SS Mariposa. The city honored him not that long afterward by constructing Mayor Wright Homes in 1953.</p>
<p>Keeping this 61-year-old complex in even safe and sanitary condition, the minimum standards under the federal programs that support it, has been challenging. Now the state has the opportunity to do a wholesale redevelopment, and officials are right to seize it.</p>
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It tells you something — about the project's age, primarily — that the state's second-largest public housing development was named after George F. Wright. He was mayor of Honolulu from 1931 until 1938, when he died aboard the Matson Lines ship, the SS Mariposa. The city honored him not that long afterward by constructing Mayor Wright Homes in 1953.

Keeping this 61-year-old complex in even safe and sanitary condition, the minimum standards under the federal programs that support it, has been challenging. Now the state has the opportunity to do a wholesale redevelopment, and officials are right to seize it. Login for more...



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