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Can urban density done right work for Honolulu?

October 20th, 2014 · 8 Comments

A Seattle Times columnist reviewed a book on urban design over the weekend, and it adds a useful perspective to our noticeable popular aversion to urban density, illustrated by the opposition to dense development in Kakaako (“Ingredients that make a happy city/Urban density done right makes for happy cities, advocate says“). The columnist, Jerry Large, […]

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Tags: environment · Health · Planning · Politics

The impact of ultra-luxury but empty condominiums

August 30th, 2014 · 7 Comments

A comment left on a recent post about housing made an interesting point that I think is worth sharing more broadly (here’s the original post, “Looking back: The housing crisis in 1991“). Here’s an excerpt from the long comment by the reader who uses the name, “compare and decide.” One aspect of luxury condominiums that […]

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Tags: Economics · environment · Politics

Looking back: The housing crisis in 1991

August 17th, 2014 · 33 Comments

I noticed that the Star-Advertiser ran an editorial this morning urging more action to address the housing needs of the lowest income residents of our city (“Candidates need a plan for housing“). It draws on a recently issued report from the Hawaii Appleseed Center for Law and Economic Justice (“Hawai‘i’s Affordable Housing Crisis: The High […]

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Tags: Consumer issues · environment · Politics

Erosion takes a big bite out of beach park in Kaaawa

August 11th, 2014 · 7 Comments

The severe tides and waves that we’ve been experiencing have caused extensive erosion over the past couple of weeks along the beach fronting Kalaeoio Beach Park at the entrance to Kaaawa. Tons of sand have washed away, threatening at least one large tree in the park. There is always substantial seasonal shifting of sand, as […]

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Tags: environment · Kaaawa · Photographs

Still waiting for Iselle

August 8th, 2014 · 5 Comments

We managed to go out for an abbreviated walk this morning in the shadow of Tropical Storm Iselle. We left the house about 6:20 a.m., took a few photos at Swanzy Beach Park, then headed for home again. There was heavy cloud cover and intermittent rain, with some wind, but nothing serious. Yet. Here are […]

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Tags: environment · Kaaawa · Photographs