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Lightbulb Re: Isn't construction actually good?

Originally Posted by cabanalane View Post
isn't construction a good thing? For some, for many? Doesn't it create jobs? $$$ in the economy? True, not everything is about money. But it is for the local guy that need to feed his family and afford his house.

Those who hate development have a louder voice. Those who benefit from it often remain quiet. Why is that? Is it because it's not PC?
Originally Posted by Ron Whitfield View Post
it's not good the way they've done it.
and it doesn't provide too many jobs or spur our economy all that much.
Oahu could have been the model example to lead the world in myriad ways yet has failed every time.
Ron Whitfield nails it big time. HART is the perfect example of how developers have failed Hawai‘i — to its utmost detriment. You have to ask yourself how an island with barely a million people would ever need rail transit. And so desperately that we would settle for ancient technology — “steel-on-steel” — because it was somehow cheaper that way. $9.1 billion later, we’ve learned how utterly false that was.

The answer is the FAILURE of developers to deliver on promises of a “Second City.” That second city was SUPPOSED to be Mililani. A master-planned urban center with its own city hall. Its own judiciary. Its own “downtown.” But it never happened. Sure people have their excuses. It was the “red dirt,” right?

Now they’ve been touting Kapolei. Excuse me, but if this “second city” is ever going to happen, a train into town is like throwing in the towel! It’s like saying, well, we HOPE Kapolei will work. But we don’t really CARE if it does. We’re building this train on the assumption that Kapolei will be just another bedroom community. Like Mililani.

And while we’re at it, we have cabanalane to sell you “transit-oriented-development.” Which basically means even MORE residential development — NOT major business and industrial hubs of employment. Whatever. As long as the lion’s share of cash ends up in the developer’s pockets, right? Sad.

We can’t be so fixated on our desire to preserve the rights of ordinary Americans.

— U.S. President Bill Clinton
USA TODAY, page 2A
11 March 1993
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