Thursday, November 06, 2008
Rail route may shift again--why not, no one is planning this
by Larry Geller
Surprise, in the absence of any urban planning in Honolulu, today’s paper prepares us for another shift in the rail route, and perhaps more juggling of cost estimates.
"With that (Tuesday's) vote, we should be able to take a look at all options available to us," [councilman Nestor] Garcia said. "I wouldn't mind having that (airport route) discussion again.
"If we're going to put something on the ground, let's do it right." [Honolulu Advertiser, City may revisit airport rail stop, 11/5/2008]
To do it right would mean planning communities first, then deciding what kind of a transit system would serve them best and where it should go.
But that would be urban planning. This Council prefers entertainment.
The problem is that planning is supposed to be an administration function and done from the departmental planner level on up, with publicly vetted community development plans leading to a general plan. But any administrative planning in Honolulu seems to be done by mayoral edict. and legislated therefore politically based on alliances with and against the person, not the plan... because there isn’t a plan.
Do you even have a planning department over there? I don’t think I’ve ever seen it mentioned in the paper.
But then I suppose it’s a huge joke for someone on Kaua`i to comment negatively on your planning process over there.
Well,the planning and permitting dept. is busy right now. They've been
reviewing my $8,000 garage demolition and rebuild for 3 months now. Still waiting for an answer for a permit applied for in July