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Affordable Housing Project Fails From Community Opposition in Honolulu

The final demise of a closely watched, controversial affordable housing project was reported this week in Honolulu.
September 25, 2020, 8am PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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Honolulu City Councilmembers voted down a proposed affordable housing project that would have added 73 units in Kailua, the day after the developers of the project withdrew their proposal after months of opposition from the local community.

An article by KITV Island News provides the brief account of the project's demise, a spate of earlier articles in various local media outlets detailed the troubling nature of a development controversy over affordable housing in a region struggling with a shortage of affordable housing options, just like so many other parts of the United States.

Brian Canevari wrote on the subject for a "Community Voice" piece published by Honolulu Civil beat in June. Evelyn Aczon Hao, Keith Webster, John Kawamoto published another "Community Voice" piece in the same publication in July. The articles call for changes to the law and to the culture of development, to ensure that more affordable housing is built to address the housing crisis on Oahu. 

The Associated Press also picked up news of the development controversy in June, as did local TV station KHON.

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Published on Wednesday, September 23, 2020 in KITV4
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