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Honolulu Light Rail to Open in June

The city’s first light rail line will finally begin service after more than a half century of planning.

May 18, 2023 - Hawaii Public Radio


'Monster Homes' Not the Desired Density Solution for Oahu

Questions of density, and how to add it to single-family neighborhoods, abound in this article focusing on Honolulu and other communities on Oahu.

March 2, 2022 - Honolulu Civil Beat

Downtown Honolulu as seen from the top of Diamond Head

Upzoning Bill Permits More Density in Honolulu

A bill that allows higher density in certain Honolulu neighborhoods could reduce the cost of development and create more affordable housing units.

February 9, 2022 - Hawaii Business Magazine

HART Rail Honolulu

Ideas for Urban Resilience

Five experts reflect on developing trends and future possibilities for resilience in Honolulu and other cities.

July 7, 2021 - Hawaii Business Magazine

Honolulu, Hawaii

Students Help With Harbor Planning in Hawaii

University of Hawaii graduate students explored the potential for improvements to the Ala Wai Small Boat Harbor, an important coastal public space in Honolulu.

January 17, 2021 - University of Hawai'i News

Pacific Ocean Beaches

Study: Oahu Could Lose 40 Percent of its Beaches by 2050

A new study calls for changes to coastal management policies to better protect sandy shorelines retreating under the pressure of rising sea levels.

September 28, 2020 - The Honolulu Star Advertiser


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 - KITV4

Pacific Ocean Beaches

Imagine Honolulu Without its Beaches

Beaches and parks on Oahu are closed to the public once again as the city attempts to control the spread of COVID-19.

August 11, 2020 - The Honolulu Star Advertiser

Honolulu, Hawaii

Successful Honolulu Open Street Program Extended

Due to its popularity, Honolulu is extending the Kalakaua Open Street Sundays program through the end of July. The program was first launched on June 14 in a collaboration between the city and the Hawaii Bicycling League.

July 15, 2020 - Pacific Business News

Park Closure

Coronavirus Success: The Unusual Story Behind the State with the Lowest Infection Rate

Like New Zealand, another island has achieved success in reducing viral spread. The ability to quarantine travelers to Hawaii was crucial, but the virus had already arrived. Health professionals played key roles which, at times, led to conflict.

June 23, 2020 - Politico Magazine

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U.S. Cities Where Homeowners Stay Put the Longest

A study identifies cities where people stay in their homes longer, and they tend to be at either end of the income and home values spectrum.

February 14, 2020 - The New York Times


A Call for Congestion Pricing in Hawaii

Everyone pays a high price for the congestion and pollution of car dependence, according to this article, so maybe drivers should start paying more for the privilege.

February 12, 2020 - Honolulu Civil Beat


Climate Mayors Make Their Case to Climate Senators at their First Hearing

Five "climate mayors" addressed the Senate Democrats’ Special Committee on the Climate Crisis at their fist hearing on July 17, titled, “A Blueprint for Success: U.S. Climate Action at the Local Level.” Transportation was a major issue.

August 2, 2019 - Curbed

Honolulu Rail Transit

Federal Subpoenas for Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation

Bad news for Honolulu's troubled rail transit project: new federal scrutiny and a potential criminal investigation.

February 15, 2019 - Honolulu Civil Beat

Downtown Honolulu as seen from the top of Diamond Head

Affordable Micro-Housing on the Rise in Honolulu

In a first for the island state, a partnership effort has initiated the construction of affordable units in Honolulu averaging 300 square feet apiece.

August 21, 2018 - Hawaii News Now


Honolulu, Pittsburgh Lead the U.S. in Livability

Honolulu and Pittsburgh have made a cottage industry of leading the United States on the quality of life index produced by The Economist.

August 20, 2018 - The Economist Intelligence Unit


Honolulu Mayor Tells All City Departments to Prepare for Sea Level Rise

The city of Honolulu has decided to treat sea level rise as an urgent matter, requiring all the resources of the city.

July 24, 2018 - Hawaii New Now

Downtown Honolulu as seen from the top of Diamond Head

Honolulu, Modernist Paradise

Despite its immeasurable geographic and cultural distinctiveness, there is perhaps no American city that has embraced Modernist city planning as fully as Honolulu has.

May 15, 2018 - Common Edge Collaborative

Trailer Park

How Mobile Homes Fill a 'Critical Gap' in Affordable Housing

Cities across America have a housing crisis on their hands—should they be talking more about trailer parks?

April 27, 2018 - CityLab

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The Best Cities for Transit

Redfin's most recent ranking of public transit access features some serious moves, both up and down the list.

February 23, 2018 - Redfin

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Urban Design for Planners 1: Software Tools

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Planning for Universal Design

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