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August 20, 2010

Local connection: embracing progress

Do you embrace progress, or are you suspicious of it? I want to suggest that the answers yes and no are both wrong. The correct answer is - it depends. I'm a year older than I was last year. That's progress, but I'm not sure it's a good thing!  In Hawaii, land is scarce. We can see its limits clearly before us. You know, that blue stuff. So we don't always welcome development the way people may in areas with wide open spaces.

Don Graham, who died a few days ago at the age of 96, developed Ala Moana Center, which opened in 1959. The same day he passed, the state put out a statistics book that shows Hawaii's population has doubled since then. Opposing development as a knee-jerk thing is wrong, but, we should take an active role in studying proposed developments. When Don Graham died he was working on affordable housing. For him that was personal progress. We can learn from his example.