Since I don't follow the news about Hawaii very much, I was very surprised to see this article in the New York Times about a 20-mile mass transit line to be built in Honolulu. I have to admit that I do not much like the idea of an ugly elevated line going through the city center, but it would clearly be easier to build it that way in the less developed parts. However, since apparently one of the reasons for building it is to encourage development, some people are going to be stuck in the shadows no matter what.
I certainly did not know that the population of Honolulu is approaching one million.
You know, I don't live on O'ahu, but I know well how horrendous their traffic problems are (the commutes are well over an hour for most people to drive into town) - so I really don't know if I "should" have an opinion on this since I don't experience the issues that they deal with every day.
However, I hate the idea of an elevated line - it will impact the area horrendously aesthetically and in a place that prides itself on being a beautiful tropical island - I think it will be a huge blight on the land.
But then again - I don't deal with the commutes that residents over there do, so that is just my opinion as an "off-island" resident.
Honolulu is a big city - it feels every bit like any other big mainland city - except for better weather and some palm trees! We always have to "gear up" to drive over there for instance - the driving style is very aggressive and since Kaua'i is known for being very laid-back (we stop and let people into traffic with a smile and a wave most of the time for instance) - we do have to switch gears and drive differently - and then of course - switch back again when we (thankfully) get home!
The elevated railway is a HUGE issue on the plate right now - so it will be interesting to see how this political year ends - pro or con.