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May 19, 2011

Progress Report

What is progress? Well, that usually depends on who you ask. Many people think progress on the North Shore of Oahu involves construction and redevelopment  with new roads and some job security for residents going forward. Others believe that we should keep the country "country", and are adamant about not defiling the landscape, in their minds, through more homes or hotels or whatever change might be envisioned by businessmen.

And then there's the Oahu rail project. Many see the progress in having a hopefully efficient, well-thought out transportation service to help reduce our carbon footprint and reduce our ubiquitous traffic problems between leeward Oahu and the downtown area. Others see this concept as an inefficient, short-term-thinking blight on our landscape, a project due to fail with cost overruns and passenger under-utilization. Yet another lawsuit was filed last week by a group of citizens who think this rail project will not do what its supporters suggest and will have "significant, negative effects on the environment".

So progress, like beauty, is truly in the eye of the beholder. And the tangible proof of progress is usually realized only after a project or change is reviewed in hindsight, when you can somewhat objectively see if the end results and reality met the expectations and promises. But it is certainly a constant tug on all of our hearts, minds, and purse strings when disparate groups argue about what best constitutes progress for our cities and state. Think about it…

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