COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION SHOWCASES ADVANTAGES OF SUSTAINABLE URBAN DEVELOPMENT IN HONOLULU
Benefits Feature Less Urban Sprawl, Reduced Commuter Traffic, More Housing, Preservation of Agricultural Lands, and Increased Public Transportation Usage
HONOLULU: A community organization committed to promoting sustainable urban development in Honolulu has introduced a public information effort to educate residents statewide about its benefits to Hawai‘i’s future and quality of life.
Called Hawai‘i Moving Ahead, the nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization was recently formed by longtime Hawai‘i businessmen Jim Boersma and Bob Fishman, in response to concerns that the outcry opposing new housing development in urban Honolulu was overshadowing the advantages it brings to the surrounding communities and for residents island-wide.
“Honolulu is a great city and all the great cities of the world have a thriving urban core that supports the economic vitality of the region and provides an abundance of housing, shopping and lifestyle advantages for its residents,” said Jim Boersma, Co-Executive Director of Hawai‘i Moving Ahead. “Opposing planned, sustainable urban development in Honolulu without weighing the future benefits is taking a short-sighted view that doesn't resolve the problems that families and communities are being forced to confront in today’s Hawaii.”
Fishman, also Co-Executive Director of Hawai‘i Moving Ahead, noted, “Providing new, diversified and affordable urban core housing in Honolulu is an effective way to limit urban sprawl in Ewa and windward communities and help lessen the strain of increased traffic on our roadways island-wide.”
Honolulu’s urban core neighborhoods that are the focus of this public information effort include the downtown Honolulu/Chinatown area, Kaka‘ako, the Kapiolani/Ala Moana corridor, and Ward Village. The benefits of a supporting a sustainable and vibrant urban core include:
- Less urban sprawl in outlying communities
- More affordable housing opportunities closer to work
- Reduced traffic congestion created by commuters
- Preservation of rural lands for agricultural usage instead of
- Increased usage of public transportation
- Promotion of pedestrian and bike-friendly communities
- Improved energy efficiency and lower emissions of greenhouse gases
To inform the public about the advantages of supporting sustainable urban development in Honolulu’s urban core neighborhoods, Hawai‘i Moving Ahead has launched a new website, www.HawaiiMovingAhead.org, and is sharing its message through TV and radio commercials and print advertisements. The public information effort is being supported through donations by companies and individuals that support the concept of carefully planned, sustainable development for Honolulu and its residents.
Jim Boersma, Co-Executive Director