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'Smart Growth'

Planning how your children will live, work and play

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Smart Growth offers a different vision for auto-oriented areas like this Pearl City stretch of Kamehameha Highway. Over the next three pages, see how the area could be transformed using Smart Growth ideas.
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As the transformation begins, buildings – not parking lots – now front the streets. The addition of pedestrian-friendly sidewalks and bike lanes put the focus on people, not cars.
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In the next stage, infill construction and mixed uses create a more urban feel. These pictures are the work of Urban Advantages, a consulting firm that provides clients with visual tools to help explain Smart Growth.
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In this final illustration, medians, narrower roads and on-street parking help create a more walkable district.
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Dec 31, 2009 02:54 am
 Posted by  Publius808

Your assumption that "[l]and-use planning . . . shapes the way you live" and suggestion that smart growth is the cure is Pollyannish.

Land use development is more influenced by market forces and available financing, which in turn is driven by consumer preferences and economic realities. Ware's observations are realistic and more appropriate for a magazine with "business" in its title.

Also consider that HI is one of the most regulated land use states and among few with a planning act.

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