Here are the things we are reading today:
- Hawaii has record-low unemployment and it’s not a frozen hellscape. Why are people leaving? (We think we know the answer.) From the Washington Post.
- Study: Ferry not feasible (via West Hawaii Today). Sorry folks, the Superferry is gone, and it ain't coming back.
- Once A Gas Station, Always A Gas Station? D.C. Sued Over Law Blocking Redevelopment - from WAMU radio. DC forces gas stations to stay in business.
- California lawmakers seek to stop ‘negligent’ utilities from hiking rates after disasters - from the Santa Rosa Press Democrat. If these are takings, then shouldn't we all be paying?
- East Harlem dry cleaner says city’s forcing him out of business after eminent domain dispute (via the New York Daily News). Same old story in NYC: nonblighted property declared blighted and subject to condemnation, courts helpless to do anything about it.
- Year in review: The Honolulu rail project: "The past year was an eventful one for Honolulu’s beleaguered rail project, with rail officials and lawmakers facing a $3 billion funding shortfall, a Federal Transit Administration deadline and a special session at the state Legislature to determine a funding mechanism for the project." (Pacific Business News)
- How Lincoln Center Was Built (It Wasn’t Pretty) (from the New York Times). (Hint: it was the same way that the New York Times was built.)