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Friday, December 3, 2010

A New Landscape for Chinatown?

A New Landscape for Chinatown?

OK, let’s admit it: the River Street side of Chinatown isn’t quite Honolulu's crown jewel. The Nuuanu Stream is often clogged with half-submerged shopping carts and plastic bags, and the cast of characters in the neighborhood tends to the motley.

But there’s also a lot to love about the place, and the Hawaii chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (HASLA) is hoping a redesign plan can revitalize the Riverwalk. Lorenda Lo, a local landscape designer, says, “It’s a pro bono project, mainly about what we can do to help improve the stream corridor, both cleaning up the water, and working on the environment surrounding it, from Nimitz all the way up to the H-1.”

HASLA has been working on the plan for about a year now; its first workshop is this weekend at the Chinatown Cultural Plaza’s Dr. Sun Yat Sen Hall (Saturday, December 4, 2:30 to 5 p.m.), and is open to anyone with an interest in improving the community. The architects will be presenting updates on their study, showing some rough concepts on how the Nuuanu Stream Corridor could be spruced up, and gathering comments and concerns from those in attendance.

It’s just one step in a process that will likely take several years, but Lo says she’s looking forward to seeing how it turns out.

For more details regarding the Chinatown Riverwalk Revitalization and Downtown Connectivity Study, check out www.greenchinatown.org.

Posted on Friday, December 3, 2010 in Permalink

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Senior Writer Michael Keany has worked at HONOLULU Magazine since 2004, covering everything from architecture to entertainment. He’s a graduate of UH’s School of Journalism and lives in McCully. He blogs about Hawaii architecture, history and urban planning.

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