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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Twittering about Traffic

Gas. Bike. Traffic. Plane. Bus. Freeway.

The upcoming 50th anniversary of statehood gets a high-concept Twitter treatment at hi2059.org. The site grabs Hawai‘i tweets with transportation-related keywords and throws them into a continuous stream. Refresh the page a few times and you’ll get a not-quite-random peek into the zeitgeist of Honolulu roadways.

ATTN Drivers. Shell gas on Ward ave is 10c cheaper den waipahu. dat means it da same price w/ better quality gas den costco. Shell Vpower FTW!
via s2pidyeah

Bought a new gas guzzler today! Tacoma to be exact :) At least I won't waste as much gas as I would if I lived on Oahu...damn traffic!
via Sassy_Ashley

Police solo bike catching speeders h1 ewa bound by the airport
via laynem

traffic sucks.
via _xLiax_

The site is the brainchild of Chris Kalima from the Airspace Workshop design studio. It’s an outgrowth of the recent 2059 art installation at the Honolulu Academy of Arts, which reflected on Hawai‘i’s next 50 years. (2009 + 50 = 2059)

In a mission statement, Kalima writes, “While we enjoy reminiscing about Liberty House and Kam Drive-In, we realize that fifty years into statehood, Hawaii finds itself facing some critical issues. Issues that will require us to look forward, not backward."

He says he’s still in the process of developing the site, but one thing seems clear already: traffic sucks.

HI2059.org is just one of Kalima’s online projects; check out www.radnotsad.com for daily doses of awesomeness.

Posted on Tuesday, July 21, 2009 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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