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The story behind the story

The latest Honolulu Weekly looks at local news media’s less-than-aggressive coverage of the Natatorium issue… and what happened when the Weekly’s managing editor, Adrienne LaFrance, tried to ask the tough questions. Read her story here and then tell us in the comments what you think. Have Honolulu’s reporters covered the Natatorium story adequately? Should the mayor be more responsive to questions about his position?
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"Demolition by neglect" or "a beautiful place:" What's your choice?

Honolulu Advertiser columnist Lee Cataluna has published a great column decrying the “demolition by neglect” of some of Hawai’i’s great landmarks and cultural treasures. The Natatorium, she writes, doesn’t have to suffer the same fate. It can, she said, “again become a beautiful place that Hawai’i residents and visitors can enjoy. But it takes money, vision and, most of all, a collective will to make it so.” Read Lee’s column here. A question for you: Do we have that collective will? Tell us in the comments below what you think.
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Star Bulletin Editorial Board: Mayor Should Rethink Natatorium Demolition

EDITORIAL Rethink Natatorium plan POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Aug 29, 2009 Demolishing the Waikiki War Memorial Natatorium might not be the inexpensive way to deal with the deteriorating landmark that Mayor Mufi Hannemann was advised it would be. Previously unforeseen costs of demolition should cause the city to instead consider renovating and maintaining the memorial when it becomes feasible in a recovered economy. The National Trust for Historic Preservation is recommending restoration of the memorial, pointing out that demolition would involve extensive environmental studies that could result in rejection of such a course. The memorial was built in 1927 to
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Natatorium Makes Front Page News!

Just read the Sunday Advertiser front page story. http://www.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/20090517/NEWS01/905170392   What’s your take?  The Advertiser’s coverage makes it appear the Army Corps’ report lacks a valid estimate on the enormous cost of demolition.  This perpetuates the false perception — based on a comparison of incomplete, apples to oranges data — that a new man-made beach is cheaper than restoration. In addition, the reporter fails to ask whether demolition of the pool and construction of new groins in a Marine Conservation District is even allowable.   Also missing are the the astronomical financial and environmental costs of demolishing and disposing of
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