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Architect Attends "Workshop"

Architect Peter Vincent wrote:

I attended the Waipahu Station workshop last evening. It was a charade, albeit a well orchestrated one. The City and their consultants presented the system, offered a brief reason why the system must be elevated, then broke into smaller groups, each with an artist and facilitator. There was NO opportunity or allowance for general questions or comments.

Once in small groups of 20-30 people, the facilitator asked people to comment on what they would like to see for specific elements of the elevated station - walls, roof, etc

Comments from folks in my group included: not too much concrete, tropical, concern for maintenance and traffic, concern for security and accessibility, graffiti.

The irony is that people are getting exactly what they don't want, but are being led to believe that their comments are being incorporated into the design of the project. I stated that I'd like to see the station at grade and the facilitator and Parsons Brinkerhoff-hired architect/artist looked at me like a deer in the headlights then moved on.

I drove the route before the workshop to better understand what's being proposed in that community and to see firsthand. I am clear that the elevated line will cut Waipahu town into two and have a negative impact on the adjacent retail.

Unfortunately, these workshops do NOT present a chance for our voice to be heard. I am convinced that the City/PB/Infraconsult carefully planned the workshop to essentially eliminate someone like me making comments that could be heard by people in the community. I am convinced that the Coty/PB/Infraconsult carefully planned the workshop to essentially eliminate someone like me making comments that could be heard by people in the community.

Peter Vincent

[The author, Peter Vincent, is the managing partner of Peter Vincent Architects.
The opinions expressed in the article are not necessarily those of the League of Women Voters.]

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