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Curt Sanburn

Curt Sanburn: Caldwell’s Blue Streetlight Special Curt Sanburn

Curt Sanburn: Caldwell’s Blue Streetlight Special

Cautionary tales from California and New York, while astronomers convene in Honolulu to save the globe’s night skies.
Curt Sanburn: Garish Light Ahead for Honolulu Streets? Richard Wainscoat

Curt Sanburn: Garish Light Ahead for Honolulu Streets?

Despite concerns from some quarters, the city is moving ahead with plans to replace 50,000 streetlights with 4,000K LED lamps.
Curt Sanburn: Urban Archaeology of Honolulu, Part II Curt Sanburn

Curt Sanburn: Urban Archaeology of Honolulu, Part II

A quick tour through the highs and lows of post-World War II Honolulu planning.
Curt Sanburn: The Urban Archaeology of Honolulu Courtesy Hawaiian Historical Society

Curt Sanburn: The Urban Archaeology of Honolulu

To understand where Honolulu is going, it’s helpful to understand where it’s been — and what its chronic problems look like.
Curt Sanburn: My Trip to Paris

Curt Sanburn: My Trip to Paris

A museum show honoring French architect Le Corbusier provokes a few thoughts — and some news — about Honolulu’s evolving housing stock.
Curt Sanburn: Booming Honolulu Threatens Its Old Houses

Curt Sanburn: Booming Honolulu Threatens Its Old Houses

We all agree that historic homes and neighborhoods need protection. But how do we do it fairly?
Curt Sanburn: Crowdsourcing the Preservation of the Ka Iwi Coast Courtesy of Greg Knudsen

Curt Sanburn: Crowdsourcing the Preservation of the Ka Iwi Coast

East Side activists get set to launch a mad-dash fundraising appeal on behalf of the complete and permanent protection of Oahu’s spectacular southeast coast.
Curt Sanburn: Don’t Write Off Honolulu’s Natatorium Just Yet Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Curt Sanburn: Don’t Write Off Honolulu’s Natatorium Just Yet

Governors, mayors, engineers and activists have argued about the fate of the Waikiki War Memorial Natatorium for decades. Now the nation weighs in.
Curt Sanburn: ‘Stripped-Down Hotels’ Are Popping Up  Like Weeds

Curt Sanburn: ‘Stripped-Down Hotels’ Are Popping Up Like Weeds

As Hawaii's first crop of branded limited-service hotels takes shape, some are worried they'll limit jobs — and the aloha that makes Hawaii famous.
Curt Sanburn: Errant Towers or the Oahu That Never Was D Coetzee via Flickr

Curt Sanburn: Errant Towers or the Oahu That Never Was

Honolulu once allowed 40-story buildings just about anywhere on the island. Without changes, we might have also had highways on the reef and artificial island parks.
Curt Sanburn: Looking for Music at the Waikiki Shell Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Curt Sanburn: Looking for Music at the Waikiki Shell

The city is considering ways to bring new life to the iconic Honolulu concert venue.
Curt Sanburn: Oahu’s Legacy of Beach Pavilions Darren Bradley

Curt Sanburn: Oahu’s Legacy of Beach Pavilions

In the interests of safety and easy cleaning, the city threatens to reduce beach-park “comfort stations” down to lined-up porta-potties.