On Thursday, April 12th, students in PLAN 751: Planning Practicum and the University of Manoa Community Design Center in the School of Architecture facilitated a community talk story in Waipahu featuring the rail and transit-oriented development.
This was a share and learn event. Student groups shared their current research on different issues associated with transit-oriented development such as climate change, placemaking, affordable housing, transportation, and community economic development, and learned from community members how their recommendations might be contextualized to meet their needs and priorities. The event was free and open to the public with pupus, giveaways, and a co-designing activity. Among the attendees were Leo Asuncion, Director, Office of Planning, representatives from various State agencies, Department of Planning and Permitting, SHADE, and Senator Clarence Nishihara who engaged students in a Q & A session and offered feedback.