February 25, 2011

Civil Beat publishes my opinion-editorial about the new trend of converting unsold affordable housing units to “market”

Filed under: Hawaii State Politics,Honolulu Politics — Doug @ 4:09 pm

Here’s the link: Honolulu Civil Beat – ‘Affordable’ Housing Shouldn’t Be Sold Off.  In a nutshell, I live in an affordable housing project where the remaining unsold units (after a series of obscure “public” meetings) were removed from the available pool of affordable housing units and are now offered for sale to anyone (including non-owner-occupant “investors”).

I link to the article here since I am not a paid member at Civil Beat and, thus, I could not participate in any discussion at Civil Beat if my piece generated comments….

I did a fair amount of research on this topic and I could go into much greater detail about it (if anyone were interested) but I was asked to observe a word count limit.

If you’re visiting my blog for the first time via the Civil Beat link, welcome.  Please, have a look around at my previous work.


  1. So are you going to be contributing there regularly if they won’t allow you to comment on your own contributions?

    Comment by damon — February 27, 2011 @ 3:27 pm

  2. @Damon I don’t plan on it.

    I originally offered to provide information to help Brown write a follow-up article. The op-ed was his immediate reaction/suggestion, it was not my idea.

    Comment by Doug — February 27, 2011 @ 4:39 pm

  3. I think they should compensate you in some form just as their paid writers would have gotten… but I guess if you offered then that’s your prerogative.

    I know at least one columnist there is watching my blog closely.

    I’ve been asked to blog for other folks and when asked what I got in return… they said… your name gets published. I had to laugh at a few of those ventures.

    Comment by damon — February 27, 2011 @ 9:21 pm

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