Blaisdell site ripe for reinvention, experts say
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An iconic new building. Better pedestrian access. A private or nonprofit operator. Those were among many ideas that a panel of experts shared Friday about how city officials can “re-imagine” 22 acres occupied by the aging Neal S. Blaisdell Center as the nucleus of a culture and arts district for Honolulu. The ideas were presented by fellows of the Rose Center for Public Leadership, an affiliate of the Washington, D.C.-based Urban Land Institute, which agreed to brainstorm on the city initiative to redevelop or improve its 50-year-old arena, concert building and exhibition hall suffering from deferred maintenance. Read the full article.