THE SUSTAINABLE EXPO FOR 2020
Well, call it World's Fair or World Expo, but Dubai was selected to host this gathering in 2020. So you ask, what about a future Expo? No site has yet been selected in follow-on years, but Lodz (Poland) has interest in 2022, Minnesota in 2023 and both Manchester and Toronto for 2025.
Hawaii could compete for 2025, but there has to be someone in the state with a lot of clout, credibility and extraordinary vision to lead the way. Actually, to quote from TSEF2020:
What is needed is clear and imaginative leadership. Usually, some unknown has triggered this all in these resurgent cities. That individual had those qualities to involve power brokers and gain consensus. Then, somehow, the effort gained a life of its own.
So anyone, theoretically, can get this going, but unfortunately we are getting to be now known as the state that murders progress. You might even suggest, why not me. Well, to further quote from TSEF2020:
After a lifetime in renewable energy and environmental consciousness, I fairly recently realized that I was mostly preaching to the choir. We academics are generally tolerated by key decision-makers, maybe now and then even appreciated, but do not have much credibility in the real world.
In any case, I hope this message gets to some key individual who is royally insulted by what I'm saying and does something about it. But, alas, don't hold your breath.
Honolulu Rail Transit mess today, but expanding the system. As everyone knew when this project began, there was not enough money to complete the route. Stopping construction at Middle Street will only insure for failure. Sure, government will find a way to increase local taxes, but is there a better way? From SEF2020 (and remember that this HuffPo was published almost six years ago):
Honolulu is suffering through the pangs of planning a mass transit system. Funding crises will no doubt appear, again and again. Why not find a way to allow international teams to finance, design and manage these stations? Like in EPCOT Center (click on that graphic to see the details) around a lake, each site would feature a different region of the world interfacing, in principle, with the Pacific Ocean. A China village, with the architecture, restaurants and entertainment otions of that country. Maybe they’ll bring and leave two pandas. Same for Japan, Korea, the European Community, South America, Africa...and more.
The traditional naysayer, and we really have too many of them these days, will predictably argue that we will be selling Hawaii to the highest bidders, and worse. We need to look on this as our final opportunity to attain supreme world class status. That other option, I remind you, could well be a continuous local depression.