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Shaping a better city


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Blair Humphreys
We had the opportunity to discuss the issue of “sprawl” with more than 600 citizens who gathered last month at a town hall meeting in Oklahoma City. The meeting included presentations from Councilman Ed Shadid, City Manager Jim Couch and the director of almost every city department.
 
Wednesday, October 5, 2011

A place for people

The new Myriad Gardens is special.


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Blair Humphreys
James Howard Kunstler, the author and urban critic famous for his diatribes against America’s “sprawling” cities, suggested the way people use cities is changing. According to Kunstler, “The 20th century was about getting around. The 21st century will be about staying in a place worth staying in.”
 
Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Every foot matters

OKC must place more value on land use and street edges


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Blair Humphreys
For years, we have been trying to make downtown Oklahoma City a great place for people. This mission is reaffirmed and restated using a variety of catchphrases — “pedestrian-friendly,” “thriving urban center,” “24/7 community” — that all ultimately mean the same thing: a downtown crowded with people.
 
Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Streetcar for the car-free

40,000 people in OKC have no access to a car.


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Blair Humphreys
More than 40,000 Oklahoma City residents did not have to worry about snowcovered roads impacting their drive to work after the recent snowstorms. That is because more than 40,000 Oklahoma City residents live in households without access to a single car.
 
Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Hindering connectivity


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Blair Humphreys
One of the fundamental roles of cities is to connect. Cities connect people to people, places to places, and goods to markets. 
 
Tuesday, January 11, 2011

MAPS 3.1


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Blair Humphreys
The idea of spending $30 million for just 1.7 acres of land " a price of over $400 per square foot " seems patently absurd.
 
Thursday, September 2, 2010

Walk this way


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Blair Humphreys
Oklahoma City needs a great street. Just one great street would do for now. A street with shopping and sidewalk cafes; a street to work on, to live on, or simply to visit for the afternoon; a street t...
 
Thursday, June 17, 2010
 
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