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OKG Newsletter

Topic: MAPS 3

Conventional wisdom

Questions and concerns surround OKC’s would-be convention center hote


Tim Farley
Uncertainty hovers over Oklahoma City’s proposed convention center hotel, as industry experts suggest financing the project with tax money could be dangerous.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Weighing what’s important downtown

OKC city council votes to see whether a convention center hotel is necessary before proceeding further.


Tim Farley
Financing a convention center hotel in downtown Oklahoma City isn’t as important as discovering if one is actually needed. That was the consensus of the city council June 11 when it rejected a proposal to pay a financial management company an extra $100,000 on delivering financing options for a would-be convention center hotel. That firm, Chicago-based Public Financial Management, is under contract for other city projects.
Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Unfortunately, it’s all too conventional


Dr. Ed Shadid
Among the highest priority for a city government should be preparing that city for the 21st century. There is little room for error; certainly not on the order of hundreds of millions of dollars. While Oklahoma City is poised to grow in many ways, a preoccupation with 20th-century economic development strategies — particularly massive public investment in convention center expansion with large-scale subsidies for an accompanying hotel — are akin to the gambler risking more than one’s family can afford when the odds are heavily stacked against success.
Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Let there be light

The Oklahoma River gets night lighting Saturday evening, as part of the annual SandRidge Stars and Stripes River Festival.


Tim Farley
“Lights, camera, action!”
Tuesday, June 25, 2013

One at a time

OKC officials appear to make headway with one senior wellness center — with three more to go.


Tim Farley
Controversy surrounding a potential religious conflict with the MAPS 3 senior health and wellness centers has put the issue in the Oklahoma City Council’s court.
Wednesday, July 3, 2013

About a route

OKC residents are invited to voice opinions at a Monday public meeting on proposed routes for the MAPS 3 streetcar.


Tim Farley
MAPS 3 streetcar public meeting
6 p.m. Monday
Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library,
Fourth floor
300 Park Ave.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

The facts about a convention center hotel


Roy Williams
Ed Shadid’s commentary in the June 26 Oklahoma Gazette (“Unfortunately, it’s all too conventional) was incredibly disappointing. I expected more from an announced Oklahoma City mayoral candidate running on a platform of “honesty and transparency.”
Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Build the cathedtral

Letters to the Editor

Harold Patterson
Dr. Ed Shadid’s commentary (”Unfortunately, it’s all too conventional,” June 26, Oklahoma Gazette) reminds me of the few naysayers who spoke against the MAPS arena construction when faced with cost overruns. On behalf of Thunder fans everywhere, thank you to those who stood their ground. MAPS was 21st-century thinking before the 20th century was over.
Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Walking Western

A plan to transform the Western Avenue corridor into a walkable destination draws scrutiny from residents and business owners.


Brendan Hoover
The Western Avenue corridor between N.W. 41st and 46th streets could become a more vibrant, walkable and economically viable destination if a new streetscape project is executed, city officials say, but the plan is drawing a close look from area business owners and residents.
Saturday, July 13, 2013