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OKG Newsletter


Topic: city council

Zoning out

Oklahoma City Council rejects a rezoning request by Chesapeake after neighbors voice complaints.


News

Tim Farley
Banding together, residents from the Douglas Edgemere neighborhood struck a blow against corporate giant Chesapeake Energy.
 
Wednesday, June 5, 2013

This is 40

In OKC’s first-ever $1 billion budget, a rise in crime prompts city council to approve 40 additional police officers.


News

Tim Farley
When Oklahoma City Police Chief Bill Citty requested 40 more police officers as part of his department’s proposed budget, he pointed to alarming crime statistics.
 
Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Weighing what’s important downtown

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


News

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


Commentary

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

One at a time

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


News

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

The road ahead

OKC’s Hispanic business leaders aim to renovate their community one street at a time — starting with S.W. 29th.


News

Tim Farley
Transforming S.W. 29th Street from an ugly and outdated area into an attractive and thriving business district will be a challenge for community leaders.
 
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.


News

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

Of wellness and worship

Putnam City Baptist Church’s proposal to run a MAPS 3 senior wellness center raises concerns over First Amendment rights.


News

Tim Farley
Several parts of a MAPS 3 senior wellness center proposal by an Oklahoma City church could create a First Amendment controversy, a local civil liberties attorney said.
 
Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Freshman class

The newest OKC city council members reflect on their first few months on the job.


News

Tim Farley
After 90 days on the job, Oklahoma City’s newest city councilmen have discovered change is slow and public accountability is high.
 
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
 
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