OK, I’ve seen and heard enough now to know that there is a big, and I mean BIG, disconnect between what I’m sensing the downtown community’s reaction is to consultant Jeff Speck’s recommendations and the response by city staff. To be blunt, city staff is not very happy with what he’s saying. They correctly point out he got it wrong when he suggested Oklahoma City needs to eliminate parking requirements downtown (did that, been there long ago) and change zoning to encourage mixed-use development (ditto).
But did they mess up by spending millions rebuilding Walker Avenue and doing a nice streetscape on it last year and then keeping part of it a one-way street? Are they wrong in their approach to the new boulevard that’s to replace I-40?
So here’s a fun poll. I’m asking for some honor and honesty here – no slamming it like the twitter poll. Please only vote if you’ve read or heard enough from Jeff Speck and his presentations that you feel sufficiently educated to decide this matter for yourself. If you want to see his presentations, I have them on video in previous posts – just type Jeff Speck into the search engine and they’ll pop up. His presentation is also being replayed at various times on the city’s cable channel 20.