Oklahoma City stands at one of those many crossroads – does it stop and take measure of things and wait a while before moving on, or do we risk losing our momentum by doing so and decide to continue charging ahead?
I don’t know if it’s a right or wrong move to build a new convention center. Clearly it’s an almost endless arms race, as critics suggest, but at the same time it’s difficult to imagine just giving up this competition to bring in dollars from the outside.
Have no doubt, the campaign to build a new convention center – and a large conference hotel – is underway.
Likewise, city leaders are very, very serious about creating a new face to downtown along the new I-40. Core to Shore is far more than just a bunch of plans. There is money being spent, and more to come. How far this effort will go will likely be decided by a MAPS 3 ballot.
And what of public transit? Mayor Mick Cornett is trying to assure advocates there will be a transit element to MAPS 3. But how extensive will it be? And what will it be? Will the ambitions take a back seat to the convention center and core to shore?
And there are the other interests: a Bricktown Canal extension, a new State Fair Park exhibition hall, and though I’m not sure who’s pushing it, an initiative to build senior activity centers.
So gang, this is today’s coffee talk. You’re the best blog community in the world as far as I’m concerned. I’m eagerly awaiting your discussion.