Today I’ve got the story on Jeff Speck’s final report on how to make downtown Oklahoma City more friendly to pedestrians. I’m always reminded of how lucky I am to have a great group of readers here at www.okccentral.com when I read comments like this:
Oh boy, new urbanism. People need to watch out for this stuff, it’s great and dandy on the outside and reduces the human “footprint” but it could be dangerous to people’s freedom. I hope the government doesn’t get directly involved with these future plans. I hope the best for OKC and it’s downtown, it’s definitely the pioneer of Oklahoma.
Danny, Tulsa – Jun 21, 2009 at 11:39 am
“Dangerous to people’s freedoms.” Danny, what in the world are you talking about? The New Urbanism approach advocated by Speck and others encourages cities to give people greater freedom via mixed-use zoning (it’s ok to have housing, shops and offices in the same building) and allows commercial construction without a required number of parking spaces.
Speck’s report urges the city to “allow” people to park on the streets. It urges the city to create spaces that will “allow” people to actually walk or ride bicycles from place to place, instead of being restricted to traveling by car. The plan also would “allow” people to get around by car as they do today, but without having to navigate confusing one-way streets.
This isn’t a Republican-Democrat debate – it’s a question of whether or not we want our downtown to be a community again.