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    Quote Originally Posted by GoGators View Post
    Never claimed it was.
    Actually, they identified major categories, of which logistics as a whole was one of eight...the 5th listed. The first thing mentioned in their logistics criteria was relating to proximities of highways. Second was time to get to a major airport and air connections to major cities. Third was to identify all other means of transportation available to the site. Given that Amazon is a logistics company first and foremost, this shouldnít be any surprise.

    By the way, itís location criteria indicated it wanted to be within 30 miles of a population center, not exactly wanting to dictate being IN the center.

    Operating costs, incentives, and available labor source were also high priorities.

    Also in top 8 was housing costs, cost of living, recreational opportunities, quality of life and community fit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rover View Post
    As they do affordable housing, and cost of living, and good schools, and commute times, and support services, and weather, and entertainment, and cost of doing business, and access to high speed data, and local incentives, and tax rates, and .....
    For most, bus stops is a relatively minor data point when considering the future health of a company.
    You specifically said, "but they donít for a bus route either unless a majority of their employees are low paid." The point is they do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nick View Post
    You specifically said, "but they donít for a bus route either unless a majority of their employees are low paid." The point is they do.
    Iíve never worked for, with or consulted for a company that expanded or located because of bus stops. Most executives and well paid personnel donít ride busses to work, even in bigger more urban cities.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheTravellers View Post
    You're still wrong. I'd guess it's more like half and half, if even that. If you want to blast truly cheaply built housing with planned obsolescence, go north of Hefner Road all the way up to where-the-hell-ever (with a few exceptions). We used to live on NW 162nd Terrace between May and Penn, and there were literally houses that were the exact floor plan as ours with the exact same address, but on 161st Street, or 163rd Terrace, and that was repeated through the entire crappy subdivision.
    Quote Originally Posted by TheTravellers View Post
    We had 2 days to choose a place to rent in OKC when we flew here from Seattle because I got a job offer here and had to move in 2 weeks. You can only look at a few places in your price range and area in that time, we got inside 3 or 4 after driving around for all day each day looking at places. Our first choice was on 50-something-ish street not far from where we currently live, and he ended up taking so long to decide he didn't want to deal with cats that we had to settle for that place and never liked it nor the area, but it was what we had to choose at the time. Our only other choice was to live in a hotel once we moved here and had a truck full of our stuff sitting around until we found a place. Also, we don't have kids, so schools had nothing to do with our decision.
    You continue to argue against perceived word choice (I never said "crappy") and arbitrary lines chosen (I understand that Founders Tower is a luxury residential tower that is south of Wilshire and west of May) rather than the crux of the argument. The crux is wide-spread non-competitive housing and business stock. I don't care how nicely built it is, a 900 square foot, 2 bedroom 1 bathroom @ Ann Arbor and 42nd St. is by definition non-competitive because standards of living and location rules the roost of value, not just quality of build.

    What higher building standards today can do is increase cost. When you increase the barrier to entry, you force many who have an amount of disposable income to stay put and reinvest in their current area, rather than abandon and take part in the "new, next great neighborhood" because the barrier to entry is, and this is a crux point, artificially low. The issue isn't the rich. The issue is a system that tricks upper middle class and middle class individuals into managing their lives and resources as if they were rich by making it affordable to buy in a neighborhood that is 0/5/10 years old, and sell 15 years later having seen their home value not even keep up with inflation. Middle Class families cannot afford to not have their #1 asset not even keep up with inflation when they're already taking a loss on the interest of their mortgage. Unfortunately, everything is marketed that they're making good decisions and ultimately the losers are not only the individuals, but also the cities that continue to see areas in which they have invested the collective's resources enter a long, sometimes interminable period of degradation and depreciation.

    Nobody should be convinced that Ann Arbor and 42nd is going to see renaissance in even our children's lifetimes, especially if nothing is done to curb sprawl. Why would anyone reinvest in that area when it has nothing to offer but a massive renovation project at every level? What we're seeing happen in places like Gatewood took us half a century to return to after many began to abandon these areas. The difference between Gatewood today and 42nd and Ann Arbor, is proximity to the urban core and relative lack of competition for a similar lifestyle experience. There may be various neighborhoods in OKC's core, but there is only one core, and those lines are permanently drawn by interstate highways. Some tangential areas may benefit from the boom, but once we reach the point of critical mass in the core, even if the next step is to move back out into the areas built out in the 50s and 60s, there are so many more 50s/60s era neighborhoods and a limited supply of people with resources to invest in them. The supply and demand economics will not favor these areas the same way it did the areas that have been undergoing "gentrification" over the last 10 to 25 years all throughout American cities.

    The crux, again, is non-competitive. Nobody here who is bemoaning "idealistic urbanists" is providing 1. good arguments as to why we should continue to promote policy that creates the aforementioned development patterns or 2. good counterarguments to why we shouldn't consider new policies that curb those same patterns (and they *are* patterns). And to tie this back into the the theme of the thread, Rover, in a counter argument said I am blaming the rich for why we didn't get a regional transit system. 1. I'm not blaming the rich, I'm blaming the system, that the rich exploit to their advantage (I'm not interested in dogging them for continuing to do something they've been doing for thousands of years). 2. we're not going to not get a regional transit system. We'll get a regional transit system and 42nd and Ann Arbor is going to be largely ignored which will only increase the non-competitive factor of the area.

    And lest anyone get overzealous about their beloved PCO area, 42nd and Ann Arbor is a cipher that represents any of 50,000 (also a cipher) different intersections in this city that will likely see a continued decline well into the end of this century.

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    ODOT creates office for mass transit

    OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Department of Transportation announced Monday the formation of the new Office of Mobility and Public Transit, which will focus on coordinating statewide efforts to expand Oklahoma’s public transportation infrastructure.

    Legislated under House Bill 1365, the new office will take on all existing responsibilities from ODOT’s Transit Division, including oversight and management of the state’s public transit systems and the federal grants the agency receives. The office will also work to develop a major statewide public transit policy that will address major expansions to the state’s current public transit networks, especially into rural Oklahoma.

    “The public in Oklahoma has probably never been more focused on transit,” said ODOT Executive Director Tim Gatz. “We have dedicated revenues at both the state and federal level that are available for transit services in both the urban and rural areas, and the department is the state’s designee to administer those funds for the rural operators.”


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    rural Oklahoma? the transit focus needs to be in the urban areas and from the suburbs to urban areas. ...

    Why WHY does this state always get civic amenities/spending so backwards? Rural is rural for a reason - there's no need to send a bus empty out in rural Oklahoma just for the sake of it. ... You'd NEVER have MASS transit in rural areas. Chose to live in rural and invest in the resources (car) to do so.

    Mass Transit is about urban connectivity - so ODOT need to change their mission or get out of this business and leave it to the cities. ... They should have told the truth - this mission is about supporting urban areas (OKC Metro's) transit expansion and not put foot in their mouth talking about rural transit.
    Oklahoma City, the RENAISSANCE CITY!

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