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  1. #76

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    There’s a lot of people in okc who are deeply skeptical government can fix complex social issues. Like homelessness and poverty. Governments tracked record is very bad. Everyone complains about how public schools are so bad but then acts like more government will fix it. It’s like saying more booze will help sober up. Government can’t fix the fact school achievement starts with a stable family home life.

    The point is, if maps4 gets loaded up with purely social problems, it will fail. The other half of the city that loves sports, doubts govt’s ability to do anything other than build roads and enforce laws, they will shoot it down.

    Just like if it’s only a stadium, another stadium, and a bridge cap, it will fail. It’s going to be a balance between the two.

  2. #77

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    I agree on some points but schools, facilities and quality, are so far below other states it's embarrassing. Even teacher pay is still pitifully low but that's a state matter in OK.

    I agree that social programs should be separate and not part of MAPS. Those are more permanent cost issues.

  3. #78

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    Quote Originally Posted by mugofbeer View Post
    I agree on some points but schools, facilities and quality, are so far below other states it's embarrassing. Even teacher pay is still pitifully low but that's a state matter in OK.

    I agree that social programs should be separate and not part of MAPS. Those are more permanent cost issues.
    But a temporary sales tax is not the way to help OKC schools, in my opinion. Sure, the endowment would be nice. But other than that, increasing property tax revenue and income tax revenue, due to new jobs, are the best way to increase funding for schools.

  4. #79

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    Quote Originally Posted by Laramie View Post
    We need to evaluate the whole package of Ideas for MAPS 4. It's impossible for everyone to get all the projects they want & don't want on MAPS 4; that's always been the beauty of the Metropolitan Area ProjectS initiative; hopefully a project or two that will appeal to you will be among those on the ballot.

    I have a suspension there are some posters on here who have voted 'NO' on all previous MAPS projects; you know who you are, you're IMHO just looking for an excuse to be a 'Naysayer.'

    EVERYONE IS NOT GOING TO GET EVERY SINGLE THING THEY WANT ON THIS INITIATIVE; IT'S NOT ABOUT YOU. MAPS HAS ALWAYS BEEN ABOUT VARIETY. THOSE OF YOU WHO PRETEND THAT IF THERE'S SOMETHING ON THERE YOU DON'T WANT, YOU'RE GOING TO VOTE 'NO.' IS THAT FAIR--THINK ABOUT HOW SELFISH YOU SOUND.

    Oklahoma City is ready to move to the next level.

    Again, those of you who plan to vote 'NO,' let me ask you this question--'What have you submitted?" If you have submitted something and it doesn't appear on MAPS 4; there's not anything proposed on MAPS 4 you like, then we understand your 'No' vote.
    I think ypur post is disingenuous for the most part.

    You blanket label people with serious questions as having been no votes on previous MAPS, and you have no idea how they voted.

    Deciding what is big city has different meanings. Do people want to be Dallas with all its traffic headaches or OKC which has plenty of amenities yet not so large to have same problems. The more we grow fast the more problems to solve from that growth. I love OKC for the size and features we have not for what it can be. You paint it like we must grow so large we become just another massive city. I like moderate growth but also taking care of what we have without spending our kids money on pet projects.

    For the record I voted yes on all 3 MAPS to date. Keep in mind when MAPS 1 was passed and completed we had nothing downtown it was dead. So MAPS 1 changed downtown in a transformative way. It was such a hit we used its success to advertise and sell MAPS 2 and 3. At this point we now have to use MAPS 3 as the selling point and herein lies the problem. Streetcar is so new have no idea if if its going to work well or not. So we can’t use it to sell MAPS 4. If one gets away from downtown and truly asks citizens about SC the feeling is about 75% think its a failure. These will be MAPS 4 voters. We can’t use MAPS 1 any longer as selling point its been overused already. OMNI and Convention center not done yet neither is park.

    Each MAPS has passed by smaller percentages than the prior one and now I feel there is a high chance of the next one being defeated. I like every project all 3 MAPS were about except I am skeptical about SC. We’ve had at least 2 other SC systems in oir history and both were stopped being used. I personally want to see at least 2-3 years of it working to see if its a long term viable system. Its not just the initial price tag either we will all spend tax dollars on long term SC upkeep/labor/other costs. As we keep adding projects there are “down the road” costs we will need to spend money on. At time of MAPS 1 we had no big costs. We need to evaluate all the extra long term costs of what we are and have built.

    This time around it almost seems we are looking for ways to spend money vice having a real need or desire for something. The cap looks fine but its an expensive item we don’t need. How is it going to increase quality of life? We have a massive new park being built nearby already. And thats why MAPS 4 seems pet project driven.

    I submitted Aquarium, Soccer stadium, Bus service hubs plus improved overall bus system and roads fixed. Our roads are still way below standard.

    Another point on roads. Paycom is HQ’ed in OKC which is great for taxes. They have over 3,000 employees here alone. Yet it takes 15-20 minutes for employees just to get out of parking lot at end of shift due to OKC not spending any money to help them/roads. They hire “at their own expense” 3 OKC off duty police each shift change to help direct traffic. How long before other states/cities come calling and offer a nice new HQ with nice roads and tax breaks to move away? Are we going to work to keep them here or will it be too late before we realize it? I would bet there are 3,000 Paycom employees who fight this traffic and will vote no on next MAPS for downtown projects, plus their spouses vote too. OKC has spent zero dollars on ingress/egress problems (local roads) at Paycom. How many more areas are like this? This is just one example of how the city is starting to lose touch with residents. You think Paycom workers care about SC? For record I do not work there but know many who do.

    I like we have done so much with downtown and have no problem with being selective on new projects. But we have to be wise how we go about it. Once any MAPS fails at voting time that will mean residents have lost confidence in it going forward. If we bundle so much into it then its going to fail. Thats where we differ, I think we need to be more selective or even put projects as seperate votes. I think Soccer stadium would pass alone but putting SC extension and Cap in package will doom all of it.

    Bundling was fine at first we had nothing to start with. Now we have a lot and need to be wiser with the ask.

  5. #80

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    Quote Originally Posted by mugofbeer View Post
    I agree on some points but schools, facilities and quality, are so far below other states it's embarrassing. Even teacher pay is still pitifully low but that's a state matter in OK.

    I agree that social programs should be separate and not part of MAPS. Those are more permanent cost issues.
    The endowment is a very smart way to fund it. Fiscally it makes sense.

    I'm just saying some of the problems we ask the government to fix like the school system, it has a lot more to do it the kids home environment than just throw more money at it. Culture matters most. And government can't force people to be better parents/people. (just using this as an example, I'm well aware schools are a state issue) New Mexico funds their schools at the upper middle level on a per pupil basis and their education system is even worse than OK.

    I don't think the city will be able through social programs fix the mental health and homelessness going on. Government by nature is good at making laws, enforcing laws, infrastructure, and military. Beyond that successes become very mixed.

    My overall point was simply, Maps4 will need to be a blend of both. A very large segment of the OKC voting population will want a soccer stadium and tolerate the social programs.

  6. #81

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    Quote Originally Posted by OKC Guy View Post
    I think ypur post is disingenuous for the most part.

    You blanket label people with serious questions as having been no votes on previous MAPS, and you have no idea how they voted.

    Deciding what is big city has different meanings. Do people want to be Dallas with all its traffic headaches or OKC which has plenty of amenities yet not so large to have same problems. The more we grow fast the more problems to solve from that growth. I love OKC for the size and features we have not for what it can be. You paint it like we must grow so large we become just another massive city. I like moderate growth but also taking care of what we have without spending our kids money on pet projects.

    For the record I voted yes on all 3 MAPS to date. Keep in mind when MAPS 1 was passed and completed we had nothing downtown it was dead. So MAPS 1 changed downtown in a transformative way. It was such a hit we used its success to advertise and sell MAPS 2 and 3. At this point we now have to use MAPS 3 as the selling point and herein lies the problem. Streetcar is so new have no idea if if its going to work well or not. So we can’t use it to sell MAPS 4. If one gets away from downtown and truly asks citizens about SC the feeling is about 75% think its a failure. These will be MAPS 4 voters. We can’t use MAPS 1 any longer as selling point its been overused already. OMNI and Convention center not done yet neither is park.

    Each MAPS has passed by smaller percentages than the prior one and now I feel there is a high chance of the next one being defeated. I like every project all 3 MAPS were about except I am skeptical about SC. We’ve had at least 2 other SC systems in oir history and both were stopped being used. I personally want to see at least 2-3 years of it working to see if its a long term viable system. Its not just the initial price tag either we will all spend tax dollars on long term SC upkeep/labor/other costs. As we keep adding projects there are “down the road” costs we will need to spend money on. At time of MAPS 1 we had no big costs. We need to evaluate all the extra long term costs of what we are and have built.

    This time around it almost seems we are looking for ways to spend money vice having a real need or desire for something. The cap looks fine but its an expensive item we don’t need. How is it going to increase quality of life? We have a massive new park being built nearby already. And thats why MAPS 4 seems pet project driven.

    I submitted Aquarium, Soccer stadium, Bus service hubs plus improved overall bus system and roads fixed. Our roads are still way below standard.

    Another point on roads. Paycom is HQ’ed in OKC which is great for taxes. They have over 3,000 employees here alone. Yet it takes 15-20 minutes for employees just to get out of parking lot at end of shift due to OKC not spending any money to help them/roads. They hire “at their own expense” 3 OKC off duty police each shift change to help direct traffic. How long before other states/cities come calling and offer a nice new HQ with nice roads and tax breaks to move away? Are we going to work to keep them here or will it be too late before we realize it? I would bet there are 3,000 Paycom employees who fight this traffic and will vote no on next MAPS for downtown projects, plus their spouses vote too. OKC has spent zero dollars on ingress/egress problems (local roads) at Paycom. How many more areas are like this? This is just one example of how the city is starting to lose touch with residents. You think Paycom workers care about SC? For record I do not work there but know many who do.

    I like we have done so much with downtown and have no problem with being selective in new projects. But we have to wise who we go about it. Once any MAPS fails at voting time that will mean residents have lost confidence in it going forward. If we bundle so much into it then its going to fail. Thats where we differ, I thonk we need to be more selective or even put projects seperate. I think Soccer stadium would pass alone but putting SC extension and Cap in package will doom all of it.

    Bundling was fine at first we had nothing to start with. Now we have a lot and need to be wiser with the ask.
    For the record all Chad would have to do is pick up the phone, call Governor Stitt, and threaten to leave unless the Turnpike builds him on ramps at Council so his employees can get on and off the turnpike easier and quicker. A bridge just east of Council but west of Paycom with on and off ramps would work too. Kind like the one between MacArthur and Meridian. Paycom is huge OKC success story and they'll protect it.

    The reason that parking lot takes so long is there's no eastbound on/off ramps at council. So you have to drive to Council, turnaround to go back east, all the way down to Rockwell (now getting caught in Farmers traffic) to get onto Eastbound Kilpatrick. It's why they're building that road from the east side of campus onto Rockwell.

  7. #82

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    Quote Originally Posted by SagerMichael View Post
    I’m interested to see the price tag on this project... to be fair, this is only an 8500-10,000 seat stadium. Every single MLS stadium is above 18,000 seats with construction costs from $40 million to $500 million. We aren’t building a billion dollar palace. I assume this stadium won’t cost anywhere near that much.
    The proposal pins the expected total price for the stadium at somewhere between $71 million to $97 million, plus an additional approx. $4 million for the Wheeler Park sports complex.

    Quote Originally Posted by ditm4567 View Post
    Correct me if I’m wrong, but would the Maps money only build the stadium? Everything around it (shopping centers, restaurants etc.) would be investor built?
    My interpretation of the written proposal, linked above, is that MAPS money would indeed only build the stadium and the additional fields at Wheeler Park. The rest of the district would be built out by private investors.

    Quote Originally Posted by Laramie View Post
    Although, I'd rather see the grassy banks near the corner ends of the stadium; this stadium is built for future expansion.

    The grassy bank on the short side of the stadium (left), can be used for overflow crowds like The Brick. Beginning to like this design & concept. Current cost tag reported by KFOR-TV is $71-$97 million.

    Prefer we go ahead with an MLS 22,000-seat stadium where the venue will be MLS ready. Budget $120 million for an MLS stadium instead of $71-$97 million for a USL 8,000-10,000 seat starter stadium.
    As you noted, and as laid out in the proposal, the current design is designed to be expandable. While I totally get the desire to go big and make it MLS-ready out of the box, that's really not a smart use of money, in my opinion. The design as proposed is intended for the realities of today, but can be made ready for the needs of the future. Two ready tenants of the facility are the OKC Energy soccer team, as well as the OKC Crusaders rugby team; both of them are listed in the "on behalf of" list on Page 4 of the proposal. This smaller design gets our foot in the door, and then when the MLS becomes a possibility, we can spend a little more money to upgrade it to MLS standards. Really, it's not unlike what we did with the 'Peake.

    Quote Originally Posted by Urban Pioneer View Post
    Probably the reason they are floating this for MAPS 4 isn’t just the great location or the “free” public money.... it’s the Imminent Domain rights that the City of OKC possesses to force the owners into a negotiation for a much lower land price and therefore create a predetermined outcome.
    Maybe, but it's important to note that the authors of this proposal have already done some preliminary negotiation with the current owner of the land, who estimated that they'd be willing to sell the needed land for between $6 - $12 million. This cost is broken out on Page 21 of the proposal.

    Quote Originally Posted by bombermwc View Post
    I'm personally excited for this. I'm not sure that the whole league soccer complex is needed though. To be frank, we don't have a need in this area for little league soccer and really never will. There are clubs all over the city already and downtown isn't exactly lacking a club venue since there aren't very many kids living down there anyway. What it could do, is be a tournament space, but often tournies are hosted by clubs as a fundraiser for the club as well, so good luck there.

    Rugby/Lacross lines, yeah again im not sure that's worth spending the money on those. Soccer and Football lines are plenty to get us all kinds of events...probably more than the place can really accommodate.
    OKC does have a rugby team - the OKC Crusaders - and they've signed onto the proposal as well.

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    Agree with gopokes88's assessment. We did the one time fix MAPS for Kids to fix up the schools to provide an environment conducive to learning. Some school district aren't passing millage levies anymore--I remember mills as a kid; they were coins with a holes in them last circulated in the late 50s. with a value of 1/10 of a penny if I recall.

    The problems you have with neighborhood schools, many of the property owners where schools are located no longer have children in schools; therefore they don't see the need or responsibility to pass school millage levies anymore with the exception of those whose property values will be affected by a dilapidated school building.

    As grandchildren inherit these properties as a vested interest; you will see passage of the school millage levies resurface.

    MAPS' big ticket debt free items is what makes Oklahoma City approach to this particular initiative so unique. Do we need to address more beatification of neighborhood, yes. Neighborhood beautification should be an on-going project with planters, lighted areas, bike lanes and trails.

    Can we make a real impact through a MAPS targeted initiative--is a good question.

  9. #84

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    I just hate that taxpayers are now expected to pay for stadiums, corporate relocations, and just about anything else the Bourgeoisie deems necessary. It's a far cry from the Capitalism we used to know.

  10. #85

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    Quote Originally Posted by gopokes88 View Post
    For the record all Chad would have to do is pick up the phone, call Governor Stitt, and threaten to leave unless the Turnpike builds him on ramps at Council so his employees can get on and off the turnpike easier and quicker. A bridge just east of Council but west of Paycom with on and off ramps would work too. Kind like the one between MacArthur and Meridian. Paycom is huge OKC success story and they'll protect it.

    The reason that parking lot takes so long is there's no eastbound on/off ramps at council. So you have to drive to Council, turnaround to go back east, all the way down to Rockwell (now getting caught in Farmers traffic) to get onto Eastbound Kilpatrick. It's why they're building that road from the east side of campus onto Rockwell.
    Yet OKC has spent zero on Memorial expansion. Zero on making a Cali Uturn over Council and Rockwell. Zero on roads feeding to Council or Rockwell. Zero on any improvements which is my point. I understand the turnpike is a different agency but OKC roads are trash out there. This is a huge growing OKC based company yet zero from OKC. We need to ne proactive not reactive. The side road will still not help much due to their constant growth. By time its done the growth is bigger. And it only dumps onto unready Rockwell.

    So while we talk Maps downtown there is huge pain for many citizens around our city not being addressed. Same thing is happening at Chisolm Creek roads/area. Cosco alone will overun roads.

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    Quote Originally Posted by David View Post
    Hmn. If this polls as a popular idea I would be fine with it being included. I want a MAPS 4 that can pass, and a soccer stadium may or may not be a good fit for that.
    Why worry? The convention center polled at 18%!

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    Those next gen Penn Square bank F$#%s still get tax payer money.. I know people are tired of me saying that, but...


    Quote Originally Posted by Pete View Post
    Remember the Chamber of Commerce is the group that pays for and runs the MAPS promotional campaigns (something this is very usual and should be at least openly questioned).

    And they want big, shiny projects in the core that they can use in their marketing efforts.


    This time around, they are absolutely behind the I-235 cap, the State Fair Coliseum and this stadium.

  13. #88

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    The two big ticket items: New State Fair Arena and the Soccer Specific/American football stadium will address the needs of the horse shows we have. We don't necessarily need a $600 million 14,000 seat Fort Worth Dixie's Arena to accommodate the horse shows, exhibits & events we currently have contracted at the Norick State Fair Arena.

    The new State Fair Arena will be a lot more cozy in a 5,500-seat arena. Just wish we had something to accommodate ice hockey. It would have a better chance to survive than the AHL Barons who played in the outdated Cox Convention Center.

    The question about multi-millionares build their own venues, you have very few who go this route. Paul Allen built the Moda Center in Portland where the NBA Trailblazers play--it is now owned by the City of Portland.

    Portland's Providence Park built in 1893 has gone thru a number of expansions, renovation; formerly Jeld-Wen Field; PGE Park; Civic Stadium; originally Multnomah Stadium. It hosted AAA-PCL baseball for years until the city renovated it for MLS soccer. The Rose City no longer has baseball on the AAA level.

    Oklahoma City is blessed with debt-free MAPS' projects like Chesapeake Energy Arena, Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark & Civic Center Music Hall. We do need to provide upkeep with technology, possibly replace seats and office renovation for many of these city owned facilities.

    The multipurpose stadium will have an anchor tenant, allow OKC to bid to host a number of events of which our central location will be attractive; bid on events with what appears to be a competitive venue that will get OKC in the game.

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    I like this from Thomas Frank, really some good words as to why this crap needs to end. It is the reason for what he states here:

    There was a time when average Americans knew whether we were going up or going down—because when the country prospered, its people prospered, too. But these days, things are different. From the middle of the Great Depression up to 1980, the lower 90 percent of the population, a group we might call “the American people,” took home some 70 percent of the growth in the country’s income. Look at the same numbers beginning in 1997—from the beginning of the New Economy boom to the present—and you find that this same group, the American people, pocketed none of America’s income growth at all. Their share of the good times was zero. The gains they harvested after all their hard work were nil. The upper 10 percent of the population—the country’s financiers, managers, and professionals—ate the whole thing. The privileged are doing better than at any time since economic records began.


    Quote Originally Posted by chuck5815 View Post
    I just hate that taxpayers are now expected to pay for stadiums, corporate relocations, and just about anything else the Bourgeoisie deems necessary. It's a far cry from the Capitalism we used to know.

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    Im having a hard time wondering how a 10,000 seat soccer stadium (in renderings it hardly even looks like a stadium) could cost upwards of $100 million. Seems much higher than it should be.

    Also, any bets on whether they also ask for TIF money to develop around the stadium?

    Im having a hard time paying $100 million each for two different stadiums, here and state fair, in the same maps. I think we need to evaluate which is more necessary and go with that. Its seems the state fair arena is and would be used much more than this soccer stadium.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Laramie View Post
    The two big ticket items: New State Fair Arena and the Soccer Specific/American football stadium will address the horse shows we have. We don't necessarily need a $600 million 14,000 seat Fort Worth Dixie's Arena to accommodate the horse shows, exhibits & events we currently have contracted at the Norick State Fair Arena.

    The new State Fair Arena will be a lot more cozy in a 5,500-seat arena. Just wish we had something to accommodate ice hockey. It would have a better chance to survive than the AHL Barons who played in the outdated Cox Convention Center.

    The question about multi-millionares build their own venues, you have very few who go this route. Paul Allen built the Moda Center in Portland where the NBA Trailblazers play--it is now owned by the City of Portland.

    Portland's Providence Park original built in 1893 has gone thru a number of expansions, renovation; formerly Jeld-Wen Field; PGE Park; Civic Stadium; originally Multnomah Stadium. It hosted AAA-PCL baseball for years until the city renovated it for MLS soccer. The Rose City no longer has baseball on the AAA level.

    Oklahoma City is blessed with debt-free MAPS' projects like Chesapeake Energy Arena, Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark & Civic Center Music Hall. We do need to provide upkeep with technology, possibly replace seats and office renovation for many of these city owned facilities.

    The multipurpose stadium will have an anchor tenant, allow OKC to bid to host a number of events of which our central location will be attractive; bid on events with what appears to be a competitive venue that will get OKC in the game.
    AND it's important to note that city ownership of the facility gives us control over what happens there, enabling us to use the facility for special events that private ownership might not be willing to allow. It also helps ensure that the facility can be shared between multiple uses/tenants.

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    This S@$% was FUNNY in Lackmeyer's article, ol' dudes justification for MORE stuff in the downtown/midtown area rather than in one of the long neglected areas:

    The team of supporters, which also includes veteran developer Chuck Wiggin, proposes the stadium be built in the center of the city as a way to strengthen ties between south and north Oklahoma City. They also suggest the stadium can serve as an anchor for a district of restaurants, housing and retail.

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    Quote Originally Posted by onthestrip View Post
    Im having a hard time wondering how a 10,000 seat soccer stadium (in renderings it hardly even looks like a stadium) could cost upwards of $100 million. Seems much higher than it should be.

    Also, any bets on whether they also ask for TIF money to develop around the stadium?

    Im having a hard time paying $100 million each for two different stadiums, here and state fair, in the same maps. I think we need to evaluate which is more necessary and go with that. Its seems the state fair arena is and would be used much more than this soccer stadium.
    My guess is since it would be expandable some extra costs are infrastructure related. Like if you built a 3 story building but someday might want to grow it to 7 stories, there is extra costs to make foundation/footers/walls/floors support the future expansion. You just don’t build the floors 4-7 yet but could.

    If you designed it as a 3 floor building its cheaper but you could never expand it to 7 later on without starting over.

    Something like that is my guess.

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    Maps is for everyone, which is why most of the projects have been downtown. use maps for a big project anywhere else and it's exclusionary. not the other way around like some of you suggest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chuck5815 View Post
    I just hate that taxpayers are now expected to pay for stadiums, corporate relocations, and just about anything else the Bourgeoisie deems necessary. It's a far cry from the Capitalism we used to know.
    but sadly, we allowed our free markets to actually get regulated by the largest corporations because we refused to put things in place to keep the market fair and balanced... and that is what got us to this point

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ross MacLochness View Post
    Maps is for everyone, which is why most of the projects have been downtown. use maps for a big project anywhere else and it's exclusionary. not the other way around like some of you suggest.
    Name change then?

    Metro Area means citywide


    Change to DTPS or DPS for downtown?

    People using bad bus service will never use Streetcar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jedicurt View Post
    but sadly, we allowed our free markets to actually get regulated by the largest corporations because we refused to put things in place to keep the market fair and balanced... and that is what got us to this point
    That's what Sheldon Wolin referred to as "inverted totalitarianism" .. he's got some good stuff out there. Check him out!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ross MacLochness View Post
    Maps is for everyone, which is why most of the projects have been downtown. use maps for a big project anywhere else and it's exclusionary. not the other way around like some of you suggest.
    HAHAHAH! Awesome...you've got a bright future at CMA Strategies w/ glorpspeak™ like that! No offense....

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    I'm guessing part of this "strengthen ties between north and south OKC" talk is an attempt to dance around their belief that Hispanics from south OKC will like soccer and go to matches there. Or something to that effect. I would suggest that soccer has a younger and more ethnically diverse demographic. And I, as an old white guy, might not see the benefit and dismiss it's benefit.

  25. #100

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    I like the thought of the City owning this massively important piece of property. I worry about implementation of the vision. If they build a decent looking stadium and extend the canal I'll be supportive of it. I'm voting in favor of MAPS4 regardless. I believe in investing in the City. Our state is unwilling to do so and MAPS gives OKC the edge.

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