Nothing packs the movie theaters like a big-budget sequel. Moviegoers are willing to pay for a ticket because they are pretty sure they’ll like it.
Now, coming Dec. 8 to a voting booth near you — MAPS 3. Whether MAPS 3 will be a rousing success — "The Godfather: Part II” — or a flop — "Weekend at Bernie’s 2” — will be up to Oklahoma City voters. Ward 1 Councilman Gary Marrs, who was the city’s fire chief when the original MAPS passed in 1993, said the $777 million MAPS 3 plan includes several projects that make it feel like a MAPS sequel. "It almost is like those projects were so successful and we’ve enjoyed so much from them that it’s a logical next step to improve them and make them even better,” Marrs said. Improvements to the Oklahoma River, State Fair Park and downtown convention center were all part of MAPS — and all return in MAPS 3. But the stars of the MAPS 3 lineup may be a proposed downtown park linking downtown with the Oklahoma River, and improvements to public transit city leaders hope will serve as a building block for everything from improved bus service to commuter rail.
Survey as guideIn 2007, Mayor Mick Cornett unveiled a Web site asking city residents whether they wanted another MAPS, and if they did, what projects they wanted to include. With 2,700 responses, another MAPS was a popular idea. Ongoing coverage: MAPS 3