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MAPS 3 gives Oklahoma City clear direction

Mayor says city will be tough to recognize in 10 years.
By Bryan Dean Published: August 22, 2010

If you want to know where Oklahoma City is heading, just consult the MAPS — MAPS 3 to be exact.

Oklahoma City leaders have a pretty good handle on the direction Oklahoma City is going mostly because they've put it on paper and have gotten an endorsement from city voters.

The $777 million MAPS 3 is the city's latest ballot initiative and includes a list of projects that will undoubtedly change the city's complexion during the coming decade. The big three projects are a $280 million convention center, a $130 million 70-acre downtown park and a $130 million transit project that will include a modern streetcar and a central transit hub.

Other projects include improvements at State Fair Park, renovations that will make the Oklahoma River a better venue for rowing and water sport events, a white-water rafting venue near the river, senior aquatic centers, sidewalks and trails.

Mayor Mick Cornett said once you combine MAPS 3 with the coming relocation of the Interstate 40 Crosstown Expressway, the city will look far different in a decade than it does now.

"The last 10 years of this city's history were incredible, but they will not equal the next 10 years," Cornett said.

Cornett said city residents have made a conscious decision to give city leaders clear direction and ample funding to improve the city in a way that would make most other cities jealous.

"Rarely has a community invested in itself as we have done, and never has a community been more united and inclusive in determining its direction," Cornett said.

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