The Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer took questions from readers in today's OKC Central Live Chat. You can join Steve's Q&As on Fridays at 10 a.m. and submit your questions about the happenings in and around downtown Oklahoma City. Read the complete chat transcript here.
Let's assume a MAPS 4 comes up early 2017. What would you like to see on the MAPS 4 ballot? Mostly mass transit? A 20,000-25,000 soccer/football stadium?
I'm not going to assume the convention center is under construction at that point, though it is possible. We will likely have a boulevard in place by then (I can't imagine it being done in 2014). Will the park be done by then? I'm not so certain. The Oklahoma River improvements will be done. The streetcar system MIGHT be open by then. The fairgrounds additions will be done. The wellness centers? Oh gosh, well, maybe we'll figure out how to do them by then.
I don't want to sound overly cynical, but I don't want to leave folks with inflated expectations. MAPS, by nature, does not follow initial timelines regardless of the best intentions. It's a complicated process, plans change, realities change, expectations change. So we have that to consider.
Will MAPS 4 be attempted? Probably.
Will it involve a football stadium? I think the odds are overwhelmingly against such an effort. Oklahoma is college football territory and Oklahoma City is not seen as a market that can support more than one major league team.
But will MAPS 4 be a transit initiative? There are already folks talking about that, and I'm hearing that someone is operating a poll surveying residents about their interest in funding future rail based transit in Oklahoma City.
Seems like the Aloft hotel is moving rather slowly. Do you know why?