The above video by Sean Cummings is actually the second compelling bit of commentary done by the popular restaurant owner (that I know of) about ongoing downtown development debates. I’ll be showing the first one, related to the convention center, in the near future.
I’m still visiting with a lot of involved players, trying to get a grasp on what we’ve seen this past week, and I’ll be posting on the topic soon.
In the meantime, some quick observations about Sean’s video:
- There is still quite a bit of sentiment behind the idea of a roundabout. But I’ve yet to see how such traffic designs encourage urban, close setback development on surrounding property. I also don’t understand how these larger roundabouts are friendly for pedestrian crossings. But maybe I’ll learn more as the debate continues.
- I suspect Sean Cummings’ restaurants won’t be chosen for the next Oklahoma Department of Transportation office holiday party.
- Sean does a great job at showing us context that’s been missing to date – what areas will be visible from the future boulevard and what development potential might exist along the corridor.
- Sean’s video includes a vivid reminder of how important this discussion is the future of the Farmers Market area. Take a look at this frame from Sean’s video and tell me it doesn’t matter whether this section is elevated or at-grade (and by at-grade, I mean at street level and not on a raised earthen berm):
Here’s another view of the area shown the above screenshot: