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Sean Cummings on the Boulevard

by Steve Lackmeyer Published: December 4, 2012


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):

The view of the Klein entryway to Farmers Market from the former I-40 (soon to be the downtown boulevard)
The view of the Klein entryway to Farmers Market from the former I-40 (soon to be the downtown boulevard)

Here’s another view of the area shown the above screenshot:
Can an at-grade, street-level new boulevard provide a new  gateway to Farmers Market and make it the next downtown redevelopment prospect with a great historic jewel at the heart of the area?
Can an at-grade, street-level new boulevard provide a new gateway to Farmers Market and make it the next downtown redevelopment prospect with a great historic jewel at the heart of the area?

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by Steve Lackmeyer
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Steve Lackmeyer is a reporter and columnist who started his career at The Oklahoman in 1990. Since then, he has won numerous awards for his coverage, which included the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, the city's Metropolitan...
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