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Deep Deuce to Bricktown: Dangerous Crossing?

by Steve Lackmeyer Modified: June 17, 2013 at 12:30 pm •  Published: June 17, 2013

When development began to take place a dozen years ago in Deep Deuce, there was very little connection between the largely residential district and Bricktown, even though the entertainment district is a short walk away.

That has changed in recent years, especially as development in both districts begins to create a seamless transition from one to another. Consider that the areas shaded in yellow (housing), green (hotels) and purple (entertainment) represent development that is either already underway or is a virtual lock to occur within the next couple of years.

There are two key connections between Deep Deuce and Bricktown. Russell Perry Avenue is poorly lit and has no sidewalks. Walnut Avenue is lit and has sidewalks, but it also has another big flaw, as noted by downtowners Casey Cornett and Sid Burgess.

The discussion began Saturday night with this tweet from Casey:

Sid provided some more background on this matter, noting that “locals” had tried to address the problem previously:

Ah yes, the city. It’s history that leads Sid to think the signs were removed. I’ll be sending this on to the city’s public information office to find out for sure.
It’s well known that the city does not (like? allow?) for mid-block pedestrian crossings. I’ve been informed, however, that one mid-block crossing, placed by the county, has been tolerated along Robert S. Kerr Ave. for the past few years even though it never with the city’s traffic commission.
All this leads to the question: with downtown changing into a walkable mixed-use urban core, is it time to re-examine how the city handles rules and signage for crosswalks? What harm was being done by the signs shown in the photo taken by Sid? And what harm was created by removing them?

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by Steve Lackmeyer
Business Reporter
Steve Lackmeyer is a reporter, columnist and author 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...
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