During Tuesday’s city council meeting, Ward 2 Councilman Ed Shadid described himself as the “loyal opposition” to the streetcar system being pursued as part of MAPS 3. It was an interesting comment from Shadid, considering he has taken issue with any hint that he is opposed to the streetcar system in discussions here at OKC Central.
I’ve invited Ed (and to be fair, Mayor Mick Cornett as well) to do a guest blog outlying his thoughts on the streetcar. He has indicated he wants to do it, but so far, I’ve yet to get anything back from him.
I’m the guy who people either love or hate. Sometimes both. Sometimes, they just want to ignore me. I have no loyalties, other than to keeping readers informed as best as I can, and providing context along the way. At times I’ve been accused of carrying Shadid’s water. With this post, I doubt that will be the case. Both Shadid and Cornett are, I believe, essentially good men with very different ideas and agendas, flaws and strengths. I hope Shadid will still consider using this blog as a way to better explain his thinking on the streetcar system.
A transit advocate provided copies of these campaign materials printed by Shadid during his 2011 campaign for city council. I understand that he has objections to how the MAPS 3 campaign was covered by The Oklahoman (I was not involved in covering the campaign with the exception of a forum held on the Core to Shore park). But note that The Gazette, other television stations, various chat boards and social media were all delving into these various projects. Positions, of course, change. But I am posting these materials, as they provide context of his original stance, before he was describing himself as the loyal opposition to the streetcar: