Going back even further, there was briefly a time when a rebuilt Broadway along Automobile Alley was going to include no curbside parking spaces. The spaces added, after complaints from property owners, remain unusually big (long enough for two cars per space). Property owners recently released an engineering study showing how the street can be re-striped to allow for up to 200 added parking spots.
A call to the city's planning department reveals that despite the â€œGuardianâ€ sculpture and the cowboy sculpture both going through downtown design review, their relationship to each other was not discussed. The city's public works department, meanwhile, referred calls about the fenced-in grate on NE 2 to Oklahoma Gas and Electric, but a utility spokesman responded the matter wasn't related to any of its infrastructure.
With $1 billion being invested downtown in a relative short period of time, oversights will occur. But with a watchful public ready to ask â€œwhy,â€ maybe, just maybe, the Indian and cowboy will end up friends and sidewalks won't be fenced off to pedestrians.