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Oklahoma City building more sidewalks

Published: June 28, 2013

Crews are putting the finishing touches on a stretch of sidewalks along NW 23 between Villa and Pennsylvania avenues. Now the 23rd Street corridor, between Interstates 44 and 35, will have continuous sidewalks along this major arterial. It's been a series of both different sidewalk projects and funding sources that has tied this 6-mile-long corridor together.

Yes, Oklahoma City has a long way to go. In fact, Oklahoma City Councilman Ed Shadid frequently reminds us that we're paying for the consequences of building no sidewalks for 40 years (1960 to 2000), except those that developers built on their own. Since 2000, however, we're seeing evidence of new sidewalks all over Oklahoma City, thanks to a citizenry and the city council who want to see a more walkable city. Let's keep talking about sidewalks. Let's keep them coming!

Sam Bowman, Oklahoma City