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Project changes show Oklahoma City's public input getting heard

The process of adding public input into the development of downtown Oklahoma City may not always be neat, it may not make everyone happy, but recent changes to big projects show debate and feedback are getting heard.
Oklahoman Published: December 18, 2012

The compromise plan now shows far more of the boulevard at grade, with just a bridge crossing at a combined Western Avenue/Classen Boulevard corridor. The plan has the backing of the engineers, and while it still has critics, most agree it is an improvement over the elevation they feared would kill any chances of developing the surrounding Farmers Market area.

More public debates are certain to continue into 2013 as the fate of the landmark Stage Center is set to be decided and chances for more mid- to high-rise tower development increase.

The critics won't always like the outcomes — but if they speak loudly enough, have no doubt, based on recent history, their voices will get heard.

by Steve Lackmeyer
Business Reporter
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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