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by Steve Lackmeyer Published: June 24, 2013

It’s time to rip off the old band-aid and bring out some discussions that are going on behind the scenes. First up – can city consultants be trusted to provide answers contrary to what is expected from those who oversee their contracts?
I’ll step back and let the debate begin with the following related questions:
- Why did the city planning department dump a master plan done by consultants for Bricktown, and then had the study done internally?
- Why did consultants hired to write up the Core to Shore plan disregard interaction with Bricktown and other neighboring downtown districts?
- What did the city do with the downtown streetscape master plan drawn up by a consultant a couple years prior to the start of Project 180?
- Can consultants’ work be manipulated?
- Can the hiring of city consultants be manipulated?
- How many consultants were hired for phase 2 work on MAPS 3 projects that weren’t already hired for phase 1 work? What are the ramifications of consultants being hired for phase 1 and phase 2 work on these projects?

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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