The Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer took questions from readers in today's OKC Central Live Chat. You can join Steve's Q&As on Fridays at 10 a.m. and submit your questions about the happenings in and around downtown Oklahoma City. Read the complete chat transcript here.
When Jeff Speck did his walkability study in 2008, he said EK Gaylord should be four lanes instead of six or seven. Has the city completely put the decision to do that on the back burner or are they just not listening to his advice?
The E.K. Gaylord and NW 4 intersection was indeed designed for an upgrade as part of Project 180 but was later abandoned.
Jeff Speck, the walkability consultant hired by the city, did strongly recommend changing E.K. Gaylord from a six-lane divided boulevard to a four-lane road with a sidewalk on the eastside (where one does not exist currently) and curbside parking. I am hearing reports the city is looking at proceeding with a reconstruction of E.K. Gaylord Boulevard between the new downtown boulevard and Main Street that will maintain all six lanes.
Is there ever hope for a secondary connection from Deep Deuce to Bricktown besides the Walnut bridge?
It's actually the Union Pacific tracks that separate Bricktown and Deep Deuce, and yes, connections between the two are very limited (the Walnut Avenue bridge and Russell Perry Avenue). A lot of people wish to see Oklahoma Avenue opened up between the two districts, but odds are increasing against such a connection.
When will we see any movement on Chris Johnson's proposed renovation of the old Jokers comedy club?
Chris Johnson has had a long history of going to Bricktown Urban Design or other city committees to get permits to launch a development, announcing a timeline, and then not proceeding. In the dozen years or so he has been in Bricktown, the only thing he has developed is a surface parking lot.