Steve Lackmeyer: Oklahoma City needs a concert venue similar to Tulsa's Cain's Ballroom

Reporter Steve Lackmeyer chatted with readers at 10 a.m. Friday about downtown Oklahoma City developments and issues.
by Steve Lackmeyer Modified: August 10, 2012 at 11:22 am •  Published: August 10, 2012

On ODOT's roundabout design:

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation stated they created the roundabout design with 10 road connections after pulling what they said was a similar design they found on the Facebook page for Friends for a Better Boulevard, the advocacy group arguing to keep the road at-grade instead of elevated as sought out by the state highway engineers. The advocacy group responds they did not have a rendering even close to the one released by ODOT. I looked at all the images on the Facebook page and did not see any with 10 road connections.

On Oklahoma river development:

Guest, we're seeing this sort of development along the river by Meridian Avenue and SW 15 currently. As for the river as it flows south of downtown, I suspect it's just a mater of a few more years, if that, before we start hearing such announcements. I suspect that developers are awaiting further development to occur first in Core to Shore.

On Bricktown housing:

Bricktown has long shown great capacity for housing - the trick is overcoming land costs and parking arrangements. The U-Haul building, I agree, would make for the best historic building housing rehab project anywhere in the city. Small problem - U-haul doesn't seem to want to move.

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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