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Oklahoman Modified: September 21, 2012 at 1:28 pm •  Published: September 21, 2012
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/articleid/3711710/1/pictures/1837899">Photo - The Humphreys family right to left: Grant, Jack, Emma, Jenifer, Mary, and Ford from Oklahoma City pose in front of the Pacific Park Ferris Wheel on the Santa Monica Pier on Sunday, May 4, 2008 in Santa Monica, Calif. Grant Humphreys placed the winning bid on eBay $132,400 for the Pacific Wheel with plans to bring it home to Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Stefano Paltera
The Humphreys family right to left: Grant, Jack, Emma, Jenifer, Mary, and Ford from Oklahoma City pose in front of the Pacific Park Ferris Wheel on the Santa Monica Pier on Sunday, May 4, 2008 in Santa Monica, Calif. Grant Humphreys placed the winning bid on eBay $132,400 for the Pacific Wheel with plans to bring it home to Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Stefano Paltera

Are you concerned by the recent exodus seemingly by so many city planners? What are some ways that public works, transit and planning can better integrate their efforts?

Yes. The city has lost almost all of its most respected, innovative planners in the past year. I've talked to some of these folks. They say they are frustrated by the unprecedented dominance of decision making at City Hall by engineers. They say they feel like planning has been diminished as a consideration on public works projects, MAPS and other big initiatives.

The city manager, the assistant city manager, public works director and MAPS 3 coordinator are all engineers - and they are the ones calling many of the shots on hiring of MAPS 3 consultants, land use, etc.

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by Steve Lackmeyer
Business Reporter
Steve Lackmeyer is a reporter, columnist and author 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...
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