Unaddressed flaws, details don't equal failings by city hall, Downtown Oklahoma City Inc.

Officials at city hall, Downtown Oklahoma City Inc. say they’re just as eager to get such flaws as missing bricks in the sidewalks, crumbling concrete in the crosswalks and a loss of the lighting along the Bricktown Canal addressed.
by Steve Lackmeyer Published: August 12, 2014
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The Oklahoma River has become a draw for visitors as Oklahoma City’s renaissance continues into its third decade. Photo provided by Will Hider
The Oklahoma River has become a draw for visitors as Oklahoma City’s renaissance continues into its third decade. Photo provided by Will Hider

Last week’s column about the little details not being addressed downtown drew quite a bit of response from readers – and I also heard from folks at city hall and Downtown Oklahoma City Inc., who say they’re just as eager to get such flaws addressed.

During a walk through Bricktown, I observed missing bricks in the sidewalks, crumbling concrete in the crosswalks and a loss of the lighting that once showcased landscaping along the canal. In December of 2012, the Tax Increment Finance Committee approved $750,000 to address such issues.

Hopefully that money will be put to good use soon.

Downtown Oklahoma City Inc., meanwhile, indicates they are aware of the peeling paint on the canal railings and other issues I raised and are just as eager to see those matters quickly addressed.

Anyone who might interpret last week’s column as criticism of either city hall or Downtown Oklahoma City Inc. would be mistaken. Instead, consider it a reminder that these little details are adding up.

In the meantime, city hall is continuing to oversee what is one of the most ambitious 20-year overhauls of any major metropolitan community that started with passage of the original MAPS in 1993. Oklahoma City two decades ago was a mess – now it’s the talk of the country.

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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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