Walkability expert critiques OKC

From The Oklahoma Gazette:

A nationally recognized urban planner hired by Oklahoma City to assess its lack of walkability said two major projects are unsustainable as envisioned, unless changes are made. Jeff Speck said a massive boulevard, slated to eventually replace the Crosstown Expressway, is a colossal mistake in design that needs to be changed before it is built. The boulevard is planned for the space vacated when Interstate 40 is moved to the south.

Speck also said the current design for the proposed new Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce building, which is to be shaped like a large, silver football, is an object that “doesn’t hold or comfort you” and won’t work for making a walkable city.

Speck, tapped by Mayor Mick Cornett to develop solutions to the city’s last-in-the-country walkability standing, according to a 2008 study from Prevention magazine, made his walkability presentation before a standing-room-only crowd at the Skirvin Hilton Hotel last week.

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