From the article: Oklahoma City MAPS 3
The MAPS 3 proposal for Oklahoma City has been officially announced and is set for a December 2009 vote. Do you support or oppose MAPS 3? Share your opinions and thoughts on the MAPS 3 plan. Give Your Thoughts
- Coming to Oklahoma from Oregon one of the first things I did was my a bike, only to find out that there are no bike paths on any of the city streets. You are widening roads without putting in bike lanes yet this is suppose to be an intiative for the health of the Okalhoma citizens. I am disappointed and would like to know how to know how to intiate a survey or petiton for bike lanes.
- i'm tired of hearing about how firefighters and police don't have enough manpower or money. like everyone else they are expected to do more with less, welcome to the club, except you make more money, have better insurence, and a considerable amount more job security. that said, there is a snakey side to this maps3, not enough details, unwanted projects, ect. however okc needs to continue to improve and grow, it will benefit our home proporties , giving residents who chose to utilize it, free spaces (parks, trails, ect) look at hefner, it is a great example. (there are a tremendous amout of people, bands, restaurants and room for everyone, not just cyclists, hikers, walkers, rollerbladers, dog walkers, yoga groups, wind surfers, fishermen, boaters, and runners, amateur photographers. oklahoma city needs some free spaces. covention centers bring in $ every large city has one. tons of employees come to the meetings and leave to eat, drink, sleep, shop. okc is run down.
- —Guest just a thought
Glad to hear it passed
- I'm not an OKC resident so I don’t have a dog in the fight. But as an FAA employee I’m here several times a year and was delighted to hear MAPS3 passed. Without fail I visit BT every time I’m here. Would I still come to OKC if there had been no MAPS? Sure - the FAA center is here. But the MAPS projects have made downtown a destination where I and others visit frequently and spend substantial money, and would not do so had the MAPS projects not been undertaken. These are the kinds of projects that make city centers desirable and improve the overall quality of life. This has indirect benefits that inevitably lead to increased cash flow. So, while I’m not a fan of the new convention center, I applaud Oklahomans for their foresight and determination to improve their urban environment. My wife and I (both FAA) are considering moving to Oklahoma City and the amenities offered by the MAPS projects are a strong contributing factor. If we do, we’ll be happy to pay the MAPS3 tax.
- —Guest Greg
We are most excited to see MAPS3 passed!
- I am from OKC and moving back after over 30years. There may be other/mover projects to accomplish in the future, however, I know from living in other cities that if your downtown is not inviting that companies will not consider your town and therefore your town will die. They are the ones who pay the big taxes. Passing MAPS3 is an investment in ourselves (I'll be paying that tax when I get there in March). Good for you, OKC!
- Passed a HUGE MAPS proposal, with no info. The convention center was the LEAST popular, yet it accounts for the MOST money. An accident? I think NOT! Where is it going to be? What about Bricktown and the DT hotels that live off the Cox Convention Center? What will they do? Go out of business? No one cares? Who is going to build the 800 room hotel? Did we forget that part? OKC Taxpayers- get ready to buy a hotel in a few years- with an extension of MAPS 4! What hotel owner is going to build another hotel? How long did it take DT to get the Marriott? No one wanted that project.
- —Guest not enough
- I'm very pleased to hear that MAPS3 passed. Most of the OKC residents that have complaints appear to be simply experiencing the growing pains of commerce. Although I concede that no plan could ever hope to please all of the people all of the time, without a program that promotes growth, Oklahoma would have continued in the economic fog it's been for as long as I can remember, with its residents longing for prosperity.
YOUR JOB MIGHT DEPEND ON MAPS 3!!
- Let's cut the stuff! Do you have a job in or around OKC? If NO wins on this vote, we as a city are in deep trouble. Projects are waiting to start from the private sector that won't happen on a NO vote. OKC can get dollars on pennies spent, just on finishing the river projects. National rowing, College rowing, and a day when H.S rowing competition is common place on the river. That will bring quality of life, and a huge amount of money to OKC, just on that. For those complain about what's on the ballot, you should of been going to city hall months ago. One things for sure. There WILL be people lose their jobs on a NO vote! FACT!
- —Guest Rickp
- Are you serious? we need some new sidewalks? new bike trails? This is a real proposal? Who ever says we have the money to make this city look better? Maybe you do but the majority of us don't. Have you been on I 40 recently. maybe a toll road that is worse than other states normal highways. Are you all living in the same place as me or am i on a different world. Is it ok for your state to have roads that damage your car? Why does it feel like your sitting on an off balance washer when your driving on any road? How about all the young people who don't have working experience and cant get a job or any type of money. What about taking care of the people of this state in stead of a bike trail? You act like were not broke like everyone else. Look around. I am 20 years old and cant get a job cause there so many older more experienced people out of work, the people like me are just S.O.L. By the way i am from Philly and las Vegas and this is already a wonderful city. better looking then both.
- —Guest Joshk
- Do you want OKC to remain a Cow Town on the plains? Vote Yes, and everybody will benefit.
- —Guest Cow
"IS THIS A GREAT STATE OR WHAT"
- I moved here two years ago and can't wait to get out. We are over taxed, high crime, guns everywhere, poor school system, bad roads. We don't need more parks downtown. A new convention center, bike trails, and more. Get your priorities straight. Vote no and wait for better plans.
- —Guest Joe
- If it isn't more taxes then why would it be less without it. $520 dollars more per family to spend per year times 7.8 years seems like a lot of money in hard times. The city talks about creating jobs not careers. Why tax the seniors that will never live to see the completion of the centers that were put on there to try to sway their votes. Previous maps proposals have had opportunities for the elderly that would never see the benefit to be reinbursed anually for the tax. If these people are so good at making projections why would we be so far behind on the current projects. over 1 Million dollars a month average. 6 resque squads gone since maps 1. over 50 fewer firefighters in 10 years with more than double call volume since the first maps. .000? percent of oklahoma city residents, or oklahomans, or even humans that whitewhatever raft or row. What business would give you a blank check for nearly 1 Billion Dollars and not want the details of its use in ink
- —Guest Bryan
Corruption Run Amuck
- Vote No! It's time to put a stop to city corruption. Mayor Cornett is paid undisclosed amounts by his new employers at Ackerman McQueen, who stand to make millions off the projects in Maps 3. This "temporary" tax has been running for 15 years. As Ron Norrick says in the commercials "And we're just getting started..." They have no intentions of letting this tax stop. They will keep finding ways to line the pockets of downtown realtors like Kirk Humphries who wants us to believe that his property won't go up in value because it's within a mile of the improvements. STOP THE CORRUPTION!!! Vote NO December 8th.
- —Guest John
- An aquatic center for citizens? You've GOT to be kidding! If seniors want to swim let them go to the YMAC or YWCA. Instead of all the expenditures for the convention center, fairgrounds, side-walks,etc. let's instead spend the money to repair the roads and bridges that are crumbling. Let's do a better job of mowing and litter removal so that we don't have to be embarrassed when out of town company comes to OKC. Let's fund senior centers so that they can have a place to meet daily and receive a hot meal. Let's fund more police to remove they pan-handlers that seem to be at every intersection and are an embarrassment to our city. I certainly would not mind continuing to pay the penny sales tax if it was used to take care of what we already have. I don't believe that we would have the money to maintain and staff a new convention center, a new park, etc. Just what we need .... a new park for the junkies and sexual perverts to hang out in. VOTE NO!!!
- —Guest Thrifty Gal
- This MAPS3 project tries to accomplish too much with too little. I VOTE NO!!!
- —Guest Lary
I can't believe some of these arguments
- I'm a native Oklahoman and have never lived in any other state; however, I'm relatively new to OKC having been here 4 years now. Prior to MAPs I would never have considered living here. To address some comments made by nay-sayers... I can't believe that arguments are being made that the MAPs programs are in place only to make the rich richer and to pat the backs of the good-ol-boys. Do you not go to Bricktown? Do you not have kids in school? Do you not enjoy the benefits that the MAPs programs have provided to date? And what is this rubbish of complaining about a charge for the snow tubing or for the outdoor ice rink? Those facilities don't pay for themselves. Plus, Devon and Chesapeake have done so much to help this city. We need more companies like them here to continue the progression of OKC. A metropolitan area is no different from a small town in that improvements are a community effort. MAPs3 is the next step in continuing to create a city to be proud of. I'm voting yes.
- —Guest Joey
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