Here are the recent headlines and news from around our state about planning, placemaking, and community building in Oklahoma. To recommend a news story you think we should share, please let us know.
- Enid is considering a policy to designate 1% of any public construction project’s budget for public art.
- A committee formed in Norman to lead a study of the neighborhoods between Campus Corner and downtown, to determine a way forward for future development in the area.
- A similar study in Edmond is looking at the potential for higher density and mixed-use urban development in the downtown area.
- Ridership is growing on Oklahoma’s public transit systems, with 7.5 million rides per year around the state, according to OklahomaWatch.
- INCOG will begin work on a Bicycle/Pedestrian Master Plan for the Tulsa region.
- A couple that is new to Oklahoma City is blogging about their experiences living in downtown without a car, a great resource for anyone who is seeking to reduce the amount of time spent in a vehicle.
- Tulsa leaders are ready to begin planning a new effort to install infrastructure to keep the Arkansas River full of water year-round.
- Education spending is down 23% per pupil in Oklahoma public schools since 2008.
- Oklahoma City is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Metropolitan Area Projects program, which has transformed the city in many ways. The Oklahoman explored with lots of great content in a special section.