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Old July 29th, 2011, 12:03 PM   #1561
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Old July 30th, 2011, 02:44 AM   #1562
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@ Hot Rod..thanks for the distance pic from outside downtown. When I visited OKC in 2010 this was still a hole in the ground...awesome progress One question though that your picture reminded me to ask...
I stayed in Moore(Southside of downtown for non-Okies) and one of the things that really took me by surprise was the lack of footpaths (sidewalks). As a tourist I tried to save on taxi fares by walking everywhere (and PT is all but non-existent in OKC ) Is it normal for American cities to only have sidewalks in the downtown core or was it just OKC or the particular area of OKC I was in? I hope this question doesn't come off as rude as I loved my time in OKC, truly a wonderful part of the world with friendly people and I would love to visit again one day
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Old July 30th, 2011, 03:57 AM   #1563
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I know your question was for hotrod but I'll take a stab at it.If you were staying in Moore then anything outside of the riverwalk or I-35 developments or dense neiborhoods will not have much sidewalks.As far as OKC is concerned it is One of the largest cities in America in term of land mass at over 600 sq. miles but older neigborhoods such as Mesta Park or Heritage Hills have plenty of sidewalks,but on the whole OKC is NOT a pedestrian friendly city!With the passage of MAPS3 there will be over 50 miles of new sidewalks constructed throughout the city.Sorry to jump in on HotRod's question and I'm glad you enjoyed your time here with us!
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Old July 30th, 2011, 03:28 PM   #1564
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thanks dmoor.

yes, in general OKC doesn't have sidewalks outside of downtown or the older inner city core area. The same is true for transit and general 'city' feel that most are familiar with in other major cities. OKC has sort of a double-complex with itself, it is a large area to keep taxes flowing into the city yet the area is too large to provide sidewalks everywhere - particularly in the suburban and rural parts of the city not to mention many suburbs themselves. OKC is a major city (1.3M metro) that has a big city heart but a little city/huge suburb infrastructure.

But this is slated to change with Maps 3 as dmoor alluded to.

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Old July 30th, 2011, 03:30 PM   #1565
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another skyline impact pic:

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Old July 30th, 2011, 10:44 PM   #1566
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Old July 30th, 2011, 11:17 PM   #1567
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Aww it has the Empire State Building effect, on the other buildings lol.

A few more 500 and 600 footer and it will be perfect.
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Old July 31st, 2011, 01:42 AM   #1568
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Old August 2nd, 2011, 11:06 AM   #1569
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I know your question was for hotrod but I'll take a stab at it.If you were staying in Moore then anything outside of the riverwalk or I-35 developments or dense neiborhoods will not have much sidewalks.As far as OKC is concerned it is One of the largest cities in America in term of land mass at over 600 sq. miles but older neigborhoods such as Mesta Park or Heritage Hills have plenty of sidewalks,but on the whole OKC is NOT a pedestrian friendly city!With the passage of MAPS3 there will be over 50 miles of new sidewalks constructed throughout the city.Sorry to jump in on HotRod's question and I'm glad you enjoyed your time here with us!
dmoor, thanks for the info. My host and I stayed just off South Penn Avenue so not Moore exactly, but I did get a look around a bit of a more 'posh' neighbourhood in Nichols Hills. I read in a Medical Journal that Australians take over 1500 incidental steps per day, whereas American take lower than 500. In this study it was looking at why Europeans(don't know how Australia got into the study!) were less prone to obesity and the theory was that a European Joe Blow(jurgen Blow?) would probably go to the fridge, realise he needs a couple of litres of milk for the next days breakfast and rather than jump in his car he'd more than likely walk the 1-200m to the closest shop to pick it up and carry it home whereas the average American wouldn't. I didn't see that many sidewalks in OKC so I just figured it wasn't laziness(as usually gets bandied about) but perhaps a lack of the appropriate infrastructure. My main issue with walking in OKC was remembering to look the correct way before stepping out onto the street..even at a cross-walk 30 odd years of looking to the left first is a very hard habit to break....no wonder my host wouldn't let me drive her car
I've been telling everyone I can how much of a good time I had in OKC..it flies under the radar without the big bright flashy lights like an LA/NYC or a Dallas, but I'm yet to meet a friendlier bunch of people in the one city. Its how I imagine a lot of other places in America to be when you get away from the big cities where the population is just a bit 'over' the tourists gawking at everything and clogging up the traffic. My only regret are that I didn't get to see a Sooner game down in Norman(I went in April - wrong time of the year for the NCAAFB) or a chance to ride a bike around Lake Hefner..maybe by the time I get back to the Sooner state, the riverwalk will be completed and I'll be able to ride all along there instead of doing a lap of the lake.

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Old August 3rd, 2011, 02:49 AM   #1571
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Wow, this building surely fascinates me.
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Old August 3rd, 2011, 03:15 AM   #1572
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Old August 4th, 2011, 09:05 AM   #1573
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Prospective pics

Enjoy, don't get photo vertigo!

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Devon tower, from near the top of downtown's old tallest - Chase Tower. ...



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from over 1080 feet above the ground, Tower Crane 1:
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Ahhh, such a nice day in Oklahoma City!
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Old August 4th, 2011, 11:31 AM   #1574
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Old August 4th, 2011, 08:09 PM   #1575
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Those are awesome pictures from the crane cab. What a view!
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Old August 5th, 2011, 01:28 AM   #1576
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Nice updates.

It sure is coming together. Seems that things are slowing down, though, since the bottom of the crown has been erected.
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BEAUTIFUL! I wish Dallas was building a building this tall!
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Old August 6th, 2011, 04:56 AM   #1578
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Doesn't Dallas have like 3 buildings taller then this? >.>
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Old August 6th, 2011, 04:59 AM   #1579
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Doesn't Dallas have like 3 buildings taller then this? >.>
No, we have 2.

Bank of America Plaza 921 ft/281 m
Renaissance Tower 886 ft/270 m

But we are building a 560 ft/170 m skyscraper
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Old August 6th, 2011, 05:19 AM   #1580
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Well there you go. Dallas has buildings taller then this thing :p
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