3 March 2007
Saturday spottings (to the east side)
I've written before about Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity and board chairman Ann Felton, who has built this chapter of Habitat into one of the most active in the entire nation, and today seemed like a good day to see what they were up to.
Turnout was pretty impressive today for the very beginning of the biggest project they've ever had: a complete subdivision. Hope Crossing is just west of Kelley between Wilshire and Britton, and eventually it's going to provide housing for over 200 families. The First Presbyterian Church of Edmond is sponsoring the first house. This is the first time Habitat has had to assume responsibility for roads and utilities, and winter delays pushed back the start by a week, but I have faith in their ability to pull this off.
To get an idea of what Hope Crossing might look like when it's done, I drove out to Spencer to see Douglas Meadows, where Habitat built 51 homes over three years. The addition sits between NE 45th and 46th just west of Douglas Boulevard; Donna Lane, which marks the western boundary, has been renamed for Ann Felton. And it looked pretty much as I expected it to look: small but neat houses, single-car garages, low on clutter, high on sunshine. There's also a park with a playground, named for the late Habitat board member Keith Hickox, and maintained by the city of Spencer.
I've said before that topographically speaking, northeast Oklahoma City is the most attractive of the four quadrants; I'm always happy to see it getting a lift.
Closer to home, I got to see something truly hideous today: an actual 2007 Lincoln Navigator, Ford's attempt to outbling the overwrought Cadillac Escalade. But while the 'Slade is merely silly, the Nav is wondrous bad: the grille is in two sections, each trying to out-chrome the other, and the interior is exactly what you'd imagine for the 50th Anniversary Edsel. Lincoln will sell every one of these things they build, but they'll snicker every time one goes out the door.