The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

8 August 2006

Open forum (maybe)

Press release from Sustainable OKC:

OKLAHOMA CITY— On Tuesday, August 8, 2006, at 7:30 p.m., Sustainable OKC and the Vivian Wimberly Center for Ethics and Servant Leadership at OCU will host the third event in their Smart Growth series: "City on the Move: Transportation in Central Oklahoma," a panel discussion on mass transit.

The panel will be held in Watson Lounge on the lower level of the Angie Smith chapel at Oklahoma City University. This event is free and open to the public. Doors open at 7:00 p.m., and the presentation begins at 7:30 p.m.

This panel discussion will explore factors that have influenced transportation in central Oklahoma, market and environmental forces that are affecting transportation choices today, and solutions to make Oklahoma City less dependent on the automobile.

The event, moderated by OETA's Dick Pryor, will include the following panelists:

  • John Dugan, Director, Oklahoma City Planning Department
  • Rick Cain, Director, Central Oklahoma Transportation and Parking Authority
  • Willa Johnson, Ward Seven, Oklahoma City Council
  • Dean Schirf, Vice President of Government Relations, Greater OKC Chamber of Commerce
  • Zach Taylor, Executive Director, Association of Central Oklahoma Governments

This presentation is the third in a series on smart growth organized by Sustainable OKC.
Date: Tuesday, August 8, 2006
Time: 7:30 pm-10:00 pm

Tom Elmore, who forwarded me this, notes:

Perhaps oddly, the panel is a rogues' gallery of some of those most responsible for fighting rational transit development over the years. These have also helped cover up reality and quash the truth about the need to save OKC Union Station's rail yard.

With the announcement this morning of the "little problem with Alaska oil production" and with it, likely higher gasoline prices, I'd say that those who'd like to talk to some of those most responsible for Central Oklahoma's lack of alternative transportation (and that the air conditioning in 25% of OKC's existing transit buses doesn't work[!]) will have a marvelous opportunity to do so Tuesday night.

So be it.

Posted at 11:28 AM to City Scene