The desires of Oklahomans are multi-faceted. It’s a rich tapestry of cultures who love the outdoors, collegiate and professional sports, and queso, amongst other things. But what is the numero uno bond shared by everyone across the state?
The obsession over the automobile. Every month is National Truck Month, and God granted us the right to be able to drive wherever and however we want. And if I’m gonna zoom around in a giant vehicle meant to seat many people but by myself, I deserve to park wherever I want for free.
But now we’re about to lose some prime real-estate of flat and free pavement downtown:
Developer Randy Hogan has filed a rezoning request for the large parking lot just west of Harkins Theater in @bricktown. The plan shows 2 hotel & 1 residential tower with a lagoon. Request seeks heights of up to 300 feet, which would allow the tallest buildings in the district. pic.twitter.com/kSVX1uBKmH
— OKCTalk.com (@OKCTalk) June 13, 2021
If you want to have a fun time, read through the comments of people furiously and depressingly lamenting the extinction of… a parking lot. There are already so many places to park downtown for free or cheap. Hell, I don’t even own a car and I can find you a spot for $5 or free on a Thunder game day.
The entitlement Oklahoma City has built to make the metro car-centric has made people who have never been to any other big city lose their minds when anything happens to inconvenience their ability to drive or park their cars.
I’m not saying we’re on the same scale, but good luck going to a city like Chicago and finding a giant free parking lot. Granted, they have better public transit, but you can get a $4 daily EMBARK pass and pretty much get wherever you need to go in the urban core.
Maybe I’m generalizing here, but it seems like most of the people who complain about downtown parking are people who live in the suburbs and only come down twice a year to get a fishbowl margarita at Fuzzy’s and see a Keith Urban concert at the ‘Peake. If you’re outraged about paying ten dollars to park your massive Tahoe, stay in Edmond.
From practicality standpoint, this seems like a good idea. Urban infill is important. It brings in more to the city economy, and also it doesn’t leave these areas with huge, flat plots of land that are literally nothing other than pavement for F-150s to rest.
That being said, does downtown need another hotel and residential tower? I question how many of either of those operations are ever close to being full, but that’s a conversation for another day. This lagoon that’s being proposed however, hell yeah. All I know about lagoons is that there’s one with a creature in it, and baby I’m on board for that.
Anyways, have fun yelling at me in the comments about how downtown actually needs more parking. I will 100% not read them!