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Your 2 Cents: Committee Recommends MAPS Project Shake Up

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Kelly Ogle, News 9

OKLAHOMA CITY -- The MAPS Citizens' Oversight Committee is advising that the convention center should be the first project built in MAPS 3 rather than the last, to generate more money for the other projects.  I agree.

Mike writes:  "Bring in the projects that will generate revenue first. Leave the projects pandering to the fringe groups like the Streetcars to the very last."

K has doubts:  "Now the city can't agree on what to build at what time. Sorry, I don't trust our city leadership--too many hands in too many pockets."

Ann says:  "Building the revenue generating projects first would be common sense.  But of course, government is not showing much of that these days."

Safe to say Lynda in Chickasha is naysayer:  "All MAPS did in my opinion was to make a few, very few, downtown businessmen a fortune for a bunch of old buildings that were basically abandoned."

And Ronald writes: "These MAPS project's are the fleecing of the residents of OKC for special interest."

Ronald, have you seen how downtown is prospering?

Finally, Gary says:  "We have a lot of interest from large convention groups that want to come to OKC but we lose out on them because we do not have a facility big enough to host them. They end up taking their dollars to another city."

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