Posted on August 2, 2012
What if elevated viaducts were proposed today? Check out Oklahoma City
As Vancouver considers removal of its elevated Georgia and Dunsmuir Viaducts for replacement with an at-grade boulevard, Oklahoma City is heading in the opposite direction, proposing to create an elevated throughway.
But the 1998 plan, now proposed for completion, is running into a wave of opposition that sounds astonishingly like the criticisms levelled at our Viaducts: the Oklahoma viaducts would cut off neighbourhoods, blight an entire district and hurt new development.
If Vancouver’s experience is any guide, the Oklahoma critics — including the Mayor and council — are absolutely right.