Creating Places: A Citizen Observer's Look at Nashville's Built Environment

Writer's Note: William Williams' interest in the manmade environment dates to 1970, at which point the then-young Williams started a collection of postcards of city skylines. The collection now numbers 1,000-plus cards. Among the writer's specific interests are exterior building design, city district planning, demographics, signage, mixed-use development, mass transit and green/sustainable construction and living. Williams began his Creating Places column with The City Paper in February 2005. The column in its original form was discontinued in September 2008 and reinvented via this blog in November 2008. Creating Places can be found on the home page of the website of The City Paper, at which Williams has worked in various capacities since October 2000.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Not all OK in OKCity

Google Streetview is a wonderful tool, especially for those of us more interested in the built environment than in all the stuff "normal" people enjoy.

In an effort to determine what second-tier U.S. city might rival Nashville for having a bad sidewalk network within its central core (that is, within about a 20-square-mile area, with downtown as an epicenter), I use the aforementioned Google program. The results are inconclusive, but I can say this: Oklahoma City's sidewalk system -- from what I've seen via Streetview -- borders on horrid. I'll check OKC a few more times and provide a report.

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