No Place to Walk


William Bowen, West Oklahoma City



Context: Bowen recently moved to Oklahoma City from Edmond. He is concerned by the lack of sidewalks in his neighborhood, especially since the high poverty rate means more people go without vehicles and have to walk or rely on public transportation. He mentions MAPS, the flagship project of Oklahoma City that poured sales tax moeny into downtown, including Bricktown, to spur redevelopment and economic growth. Bowen is among several residents who noted the imbalance between public investment in downtown and public investment in distressed neighborhoods.


Eric Wenger, Department of Public Works Director



Context: Wenger said Oklahoma City now requires sidewalks in any new development and street maintenance project. He said adjacent property owners are responsible for the maintenance of sidewalks in residential areas, but the city has proposed an initiative to encourage property owners to maintain their sidewalks by paying half the cost of construction. Officials with the Neighborhood Alliance of Central Oklahoma said that program will automatically exclude poor neighborhoods where residents would still have to pay up to $1,500.

A Deeper Look:

A Patchwork of Sidewalks

These photos show which parts of the city have sidewalks. The lack of sidewalks is especially of concern in areas where residents are more reliant on public transportation.


Oklahoma City



Northeastern Oklahoma City


South Oklahoma City


West Oklahoma City


Data from the city of Oklahoma City