The Fred Jones heirs announced on November 17 that they have entered into an agreement with the OCU Law School to move the school into their historic building at 900. W. Main. The Jones family would retain ownership of the building formerly owned by Henry Ford to manufacture Model Ts, but would lease it to OCU.
Before we all pop corks to celebrate what a boon to downtown development this move supposedly will be, we must realize that they announced a "big IF" before the deed is done. To wit, voters must pass the Maps3 tax for downtown property developers first.
You see, the only way this idea makes any sense to Dean McDaniel is "IF" we have a $130 million street car system operating. Supposedly that is the only way that poor old law students can get around downtown, at least from 9th and Classen. They might even have to walk a half a mile to get to the Courthouse and County law library. I assume that the free sidewalks that already exist won't be good enough to help these students get some fresh air and exercise.
Every university I went to (4), walking a half a mile to class was nothing. We did it all the time. I guess things change if you're downtown. OCU is so small that maybe a quarter of a mile seems like a real hike.
You can see from this map of the proposed streetcar route, that they'd at least have to walk a block and a half to a trolley stop. Remember, those streetcars are projected to cost more than $22 million a mile to construct! Ten years ago the original Maps project put 9 trolleys into service for a measly $5 million. That's over half a million bucks per copy. Bet it would cost a lot less than that to add even a dedicated trolley to take law students wherever they want to go.
Will this generous offer with a hook work on OKC voters? Don't know. They were gullible enough to let Maps for Millionaires tax them for $120 million a few years ago to subsidize the OKC Thunder. Maybe OKC taxpayers have given up trying to fight the OKC Elite. Or maybe they haven't.