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Shane Hampton Shane Hampton is a Fellow at the Institute for Quality Communities focusing on planning and placemaking projects in the Oklahoma City area.
Oct 06, 2014 | Post by: Shane Hampton Comments Off

Jeff Speck Argues for Narrower Lanes

Today, a Jeff Speck article published on CityLab shares an excellent argument for narrower travel lanes.

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Sep 25, 2014 | Post by: Shane Hampton Comments Off

PARK(ing) Day 2014

PARK(ing) Day is a worldwide event where citizens turn parking spaces into places for people to hang out. Last year 8 parklets appeared around Oklahoma City, but this year more than 20 parking locations in 10 districts were transformed into creative miniature parks. Several OU College of Architecture students were

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Sep 08, 2014 | Post by: Shane Hampton Comments Off

The Importance of Shade

In a hot summer climate, shade is an important part of making people comfortable outside. When famed photographer Dorothea Lange visited Sallisaw, Oklahoma in August of 1936, she noticed farmers were gathered on the shady side of the street to sit or stand in groups and talk about the weather.

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Aug 14, 2014 | Post by: Shane Hampton Comments Off

Make Guthrie Weird

Guthrie, Oklahoma is famous for its beautifully preserved downtown, which was named a National Historic Landmark in 1999. The city got lots of attention for hosting a music festival with more than 40,000 attendees last summer. Guthrie has been doing a great job leveraging the event to strengthen the local

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Aug 11, 2014 | Post by: Shane Hampton Comments Off

ODOT Experiments with Optical Illusion Crosswalk

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation is experimenting with a new way to make crosswalks more visible to motorists. This is welcome news, since many of Oklahoma’s state highways travel through walkable residential neighborhoods and main streets. A Safer Crosswalk? In October 2013, ODOT wrote the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to

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Jul 03, 2014 | Post by: Shane Hampton Comments Off

These Ugly Facades Were Actually Time Capsules

Ongoing renovations of 1920s and 1930s commercial buildings in Oklahoma City have been revealing buried architectural treasures in the last few months. “Updated” facade treatments applied decades ago are being stripped away, revealing that they have been preserving interesting historic details of the buildings all along. Check out the before

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Jun 24, 2014 | Post by: Shane Hampton Comments Off

A Gathering Space for the Alva Courthouse Square

Alva, Oklahoma is located near the Kansas border in far northern Oklahoma. Alva has become a partner for the Oklahoma Arts Council’s Cultural District Initiative. Alva is the county seat of Woods County, and the county courthouse is located in a two-block green square at the center of the downtown.

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May 08, 2014 | Post by: Shane Hampton Comments Off

IQC Welcomes New Director Ian Carlton

We are excited to share that Dr. Ian Carlton will be the new executive director of the IQC. His wife Rebecca Sanders will also join the College of Architecture’s Regional and City Planning Division. Welcome to the team! Urban Development Expert Ian Carlton Named Executive Director of OU Institute NORMAN

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May 06, 2014 | Post by: Shane Hampton Comments Off

StART Norman: Better Block

Research Planning Site Plan Installation Event Day Results The tactical urbanism improvements to Main Street resulted in a street that was more comfortable for spending time. Motorists behaved in a way that was much more appropriate for an important place like Main Street. Speeds were reduced to safe levels. Because

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Apr 24, 2014 | Post by: Shane Hampton 2 Comments

Google Helps Track Urban Changes

Construction of Devon Tower Project 180 Street Improvements Chesapeake Campus Expansion Removal of I-40 Elevated Interstate Suburban Growth I was hoping to find some good transformations from Tulsa, but many of Tulsa’s most dramatic changes have happened since the last time the Google truck went through. We’ll have to wait

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