June 22, 2012
This article was published June 20 th in the Tulsa Beacon. The author if the article is Randy W. Bright, AIA, NCARB, a well respected Tulsa architect.
Bright immediately picks up on the the shaming tactics employed by the City of Norman in their framing of the the issue which is supposed to be about whether or not to allow high density development however the scheduling of six facilitated “community discussions” on the issue plus the bent of the City’s presentation indicates that there is more to all of this than meets the eye.
The residents of the City of Norman are, once again, being ‘framed’. As if we are children, the City will walk us through their ‘charettes’ (really charades!) and lead us to an outcome that limits our choices and further compromises our property rights. Then, we will be told that this is what we said we wanted.
by Randy Bright
I don’t read Cosmopolitan, and never have, but when I’m in the supermarket checkout line and see the magazine I think about a story that came out several years ago about how they get the cover photo shot. The girl on the cover always looks perfect, but if you could get her to turn around, her clothing is pulled tightly to her body with dozens of clamps, pins and safety pins.
Sometimes perfection just isn’t what it seems.
Administrators in Norman, Okla., recently began the process of introducing the idea that form-based codes, Smart Growth, and high-density development are what their city needs.
According to an article by researcher Kaye Beach (axxiomamuse.wordpress.com), the city is holding meetings to see if they should codify high-density development.
The facilitated meeting began with a Power Point presentation explaining what Smart Growth and New Urbanism was, and how they related to dense developments.
Things became more clear when a slide entitled, “Pros and Cons of Density” was shown. It said, “It is promoted by those who value urban streetscapes, efficient infrastructure supply, walkable neighborhoods, and increased housing options.
Increased density is opposed by those who imagine ugly buildings, overshadowed open space, parking problems and irresponsible residents.”
In other words, those in favor of density have values, those who do not are ignorant and uninformed. Even if I did not already know about form-based codes and high-density development, I am always suspicious when ridicule is used to sway people. After all, who wants to be identified with the ignorant and uninformed?
Read the entire article here