During yesterday's State of the City address, mayor Mick Cornett announced http://maps3.org
. Since the Maps for Kids tax, which rebuilt or completely renovated 75 school buildings in the Oklahoma City district and helped stir new development in inner city areas that had been dormant for decades, will be ending in 2008. The city is already thinking about "What's next" for the historic MAPS (metropolitan area projects) program that has given us the canal, the river, the Ford Center, and so many other things we couldn't live without today. To decide whether or not to move forward with MAPS 3, and what projects to fund with the sales tax collection, the city has launched the MAPS 3 website.
The site allows all citizens to submit proposals to the city- They can say whether or not they would support a MAPS 3, what suggestions they have for projects to fund, and even include an image that helps illustrate their plan, if they submit them by the end of May this year.
I think this is an amazing idea in city planning- really handing the torch down to the people. Since MAPS can only proceed if it passes a city-wide election, it is also a great strategy to popularize the program (as if it needed more popularity in the metro).