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Distinctive Oklahoma City projects rise on more than money

Some 500 people from all facets of commercial real estate, from passionate folks driving some of the city's most distinctive commercial districts to those who see a building as a transaction waiting to happen, heard from one another at The Mayor's Development Roundtable.
by Richard Mize Published: May 19, 2012
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Love, not just money, makes the real estate world go 'round.

Developers who build big apartment complexes and brokers who deal in multimillion-dollar office buildings and warehouses don't have that much in common with a person or small investment group with a passion who buys and redevelops an old store or factory. But they're all involved in property.

Which is why getting all kinds of players in real estate together in the same place at the same time is a good idea sometimes.

It surprised me to overhear people I know to be chest deep in real estate — some in finance, some in brokerage, some in investment — say they first heard of the likes of Oklahoma City's Film Row, new stuff at Automobile Alley and the Paseo, and full occupancy at the Plaza District, just Thursday at The Mayor's Development Roundtable.

Really? Don't y'all ever have a slice at Joey's Pizzeria at 700 W Sheridan (Film Row)? Or check out the upscale Western décor and such at Rawhide at 1007 N Broadway (Automobile Alley)?

(Confession: I've not yet been to Joey's, myself; it's on the shortlist).

Maybe, actually, you do, but without much thought to the fact that Joey's is in Film Row and Rawhide is in Automobile Alley — and that each part of town is not only distinct but is the product of personal passions and dreams as much as strict business decisions.

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by Richard Mize
Real Estate Editor
Real estate editor Richard Mize has edited The Oklahoman's weekly residential real estate section and covered housing, commercial real estate, construction, development, finance and related business since 1999. From 1989 to 1999, he worked...
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Editor's Note:

An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated that McNellie's is in Plaza District. It is, however, in Plaza Court in MidTown.

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