“Plan for area near Chesapeake may go unrealized” (News, March 10) highlighted a few problems encountered in the course of developing the area around Chesapeake's campus. I suggest a broader view. When I graduated from the University of Oklahoma law school in 1984, nothing good was happening in Oklahoma City. Downtown was dying; the river was a trickle and the riverbed dusty. The Nichols Hills area was living on a high-end reputation that didn't reflect reality. I chose to practice in Kansas City.
I've now had the good fortune of spending time in Oklahoma City. I've been impressed by the incredible improvement in the quality of life in the city over the past two decades. Chesapeake and Aubrey McClendon have been a big part of that revival. The river is an asset, not an eyesore. Downtown is alive. And, to the point of the article, the NW 63/Nichols Hills corridor is impressively dynamic and vibrant. Many people, companies and political leaders have had a hand in the revival, but any fair assessment would place McClendon near the top of those leaders.
The areas of town I saw as depressing in 1984 have all been positively affected by McClendon. His efforts evince a startling dedication to his hometown. I urge readers not to focus on isolated development issues or delays, which happen in many large real estate developments. Instead, take a broader view of the rapid ascension of the city's reputation and give credit where credit is due.
David W. Preston, Kansas City, Mo.
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