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Outlook 2013: Oklahoma City mayor foresees a changing downtown

Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett predicts a number of changes in the coming years for the city’s downtown area.

by Steve Lackmeyer Published: April 28, 2013

Mick Cornett is a fourth-generation Oklahoman, born and raised in Oklahoma City. He was first elected as Ward 1 councilor in 2001 and then elected as mayor in 2004.

As mayor, he has overseen much of the completion of the MAPS for Kids overhaul of public schools launched by his predecessor, Kirk Humphreys; the successful effort to land an NBA team in Oklahoma City; and the 2009 passage of MAPS 3, the follow-up to MAPS launched by former Mayor Ron Norick and completed under Humphreys’ watch in 2002.

Q: What will the biggest change be in the Oklahoma City metro area?

A: Increased density in the urban core will be the biggest difference. We’re starting with what was nothing in the ’90s. Everything we’ve done leads to that. The success of the downtown grade school is part of that, the park, all we’re doing with MAPS.

Q: Will there be physical changes? If so, what will they look like?

A: The river will continue to develop. There will be growth there. We won’t have as many empty development spaces in the core, and we still have a lot of that. The skyline will change.

Q: Where is the most potential?

A: The streetcar line will be ripe for development. Everywhere we’ve done Project 180 or those type improvements will be developable. You can talk about the river, Wheeler Park, just west of Core to Shore.

by Steve Lackmeyer
Business Reporter
Steve Lackmeyer is a reporter and columnist who started his career at The Oklahoman in 1990. Since then, he has won numerous awards for his coverage, which included the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, the city's Metropolitan...
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