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Outlook 2013: Looking 20 years to the future of the Oklahoma City metro

Outlook 2013: Looking 20 years to the future of the Oklahoma City metro

by Yvette Walker Modified: April 22, 2013 at 8:48 am •  Published: April 28, 2013

What will metro Oklahoma City be like, look like, 20 years from today, in 2033?

It’s an important question. You’ve all heard people say how much the metro has changed over the years. It’s only natural to gaze into our figurative crystal balls and wonder what our metro area will become in two decades’ time.

This year, the staff at Outlook thought it would be fun to daydream a bit about our future — but we didn’t want to save that fun for ourselves. We asked local leaders, experts and specialists around town in the areas of the arts, business, sports, medicine and education to give us their thoughts on the subject. As you’ll read, they had no shortage of opinions.

In just a smattering of the people we interviewed, you’ll hear Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne in a curiously restrained description of what the area could be in 20 years; OKC Thunder General Manager Sam Presti on growth of the NBA in OKC; Devin CEO Larry Nichols and Continental Resources CEO Harold Hamm on the “new horizons” of the city, OU President David Boren and OSU president Burns Hargis on education’s future; Dr. Stephen Prescott, director of the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, on medical breakthroughs in the next 20 years, and on and on.

When you think about it, 2013 and 2033 are significant years. This year is the 20th anniversary of the beginning of the MAPS projects, and of course, 2033 will be the 40th anniversary. With so many new MAPS projects in process now — some already pictured through renderings, and others not yet — we can’t help but wonder what’s in store for the glorious cities of our future.

Photo contest

In one of the most unusual features — dare I say, coolest? — of Outlook this year, we also asked YOU to chime in, not just in words but also in pictures. We asked you to take a photograph that somehow described #okc20yearslater and then post on Instagram or Twitter. We received more than 100 entries, and culled them down to our winners and top finalists.

The prize for first place goes to Darren Johnson of Oklahoma City, for his black-and-white photo of a reflected image of our downtown landscape. Johnson takes the top prize: a Sony alpha 55 Digital SLR with 18-55 zoom lens, a tripod and case, and memory cards. Runners-up won $250 gift certificates. Prizes were provided by Bedford Camera.

These incredible images, and information on their creators, are published on Pages 1-2B.

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by Yvette Walker
Night News and Presentation Director
Yvette Walker is Director of Presentation and Custom Publishing at The Oklahoman. She supervises the look and feel of the paper, as well as coordinates content in several special sections and niche publications. Previously, she managed online...
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