OKC Central


Thankful - Downtown Edition

by Steve Lackmeyer Published: November 22, 2012

An OKC Central Thankful List:
- A re-invigorated Myriad Gardens with a great upgraded skating rink, amphitheater, children’s play area.
- Devon Energy Center. Enough said.
- Cool renovation of the Braniff Building at SandRidge Commons.
- Rising hotel skyline in Bricktown.
- The emergence of Deep Deuce as a true mixed-use urban neighborhood.
- Continued evolution of MidTown.
- Ongoing progress along NW 23, promise of it unifying surrounding historic neighborhoods, Paseo, state capitol and Oklahoma City University.
- Upcoming move of the Oklahoma City University law school to the old Central High.
- Ongoing community involvement in planning of downtown, including the design of the future new boulevard.
- Evolution of Film Row.
- Emergence of retail along Automobile Alley.
- Emergence of NW 9th as an urban hub (complimenting the 16th Street Plaza District) for our city’s younger generation.
- Better Block OKC
- Downtown in December
- Oklahoma City Festival of the Arts.
- All of the great museums, including the National Memorial and Oklahoma City Museum of Art
- An engaged up-and-coming civic leadership of 20- and 30-somethings.
- Major downtown employers including Devon, SandRidge and Continental (which all contribute heavily toward downtown’s ongoing renaissance).
- Downtown Oklahoma City Inc., The Alliance for Economic Development of Oklahoma City.

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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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