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  • MAPS 3 park designer wins national award for landscape architecture

    MAPS 3 park designer wins national award for... William Crum | Updated: Mon, May 16, 2016

    Hargreaves Associates, designer of the MAPS 3 downtown park, is winner of the 2016 National Design Award for Landscape Architecture from the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. Founded in 1897, Cooper Hewitt is the only museum in the United States devoted exclusively to...

  • Oklahoma City Council supports proposed cigarette tax increase

    Oklahoma City Council supports proposed... William Crum | Updated: Mon, May 16, 2016

    The Oklahoma City Council voted 6-2 for a resolution supporting the proposed $1.50-per-pack increase in the state cigarette tax. The proposal is part of an attempt to extend private health insurance to currently uninsured residents. The resolution said health insurance costs are 40...

  • Next for the Oklahoma River: Looking Ahead to Wheeler

    Next for the Oklahoma River: Looking Ahead to... Steve Lackmeyer | Updated: Mon, May 16, 2016

    The opening of RiverSport Rapids, and the start of introducing the various attractions along the Oklahoma River as RiverSport Adventures, are getting off to a good start. Excitement, meanwhile, is building over another anticipated  hot spot along the south shore of the river at Western...

  • #OKC Boxscore for Monday, May 16, 2016

    By William Crum Staff Writer wcrum@oklahoman.com | Published: Mon, May 16, 2016

    William Crum: The week in review and week ahead in Oklahoma City civic news.

  • The Steelyard is taking shape in Bricktown

    The Steelyard is taking shape in Bricktown From Staff Reports | Published: Fri, May 13, 2016

    Once complete, the Steelyard will extend north of Sheridan Avenue between Joe Carter Avenue and Lincoln Boulevard in Oklahoma City. The development has triggered several projects to the south, including five hotels and the Criterion concert hall.

  • Seeing the potential in a once grand Oklahoma City boulevard

    Seeing the potential in a once grand Oklahoma... By Brianna Bailey Business Writer bbailey@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, May 12, 2016

    Linwood Boulevard could be eligible for funding for improvements like new sidewalks and streetlights from the upcoming 2017 bond issue.

  • Upscale housing is planned as part of Bricktown hotel development

    Upscale housing is planned as part of Bricktown... BY STEVE LACKMEYER Business Writer slackmeyer@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, May 11, 2016

    Upscale housing several stories high is being contemplated as the final phase of a three-hotel development set to start this fall with construction of a nine-story Canopy Hotel in east Bricktown.

  • Oklahoma City battles attorney over allegations of illegal parking

    Oklahoma City battles attorney over allegations... BY STEVE LACKMEYER Business Writer slackmeyer@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, May 11, 2016

    Engineer Tim Johnson, appearing on behalf of his client Joey Chiaf last fall, promised the Bricktown Urban Design Committee that Chiaf would create a new parking lot on the property that would meet code requirements for lighting, landscaping and handicap spaces. Instead, spaces were marked on the...

  • Traffic fatalities increase nearly 43 percent in Oklahoma City

    Traffic fatalities increase nearly 43 percent... William Crum | Updated: Wed, May 11, 2016

    Oklahoma City police say traffic fatalities increased nearly 43 percent in the city last year over 2014. Police counted 13,165 traffic collisions in Oklahoma City in 2015, a 3.2 percent increase, and 90 fatalities. That compares to 63 fatalities in 2014. Chief Bill Citty told the...

  • Convention center land deals include purchase of electrical substation

    Convention center land deals include purchase... William Crum | Updated: Wed, May 11, 2016

    The Oklahoma City Council has agreed to pay $2.28 million for the OG&E electrical substation property at 520 S Robinson Ave. The parcel is among properties being acquired along Robinson Avenue for the MAPS 3 convention center. It is expected to cost upward of $30 million to relocate...

  • Companies debut in downtown Oklahoma City

    Companies debut in downtown Oklahoma City From Staff Reports | Updated: Tue, May 10, 2016

    Notable benchmarks transpired Tuesday in downtown Oklahoma City: workers installed GE's classic corporate logo on the company's Oil & Gas Technology Center and officials at the 21c Museum Hotel revealed its emblematic penguins will be purple.

  • OKC police chief opposes gun bill

    OKC police chief opposes gun bill By William Crum Staff Writer wcrum@oklahoman.com | Updated: Tue, May 10, 2016

    The bill being considered by the Oklahoma Legislature would allow nonfelons over age 21 to carry guns openly without meeting requirements currently in place for those who want to carry a concealed gun.

  • Oklahoma City Council green-lights building projects

    Oklahoma City Council green-lights building... William Crum | Updated: Tue, May 10, 2016

    The long-awaited renovation of the Capitol Hill Library at 327 SW 27 St. is to begin soon. The Oklahoma City Council has given the go-ahead to seek bids for the library renovation and several Fire Department construction projects. • Bids are due June 2 on the Capitol Hill Library...

  • 'We have seen the worst of the downturn,' Oklahoma City budget director says

    \'We have seen the worst of the downturn,\'... By William Crum Staff Writer wcrum@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, May 10, 2016

    Doug Dowler, Oklahoma City's budget director, said the worst of the energy-induced downturn in city tax revenues has been seen.

  • Oklahoma River of dreams

    Oklahoma River of dreams BY STEVE LACKMEYER Business Writer slackmeyer@oklahoman.com | Published: Mon, May 9, 2016

    Once an eyesore, the riverfront area has become an Oklahoma City destination.




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