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Christmas gifts for Oklahoma City's downtown

Oh the goodies Steve Lackmeyer would provide for downtown Oklahoma City if he were Santa Claus.
by Steve Lackmeyer Modified: December 23, 2013 at 6:12 pm •  Published: December 23, 2013

It was the day before Christmas, and not a creature was stirring in the newsroom, except for Brianna Bailey and Adam Wilmoth, who were the only business desk writers not to ask for the day off.

Back at my home, all comfy in my recliner, I wrote my Christmas column on Monday with OKC Central on my mind.

If I were Santa Claus, well yeah, that would be quite the surprise. But if I were, oh the goodies I'd bring for the heart of the city.

For Automobile Alley, where roasted chestnuts are served with an assortment of home goods, vintage toys and pantry staples at Plenty Mercantile, I'd end the yearslong wait for angled parking spaces to make life easier for pedestrians and shoppers to frequent the area's growing list of merchants.

I'd gift Automobile Alley with a big gateway arch for the intersection of NW 13 and Broadway. I have a similar gift in mind for the east entrance to Bricktown at Lincoln Boulevard where it intersects with Sheridan and Reno Avenues.

Bricktown would also awake to find directional signage for the canal that would let visitors know about the great restaurants and shops to be found along the waterway.

Deep Deuce, oh what a treat I'd have for you — a big statue of Charlie Christian in the pocket park at NE 2 and Oklahoma Avenue. I'd set up outdoor pingpong and chess tables along the green space that runs north and south just east of the Deep Deuce Grill (with permission of the Oklahoma Department of Transportation of course!).

For Midtown, I'd gift the Brown family with the means for renovating their proud bakery and turning their empty remaining store fronts into a coffee shop and gift store, fulfilling the dream of Michael Brown, who left us much too soon this year.

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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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