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Improvements slowly renewing Capitol Hill district in Oklahoma City

Leaders in Oklahoma City’s Capitol Hill district want to make the area a destination for people from other parts of the metro. The Core to Shore initiative will help with those efforts, they say.

by Adam Kemp Published: April 28, 2013

Jorge Hernandez, executive director of Capitol Hill Main Street, said it’s been a difficult job convincing people outside of the area that Capitol Hill is changing into a place where they will want to spend their time.

“To get to the point where we are today has been a long process,” Hernandez said. “Changes have been slow as we have a lot of obstacles; the location and some of the ownerships we have in the area, absentee owners that have inherited buildings.

“It has been a challenge but I think things are changing around in the area. New businesses have opened in the area, our festival is growing, the streets are cleaner, new owners taking more pride in presentation of stores; little by little we are getting there.”

Core to Shore

Quiroga-King said he thinks the Core to Shore initiative will help spur attraction to the district.

“Some of our energy will feed off the Core to Shore development and the central park,” he said. “We will be just a hop, skip and a jump from the park, and hopefully that will feed a lot of new businesses our way.”

Hernandez said the history of the community has to be taken into account when trying to make changes. To be successful, they will have to look to the past to plan for the future.

“We are trying to find creative and unique ways to promote the area,” he said. “Honor the past and heritage while promoting the community of today. That’s how we will take the next step in Capitol Hill’s future.”

by Adam Kemp
Enterprise Reporter
Adam Kemp is an enterprise reporter and videographer for the Oklahoman and Kemp grew up in Oklahoma City before attending Oklahoma State University. Kemp has interned for the Oklahoman, the Oklahoma Gazette and covered Oklahoma State...
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