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Interest in downtown attractions gathers momentum in Oklahoma City

Oklahoma City continues to build an impressive downtown and it relies greatly on venues and ongoing events sometimes taken for granted.
by Steve Lackmeyer Modified: February 18, 2014 at 3:00 pm •  Published: February 17, 2014
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In between these stops, I repeatedly encountered folks who are downtown “regulars.” I spotted Sue Hollenbeck, assistant director of sports business development at Oklahoma City Conventions and Visitors Bureau, showing the town to a couple of future event organizers. Casey Cornett, a vocal downtown booster who lives and works downtown, was strolling Park Avenue.

Throughout the day I saw bicyclists enjoying the new bike lanes created as part of Project 180. I saw residents taking work breaks to walk their dogs. And after a quick shout-out on Twitter, I was fortunate enough to hook up for a late lunch with Shawn Wright, a resident of Regency Tower.

I then met the owner of Blu’s Barbeque, Kathy Chyzy. She and her son Ryan opened the restaurant at 612 N Robinson Ave., and have endured and enjoyed the challenges and triumphs faced by many new restauranteurs. My sons were thrilled to learn one of her regular offerings is to wander around the restaurant offering free cookies to her guests.

Everyone likes to read about new skyscrapers, but it’s the people, companies and organizations responsible for the less-dramatic amenities who have made the Oklahoma City renaissance a story that is drawing nationwide interest.

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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