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Looking for answers about Bricktown’s future

by Steve Lackmeyer Modified: April 14, 2009 at 6:51 am •  Published: April 14, 2009
The Bricktown Association will be hosting its first "State of Bricktown” news conference on Wednesday and the city’s leading entertainment district is going all out with speakers to include Mayor Mick Cornett, Lt. Gov. Jari Askins and first lady Kim Henry.

But will real issues be discussed? I expect some discussion on parking — that there isn’t a problem, that it’s just a management issue. And over the last couple months the association has been gearing up to unveil a new Web site.

But I’ve been hoping to get some other questions addressed. So far, I’ve had limited success getting answers from property owners even though the questions were distributed at an owners’ meeting more than a year ago.

The questions
So consider this a heads up, Bricktown. I’m coming to the news conference and I’ve got the some of the same questions drawn up and ready to fire at you:

→A decade has passed since the Bricktown Canal and AT&T Bricktown Ballpark opened. Despite the investment by city taxpayers and increase in property values, several buildings still have boarded up and broken windows and one even has chewed up wads of gum on the brick. What kind of impression does this make on visitors to what is hailed as the state’s premier urban entertainment district?

→Would Bricktown property owners tolerate living next to a home with boarded up and broken windows?

→The majority of storefront space at the canal level is empty.

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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