Consider that college students from the University of Oklahoma repainted the rows of produce stands that for far too long have stood empty. Young 20-something architects, planners and urban activists teamed up to get sponsors and experts to contribute to the cause of creating curbside parking, permanent directional signage and other improvements that will last long beyond Saturday's festivities.
The same generation also can be credited with sparking a vibrant downtown nightlife, filling up hundreds of new apartments, and filling up restaurants like Kitchen No. 324 in the Braniff Building on weekends when such Central Business District eatery hours were believed to be economic suicide missions.
The Generation X folks I talk to marvel at such achievements. We're outnumbered, and we wonder, maybe, that when it's our turn, instead of making the millennials wait, we immediately give them the lead on guiding the ongoing downtown Oklahoma City revival.