NBA Finals caps 25-year downtown revival in Oklahoma City

Oklahoman business writer Steve Lackmeyer compares downtown Oklahoma City of 2012 to what it looked like a quarter-century ago.

BY STEVE LACKMEYER Modified: June 11, 2012 at 12:00 am •  Published: June 12, 2012

Editor’s note: Today’s regular OKC Central column has been refocused for a weeklong series looking at Oklahoma City’s revival.

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At a glance

Downtown OKC, then and now:

Sports franchises

•1988: Zero.

•2012: RedHawks baseball, Thunder basketball, Barons hockey.

Corporate headquarters with 200-plus workers

1988: Kerr-McGee, Oklahoma Gas & Electric, Oklahoma Publishing Co., W&W Steel.

•2012: Devon Energy, Oklahoma Gas & Electric, Continental Resources, Sonic, SandRidge Energy, Enogex, W&W Steel, American Farmers and Ranchers Insurance.

Restaurants in Bricktown

1988: Piggy’s Hickory Pit, 300 E Main (now home to Bricktown Burgers).

•2012: Thirty-two restaurants.


1988: Sheraton Hotel.

•2012: Sheraton Hotel, Skirvin Hilton Hotel, Renaissance Hotel, Colcord Hotel, Hampton Inn, Residence Inn, Courtyard by Marriott (an Aloft Hotel is under construction).


1988: Zero.

•2012: Harkins, 16 screens; Oklahoma City Museum of Art, one independent cinema.


1988: Zero.

•2012: Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum, Oklahoma City Museum of Art, American Banjo Museum.

Multifamily housing

1988: Sycamore Square, Regency Tower.

•2012: Sycamore Square, Regency Tower, Legacy at Arts Quarter, Fifth Avenue Lofts, The Garage, Park Harvey Apartments, The Centennial, Deep Deuce Apartments, 2nd Street Lofts, the Brownstones at Maywood Park, Level Urban Apartments, The Hill, Central Avenue Villas, Block 42.

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