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OKC Central: Downtown Oklahoma City is alive and thriving

Abundance of live entertainment brings life to downtown Oklahoma City.
by Steve Lackmeyer Published: July 17, 2012

Even with all the crazy Project 180 construction, the detours, the debates over future development, how can one not fall in love with downtown Oklahoma City?

I'll admit that too often I'm the history guy, sharing stories about downtown's old glory days in the 1940s and 1950s. Of course those are others' stories I'm privileged to have gathered, that I get to distribute to future generations.

But downtown is, without a doubt, enjoying another wonderful era — one that can be shared by everyone.

There's life downtown. I've celebrated it before, but each year the discoveries keep adding up. Back in my college days, friends and I frequently traveled to Dallas to get a taste of big city life. Dallas' West End was often the destination, with its shops, restaurants and clubs. We'd kick back on a Saturday afternoon and enjoy a free live music performance outside the West End Marketplace, or catch one of the many impromptu street performers hustling for a quick buck in their tip jar.

Such adventures are a sign that downtown is alive — and indeed occur almost daily now in Oklahoma City. On any day of the workweek visitors might stumble upon the latest noontime Art Moves performer. On Monday the group, sponsored by the Arts Council of Oklahoma City and Devon Energy, featured a Mozart concert by Wayne McEvilly.

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by Steve Lackmeyer
Business Reporter
Steve Lackmeyer is a reporter, columnist and author 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...
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