The Chesapeake Energy Arena and the Thunder are just a part of our lives here in Oklahoma City. But 20 years ago, both were nothing more than a dream. MAPS has provided a lot of spark, a lot of growth in our city. In the past 20 years, we’ve seen that grow — not just in Oklahoma City, but around the metro. But what about 20 years from now, 2033? What will Oklahoma City look like? Several notable Oklahomans in business, sports and the arts answer this question. — David Morris
Olympic gold medalist
“Well I don’t think any of us could have envisioned what Oklahoma City would look like now. One of the things that makes me very proud about MAPS and the success of MAPS (is that) 20 years from now I’m sure that Oklahoma will not only be a bustling metropolis, but sports will be at the heart of the growth. ... And that gives me a lot of pride.”
Dan Gordon, Samuel Gordon Jewelers
“I think we’re going to be a much more populated city in the next 10 years. I actually think Oklahoma City is going to go through the largest population growth we’ve seen in our lifetime over the next 10-15 years. I think we’ve got too much to offer, I think Oklahoma City and Oklahoma has proven to be too much of a safe haven compared to other states for people to ignore it. And I think we’ve already seen the beginning of that.”
“Being downtown all the time, I figure it’s pretty much going to be extremely pedestrian-oriented. A lot more friendly, a lot more urban living down here. Hopefully a flying car or two, and I hope to see lots of street cars running around everywhere at that point in time. I think we’re also all going to dress in silver suits at some point in time. ... I think that would be awesome, but hopefully cowboy boots, to go with Oklahoma City. But I see a lot going on downtown becoming a strong, strong, real urban core.”
EDITOR’S NOTE: NewsOK Video Director David Morris stopped by downtown Oklahoma City in January on a Thunder game night and pondered about what it was like before we had the Thunder and the Chesapeake Energy Arena. Twenty years ago, life was very different here — and it will be different 20 years from now.