Oklahoma City Council to hold special meeting to study Fort Worth, Charlotte redevelopment

The Oklahoma City Council is holding a special meeting this month to study redevelopment efforts in Fort Worth, Texas, and Charlotte, N.C.
BY MICHAEL KIMBALL mkimball@opubco.com Published: September 5, 2012
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“I believe that there is a lot to learn from these cities, and hopefully ideas will come out of the discussion at the council meeting that we can then act on,” Claus said. “Everybody does things a little differently, and there are always things to learn from somewhere else.”

Downtown revitalization

An example of something that's already happened in Fort Worth that is under way now in Oklahoma City is the realignment of an interstate highway and building a new pedestrian-friendly boulevard as part of efforts to revitalize the area near downtown, Greenwell said.

As Oklahoma City finishes demolishing the old Interstate 40 and begins to replace it with the downtown boulevard, city council members can hear firsthand what the results have been somewhere else.

“I just really think there's a lot of really good things to be learned, and that everybody will walk away from the meeting taking different parts of it as being important to them,” Greenwell said.