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Oklahoma City Thunder ups the ante for commercial real estate

Having the Thunder in the NBA playoffs is getting Oklahoma City just the kind of attention it deserves for all of its other success stories.
by Richard Mize Published: June 16, 2012

The mid-year update report had nothing to say, even in the “Markets to Watch” section where Oklahoma City usually appears; the compilers from PricewaterhouseCoopers and the Urban Land Institute, for the update, focused on just the top 10 of the 51 also-ran markets plus “hand-selected markets covering prime, secondary and tertiary locations.”

Boston and Houston got the spotlight because of stronger-than-average job growth. San Jose, Austin, San Francisco, Denver, Seattle, New York and others got nods, too. No accolades for Oklahoma City for maintaining some of the lowest unemployment in the U.S. during the late economic unpleasantness.

But now, thanks to the Thunder, Dallas, Los Angeles, San Antonio and Miami eyes see Oklahoma City in a different light — and those are some pretty powerful eyes in commercial real estate. Other eyes are upon us, too.

Eyes are opening not just because of basketball but in acknowledgement of the savvy it takes to land an NBA team, nurse it to greatness in just a few years and totally infect the general business community and general populace.

So, Thunder up, y'all. As fun as this ride is, and for all of the Oklahoma camaraderie it's engendering — Sooners and Cowboys living together! Cheering side by side! Peace in our time! (until late July or so anyway) — the Thunder isn't just personal.

The Thunder means business. It means a different kind of vision. It means the kind of national relevance that causes important, searching eyes all over the country to stop and focus.

by Richard Mize
Real Estate Editor
Real estate editor Richard Mize has edited The Oklahoman's weekly residential real estate section and covered housing, commercial real estate, construction, development, finance and related business since 1999. From 1989 to 1999, he worked...
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