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Oklahoma City's Deep Deuce faces growing pains

The mix of people calling Deep Deuce home might as well be a dream list drawn up by the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber. But will all these interests truly, peacefully coexist?
by Steve Lackmeyer Modified: June 24, 2013 at 9:06 pm •  Published: June 25, 2013

When I look at an aerial of Deep Deuce, I see almost every empty lot being targeted for more housing, more restaurants, more bars and more shops.

In five years, if all goes as planned, Deep Deuce will be a fully developed downtown neighborhood.

Challenges ahead?

It will be a great mix. But will all these interests truly, peacefully coexist?

One resident last week hinted at what challenges might be ahead as she worried about the sound of truck deliveries to the proposed Springhill Suites by Marriott. What she may not realize is that such noise already is inevitable; welcome to the big city.

Likewise, those renting apartments in Deep Deuce have been fairly forgiving of those who park their cars on the residential streets and walk down to adjoining Bricktown.

But as the neighborhood matures, and the narrow streets are increasingly clogged up with cars not just from those visiting Bricktown but also those enjoying the neighborhood's retail and restaurant offerings, will such patience continue, especially with those who are buying the high-dollar homes?

The Urban Neighbors organization is a great start for such discussions, though it represents the entirety of downtown and not just Deep Deuce. Nothing is really new in this world, and a look at similar situations in other cities might be a natural first step toward avoiding some growing pains.

by Steve Lackmeyer
Business Reporter
Steve Lackmeyer is a reporter and columnist 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 Metropolitan...
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