Outlook 2013: Revitalizing neighborhoods can help build bright future for Oklahoma City

Revitalizing Oklahoma City’s neighborhoods and improving transportation infrastructure can build a bright future for the city.

BY GEORGE LANG Published: April 28, 2013

“From a neighborhood standpoint, I’d like and hope to see our districts across the city connected to each other,” she said. “Transit is the first step to connecting those places, because as it is now, it’s difficult to get around to these places — especially if you’re unfamiliar with the city.”

Currently, Vails said she sees the Farmers Market district as an area that could be rehabilitated and revitalized in the same way that the Plaza District came back to life in the past decade. She is currently working with Better Block OKC, coordinating a May 4 family-oriented event at the Farmers Market with music, food and activities that will reacquaint city residents with the area.

But bringing the city’s various thriving districts together, and making them accessible, will take a coordinated effort, she said.

“Something I’d like to work toward in the future is working with the Paseo and Stockyards and Western and all these districts, have a cohesive marketing platform and join efforts,” Vails said. “Together, we can educate people on what we all have to offer.”

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