Downtown improvements to unfold under MAPS 3

Updated: Wed, Apr 21, 2010 | Comment on this article Leave a comment

Oklahoma City’s MAPS programs never have been about small ideas. The original MAPS was designed to create a vibrant downtown people would want to visit not just during the workweek, but as a place to live and have fun. MAPS for Kids took on crumbling infrastructure in the Oklahoma City Public Schools, with the goals of rebuilding or renovating every school in the district.

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