Steve Lackmeyer: Classen-10-Penn revival will require fully revitalized Midtown

The Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer took questions from readers in today's OKC Central Live Chat. You can join Steve's Q&As on Fridays at 10 a.m. and submit your questions about the happenings in and around downtown Oklahoma City. Read the complete chat transcript here.

by Steve Lackmeyer Modified: September 13, 2013 at 12:28 pm •  Published: September 13, 2013
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The Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer took questions from readers in today's OKC Central Live Chat. You can join Steve's Q&As on Fridays at 10 a.m. and submit your questions about the happenings in and around downtown Oklahoma City. Read the complete chat transcript here.

What do you think the chances are of Classen Ten Penn turning around? It seems like a natural transition as Miller and Gatewood areas are filling up.

Yes, but it won't be easy. Revival of Classen-10-Penn will require continued revitalization of the nearby 16th Street Plaza District and a fully revitalized Midtown. City planning and police also will be needed to help come up with ways to bring stability to the neighborhood.

Any chance with the river projects that some theme park or something that would draw people from all over the country?

I think once the MAPS 3 white water venue is built, and the Boathouse Foundation fully realizes its master plan (and possibly gets a Great Wolf Lodge built), the river will be quite the draw. Will it be a national draw? I don't know. But add in the American Indian Cultural Center, and it will certainly be a pretty special attraction for the city.

With all the great musical talent Oklahoma has put out, how can we get a great music scene modeled after Austin City Limits that will make OKC known as a more hip?

We're looking at several large live music venues being developed downtown, especially in Bricktown. Maybe that will be the start of something special. Certain ACM@UCO is huge plus.

This is a Mystery Tower question: How long after demolition of Stage Center is done will we see construction start? 

Demolition won't happen until at least next spring if not later. The developer will first have to apply for permission from the Downtown Design Review Committee.

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by Steve Lackmeyer
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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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