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Steve Lackmeyer: OKC's sports scene, community growth could attract younger professionals

The Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer took questions from readers in today's OKC Central Live Chat. You can join Steve's Q&A's on Fridays at 10 a.m. and submit your questions about the happenings in and around downtown Oklahoma City.
by Steve Lackmeyer Modified: March 8, 2013 at 12:16 pm •  Published: March 8, 2013

With things steadily moving along on Film Row, do you think it will take more of a center state for the deadcenter film festival in years to come?

Yes, absolutely. We've already seen a growing connection between the festival and Film Row in previous years. I look forward to seeing how the screening room at The Paramount might come into play this next festival.

How is the bike share program in and around downtown working? Any chance they will expand to, say, the Plaza District?

From all I've seen, Spokies is going very well. It was expanded to Automobile Alley last fall, and conceptual plans for the new Core to Shore park suggest including three to four Spokies stations for visitors. The program is administered by Downtown OKC Inc., so I'm not sure how it could work in the 16th Street Plaza District, which is well outside downtown's boundaries.

When are we likely to see progress on an Adventure District line?

The Adventure District line is part of a much larger debate about the planning and routing of the MAPS 3 streetcar system. At the end of the day, regardless of what is said by special interest advocacy groups, review committees, etc., the decision on all of this rests with the Oklahoma City Council.

Any word on if Old School Bagel Cafe downtown will be open on the weekends?

I talked to Mark Beffort, who manages Leadership Square, and it appears this decision has yet to be made.

What is the latest count of new hotels going into Bricktown? How do you think that will impact the proposed convention center hotel?

I'm going on memory, but I think we're looking at 11 hotels being built in or around Bricktown with even more yet to be announced. We could be looking at more than 1,500 rooms just in Bricktown. Yes, this could impact the amount of city subsidy needed to attract a large conference hotel to be built with the new convention center.

Why isn't there a Starbucks in downtown OKC?

Starbucks is trying to open another location downtown. At least that's what the folks in Bricktown told me (and others have confirmed.)

Read the complete chat transcript here.

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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