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Steve Lackmeyer: What the Main Street Arcade purchase means for Film Row

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: January 31, 2014 at 2:13 pm •  Published: January 31, 2014
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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.

With all the public and private investment in the area, would you say that the Film Row District is the latest hot spot for development? What more can we expect to happen in this area?

Film Row is often regarded as simply the stretch of Sheridan Avenue between Dewey and Classen Boulevard. But as you note, it also includes the same stretch of Main Street and California to the north and south. The Arcade purchase by David Wanzer presents the tantalizing prospect of Main Street truly coming to life with the 21C Museum Hotel set to become a reality nearby at the old Fred Jones Assembly plant.

Expect all the remaining Jones family property in the area to be redeveloped as well. But there are challenges to be overcome. The area suffers from an abundance of police association owned surface parking lots. Ideally, it would be great to see these redeveloped in some fashion and replaced by one structured parking garage.

What's a neglected area of OKC that could be the next big thing?

I've long believed the Farmers Market area is just begging to become a very special place in the urban core. The street fabric along Klein Avenue, with its gentle curve and embrace of the historic Farmer's Public Market area is really something to envision, and the brick buildings all have a lot of charm and character. And the area has a lot of vacant land on which housing could be built.

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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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