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Unaddressed flaws, details don't equal failings by city hall, Downtown Oklahoma City Inc.

Officials at city hall, Downtown Oklahoma City Inc. say they’re just as eager to get such flaws as missing bricks in the sidewalks, crumbling concrete in the crosswalks and a loss of the lighting along the Bricktown Canal addressed.
by Steve Lackmeyer Published: August 12, 2014
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The Oklahoma River has become a draw for visitors as Oklahoma City’s renaissance continues into its third decade. Photo provided by Will Hider
The Oklahoma River has become a draw for visitors as Oklahoma City’s renaissance continues into its third decade. Photo provided by Will Hider

The big details are quite challenging for anyone to address. City hall was reminded recently that budget estimates can go bad as was evidenced with bids coming in millions higher than projected for construction of the White Water venue along the Oklahoma River.

Yet a visit to the Oklahoma River is a reminder that such big risks come with huge pay-offs. Just 15 years ago the river was an ugly ditch. Now it’s a vibrant recreational venue with boathouses, zip lines, a ropes course, playground and rowing courses.

Downtown Oklahoma City Inc. took over operations in Bricktown last year and quickly ramped up events and promotions. Dead and half-dead Bradford pear trees were pulled and replaced with more drought-resistant crape myrtles.

The little details are still needing attention, however. It’s not an indictment of those responsible — just an encouragement that further delays come at a cost.

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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