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Old March 26th, 2016, 06:24 AM   #1
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OKC: 2016

A few snapshots of OKC's rapid redevelopment. It is still hard to tell what it is going to become. The entire city has been a construction detour for the last ten years. OKC has grown 50% since 1990.

All photos taken on iPhone 5c, either from instagram (@eurokie) or my blog.


Flying in


Infill in Deep Deuce


The lights in Automobile Alley


Lights in Automobile Alley


Used to be a parking garage. Redevelopment in Midtown.


Infill in Deep Deuce


Infill in Deep Deuce


Myriad Gardens in downtown


Streetscape in front of Devon Tower


Devon Tower landscaping absorbing the Colcord Hotel, the city's first "high-rise"


Old school Capitol Hill


Rt 66-style neon signage in the Plaza District


The Skydance Bridge's LED light show is nearly impossible to catch on an iPhone camera


Absolutely impossible


Plaza District in NW OKC


Historic preservation in Midtown


Midtown's heart


The Womb Gallery, owned by the Flaming Lips, in Automobile Alley


2nd Street in Deep Deuce, used to be urban prairie 4 years ago


Looking above Bricktown toward Downtown's skyline


More Rt 66-style neon signage in the Plaza District


Summer nights on the patios of the Plaza District


MLK Jr was once turned down for a job, for being too young, at Calgary Baptist Church in Deep Deuce


Neon blade signs in Automobile Alley


Pocket park in Deep Deuce


Downtown core


Original HQ of the local newspaper


Bikeshare, check; downtown grocery store, check


Unfortunately there are a dozen new high-rise parking garages


Framing the sunset


The state's most legendary steakhouse, in Stockyards City


Retro rehabs in Classen-Ten-Penn


Grit and glam


NW 16th in the Plaza District


Skyline view through a clearing in Midtown's urban fabric (a scar that still remains from the Murrah Bldg)


Retail storefronts in the Plaza District


North Broadway lights in Automobile Alley


Super-wide Classen Blvd in Uptown - planned streetcar extension


Fassler Hall (biergarten) and Dust Bowl Lanes (bowling alley) in Midtown


Old Ford Model T Factory being rehabbed into 21c Hotel in Film Row


Farmer's Market SW of downtown


New 450-ft tall BOK Park Plaza under construction, where the last remnants of OKC's historic Main Street once stood


A most depressing "then and now"


Nobody can ever get enough of The Womb


Or the lights on Broadway in Automobile Alley


Or the sunset reflecting through the CBD's core
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Old March 26th, 2016, 09:27 AM   #2
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Old March 26th, 2016, 10:02 AM   #3
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OKC has some great potential. I say that as someone who lived in Tulsa for 17 years and Stillwater for 2. OKC needs to contain that sprawl, however. I'm glad to see the core is developing but vast swathes of the city feel like generic, cookie cutter suburbia. OKC should follow the Fort Worth model, not the Dallas one. OKC can be a large city with a thriving center (as Bricktown proves). It just needs to focus on developing its culture and brand.
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Old March 26th, 2016, 07:23 PM   #4
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No offense to any Western Metroplex partisans, but I've always thought that was an interesting perception.

I am personally hoping that OKC evolves more into Dallas - more urban, more affluent, greener, transit-friendly (most mileage of light rail in the nation, with several other modes thoughtfully employed as well), denser, more walkable neighborhoods, more Millennial-friendly, etc.
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Old March 26th, 2016, 10:35 PM   #5
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I've been in the metro for a bit over 6 years, but have been in city for just 7 months and I'm loving it!

Here are pictures I've taken:

View from Midtown.


From the northwest.


From the east.


Looking south on Harvey Ave.


Looking north from the Skydance Bridge.


Mansions in Heritage Hills, just north of downtown.

The Hales Mansion, built in 1916 and is the largest private residence in OKC at just over 20,000 square feet.


The Henry Overholser Mansion, built in 1903 and is about 12,000 square feet. Now owned by the Oklahoma Historical Society and is open for tours!


The Cooke-Wilson Mansion, built in 1905.


The Edward Overholser House, built in 1910.


The Urschel Mansion, built in 1920.


Devon Tower.


The Bricktown Canal.


The Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory at the Myriad Botanical Gardens.


First Lutheran Church in Midtown, built in 1912.


Looking south on Robinson Ave in Midtown.


Looking west with Deep Deuce in the foreground.


Street in Heritage Hills.


Bricktown.
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Old March 26th, 2016, 10:43 PM   #6
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Downtown at sunset, looking south.


Townhouses in Deep Deuce.


Another view from the Skydance Bridge.


Italianate style mansion in Heritage Hills, built in 1920.


Frontline Church in Midtown, built in 1911.


The Paseo District.


Downtown, looking up from Robinson Ave.


Greek Revival house in Heritage Hills, built in 1905.


The Skirvin Hotel, built in 1911 and expanded in 1925 and again in 1929.


View of downtown from Midtown.
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Deep Deuce in downtown OKC:



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