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Old May 6th, 2010, 04:42 AM   #1
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A Lazy Afternoon in Oklahoma City

I took these pictures around 6 in the afternoon on Monday. There weren't many people out on this day, but there were a few milling about.
It's so much nicer taking pictures without all the crowds Downtown. It's very pleasant and not to mention it was a beautiful day. I recommend
moving your scrollbar slightly to the right and then scrolling down, You can see all my text that way.


I started in Lower Bricktown, a recent and not-so-urban addition to the popular historical Bricktown Entertainment District. However, there
is a fairly urban portion of the development that houses a theatre, restaurants, the Bricktown Canal, a bowling alley, thirty condos,
and bars that all surround the Centennial Plaza.

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Harkins Theatre.

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Looking out at the Centennial Condos from Sonic. The Centennial houses a rooftop pool, RedPin Bowling Alley & Lounge on canal-level, and
3 restaurants and bars on ground-floor.

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Oklahoman-owned Sonic and pizza parlor Falcones.

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Looking east towards the "not-so-urban" part of Lower Bricktown. Ick.

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Looking west towards the Ford Center. Home of the Thunder.

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Looking into Upper Bricktown.

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RedPin Bowling Lounge.



I then walked around the popular Bricktown District, which is an older, and more vibrant part of downtown that is has had a recent
upsurgence along with the rest of Downtown OKC. It houses the well-known Bricktown Canal and Bricktown BallPark, home of the Redhawks,
as well as numerous restaurants, a couple residences, clubs, bars, live music, a little retail, and the new Academy of Contemporary Music. It is
has extreme potential to be something beyond great.

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Oklahoma Avenue in Bricktown.

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Thunder Playoff support across the city was cool.

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Looking east down the canal towards the Ballpark. Couple of canal-side eaters below at Bourbon Street Cafe.

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Academy of Contemporary Music. The first branch of ACM outside of the UK.

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The Bricktown Ballpark, home of the Redhawks.

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Love this building.

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JJ's Alley. This was actually an alley between the parking garage and a club next door. It was bricked in and became this neat little
hole-in-the wall [literally] place. It's very narrow.

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Looking west to Downtown.



I then got onto a parking garage in Bricktown. Took some pictures of the skyline, the surrounding area, and a panorama.

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One of my favorite skyline shots.

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Looking over Bricktown onto the Cox Convention Center and the Ford Center.

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The missing pieces [empty lots] that keep Bricktown from true success.

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Deep Deuce. A historically-black neighborhood just north of Bricktown. It has recently seen a surge of housing and development. Still much to do.

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Maywood Park. A redeveloping north of Bricktown and west of Deep Deuce. Home to new and many future residences. Still much to do.

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Bricktown Ballpark. Capacity around 14,000.

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Crabtown. :]


Panorama from Downtown to the west, Midtown to the northwest, Maywood Park & Deep Deuce to the north, the PHF research Center &
Oklahoma Health Science Centers & Capitol in the northeast.



Then we'll head to Deep Deuce and Maywood Park next. Deep Deuce is home to a couple shops and eateries, but is mostly residential.
Deep Deuce is undergoing a revitalization just as the rest of Downtown OKC. Maywood Park was a barren parking lot 5 years ago, but
with the demand of residential downtown, a mini-housing boom ocurred downtown and Maywood Park was born. Two projects have
been completed thus far.

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The Wedge Pizzeria in Deep Deuce.

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Looking south to the Hampton Inn Bricktown.

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Cool little alleway.

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Deep Deuce, in my opinion, is one of the most "finished" neighborhoods in downtown.

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Some old diamonds hide amongst the new development. Hopefully they too will be returned to their former glory, especially this one.

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A couple new developments in DD. Block 42 and the Central Avenue Villas.

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Deep Deuce Grill.

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Renovation of a forgotten warehouse into a personal home on top and retail on bottom? Forgotten little house hidden in its shadow.

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Across the street are the new 2nd Street Lofts. 55 lofts and groundfloor retail.

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The backside.

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The Brownstones at Maywood Park. My favorite little development in Maywood Park.

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Will be the neighborhood's little pocket park and identifying sculpture.

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Looking south to Bricktown.

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Onto a tiny amount of Automobile Alley and a few of Midtown. I wandered to the Oklahoma City Bombing Memorial. Then I climbed another
parking garage and took pictures of the skyline from there and the surrounding environment.

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Pictures don't do Automobile Alley justice; it is very beautiful with the exceptions of some open lots from OKC's terrible Urban
Renewal. This street was the site of OKC's first Automobile Dealerships and the original buildings still stand. Thus, it is appropriately named
Automobile Alley. It is one of OKC's next up & coming hot urban districts, along with Midtown which has seen a massive revitalization within the
past few years with dozens of buildings either newly renovated or in renovation now.

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Looking south to Downtown and the city's tallest. The Chase Tower at 500'. However, a new tallest is being built by OKC's own Devon Energy.
The new Devon World Headquarters will be the state's tallest at 850'.

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5th Avenue Lofts.

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Looking south from the Memorial. EMPTY. This part of downtown is not nearly as active as Bricktown or Midtown. Dead at 5.

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The Oklahoma City Memorial.

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Beautiful reflection pool with the Regency Apartments in back.

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Field of Chairs. The smaller chairs represent the children killed in the attack.

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The Survivor Tree.

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This was written on the wall on the day of the Alfred P Murrah Federal Building Terrorist Attack by a rescuer.

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The new Federal Building that replaced the one destroyed.

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On a parking garage in Midtown. Looking northeast over Midtown and to the Capitol.

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Looking northwest to Classen Boulevard and the Asian District.

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Skyline of the Arts District, immediately south and west of Downtown. The cranes are for OKC's new tallest tower the Devon Energy World
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Sunset on the skyline.

Hope you enjoyed the thread.
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Old May 6th, 2010, 05:13 AM   #2
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WOW!that just might be The best set of OKC pics I've ever seen!great job!Love that pano btw,Nice!
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Old May 6th, 2010, 05:45 AM   #3
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Nice photo tour!
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Old May 6th, 2010, 07:15 PM   #4
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hope the links are back up soon
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Old May 6th, 2010, 07:21 PM   #5
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I hope too; i know/heard that Oklahoma city is really very nice...
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Old May 6th, 2010, 09:05 PM   #6
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I hope too; i know/heard that Oklahoma city is really very nice...

its not greece but you would probably be surprised. kid gets nice shots too.
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Old May 7th, 2010, 02:23 AM   #7
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Fixed. Enjoy everyone. :]
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Old May 7th, 2010, 06:05 AM   #8
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Nice, thanks for sharing!!
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Old May 7th, 2010, 07:10 PM   #9
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very nice thread. okc looking good.

one thing i noticed though. a lot of your pictures seem to have a soft focus occuring on the edges. on some it was to the right and a few it was to the left. it may be from you not holoding it completely steady or possibly your lens being a little dirty, either could cause this issue.
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Old May 16th, 2010, 11:44 PM   #10
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When will we ever have sunshine like this day again?

Awesome photos.
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Old May 18th, 2010, 12:44 AM   #11
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Nice pics !

BTW the Thunder sux

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Very interesting pictures! Thx for sharing!
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Great tour around the city...thanks for the photos
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gorgeous. well done!
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