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Old May 2nd, 2011, 11:14 PM   #1
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Oklahoma City: 2011 Festival of the Arts and Downtown

Took these pictures in April of 2011, during the annual Oklahoma City Festival of the Arts. This year is special as the downtown festival also marked
the debut of a remodeled Myriad Botanical Gardens, our urban Garden of Eden. The pictures are a variety of shots from the Festival itself, the new
Myriad Gardens, the nearby Bricktown Entertainment District, and the Central Business District.

This is a "reused" photo thread, but I've uploaded all the previous photos in a resolution that actually does them justice and not compressed. I've also
added quite a few photos that didn't make it the first time. Enjoy and Comment!




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The "sculpture garden" at the Arts Festival. In the background is the under construction Devon Tower. Visual commotion, eh?

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Beautiful People.

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Evolution of the 21st century Oklahoman? From overalls to Vans, from country bumpkin to a city baby.

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On the opposite side of downtown, we see the bicyclists both serious and casual, are enjoying the day.

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Arts District skyline. Home to the few survivors of our urban renewal.

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Yet on the other side of the CBD, Bricktown is bustling with casual families along the canal and restaurants. During the evening, the district transforms into an adult only atmosphere.

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Peachwave? Now what major frozen yogurt cafe is this place knocking off?

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Bourbon Street Cafe... in OKLAHOMA CITY? Still a great place to eat.

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Another profile view of Bricktown.

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Lots of places to eat from in Bricktown. Sushi. TexMex. Italian. Mexican. American. Pizzerias. Pubs. Lounges. Tapos. Coffee shops.

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Playoff Season for the Thunder. The city had a very energized vibe, so much mutual sense of pride between citizens.

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Horse-drawn carriages. Everywhere.

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Flaming Lips Alley. Devon Tower under construction in the distance.

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Pride.

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New move-ins?

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I bet this new couple didn't expect to have more than one photographer.

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Back to the Arts Festival!

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New interactive wave fountain.

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Annual ribbon tying area is always big with the children.

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Oh how even at 19, I wish I could enjoy being care-free again.

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If you can't tell yet, the renovation of the Myriad Gardens has made it truly interactive for people of all ages, especially the kids.

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KIDS. EVERYWHERE.

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Oklahoman roots. Even if they too, were transplants.

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As is obvious from the sculpture garden, Native American heritage is very important to Oklahomans. Even though our largest minorities are African Americans or Hispanic.

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The new gardens were extroardinary. And guess what? Fully funded for and by Devon Energy Company as a part of a special TIF agreement with the city.
They're also completely redoing every single one of our downtown streets from the ground up. Narrowed streets with on street parking and designated bike lanes, etc.

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The Festival of the Arts spills into the park.

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The 'ole lake all redone. The Water Stage in focus. The Crystal Bridge Conservatory to the left.

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You can see an in-park restaurant in the background still under construction. Also not open yet is the mini dog park, children's area, and interactive sprayground.

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No New York, but inner OKC enjoys great diversity.

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Grand-lawn and amphitheater.

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They've really crammed so much into this park!

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Thought this was a nice step from the Festival and onto the CBD.

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City Hall in the background.

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Directly west of City Hall is the Civic Center.

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And directly EAST of City Hall is the Oklahoma County Courthouse.

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US Post Office in the center. Old Braniff building to the right undergoing renovation.

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The very brutal Northeast part of the CBD is getting a face-lift via Sandridge Energy with their campus makeover.

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OKC's previous tallest, the Chase. Then Devon's current digs. And the Renaissance Hotel closest to shot.

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And here's the abrupt ending! Hope you enjoyed it.
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Old May 2nd, 2011, 11:18 PM   #2
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great pics looking very vibrant
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Old May 3rd, 2011, 12:43 AM   #3
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nice thread.
that glassed craper uder construction is a great addition.
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Old May 3rd, 2011, 12:07 PM   #4
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Amazing, very nice photos from Oklahoma city
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Old May 8th, 2011, 08:59 AM   #5
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What a suprise! Great pics.
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Old May 8th, 2011, 10:02 AM   #6
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Old May 8th, 2011, 11:09 AM   #7
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Nice and it looks like a great community event. Thanks!!
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Old August 14th, 2011, 07:39 AM   #8
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BUMP!

Added about two dozen more pictures and uploaded them in a non-compressed resolution. They look brilliant now compared to the older uploads. Enjoy!
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Old August 14th, 2011, 11:23 PM   #9
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Great Pictures!

I remember eating at the Bourbon Street Cafe 2 years ago and really liking it... I went back last year and it was terrible. The service was terrible, the food sucked, and I saw the owner/manager yell at an employee in front of everyone. I will never go back.
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Old August 15th, 2011, 12:34 AM   #10
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Old August 15th, 2011, 03:21 AM   #11
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Looks like a nice city. The courthouse has similarities with Empire State Bldg, even if it's a lot smaller.
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