A lot of folks in Bricktown were unhappy last year when the Christmas tree was moved from its traditional spot across from the AT&T Bricktown Ballpark, overlooking the canal, to the United Way Plaza in Lower Bricktown.
Critics pointed out the loss of the tree robbed the canal of its festive vibe and created a dead spot.
On a related matter, this note goes to the folks at Downtown OKC Inc: When the tree is lit and festivities begin Friday, wouldn’t it be appropriate to use the moment to remember Jim Brewer? Yes, the man had his faults, and talk of him being “the father of Bricktown” is obviously false (that honor belongs to Neal Horton). But events like this are at the heart of Brewer’s legacy. It was Brewer who breathed new life into having such festivities downtown – and it was Brewer who reminded us all just how much fun a hokey, old fasioned family festival can be.