Today was one of those days where you’re reminded of just how far we’ve come as a city.
At noon I attended the OKC Rotary in the Petroleum Club. The 34th floor view is always an eye-popper. Today I looked out at the Deep Deuce/Flat Iron area and realized just how close it is to becoming a truly mixed-use urban neighborhood.
Mayor Mick Cornett was the keynote speaker. He’s warming up his MAPS 3 speech, but questions remain as to how one tries to pull of such an initiative in the current economy.
At 3:30 p.m. I visited with Jim Cowan at Starbucks in Lower Bricktown (I’m still mourning the loss of Uncommon Grounds!) The place was full. We found out the crowd consisted of visitors from across the country attending the Choral Directors conference. Their plans included strolling the canal, hitting a local restaurant and shopping.
At 4 p.m. I attended the open house for the new offices of Schnake Turnbo Frank public relations and shot another segment for OKC Central. If the local economy is really in distress, why is this firm expanding?
Leaving downtown, I see construction well underway along NW 10 in MidTown. Walker Avenue is beginning to fill in, extending the downtown resurgence ever westward.
I’m working on some interesting stories right now. I’ll share more details as we near the weekend.