After today’s column appeared about responses to my questions about broken and boarded up windows, empty space and other eyesores in Bricktown, especially along the canal, one person in Bricktown suggested I’m “obsessed” with the topic.
I don’t know about that. I do know that plenty of readers were interested in seeing last week’s questions answered. And it was interesting to hear Mayor Mick Cornett, Lt. Gov. Jari Askins and First Lady Kim Henry talk about how Bricktown was changing regional and national perceptions of Oklahoma City. So let’s take that at face value – then how does the city feel about the following glimpses of the canal, which include wads of used chewing gum on the Hunzicker building owned by Brett and Brent Brewer, broken windows on 19 E California and decade-old sandbags along the canal level of the Oklahoma Hardware building (both owned by French Hickman).
The Brewer’s building:
Final note: A decade ago then Mayor Kirk Humphreys called on Bricktown property owners to pave dirt and gravel parking lots saying the days of it being the wild west were over.
When I asked Mayor Mick Cornett last week if a similar call should made to get Bricktown property owners to take better care of their buildings, he declined and said he has faith that the market will eventually take care of such conditions.
Watch his response below:
The gum has been been on the Brewers’ building since before the canal opened. The sandbags have been outside Hickman’s building since the canal opened.
The mayor’s email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Brewers can be contacted here.
I do not have an email for French Hickman.