I’ve not stopped thinking about Jeff Click’s suggestion that I host a get-together on downtown housing.
I’m going to invite Jeff and maybe one other suburban home builder. I’m going to invite a downtown housing developer (maybe Richard McKown, who has experience with suburban and urban). I’m going to invite a longtime downtown resident and active member of Urban Neighbors (Paige Gregory, come on down!). And I’m hoping to convince a married individual with spouse, child, who has been frustrated in their search for a home for their family downtown.
The format will go as follows: I’ll join this small group at a table, ask questions, get a conversation going. People will be invited to sit in, listen, and after 45-60 minutes of the table conversation, questions will be invited from those listening in. If you don’t like this process, feel free to email me with alternative ideas. My idea is this – I want to get a good conversation going, the kind of conversation I’ve enjoyed many a time, but could never share with readers. To create this sort of conversation, it needs to be limited to just a few people before opening it up to everybody. I know, I know, this all may sound a bit unusual. I’m even going off range with this, doing it on my own time, off the clock. It’s not an official Oklahoman or NewsOK event, just me wanting to learn more about the community I cover. And I’ll be doing what I do every day – just with you readers as spectators.
If there is a downtown restaurant or business that would like to host our get together, email me at email@example.com. Otherwise I’ll just randomly pick a place I fancy.
Look for this to take place later this month or in early July.