Today friends and admirers will gather to say one last goodbye to John Belt, the man who more than anybody else made Paseo what it is today. As I noted in Tuesday’s OKC Central column, I first came to admire the man through a 1991 story written by the late great Mary Jo Nelson. You can read that story through this previous Sunday flashback.
And now, a look back at The Paseo before it was transformed by the master artist, John Belt:
Paseo as it looked in the early 1970s when John Belt began buying and renovating properties. The Spaghetti Factory, shown to the right, is the one building that hasn’t changed at all in the past 30 years.
Non-sensical intersections, awkward two-way traffic splits and angled parking with just two tight lanes make Paseo Drive an unlikely design for today’s engineers.
And now, back to the youthful early days of Paseo, then known as Spanish Village:
BY STEVE LACKMEYER email@example.comDowntown Oklahoma City, already home to the growing bicycle share system Spokies, is getting a car share station like those set up at Oklahoma City University, the University of Oklahoma and Crowne Plaza Hotel in northwest Oklahoma City. TimeCar, launched on Thursday at NE 2 and Oklahoma in Deep Deuce, allows members t […]
BY STEVE LACKMEYER firstname.lastname@example.orgDanny Robbins won't be attending Game 5 of the NBA playoff series between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Memphis Grizzlies — the Altus cotton farmer has too much planting to get done in the fields this week. But the season ticket-holder's wife, Zina, will be at the game, likely with a friend or relative.Re […]
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BY STEVE LACKMEYER firstname.lastname@example.orgAnyone with a memory of the late 1970s traveling southbound into downtown likely will remember that Broadway Extension ended at NW 36 and travelers continued onto Robinson Avenue until they got into the Central Business District. The drive was a bit depressing — the influx of traffic turned a string of vintage apartmen […]