Tag Archive for urban renewal

Top 5 Wants for Midtown in 2014

2013 was a big year for Midtown, OKC. The district gained new businesses such as Dry/Shop and Packard’s, new apartments with the addition of The Guardian and construction on the new Edge apartment complex and renovations began on the old Central High School for Oklahoma City University’s law school. We saw policies passed and money raised for making Midtown a…

Mayoral Midtown: Dr. Ed Shadid Moves In

Midtown is drawing in a lot of interesting characters and residents these days. Photographers. Stylists. Artists. Chefs. Self-made business folks. Humanitarians. Creatives of all varieties. And now, mayoral hopefuls.

City councilman Dr. Ed Shadid has made Midtown his new campaign headquarters home. He’s right in the middle of the flourishing H&8th stretch of our district, and he’s equipped with a ping pong table (seriously, he has some killer ping pong skills).

OKC Streetcar: A car that…drives on streets

Let me first begin by saying I grew up playing SimCity 2000.

I was able to achieve first hand experience as an urban planner of a city that was usually riddled with abandoned buildings,traffic problems, and the occasional tornado. Sound familiar?

But the thing I failed at most was public transportation and getting my Sims to actually use it.

A Call to Arms: The Midtown Plan

On Saturday, the OKC Midtowner group sprawled out across the lands of the Midtown district to collect the discarded cigarette butts, water bottles and whatever else mangled miscellaneous trash that frequents the area. After a well-intentioned hour and half, and five trash bags later, we reconvened at Peloton to do some afternoon examining of the Midtown Plan. While most might…

Where the Sidewalk Ends: Midtown Pedestrian Woes and Wins

Midtown, where the sidewalks are paved with…are they paved? Certainly there are plenty of solid surfaces for traveling by foot, but consistency and quality aren’t always there. Frequently, walking spaces designated for pedestrians are comprised of uneven patchwork cement or whatever Oklahoma weather-stricken particles remain from disregarded years of erosion (I’ve somewhat gracefully kept myself from face-plants.). At other times, sidewalks…