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OKC Central live chat recap: Restaurants added downtown, in Bricktown

The Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer fielded questions from readers during this week's OKC Central Live Chat. You can join Steve...

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Burger Pig is makin' bacon, and Chinese New Year celebrations begin

The Oklahoman's Food Dude Dave Cathey has the latest news from the 405 diningsphere, including a partial tasting tour of Parlor...

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City's partners eye increased budgets for MAPS 3 wellness centers

More lockers. Not enough changing space. Not enough showers. More privacy. Those have been the greatest concerns for men and...

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Season preview: Oklahoma Shakespeare's expanded 2020 season to include 'Romeo and Juliet,' 'As You Like It,' free Myriad Gardens production of 'Midsummer...

For the second year, Oklahoma Shakespeare is offering a year-round slate of shows, starting with one of William Shakespeare’s...

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Bookings underway for new convention center and hotel

National and international conferences are booking the new Oklahoma City Convention Center for visits going through 2024 while...

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Zoo admission price hike OK'd

Willing to part with your smartphone for a few hours? Groundhog Day at the Oklahoma City Zoo may be for you. While the zoo's...

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Drain game: OKC drains Bricktown Canal in prep for cleaning

Treasure abounds in the Bricktown Canal. Beer bottles and golf balls. Coins and cocktail menus. Sunglasses and action figures....

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Trolley car Italian dining to return to Bricktown

Bricktown visitors soon will be able once again to enjoy a plate of spaghetti while dining in an old-fashioned trolley car....

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Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West rent out OKC theaters so fans can see 'Just Mercy' for free

In "Just Mercy," Michael B. Jordan portrays renowned civil rights defense attorney Bryan Stevenson as he works to free a...

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What to do in Oklahoma on Jan. 20, 2020: Check out the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Parade in downtown OKC

Organized by the Oklahoma City Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Coalition, the 2020 parade theme is "40 Years - Better Together."

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Oklahoma City civic life for Monday, Jan. 20, 2020

They said it "There’s no wasted time in my day." — Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt, commenting on his social media profile and...

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Red Cross director comes full circle

Growing up in Okeene, Sid Ellington remembers going with his mother, a Red Cross nurse, to the local hospital where she taught...

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OKC Central live chat recap: Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, even in Oklahoma City

The Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer fielded questions from readers during this week's OKC Central Live Chat. You can join Steve...

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Recap: OKC Central Live Chat with Steve Lackmeyer

The Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer addressed questions from readers Friday morning.

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Martinez-Brooks to seek council seat

Jessica Martinez-Brooks, who serves as a volunteer on several city boards and as interim diversity officer at Oklahoma City...

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Raising the civic IQ: Elected municipal officers invited back to campus

Civics lessons for elected city officers and those thinking about running for office begin Saturday at Oklahoma City University...

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Court papers detail claims in dustup between public relations firms

Social welfare organizations may keep their donors' identities a secret.

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Avana Apartments sale sets record for downtown OKC

A new record sale price has been set for downtown rental properties with the recent purchase of the Avana Arts Apartments....

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Former OKC elementary to be converted to a film studio

A former elementary school in far east Oklahoma City may find itself at the center of a pivot in the film and television...

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OnCue set for site of former Founders Bank in OKC

OnCue is set to build a new station on the block that was once home to the midcentury landmark Founders Bank building. The...

By land and air, weather researchers track tornadic storms

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SALINA, Kan. — For the first time in almost a decade, meteorologists from across the Midwest will track and intercept tornado birthing grounds as part of a large-scale collaborative research project. The TORUS Project, or Targeted Observation...

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Downtown to grow out, not up, in next decade

A couple of weeks ago I looked back at the last decade, and it was astounding to put together just a glimpse of all the...

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OKC civic life for Monday, Jan. 13, 2020

They said it "I'll bet you never thought you'd see me humbled enough to cry." — Longtime Oklahoma City Councilwoman and...

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Northwest hospitality: Two faded Northwest Expressway hotels get a fresh start

Two Northwest Expressway hotels, once top destinations for both visitors and locals, are being brought back to life under new...

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Recap: OKC Central Live Chat with Steve Lackmeyer

See what Steve Lackmeyer discussed with readers.

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Home for the holidays, celebrity chef holds pop-up at ChickNBeer

Danny Bowien cooks while home for the holidays, Rococo announces a pair of special events, The Railyard continues to add dining...

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What to do in Oklahoma on Jan. 9, 2020: Check out opening reception for Tulsa artist Whitney Forsyth's exhibit 'Re-New' at Artspace at Untitled

"Re-New," which will be on view through Feb. 29, features a series of mandalas. The mandala is a symbol of wholeness that is...

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Downtown Oklahoma City hotel opens, finally

After six years of delays prompted by a change in the location of the city's future convention center, the Fairfield Inn and...

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Councilman James Greiner won't seek re-election in 2021

James Greiner says he will not seek election to a third term on the Oklahoma City Council. Greiner, 38, has represented...

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Council OKs zoning to fight 'food desert'

The Oklahoma City Council on Tuesday approved "food desert" zoning to combat poor health outcomes in northeast Oklahoma City....

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Design committee efforts result in history saved, restored

Looking back, Tim Johnson was right. Appearing before an agitated Downtown Design Review Committee a few years back, Johnson...

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Greiner to step down from Oklahoma City Council seat in 2021

James Greiner first won election in 2013 and is in his second four-year term.

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OKC civic life for Monday, Jan. 6, 2020

Council OKs wage hikes City employees represented by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees...

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OKC Central live chat recap: Housing, sidewalk construction continues downtown

The Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer fielded questions from readers during this week's OKC Central Live Chat. You can join Steve...

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Recap: OKC Central Live Chat with Steve Lackmeyer

The chat kicks off at 9:30 a.m. but feel free to submit questions now

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Decade marks transformation downtown

The past decade for downtown Oklahoma City has been one of rapid transformation, disruption, loss and triumph. Ten years ago,...

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Downtown OKC ready to ring in 2020 with Opening Night New Year's Eve celebration

The long-running family-friendly downtown New Year’s Eve event is set for 7 p.m. to midnight Tuesday at Bicentennial Park and...

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Grand Opening: Arts Council Oklahoma City ready to ring in 2020 with Opening Night New Year's Eve celebration

The large, light-wrapped ball has been liberated from storage, the celebratory fireworks show has been devised, and a race...

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OKC civic life for Monday, Dec. 30, 2019

Marijuana taxes show gains Sales taxes on products sold at medical marijuana dispensaries in Oklahoma City grew throughout...

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OKC Central live chat recap: Wheeler set to add school, brewery, more

The Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer fielded questions from readers during this week's OKC Central Live Chat. You can join Steve...

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Preview: Opening Night 2020 brings New Year's Eve entertainment to downtown OKC

Produced by the Arts Council Oklahoma City, the family-friendly downtown New Year’s Eve celebration is set for 7 p.m. to...

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Recap: OKC Central Live Chat with Steve Lackmeyer

Read the recap of Dec. 27's OKC Central Live Chat with Steve Lackmeyer

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Metro Tech moving, expanding downtown campus

Metro Technology Center has moved its downtown campus from BancFirst, which is undergoing a renovation, to Corporate Tower,...

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Walcourt renovations include new roof

The historic Walcourt Building just east of downtown has a new roof for the first time in at least a half century as...

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Lighthouse fitness complex renovation launched by new owners

The former Oklahoma City Tennis Center facing Lake Hefner, now known as Lighthouse Sports & Fitness Center, is set to...

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Why Oklahoma City as 'The Big Friendly' lacks a friendly embrace

While grabbing a quick breakfast Monday, I had a chance to overhear a familiar comment made by a customer while ordering. She...

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OKC civic life for Monday, Dec. 23, 2019

City revenue outlook darkens Oklahoma City may be seeing the first indications that oil-field reductions are negatively...

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Beginning of Hanukkah celebrated with ceremony in Oklahoma City's Bricktown

A giant menorah lit up the night during a communitywide gathering Sunday to celebrate Hanukkah in Oklahoma City. The seventh...

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Life returning to OKC's first high rise

Restoration of the Pioneer Building, the city’s first high-rise, is complete, and life is set to return with tenants to include...

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Recap: OKC Central Live Chat with Steve Lackmeyer

The chat kicks off at 9:30 a.m. but feel free to submit questions now!

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Plans progressing for Thunder Alley

Revised development plans for a proposed Thunder Alley south of the Chesapeake Energy Arena are being submitted to the Downtown...

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OKC apartments set to join hotel as next addition to Classen Curve

The long envisioned addition of housing into the Classen Curve is set to start in 2020 with construction of a 325-unit,...

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Bricktown developer Doc Blue dead at 88

Bricktown has lost another one of its colorful pioneering developers with the passing of French “Doc Blue” Hickman. Hickman was...

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#ThrowbackThursday: 1934 seasonal shoppers fill downtown OKC

We are running a #ThrowbackThursday image each week, showcasing Oklahoma’s history. Be sure to follow us on Twitter...

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Oklahoma City Council sets March 3 election on parks initiative

Oklahoma City voters will decide March 3 whether to increase the sales tax by one-eighth of a cent with proceeds dedicated to...

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Downtown OKC's Myriad Gardens planning winter solstice activities

Entertainment on Saturday will include live music from the Christian Pearson Trio and amazing feats from Hooplahoma and her Cyr...

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Dog park and bar planned for Oklahoma River front

Bar K, part dog park, bar, restaurant and event space is set to be the first commercial anchor for the Boathouse District along...

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New downtown campus opens at UCO

UCO opens new downtown campus The University of Central Oklahoma has opened its new downtown Oklahoma City branch. UCO at Santa...

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MAPS 4 to fill gaps along the Oklahoma River

The Oklahoma River, now 20 years into a transformation from being a drainage channel and eyesore, is set to undergo even more...

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Lincoln Square developer makes pitch to partner on Jewel Theatre revival with owner

Three groups Monday indicated they are interested in teaming up with the owner of the city’s last surviving black movie theater...

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MORE: Brown Bag bidding adieu; Magic Noodle expanding to Asian District

The Food Dude shares gift ideas for the foodie on your gift list plus news from the 405 diningscape.

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OKC Civic Life for Monday, Dec. 16, 2019

Initiative signatures verified Signatures have been verified on an initiative petition proposing an eighth-cent sales tax...

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MAPS rewind: A vote for neighborhoods

MAPS 4's focus on residents' daily lives was a winning strategy in last week's election. "MAPS 4 struck at the heart of what...

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First National rebuild begins: Apartments, hotel rooms, restaurants, retail and more are planned for the historic structure

More than two years of demolition at First National Center is wrapping up, and construction is well underway with two completed...

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OKC Central live chat recap: Farmers market leads discussion

The Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer fielded questions from readers during this week's OKC Central Live Chat. You can join Steve...

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Recap: OKC Central Live Chat with Steve Lackmeyer

Steve Lackmeyer fields questions from readers during this week's OKC Central Live Chat.

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New name for cultural center: First Americans Museum

The repository for history, stories and traditions of Oklahoma's 39 tribal nations has a new name to match its aspirations....

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OSU-OKC farmers market to move to Scissortail Park

The Farmers Market at Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City, a citywide draw for more than 20 years, will merge with...

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OKC police: man killed at Club Bloom in Bricktown

A Guthrie man was killed in a fight after a spilled drink inside a Bricktown nightclub, authorities said. Just after midnight...

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OSU-OKC Farmers Market to move to Scissortail Park

The Farmers Market at Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City, a citywide draw for more than 20 years, will merge with...

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Oklahoma Shakespeare plans 'Romeo and Juliet,' 'As You Like It,' Oklahoma premiere of 'Bernhardt/Hamlet' and more for 2020 season

Oklahoma Shakespeare will stage four of its 2020 productions in its Paseo space, with one summer show outside on the Myriad...

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Officials unclear of future cost to run Oklahoma County jail

Oklahoma County Treasurer Butch Freeman recently sat behind his large wooden desk, hands folded on top of each other, and shook...

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MAPS 4 turnout low, but approval overwhelming

Not quite 32,000 Oklahoma City residents voted “Yes” for MAPS 4, but it was more than enough by the end of Tuesday night to...

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Christmas cross will return at BancFirst Tower after makeover completion

The downtown skyline is missing the nine-story cross that has glowed every Christmas holiday for the past 40 years as a...

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After showing strong growth, use tax revenues in Oklahoma City have hit a wall

Sales tax posted solid growth in the weeks leading up to the beginning of the holiday shopping season.

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MAPS 4: What they're saying about the measure passing

Oklahoma City voters passed the MAPS 4 package by a margin of over 70%. Community leaders gathered at the Yale Theater for the...

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Streets still lag, MAPS 4 voters say

Southwest Oklahoma City voters who favored MAPS 4 nevertheless had a message for city leadership — keep street repairs front...

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MAPS 4 passes by landslide margin

It was a landslide, among those who voted. Unofficial results show more than 70% of Oklahoma City voters supported MAPS 4, an...

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Analysis: MAPS 4 win represents shift under new generation

The generation that launched MAPS as a tool to transform Oklahoma City is still very much involved a quarter-century later, but...

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Construction set to start on OKC's Villa Teresa homes, hotel

Site work and utility relocation are almost wrapped up, and construction is set to start soon on the first phase of the $30...

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OKC Civic Life for Monday, Dec. 10, 2019

MAPS 4: Polls open Tuesday Polls will be open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday for the MAPS 4 election. Voters are deciding whether to...

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MAPS 4 brings 16 projects under one vote

Projects Park enhancements The MAPS 4 parks package allocates $140 million toward the city’s parks system. Chesapeake Energy...

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Election day arrives: Voters to have their say on MAPS 4

Oklahoma City voters will decide Tuesday whether to extend the 1-cent MAPS sales tax to finance a decade of investments heavily...

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Concrete pour with 150 trucks closes streets overnight in downtown Oklahoma City

More than 1,500 cubic yards of concrete slurry, delivered by 150 trucks, was poured overnight Friday for the foundation of a...

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Q&A: Mayor Holt fields MAPS 4 questions

Ahead of Tuesday's MAPS 4 election, The Oklahoman wondered what questions were on voters' minds. Here are questions collected...

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MAPS 4: A breakdown of the 1-cent sales tax designed to invest in city services and infrastructure

Oklahoma City voters will soon decide the fate of MAPS 4, the fourth edition of a 1-cent sales tax designed to invest in city...

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OKC mayor promotes MAPS 4 before election day

Mayor David Holt joined The Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer during this week's OKC Central Live Chat. You can join Steve most...

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Mayor Holt fields MAPS 4 questions during live chat

Today, Steve was joined by Mayor David Holt as OKC voters prepare to vote on MAPS 4 next week.

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Closing arguments, MAPS 4 voting begins

Oklahoma City police officers and firefighters are watching as closely as anyone for a win at the polls in Tuesday's MAPS 4...

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This time we may have a deal. The odd triangular block at NW 4 and E.K. Gaylord has eluded one developer after another over the...

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#ThrowbackThursday: OKC's 1954 'Tree of Lights'

We are running a #ThrowbackThursday image each week, showcasing Oklahoma’s history. Be sure to follow us on Twitter...

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New housing proposals submitted for NW 4 and Gaylord

Offices are out, and two proposals submitted to the Oklahoma City Urban Renewal Authority on Wednesday all propose housing,...

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City council sets hearing on food desert ordinance

The city council plans a public hearing Dec. 17 on a "healthy neighborhoods” zoning ordinance to fight junk-food proliferation...

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Olympic trials will return to OKC

Oklahoma City once again will host Olympic rowing trials. Executive Director Mike Knopp of the Oklahoma City Boathouse...

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Oklahoma City Fire Department responds to fire in First National Center

The Oklahoma City Fire Department responded to a fire inside the First National Center on Tuesday evening. Just after 7...

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Signatures to be counted for Shadid's parks initiative

A former councilman turned in petition signatures for his parks initiative Monday at the Oklahoma City Clerk’s office. Ed...

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Dispute settled with sale, development of property fronting new park, new boulevard

A deal has been done between Oklahoma City and a developer whose land was seized for Scissortail Park that will settle years of...

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New development continues as last dealership leaves Automobile Alley

For the first time since car sales were introduced in Oklahoma City, Automobile Alley is no longer home to any dealerships. The...

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MAPS 4 proposal includes 500 bus shelters, fleet expansion and rapid transit routes

After years of budget constraints and neglect, Oklahoma City’s public transit system, EMBARK, has undergone a transformation...

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OKC Civic Life for Monday, Dec. 2, 2019

Linwood Place rezoning OK'd The Oklahoma City Council approved a controversial request to rezone property at NW 18 Street and...

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MAPS 4 discussion set on Tuesday

As Oklahoma City voters prepare to vote on Dec. 10 for the fourth iteration of MAPS, several local experts and Mayor David Holt...

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Commercial development is seen as the next logical move for the Oklahoma River

Mike Knopp, director of the Oklahoma City Boathouse Foundation, is the first to admit that development along the Oklahoma River...

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Civic reinvention is constant with MAPS initiatives

Many civic leaders are quite capable of dreaming up fantastic reinventions of their cities — but Oklahoma City's transformation...

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MAPS 4 would include $30 million for beautification projects, staff

Visitors who fly into Oklahoma City and head downtown pass a chain-link fence that's falling down in places, stretches of...

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Expert panel to discuss MAPS 4 projects, downtown OKC

On Dec. 10, Oklahoma City voters will be asked to vote on a fourth go with MAPS. Is MAPS 4 the next piece for the downtown...

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State briefs for Nov. 30, 2019

OKLAHOMA CITY OKC tree lighting festival kicks off Saturday Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt and Santa will light the city's...

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Preview: OKC's Downtown in December includes more than 30 holiday events and attractions

Some of this weekend's kickoff activities, including the OKC Tree Lighting Festival, the season's first snow tubing sessions...

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Park projects get largest chunk of MAPS 4, worries remain about maintenance costs

At the Belle Isle Park off NW 63 and May Avenue, Lynn Garman spent years investing time and energy into planting new trees,...

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Holiday Pop-Up Shops return to Midtown

The annual Holiday Pop-Up Shops, a rotating array of independent retailers, is returning to Midtown on Friday for its seventh...

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History rescued in Deep Deuce

The historic 1919 home to Oklahoma City Public Schools in Deep Deuce, abandoned for years and once threatened with destruction...

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Thanksgiving comes early to the Homeless Alliance

Wednesday's Homeless Alliance Thanksgiving feast started with a United States senator prepping raw turkeys and ended with an...

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Will MAPS 4 benefit downtown development? Find out at The Oklahoman's Dec. 3 forum

As Oklahoma City voters prepare to vote on Dec. 10 for the fourth iteration of MAPS, several local experts and Mayor David Holt...