The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

9 June 2003

Going, going, (almost) gone

In the spring, I wrote about Atkinson Plaza, the shopping center along Southeast 29th Street in Midwest City that used to dominate commerce in this part of the county until newer and spiffier facilities started showing up.

At the time, I said this:

Atkinson Plaza, once decorated, now declassé, is probably doomed, unless someone decides that World War II-era architecture is worth saving and can be sold to someone else.

Well, it's doomed. The city of Midwest City will demolish Atkinson Plaza and replace it with, of course, a newer and spiffier facility. The last of the tenants has cleared out, so it's just a matter of scheduling the dozers; the proposed 800,000-square-foot complex should be completed by the beginning of 2005.

Posted at 7:07 AM to City Scene

I have never to my recollection set foot in the Conrad-Marr Drug Store that was in that center. According to the paper though in it's heyday the fountain sold 5,000 gallons of coffee by noon each day. People who were born past 1970 probably don't even know what I am talking about.
What will take it's place will undoubtedly be more pleasing to the post Millenium eye and to everyone passing by on I-40. Well . . most everyone :(

Posted by: ms7168 at 12:34 PM on 9 June 2003

They'll need some serious eye candy to get people on I-40 to stop; 29th Street is no longer signed as Oklahoma 3, so out-of-town traffic along there has diminished markedly.

Posted by: CGHill at 7:25 PM on 9 June 2003

Whoa...I remember that place...facing Tinker, right? For some reason, I just assumed that it already had been torn ago years ago...

Posted by: David at 8:56 PM on 9 June 2003

It only looked like it.

Posted by: CGHill at 9:30 PM on 9 June 2003