18 August 2003
Where all the lights are bright (2)
Once upon a time, an ill-fated Oklahoma City urban-renewal plan put downtown on two shifts twelve hours business district, twelve hours mausoleum and people wondered why. It's no secret, says Linda Stinnett of Oklahoma Main Street Center:
If you want to have a vital downtown, you have to have people living downtown.
Simple as that. And in Oklahoma City, it's actually starting to happen; lofts have been carved out of buildings in Bricktown and along the downtown Automobile Alley, and more are coming. Lofts are in place in Norman and Cordell, and planned for other cities. The supply is coming because the demand is there, and because people have been willing to pay above-average rents for desirable locations. Were I twentysomething and on the party circuit, I probably wouldn't be able to resist the temptation myself.