21 March 2005
If you've always wanted to live in a loft in downtown Oklahoma City and obviously some of you did, or there wouldn't be any efforts to increase the supply of same The Downtown Guy has an overview of what's available and a hint of what's coming.
And surely it's coming. Mayor Cornett has claimed that there is a market for 6,000 housing units in the downtown area; fewer than 1,000 are currently available. There is construction in MidTown, just to the northwest; plans are being made for the east.
I tend to marvel at this sort of thing, but then I remember the mausoleum that was downtown Oklahoma City thirty years ago: maybe a few signs of life from 9 to 5, but forget anything after sunset. Now, with rental units in the 'burbs being old and decrepit and boring the big apartment boom in the Seventies resulted in serious overbuilding, just in time for the energy industry to go bust downtown is becoming the place to be, especially if you work in the business district and have no desire to burn up lots of increasingly-expensive gasoline to get there.
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