by Cathy O'Connor via The Journal Record: April 8, 2014
When Oklahoma City was founded in 1889, few people would ever have imagined the growth it would experience in the following decade.
The explosion in population and commercial development prompted a state vote to move Oklahoma’s capital from Guthrie to Oklahoma City. Since then, Oklahoma City has grown tremendously, sometimes in leaps and bounds, sometimes in small, prudent steps.
The process of preserving our city’s historic downtown structures has a storied history of its own. The Pei Plan to redevelop OKC’s central business district in the 1970s resulted in the removal of several historic downtown buildings. As a result, redevelopment in downtown has been very cautious until the Metropolitan Area Projects initiatives. Weighing demands for residential and commercial development downtown with the importance of preserving historic structures must be done with care and good reason.