Next week, thousands of people will head downtown to participate in the deadCenter Film Festival. The event is Oklahoma’s largest film festival and listed as one of the 20 Coolest Film Festivals in the World, according to MovieMaker magazine. During the three-day event, more than 30,000 people will attend film screenings at different venues in and surrounding the Film Exchange District, also known as Film Row. Many of those will spend their dollars eating at nearby restaurant
Construction on the rail line for the Oklahoma City streetcar recently broke ground, marking another major MAPS 3 milestone. Many of us are eager to have another transit option in and around downtown Oklahoma City, but streetcar service offers more than mobility, it fuels economic growth. Portland, Oregon, has seen $3.5 billion of new development within two blocks of the streetcar route in the past two decades. And after nearly a year in operation, Kansas City attributes near
Retail is an economic driver of communities – from the development and purchase of real estate to job creation and the increase in sales tax revenue. In the Oklahoma City metro area, restaurants and grocery retailers alone generate nearly $4 billion in sales each year. That revenue translates into jobs, recurring spending and increased sales tax revenue, which keeps our city healthy and thriving. The majority of Oklahoma City’s general fund is dependent on sales tax revenue.
One of the aspects that makes Oklahoma City an interesting and thriving place is our diverse districts. From the Western Avenue District to the historic Capitol Hill District and the 13 districts in between, each has a different vibe and personality. What they have in common are unique events and locally owned shops and restaurants that aren’t found in other cities. Often originating in blighted areas, revitalized districts attract shoppers and visitors and make surrounding p
The recent unveiling of the mural Plains Pioneer in McKinley Park is a visible sign of how the Classen Ten Penn neighborhood has flourished as part of the city of Oklahoma City’s Strong Neighborhoods Initiative. This area, along with Classen’s North Highland Parked and Culbertson’s East Highland are pilot neighborhoods of the innovative revitalization program. Launched in 2012, the initiative focuses resources in a few specific areas, to concentrate federal and local funds fo
For more than half a century, anchor institutions, like the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, have contributed significantly to Oklahoma City’s economy through employment, entrepreneurship and innovation. Through the recent designation of the Innovation District, we have the opportunity to use this kinetic energy to further economic growth. Not by constructing more buildings, but by developing relationships among surroundi