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When I look at Robinson Avenue these days, I see a street that will be alive. And I see, of course, the future home of The Oklahoman.

Now we’re getting a better glimpse of what the street will look like. First, an application with the Downtown Design Review Committee indicates that three sculptures that first were displayed at the former downtown location for The Oklahoman at NW 4 and Broadway will be repositioned at the corner of Robinson Avenue and Main Street (the corner shown in the above rendering).

Site layout plans, meanwhile, show how The Oklahoman and neighbor Mahogany Steak House will interact with the streets. Keep in mind, The Oklahoman newsroom is lit up and people are at work typically between dawn and slightly past midnight. I am told by Andy Burnett, a partner in the Century Center ownership group, that this Mahogany Steak House, unlike the other Mahogany location in northwest Oklahoma City, will be open for lunch and dinner. This too will provide for a pretty lively street facade, especially when one also considers The Oklahoman is set to have a large digital video board at the corner of Robinson and Sheridan Avenues.

Over at First National, Cafe 7 has done a nice job holding the corner of Robinson and Park Avenues. Now Cafe 7 is set to add a door opening onto Park Avenue into a street cafe. This could be a really nice change to street life at that corner.

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Steve Lackmeyer

Steve Lackmeyer is a reporter, columnist and author who started his career at The Oklahoman in 1990. Since then, he has won numerous awards for his coverage, which included the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, the city's... Read more ›

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