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Downtown grows greener as part of transformation

When Scissortail Park opens in September, it will be one of just a few places that is home to a clone of the Survivor Tree....

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Curtains of light comprise proposed convention center art installation, "Virtual Sky"

Art could make sunsets an event at the new Oklahoma City convention center. The Arts Commission is recommending a Los...

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OKC's deadCenter Film Festival reveals 2019 lineup

Organizers have selected 140 films to be screened at the 19th annual festival, scheduled for June 6-9 at five locations in...

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Local flavor abounds at Festival of the Arts despite soggy OKC weather

Weepy skies were the order of the day as the Festival of the Arts opened Tuesday. Foot traffic was light to nonexistent as the...

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Continuing musical mission: Former state teacher of the year Peter Markes to open Festival of the Arts

Peter Markes punctuated the sentence that changed his life with a smiley face. The Oklahoma City musician was exchanging emails...

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New OKC city manager makes first major personnel decisions

City Manager Craig Freeman named two new assistant city managers Monday, promoting candidates from within to join the next...

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Assistant city manager posts filled, as shape of executive leadership under Craig Freeman comes into focus

The new city manager, Craig Freeman, made his first major personnel decisions since taking over in January.

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OKC Civic Life for Monday, April 22, 2019

First Christian opposes preservation action First Christian Church, through its attorney, is asking the city council to...

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Thunder fans pack Chesapeake arena for Game 4

On Easter Sunday, time with family and friends happens in many places. Some go to church. And some to Chesapeake Energy Arena....

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Recap: Thunder 120, Trail Blazers 108

Follow live updates from the NBA Playoffs in Oklahoma City.

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Letter states church's property rights are threatened, asks city council to short-circuit historic landmark designation process

Neighbors worry the church could be demolished to clear the property for commercial development.

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Preview: Longtime Festival of Arts mixes new and familiar in downtown Oklahoma City

Known as Oklahoma City's “rite of spring,” the 53rd Annual Festival of the Arts will feature an array of visual, performing and...

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What to do in Oklahoma on April 19, 2019: OKC Museum of Art opening new exhibit 'Postwar Abstraction' today

The original exhibition, curated by Roja Najafi, spans from 1952 to 1996 and includes popular works by Sam Francis, Ellsworth...

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Recap: 2019 Oklahoma City bombing remembrance ceremony

View video of the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum remembrance ceremony marking the 24th anniversary of the 1995...

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OKC's Scissortail Park nears completion

MAPS 3 managers led a tour Thursday of the upper Scissortail Park in downtown Oklahoma City. Construction is nearly done in the...

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Art would highlight new convention center's relationship to the natural environment

The Arts Commission recommended the $1.3 million proposal by a Los Angeles-based design team.

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OKC Museum of Art kicking off Roof Terrace season tonight at Third Thursday

The Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Drive, is open late for themed after-hours fun on the Third Thursday of every month,...

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Don't waste opportunity to accept Christ, ex-mob boss says

Like his father before him, Michael Franzese was determined to live out his life as a mob boss, despite the violence and...

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Bombing reminder will occupy a prominent place in the MAPS 3 downtown park

A descendant of the Survivor Tree will live and grow in Oklahoma City's MAPS 3 downtown park. The Survivor Tree is the American...

Boeing's top executive in Oklahoma City works to include diverse workforce through inclusion

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With the right talent, skills and a little bit of help, you can climb your way to the heavens. Nancy R. Anderson, Boeing’s vice president of Aircraft Modernization & Modification, knows from experience. Anderson recently returned to...

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Downtown Sheraton to take on more "contemporary" look

A fresh paint job at downtown’s Sheraton Hotel is set to soon do away with a much-maligned mix of orange and earth tones as the...

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OKC's Midtown to get new Boulevard restaurant

A restaurant will once again anchor the block that was home to Boulevard Cafeteria in Midtown but will be a part of a decidedly...

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Fiscal picture brightens in Oklahoma City after sales tax decline raised doubts

Sales tax revenue had declined in March, interrupting nearly two years of sustained growth.

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OKC Civic Life for Monday, April 15, 2019

Beer sales back on Parks Director Doug Kupper says Oklahoma City golf courses have seen a drop in beer sales since new...

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Diverse districts: Here's a look at Oklahoma City's growing destinations

Neal Horton was a visionary, someone who early on saw the potential of historic urban districts and risked everything in...

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Downtown OKC sees increased diversity in jobs

Downtown Oklahoma City, long dominated by energy, finance and government, is rapidly diversifying with a new influx of...

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Convention center progresses

The MAPS 3 convention center and Scissortail Park are beginning to look like they were made for each other. MAPS 3 project...

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Architecture tour home features stacked spaces

The Price family lives life on the move in Oklahoma City’s urban core, mostly on foot or by bike, generally with their two...

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OKC Central Chat transcript, April 12, 2019

Join The Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer for a chat about issues concerning development in downtown Oklahoma City. The event starts...

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Long live the 'King’s Mouth': Flaming Lips' Record Store Day release has its origins in hometown art installation

Over the past decade, The Flaming Lips have ruled Record Store Day with unusual offerings ranging from songs on USB drives...

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Council gets first of what promises to be many briefings on streetlight repairs

Officials have promised to get streetlights back in service by the end of summer.

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Cooper, Hamon take OKC council seats

Their literary choices tell much about their insurgency. James Cooper and JoBeth Hamon took the oath of office Tuesday,...

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Newest faces on the Oklahoma City Council take office

With goals to strengthen neighborhoods, newest council members hear briefings on street resurfacing, sidewalks and trails, and...

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Younger council likely to shift focus on urban core

A change is set to sweep City Hall with the “MAPS generation” set to control three seats with the swearing in this week of...

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Beer bill passes just in time for golf

Separated for months, a round of golf and a beer soon could be reunited on Oklahoma City's municipal golf courses. The...

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OKC Civic Life for Monday, April 8, 2019

Canal video court date set A court date is set for Friday in an effort to block the city of Oklahoma City from releasing, under...

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Bricktown Canal upgrades continue as attraction's 20th anniversary nears

A multi-year effort to spruce up and improve walkability along the Bricktown Canal will be on display this summer when the...

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Commitment to service: OKC's newest council members are breaking barriers

Oklahoma City's newest elected officers break the stranglehold of graying leadership, break the glass ceiling, break the color...

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Holt on diversity

Mayor David Holt says Oklahoma City’s success depends on bringing diverse perspectives to municipal decision-making. Holt, 40,...

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Persistence rewarded

The American Indian Cultural Center and Museum has turned a corner. Construction is resuming this spring and conceptual plans...

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This MAPS will look different

"Transformative" has taken on new meaning with planning for MAPS 4. Where transformative, in the quarter-century since...

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Readers raise questions about proposed Thunder Alley

The Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer took questions from readers during Friday's OKC Central Live Chat. You can join Steve's...

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Recap: OKC Central Live Chat with Steve Lackmeyer

The Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer answered questions from readers Friday morning.

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Enable Midstream Partners pays to equip innovation space at John Rex Charter School with STEM gear, curriculum

Enable Midstream Partners’ CEO joined students at John Rex Charter School on Wednesday to unveil the Enable Innovation Space...

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Renovations begin at historic Walcourt building

The Walcourt, an almost century-old landmark just east of downtown, is getting its first new roof in decades with long-awaited...

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With transportation a major obstacle, grant is aimed at helping families

A Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit organization has been selected to lead a four-year pilot project geared toward reuniting...

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Oklahoma City panel takes step to preserve First Christian Church

Oklahoma City’s Historic Preservation Commission agreed Wednesday to begin a process, known as a proposal for designation, that...

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Order sought to block release of canal accident video

An attorney is seeking a court order to block the city of Oklahoma City from releasing video of a fatal accident last fall on...

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Shadid tells council, 'Do better going forward'

Ed Shadid says city government is failing those who need it most. Shadid, in departing remarks before he retires next week from...

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Downtown blooms in April

For a moment, let’s step back, take a breath, and maybe celebrate our community. It’s not to say we’re done discussing serious...

Sustaining Oklahoma's Energy Resources gives marginal well owners opportunities to ask oil and gas veterans about...

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So, you have an older well in Oklahoma that’s dependably produced oil or natural gas, but lately is showing its age. Who are you going to call? No doubt, there’s no shortage of service companies out there that can help well owners identify...

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SUV hits St. Anthony Hospital emergency room entrance Monday in downtown Oklahoma City

The driver of a sport utility vehicle slammed into the front entrance of the emergency room at St. Anthony Hospital downtown...

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#OKC Civic Life for Monday, April 1, 2019

Streetcar mainline done Doug Smith deserves a medal. Smith was project manager for JACOBS engineering, the lead consultant...

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OKC airport art evokes culture, history, weather

Matt Goad hopes his art makes your trip a little better. Goad is doing the art for the $89.8 million Will Rogers World Airport...

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Roads, railroads and sidewalks lead chat discussion

The Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer took questions from readers during Friday's OKC Central Live Chat. You can join Steve's...

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Streetlights at scene of bicycle fatality repaired, city says

City officials release timeline, promise problem of widespread streetlight outages will be addressed by summer.

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Interviews and video: Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center hosts last exhibit at State Fair Park with Tatyana Fazlalizadeh’s 'Oklahoma Is Black'

Titled “Oklahoma Is Black,” Fazlalizadeh’s new body of large-scale wheatpaste posters and vivid oil paintings is the last...

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MercyMe returns to OKC for March 30 concert

Contemporary Christian band MercyMe will perform in concert at 7 p.m. March 30 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in downtown...

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Recap: OKC Central Chat with Steve Lackmeyer

The Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer addressed questions about downtown Oklahoma City from readers today.

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Bricktown hotel scrapped in favor of assisted living center

Texas developer Joshua Joseph is switching his plans for a fourth hotel just east of Bricktown and instead is preparing to...

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Integris, YMCA, MAPS to partner on senior center

YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City and Integris Medical Group are in line to manage the fourth MAPS 3 senior health and wellness...

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OKC council approves $26M for First National

With demolition set to wrap up and construction to start at First National Center, the Oklahoma City Council on Tuesday...

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OKC streetlight outages are a political as well as an infrastructure problem

Oklahoma City officials on Tuesday promised progress by summer on out-of-order streetlights, addressing an infrastructure...

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Hospitality at its finest: Industry remembers Vast chef for passion and kindness

If Oscar Wilde's words about sorrow being sacred ground's active ingredient are to believed, the city's restaurant in the...

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Reader response: Should OKC be more bike friendly?

Oklahoma City's limited bicycling infrastructure around downtown has received heightened attention after a cyclist was killed...

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#OKC Civic Life for Monday, March 25, 2019

Street repairs progressing Smoother streets are ahead, according to volunteers overseeing street repairs and related...

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Bower designed for families desiring urban living

The largest single influx of for-sale housing in Midtown now looms over NW 4 with a new approach that is designed to appeal to...

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Pink visits Oklahoma City National Memorial ahead of her OKC concert

The three-time Grammy Award winner posted on Instagram Friday a photo of her 7-year-old daughter, Willow Sage Hart, looking at...

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Downtown housing expands, some affordable housing planned

The Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer took questions from readers during Friday's OKC Central Live Chat. You can join Steve's...

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Recap: OKC Central Chat with Steve Lackmeyer

The Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer answered questions from readers this morning.

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Midtown tower approved

A proposed eight-story Midtown condominium tower is clear to proceed after the city’s Downtown Design Review Committee voted...

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What to do in Oklahoma on March 21, 2019: Celebrate the past during the OKC Museum of Art's Third Thursday

The Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Drive, is celebrating decades past with its monthly Third Thursday event from 5 to 9...

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New boutique hotel planned for OKC's Midtown

Pivot Project, which is wrapping up redevelopment of a brewery, food hall and offices in Midtown, is set to start a second...

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More Infill on Uptown 23rd

It wasn't that long ago that NW 23 between Broadway and Western - Uptown - was littered with empty and boarded up buildings and...

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In response to fatal accident, city weighs options for Bricktown Canal lighting system safety upgrades

Recommendations for a new Bricktown Canal lighting system include safety features that were missing last fall, when a man fell...

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Study lays out options for Bricktown Canal lighting system safety improvements

Upgrades would incorporate safety features that an architectural firm's study says are missing from the current installation.

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Actions could turn Bricktown into another 'Times Square'

Is Bricktown an entertainment district, or is it a historic district? More than a quarter century has passed since Bricktown...

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Downtown OKC garage, apartment plans presented

Development of an 1,100-space garage and an adjoining eight-story apartment and retail tower next to the future Omni continues...

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#OKC Civic Life for Monday, March 18, 2019

Study compares salaries Salaries for Oklahoma City's mayor and city council are on the low end in a study of 15 "peer" cities...

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Dueling developments proposed for triangle plot

A prominent triangular-shaped block that previously was envisioned for a new Greater Oklahoma Chamber headquarters and then a...

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Architecture tour, historic preservation workshops in OKC

Architecture tour scheduled in OKC The American Institute of Architects Central Oklahoma Chapter has announced locations for...

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Police supervisors entitled to overtime, but back pay denied

A union contract entitles deputy chiefs and majors in the Oklahoma City Police Department to overtime for hours worked outside...

'The Great Gutowsky' and West Edmond Field are worthy of Hollywood, oil man's granddaughter says

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EDMOND — What a cinematic stew: World War II and the home front, Oklahoma oil gushers, a go-for-broke wildcatter, a red-white-and-blue-hearted, Hitler-hating Russian immigrant (same man), his dumbfounding doodlebug, unimaginable success, a...

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Recap: OKC Central Chat with Steve Lackmeyer

The Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer answered questions from readers Friday.

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Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition's 'Momentum' moves into reborn Womb complex

Over the years, the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition’s “Momentum” has spread over four Plaza District galleries, sprawled across...

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Preliminary plans approved for 1,100-space garage

Preliminary plans for an 1,100-space garage that is key to development of the convention center, Omni Hotel and a mix of...

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The Womb remixed: Flaming Lips' iconic Auto Alley art complex reborn with Factory Obscura's 'Mix-Tape'

Wayne Coyne likens The Flaming Lips and their crew to pirates voyaging with their otherworldly music to audiences around the...

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As pay raise proposal dies, outgoing councilman says he is charting a new course

Ward 2 Councilman Ed Shadid plans a move to outsider populism after eight largely frustrating years trying to effect change...

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Oklahoma City Public Works crews replacing wind-damaged traffic signal

Wednesday's windy weather in central Oklahoma was part of a massive storm system that produced blizzard conditions in the High...

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Demolition set on former OGE data center

The former OGE Energy data center downtown is set to be razed within weeks with construction to start this summer on an...

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As pay raise proposal dies, outgoing councilman says he is charting a new course

Teachers, other state and federal employees could serve on the city council under a measure to be considered in April. It...

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Renovation set for former Cain's Coffee building

A full renovation is starting up on the one-time downtown home of Cain’s Coffee with plans including conversion of the upper...

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Bricktown festivities continue as parades find new homes

O’Brien’s, a decidedly Irish bar, has long disappeared from Bricktown, but for more than 25 years the district has hosted...

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OK, How? When OKC's streetcar breaks free from its wire

Welcome to a special multimedia series where I explain how things work in Oklahoma. Along with this column published in print...

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Attorney: First Christian not under contract with any buyer

David Box, one of the city’s leading real estate attorneys, is going to fight an effort by Ward 2 City Councilman Ed Shadid to...

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Two Midtown properties under redevelopment

Shyon Keoppel, the developer who scrapped an apartment project at NW 13 and Western, is set to use the proceeds from selling...

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#OKC Civic Life for Monday, March 11, 2019

Council to debate pay raise Outgoing Ward 2 Councilman Ed Shadid is proposing a public vote on tripling the salaries of...

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OKC Central Chat with Steve Lackmeyer

The live chat kicks off at 9:30 a.m. but feel free to submit questions now!

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Magasin Table nice add to local Asian fare and Vuong Nguyen is back and busier than ever with trio of concepts

The Oklahoman's Food Dude, Dave Cathey, reports on the sudden closing of ultra-popular Tsubaki Szechuan plus the return of chef...

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Oklahoma's most endangered places

Preservation Oklahoma on Monday released its updated list of Oklahoma’s Most Endangered Places. The following seven buildings...

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Oklahoma City landmarks listed among most endangered

Two Oklahoma City landmarks worth worrying about are on the latest listing of Oklahoma’s Most Endangered Places and might just...

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The MAPS 4 discussion with Oklahoma City voters is off to a fast start

With interest in addressing social ills and in stepping up neighborhood investment, MAPS 4 shapes up to have its own distinct...

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#OKC Civic Life for Monday, March 4, 2019

Turning up the heat on MAPS 4 After Ward 2 Councilman Ed Shadid asked pointed questions last week about MAPS 4, Mayor David...

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Former Sonic CEO returns to practicing law

Most city residents know Cliff Hudson as the former CEO of Sonic Corp. — or as a former school board chairman for Oklahoma City...

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MAPS 4 possibilities led this week's OKC Central live chat

The Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer took questions from readers during Friday's OKC Central Live Chat. You can join Steve's...

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Oklahoma City youth baseball moving to Wheeler Park

Two years ago, the number of children who wanted to play baseball in the Oklahoma City Parks and Recreation Department's youth...

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Third phase of development underway at the former Mercedes dealership

The Midtown Renaissance Group led by Bob Howard is moving forward with a third phase of redevelopment of the former Mercedes of...

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Local business uses anniversary for charitable fundraising opportunity

It’s their birthday, and they’ll donate if they want to. Oklahoma City-based brewery COOP Ale Works is celebrating its 10th...

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Soccer stadium proposed for MAPS 4

A 10,000-seat multi-purpose arena is being pitched to be part of a MAPS 4 ballot, with backers including the owners of the...

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Union Station designs stress flexibility

Union Station renovations are intended, in part, to bring a building born in the age of segregation into the era of what the...

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Hotels canceled, others put on hold as development stalls in Bricktown

Three of several planned hotels in Bricktown are “officially dead,” while others are postponed and just one is set to move...

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Urban OnCue approved

Plans for the first urban core OnCue won final city council approval Tuesday after overcoming protests from some area residents...

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Marijuana dispensary request rejected by council

The Oklahoma City Council on Tuesday denied a rezoning request for law office and medical marijuana dispensary in northeast...

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$1.7 million in taxpayer incentives OK'd for Amazon facility at Oklahoma City airport

Ward 2 Councilman Ed Shadid says the agreement is a giveaway to a hugely wealthy company, for a project that would have been...

Questions & answers: India native overcomes poverty to become successful thoracic surgeon

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Dr. Subrato J. Deb oversees the growth and development of the only comprehensive thoracic oncology program in Oklahoma. He was instrumental in starting the thoracic cancers tumor board at the Stephenson Cancer Center, the state’s only...

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Jury convicts Sayre man in OKC bomb plot

A federal jury on Monday convicted a Sayre man of trying to blow up a building in downtown Oklahoma City, rejecting his claim...

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Debate over Midtown tower is about far more than design

Architect Rand Elliott and developer Marva Ellard may be among the most recognizable people in the urban core when it comes to...

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#OKC Civic Life for Monday, Feb. 25, 2019

Courts for sports New basketball and futsal courts are expected to open downtown in May. Former OU and NBA basketball player...

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Coliseum envisioned for State Fair Park

The new Fairgrounds Coliseum will continue "the mission of transforming State Fair Park into a 21st century tourism...

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The old town of Britton is undergoing renovation and restoration through private investment

The old town of Britton, swallowed up by Oklahoma City in 1950, may be a distant memory, but its Main Street survives largely...

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MAPS generation fulfilling vision

Ann Simank says the generational shift in Oklahoma City’s elected leadership fulfills the vision of leaders who initiated MAPS...

Connection code: SheCodes a resource for women moving into the tech industry

BusinessApr 14, 2019

Once a month in meetings and any time via the group's online Slack channel, SheCodes provides women a place to learn about coding and other technology from women who work in the industry. The group is a resource that has helped promote...

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Diversity in real estate is slim nationally, so individual efforts stand out in Oklahoma City

BusinessApr 14, 2019

Women have the edge among real estate brokers and sales agents, but racial diversity is slim, national statistics show. Women made up 55.2 percent of brokers and agents in 2016, the most recent year for which statistics are available, according...

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Secretary of Agriculture Blayne Arthur seeks to promote the industry's value to all Oklahomans

BusinessApr 14, 2019

From its economic impact to the food products we buy in stores, agriculture’s presence in Oklahoma is diverse, inclusive and profound. And starting this year, it has something it never has had before: A woman leading the agency that oversees...

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A firm commitment: OKC law offices seek to continue boost in female leadership

BusinessApr 14, 2019

Three of Oklahoma’s biggest law firms have more women in leadership positions than the state and national average, a sign that gender equality in the Sooner State is growing stronger, some say. The women are shareholders, or equity partners in...

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Changing property needs: Diverse factors affect changes in industrial market

BusinessApr 14, 2019

Medical marijuana and "last-mile" warehousing tied to rapid retail delivery are bringing increased occupancy, firming up lease rates, and introducing other changes to industrial property in Oklahoma City. "Medical marijuana has definitely...

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Chesapeake, Devon aim to boost bottom lines using inclusiveness and diversity programs

BusinessApr 14, 2019

Publicly-traded oil and gas companies headquartered in Oklahoma City are among many with inclusion and diversity programs. But at Devon Energy Corp. and Chesapeake Energy Corp., those programs mean much more than developing standards and...

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