Downtown Oklahoma City

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Downtown Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City Downtown Skyline as seen from the Wheeler Ferris Wheel
Oklahoma City Downtown Skyline as seen from the Wheeler Ferris Wheel
Nicknames: 
OKC, downtown
CountryUnited States
StateOklahoma
CountiesOklahoma
CityOklahoma City
Area
 • Land1.88 sq mi (4.9 km2)
Elevation
1,200 ft (400 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total7,933
 • Density4,219.7/sq mi (1,629.2/km2)
ZIP code
73102, 73103*, 73104*, 73106*, 73109*, 73129*
Area code405
Websitehttp://www.downtownokc.com

Downtown Oklahoma City is located at the geographic center of the Oklahoma City metropolitan area and contains the principal, central business district of the region. The CBD has over 51,000 workers[1] and over 12,000,000 sq ft (1,100,000 m2) of leasable office space to-date.[2] Downtown Oklahoma City is the legal, financial, economic, nightlife, and entertainment center of the region.

Downtown Oklahoma City consists of several urban districts that ring the Central Business District; including the retail oriented A-Alley, the Arts District, the Bricktown Entertainment District, the Deep Deuce residential neighborhood, and the Flatiron District. Unofficial/new areas of downtown OKC include "Lower Bricktown", MidTown urban neighborhood, SOSA (South of Saint Anthony 'hospital'), WestTown, Film Row urban district, Farmer's Market, and the new Downtown South "Core-2-Shore" neighborhoods.

Much of downtown Oklahoma City's six districts are overlaid with the Downtown OKC Business Improvement District.

History[edit]

Downtown Oklahoma City is the location of the founding of the city when the area was opened for settlement in the Land Rush of 1889.

Beginning in the 1960s, downtown Oklahoma City underwent a major urban renewal initiative known as the Pei Plan. Over 500 buildings were demolished as a result.[3]

Districts[edit]

Downtown Oklahoma City is divided into six districts.

Automobile Alley[edit]

Automobile Alley is located along Broadway just north of City Center. The district historically was home to many of the city's car dealerships of the early 20th century. Automobile Alley now hosts shops and restaurants. Automobile Alley covers .025 square miles with a population of 713 as of the 2020 United States census, a density of 2,852/square mile.

Bricktown[edit]

Bricktown is an entertainment district located just east of City Center. Initially founded as a warehouse district, Bricktown is now home to hotels, clubs, restaurants, residences, and offices. Bricktown has 329 residents within its 0.27 square miles, a density of 1,219/square mile.

City Center[edit]

City Center is the primary central business district and contains a large concentration of office space and the city's tallest buildings. 2,583 residents live within City Center's 0.53 square miles, a density of 4,874/square mile.

Deep Deuce[edit]

Deep Deuce is a residential district located to the north of Bricktown and east of City Center. Centered on NE 2nd Avenue, Deep Deuce was the hub of black culture and commerce. Apartments and condos now make up a majority of the district with a population of 1,384 inside an area of 0.11 square miles for a density of 12,582/square mile.

Midtown[edit]

Midtown Oklahoma City is located to the north of City Center. Midtown is a mixed-use district home to many restaurants, shops, offices, nightlife, housing, hotels, and medical facilities such as St. Anthony Hospital. Midtown has a population of 2,040 within the district's 0.54 square miles, for a density of 3,778/square mile.

West Village[edit]

West Village is centered on West Main Street and West Sheridan Avenue, just west of City Center. The district is home to the headquarters of the Oklahoma City Police Department. West Village covers an area of 0.16 square miles and has a population of 884, a density of 5,525/square mile.

Attractions[edit]

Downtown living[edit]

Automobile Alley district

Since the mid-1990s, residential housing has made a significant rebound in downtown Oklahoma City as numerous projects have been completed with many more proposed or are currently in development in each district. Examples of the various residential communities available today include:

  • City Place Tower, the Penthouses
  • Park Harvey Place
  • Civic
  • Steelyard
  • LIFT
  • The Frank
  • Edge @ MidTown
  • Metropolitan
  • Block 42
  • The Brownstones at Maywood Park
  • Central Avenue Villas
  • Centennial on the Canal
  • The Lofts at Maywood Park
  • Deep Deuce Apartment blocks
  • The Hill
  • Avana
  • The Montgomery
  • Regency Tower
  • Seiber Motor Hotel Residences
  • Sycamore Square Apartment Homes
  • SoSA neighborhood upscale modern residences

Architecture[edit]

Devon Tower, Oklahoma's tallest.

Transportation[edit]

Downtown Oklahoma City is serviced by Embark, the city's public transit agency that operates city buses and the Oklahoma City Streetcar. 21 bus routes converge at the Downtown Transit Center, which had over 2,000 daily boardings in 2019.[6] The streetcar has two routes, the downtown loop at 4.8 miles in length, and the Bricktown loop at 2 miles. Both streetcar loops are wholly contained to downtown.

The Santa Fe Depot is a train station located in City Center and services Amtrak's Heartland Flyer inter-city rail. The Heartland Flyer makes a daily round-trip from Oklahoma City to Fort Worth, Texas.

Six highway routes meet near downtown Oklahoma City at an interchange locally known as the Dallas Junction: I-35, I-40, I-235, US 62, US 77, and US 270.

Parks and recreation[edit]

Several parks and public spaces are located in downtown Oklahoma City:

Notable residents[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.abetterlifeokc.com/clientuploads/pdfs/WelcomeGuide2015.pdf[bare URL PDF]
  2. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-06-11. Retrieved 2016-06-10.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ https://www.oklahoman.com/story/business/local/2010/05/02/downtown-oklahoma-citys-plan-revisited/61252846007/
  4. ^ "B.C. Clark inducted into retail group." Journal Record. [1] Retrieved 25 September 2009.
  5. ^ "Downtown pocket parks undergoing makeovers". Oklahoman.com. 2018-04-13. Retrieved 2020-01-22.
  6. ^ https://embarkok.com/assets/files/planning/OKCMoves%20Final%20Report_FINAL.pdf

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