Downtown Oklahoma City is made up of 8 character districts – each with a distinct feel and personality.
Central Business District
Marked by the skyscrapers that form Downtown Oklahoma City's unique skyline, the Business District is the center for finance, business and government. It features signature hotels and Class-A office space as well as classic architectural treasures that incorporate a Oklahoma’s history into a modern urban marketplace.
Bricktown has become Oklahoma City’s premiere entertainment district. For several decades, the warehouse district sat dilapidated and underused. With the passage of the MAPS initiative in 1993, the City of Oklahoma City constructed the Bricktown Ballpark and a one-mile canal that connects the north Bricktown area with the Chesapeake Boathouse along the Oklahoma River. In the last decade, several residences, restaurants and offices have moved into Bricktown making the district one of the most unique and diverse areas in the state.
In the 1920s, Automobile Alley was home to over 50 local auto dealers. In the 70s and 80s, the district fell into a state of decline, but today, its potential has been rediscovered by a new breed of driven locals who have jump-started revitalization and restoration efforts. New businesses, residences and galleries are relocating to the area, drawn by the creative reuse of existing buildings. The district is enjoying an economic resurgence as an urban, mixed-use community.
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Midtown District is located just north of the downtown business district, and it is growing exponentially due to new business, reinvestment by anchor tenants, revitalization of historic buildings, and a renewed interest in building a strong and diverse local community. Home to some of Oklahoma City’s best restaurants, shopping, events, and nightlife. Midtown is a vibrant and welcoming neighborhood to its residents and visitors.
In the 1930s, Sheridan Avenue was the destination for theater owners looking to screen and lease films for their movie houses. Dubbed “Film Row,” it was home to notable film companies like Paramount Pictures, MGM, Universal, Fox and Warner Brothers. Today, the district breathes life again, thanks to the efforts of forward-thinking civic pioneers. Recent streetscaping celebrating the district’s movie heritage has transformed the area, which is now home to several film-oriented and design-focused businesses.
Known for its African-American heritage, Deep Deuce is recapturing its glory days as a vibrant urban neighborhood. During the 1940s and 1950s, the area was a hotbed of jazz music and African-American culture. Today, the neighborhood is undergoing a renaissance with many large-scale apartments and condominiums. The district is also now home to cozy neighborhood restaurants, clubs and art galleries.
The Arts District is home to several attractions, including the Civic Center Music Hall, the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, the Norick Library, the newly-renovated Myriad Botanical Gardens and Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory.
Park Plaza is a redeveloping office district in downtown Oklahoma City. Area property owners in recent years have renovated many dilapidated offices spaces. In the last five years, the City has worked to enhance the appearance of the area with street improvements unique to the area.
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