Portlandia on the Great Plains? Not just yet—but it feels like it could happen
The signs were all there, really, looking back—let's start with the city's outsized love of public art, best represented by the sweeping Skydance Bridge, completed in 2012 to connect two pieces of a massive, highly-programmed urban park (now under construction) designed to connect Oklahoma City's quickly regenerating downtown down toward the Oklahoma River. Going back even further, there's Bricktown, the old warehouse district just east of the city center, years ago now thoughtfully-converted to a sort of miniature version of San Antonio's famous Riverwalk. And don't forget the heartbreaking, but also beautiful Oklahoma City National Memorial, a strikingly-designed, contemplative spot on the site of the Murrah Federal Building, the most famous building that doesn't exist anymore in a city known best to many Americans for one particularly tragic April day in 1995.