It is, truly, an almost surreal feeling to be back in town occasionally and know this may be one of my last times to call OKC home, even if I do so distantly. Oklahoma City is looking mighty pretty, as Huey Lewis once put it. Springtime in Oklahoma is interesting - it's rainy, it's hot, it's muggy, and it's extremely busy. One of my biggest complaints, the lack of abundant urban greenery a la Tulsa or points further east, is certainly staying at bay during this Spring.
Here is a set of photos I took while enjoying the Festival of the Arts, a true Springtime rite of passage for OKC. Some of these pics are taken in the wonderfully-redesigned Myriad Gardens, some are taken from the top of the Walker/Sheridan COTPA garage, others highlight the new P180 streetscapes. As much as I bemoan the epic mismanagement of the P180 cluster, this besieged program has nonetheless produced some excellent park redesigns, and some excellent new streetscapes.
View of Mid-town from the Walker garage
Chesapeake Arena geared up for the Playoffs, taken just an hour or so before the epic 99-98 win over Dallas.
The detail in the flower beds in Reno, in this picture right in front of La Luna, is impeccable
Again, the vibrant greenery makes a world of difference, actually conjuring up images of a booming city
The xeroscaping of some of the Myriad grounds is also stellar.
This is a better vantage point of the grand lawn..
..and a better vantage point of the skyscraper wall behind the stage.
This is a view.
Film Row "skyline" - is that Miami-style deco theatre being renovated?
West facade of the Montgomery
Somewhere a clock is ticking, or maybe two clocks, and an architect is weeping; maybe a preservationist, too.
Architectural contrast IS a good thing.
New tents modeled after the Outlet Mall "teepees" ?