Walking from Point A to Point B-- or more precisely from the Devon Tower to the Oklahoma Tower--will become a more enjoyable and visually interesting path.
The Pedestrian Corridor, designed by Howard-Fairbairn Site Design and Scott Murase, links multiple downtown buildings including the Devon Tower, Oklahoma Tower, Robinson Renaissance, Corporate Tower and two parking structures.
When complete, the area will be transformed from an unused, utilitarian route into a landscaped area that invites people to not only traverse through the urban space, but also sit and stay awhile.
Harry Gottlieb (American, 1895–1992). Ruins Along the Hudson, ca. 1937. Oil on canvas. Oklahoma City Museum of Art. WPA Collection, 1942.041
The Works Progress Administration, created by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1935, is well known for its contributions to construction and infrastructure projects.
According to the Oklahoma Historical Society, the WPA spent $59 million in Oklahoma and helped employ approximately 119,000 Oklahomans. An equivalent investment today would be over $1 billion.
But did you know the WPA also invested in the arts? The WPA Federal Art Project established more than 100 art centers across the nation, including what is known today as The Oklahoma City Museum of Art.
The word “innovation” is used frequently to describe a new product, technology or service. Imagine what innovation might look like when you apply it to an entire 1.3-square-mile district.
The Brookings Institution, along with the Project for Public Spaces, recently released the findings of their 18-month study on Oklahoma City’s proposed Innovation District. The designated area connects the Oklahoma Health Center on the east side of Interstate 235 to Automobile Alley on the west. But the Innovation District is so much more than a physical location. It is a new way of thinking about public spaces and opportunities for collaboration. It is focused on creating a magnetic hub, with walkable spaces and inviting spaces to gather – the kind of place where innovative businesses and skilled workers are attracted.
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