Commentary James Tolbert
Dean McGee’s dream of a “garden in the city” combining numerous
entertainment and cultural venues in the midst of a glorious garden in
the center of downtown Oklahoma City simply took my breath away, so I
accepted an appointment as trustee of the Myriad Gardens and worked to
accomplish his vision.
Downtown developers hope to foster community with a thoughtfully planned residential component.
News Kelley Chambers
Few things could bring life to a stretch of road in an otherwise sleepy
corner of downtown like a new apartment complex housing hundreds of
residents. With construction on Level near completion, Richard McKown,
the project’s developer, is finding that with 125 residents moved in and
more on the way, N.E. Second Street is starting to wake up at night.
Grab your blanket and lawn chairs, and spend some quality time with Indiana Jones, Sherlock Holmes and The Edge.
Recently reopened after Project 180 renovations, downtown’s Myriad Botanical Gardens at 301 W. Reno has ushered in its new digs with “Movies Under the Stars.” The weekly Wednesday series began last week with Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, and Shrek played last night, but several more screenings are scheduled, all free, all beginning at 9 p.m.
For the rest of the summer, expect: • July 25, Grease • Aug. 1, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (pictured, duh) • Aug. 8, West Side Story • Aug. 15, Never Cry Wolf • Aug. 22, U2: Rattle and Hum • Aug. 29, Sherlock Holmes
That’s quite a lineup compared to the usual suspects of such free film series, with U2: Rattle and Hum striking me as a particularly inspired choice. I have fond memories of seeing that music doc three times to a largely empty theater at the long-ago-closed AMC Northwest 8. (Yes, kids, this thing we call “you too” was the Justin Bieber and Katy Perry of my day: They were so big, they had their own picture show!) Suddenly, I have an itch to dig out the soundtrack.
Please note that coolers are permitted, but not open containers of *hic!* alcohol. For more information, call 297-3995 or visit myriadgardens.org. —Rod Lott
Letters to the Editor Kelley Steinhorn
I was a child, summer meant going through the season with legs and arms
covered with large mosquito bites. If I was in a crowd of 500, I was
the only one to emerge with bites.
A flurry of options and disagreements arises over a proposed downtown boulevard.
News Clifton Adcock
Amid growing controversy over a planned downtown boulevard, Oklahoma
City officials will hire a consultant to examine competing options for
dealing with a proposed elevated section of the thoroughfare.
Meanwhile, the Oklahoma Department of Transportation has set an Aug. 21
public meeting to discuss the boulevard project, while a group opposed
to the would-be elevated section on Monday will hold a town hall-style
meeting on the matter.
Commentary Bob Kemper
Paul Green, field division 4 engineer for the Oklahoma Department of
Transportation, had no idea his presentation would let loose a whirlwind
of controversy and consequent action.