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  1. #76

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    ^Yep, that's the big thing that is lacking. It is TERRIBLE down there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AP View Post
    ^Yep, that's the big thing that is lacking. It is TERRIBLE down there.
    I suppose it's all a matter of perspective but I love the rustic look of the area and would hate to see it changed with a lot of streetscaping and such..... I could concede to some paving repairs but right now it has that small town feel in the middle of a big city to me.

  3. #78

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    ^

    I kind of agree.

    I've been down there a lot and the street conditions haven't bothered me.

  4. #79

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    The streets are terrible! At the least, they need a repave. And maybe some additional trees or flowers.

  5. #80

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    Cacti and sand stone!!!

  6. #81

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anonymous. View Post
    I like this district a lot, but the roads are horrendous. Is there any plan for at least a repave? Nice streetscaping with sidewalks and parallel parking on the already wide streets would be perfect, but I doubt the city would pay for it.
    I am sure something will be worked out. Back in 2012, the infrastructure in Midtown and SoSA was absolutely horrendous, but today it is improving a lot.

  7. #82

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    I was at the Dallas Farmers Market this last weekend and I highly recommend it for anyone in Dallas, particularly on a weekend. It's a really big area with lots of more permanent and temporary vendors. There's a lot of new residential construction in the area so if you don't go soon the area will look really developed even though its recent. Anyway, I was just thinking that there are a lot of potential concepts that could be applied to the Farmer's Market District in OKC. The areas have a similar feel...

  8. #83

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    My sister lives in Dallas and I have visited often. I agree that it is great. I was in Cincinnati last weekend and visited the Findlay Market. That market also got me to thinking of the untapped potential of the Farmer's Market in OKC. They have a large building in the middle with permanent stalls that are open almost every day selling all kinds of food. There are also "stalls" similar to ours that house little shops and restaurants. I was there on Saturday and they were also holding a true "farmers market" of local farmers selling fresh produce and other locally produced items. http://www.findlaymarket.org/. It was listed on most websites as a 'must see" in Cincinnati. We even got to see a parade and dancing for "German Day". I just kept thinking this can be done in OKC with our Farmers Market area.

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    ^^^

    That sounds similar to the Southard Market I went to in St Louis last year.... I loved that place and lamented that we have nothing like it in OKC.

  10. #85

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    Our Farmer's Market is tailor-made for that sort of thing.

    I bet we'll eventually get there. Up until very recently, there was very little happening down there and that is only now just starting to change.

  11. #86

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    Another infuriating case of demolition by neglect... http://newsok.com/article/5510328?sc...=article_small

    Oklahoma City decision will force demolition of building in the Farmers Market area
    by Steve Lackmeyer Published: July 20, 2016

    After multiple fires and years of neglect at the former home of Buddy's Produce, the Oklahoma City Council on Tuesday declared the site dilapidated, hoping they might force the owner to either fix it or sell it to someone who will.

    But the owner said he was waiting for the city council to take such action so he can proceed with demolition without getting approval from the Riverfront Design Review Committee.

    The brick warehouse at 1307 SW 2, built in 1950, was abandoned by Buddy's Produce about a decade ago when the company moved to a former beer distribution warehouse in Midwest City. The building was declared a total loss after it caught fire in 2013. One of 50 firefighters who battled the blaze was injured as the south wall fell on him.

    No repairs were made after the blaze, and more damage was inflicted during another fire last month.

    “It's been a real problem,” Councilwoman Meg Salyer said. “The concern for the neighborhood is it is so close to other historic structures, it's worrisome. And there has been difficulty in encouraging the owners to do something.”

    The dilapidation declaration allows the city to raze the property, though Salyer said a “grace period” will be granted first. Salyer said she hoped city council action would prompt the owner of Buddy's Produce, Donald Stover, to either repair the building or sell it to buyers who might see the potential for redevelopment.

    Salyer admitted she was surprised Stover did not appear at the city council meeting to stop the building from being listed for possible demolition by the city.

    “It's an important building,” Salyer said. “We need to do what we can to get it repaired or into new hands. We hope the property owners will reach out. And if they need to talk to somebody, they can call me or reach out to city staff.”

    Stover, however, had no intention of fighting the city's order or seeking help to save the building. The Farmers Market area, including the old Buddy's Produce warehouse, is subject to review by the Riverfront Design Committee. Such committees can block demolition of buildings deemed historic.
    Photo - The fire-damaged loading docks at the former home of Buddy's Produce, 1307 SW 2, are set to be torn down. The owner, Donald Stover, said he left the buildings in a dilapidated condition, hoping to get a demolition order by the city to avoid review by the Riverfront Design Committee.

    “We were waiting on the hearing to avoid going through the Riverfront Design Committee so we can demolish the building,” Stover said. “We've been working on it for a year to try to get it down. The demolition company has the paperwork done and we're hoping to get the permit tomorrow.”

    When asked if he ever considered selling the building to a developer, Stover said he didn't “have time” for it and was not interested in seeking a buyer.

    “I don't think anyone wants to buy it as it,” Stover said. “It's been pretty vandalized.”

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    It's one building I'm not going to miss. Those buildings are beyond dilapidated and gross.
    The truth is never embarrassed by honest inquiry.

  13. #88

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    Not exactly a gem:


  14. #89

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    Oh. I wasn't fully aware of that building.... The article described it as a brick warehouse so I was picturing something quite different...

  15. #90

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    I think the article has the address wrong (1307 SW 2nd). That is the building pictured above.

    I believe this is actually the brick building that will be coming down at 1310 W. Reno, which is pretty cool and had a lot of potential:


  16. #91

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    That would definitely seem to fit the description... and that's an absolute shame. Is there anything that can be done? Especially considering that the owner specifically neglected the building to force the city's hand. I mean, aside from knocking the building down, does he have future plans for the property? Because I could understand a higher and better use, but if it's just going to be an empty lot...

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    Loaded Bowl (2nd photo) and other businesses making good progress.







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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete View Post
    I think the article has the address wrong (1307 SW 2nd). That is the building pictured above.

    I believe this is actually the brick building that will be coming down at 1310 W. Reno, which is pretty cool and had a lot of potential:

    They're still making bricks last I checked!

    And no one will have to repurpose a loading dock...which pretty much has one 4 foot tall purpose no matter how hard you try.

  20. #95

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    Quote Originally Posted by Uptowner View Post
    They're still making bricks last I checked!

    And no one will have to repurpose a loading dock...which pretty much has one 4 foot tall purpose no matter how hard you try.
    Is this the one purpose you're referring to?


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    I will be set up at OKCtoberfest this Saturday selling all the merch. Stop by and say hello!

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  23. #98

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    Loaded Bowl very close to opening:







  24. #99

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    Loaded Bowl is open. Went there for lunch and it is deeeeeeelish.

  25. #100

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    Urban Agrarian announced on FB they will soon be closing their doors.

    Big loss for the district but hopes something interesting takes their space, as it has lots of potential.

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