Urban Neighbors is a downtown Oklahoma City neighborhood association organized to promote a sense of community and an exceptional living and working environment for the residents who live in the greater Downtown area.



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Urban Neighbors Community Garden is a community growing space dedicated to Urban Neighbors members as a place where we grow vegetables, flowers and herbs in the company of friends and neighbors.  Participation comes with responsibility and bountiful harvest. Located at 421 Park Place, West of Midtown Mutts Dogpark on Hudson between 10th and 11th Streets.

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To serve on the UN board.  If you are interested in serving the growing downtown community and would like to have fun and maybe a few drinks with your downtown neighbors, please consider joining the UN Board.  If you are interested, feel free to stop by our board meeting tomorrow at Hilton Garden Inn at 6pm, send us an email, or just attend the annual meeting at Mickey Mantels in February. If you do not want to serve as a board member, we are also actively seeking committee members too.  We have vacancies on the membership, business, and social committees.  Please join us.  We deserve a strong active downtown group looking out for all residents needs!

The UN Board meeting is this Tuesday January 6th at 6pm by the fireplace at the Hilton Garden Inn.  Principle topic will be our general meeting next month.  However, if you would like to address the board, would like to suggest a topic, or just sit and have a drink with the board members, please stop by!

OKC125 photo exhibit documents 125 years of history

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(Alyson Atchison)

A photo exhibition celebrating the 125th anniversary of Oklahoma City’s settlement will open with a public reception 4-6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5, in The Underground, a system of pedestrian tunnels and skyways in downtown.

Curated by well-known OKC-based artist Romy Owens, OKC125 is a public exhibition of 125 photos of downtown Oklahoma City by 125 local artists.

Artists from Edmond, Norman and OKC were given disposable cameras and 125 minutes to photograph downtown. Owens selected one image from each roll of film to be printed, matted, framed, installed and lit as part of the exhibition. Participating artists will not discover which of their photos was selected until the public unveiling at the reception.

The exhibition celebrates a community of artists, enables more art to be displayed downtown and honors the city’s anniversary. The show is essentially a sequel to the largely successful 60 Artists: 60 Minutes, an exhibition curated by Owens in 2009.

“While I was at the Skirvin as the artist-in-residence, I was talking to an artist who was in 60:60, and we were reminiscing about it and realized 2014 would be the five-year anniversary,” Owens said. “So much has changed downtown in five years.”

Owens entertained the idea of a sequel show, first considering 75, and then 90, artists. In April, she realized it was the city’s anniversary, too.

“I knew that the only way to do this properly, the sequel would have to coincide with the milestone,” she said.

Thirty-eight of the artists in OKC125 also were in 60:60. After they were secured, Owens had certain other artists in mind. Through friends in the art community and social media, she was able to select those she had never met in person or would have thought about on her own.

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(Michelle Metcalfe)

“Getting all 125 lined up was very challenging,” Owens said. “In the metro area, we have the good fortune of having so many talented artists that I could have created a show with 250 artists and there still would be people who were left out. Tough choices had to be made. I’m thrilled with who I invited and included.”

Owens set certain parameters for herself when selecting images. Her goal, first and foremost, was to select the single best photo from each artist’s roll of film. However, if two had virtually identical images of the same thing and they were the best image on each roll, she had to trust her gut.

The artists could photograph anything they wanted as long as they stayed within the boundaries of downtown and the subjects were suitable for public consumption.
Owens lights up when talking about the photos, with “a few dozen favorites” of her own.

She can also tell you what made her select each image.

“I mean, I know a disposable camera produces a specific tone and feel, and I used one of the cameras myself weeks before the photo shoot so I could know what to expect in terms of color, saturation and vignetting,” Owens said. “But there is no way I could have anticipated what kinds of photographs people would take; nor would I want to. It was a fantastic surprise to me to see so many interpretations of so many different places.”

For Owens, the most beautiful thing about downtown OKC is the emotional history. Her mother grew up at NE Third Street and N. Walnut Avenue and went to Central High School. Her mom’s first job was at Kaiser’s American Bistro, where she worked as a soda jerk for a penny a minute. Every time Owens’ mom goes downtown, she tells a story.

Owens hopes, through these photos, 125 stories will be told.


Inflation is everywhere.  The price of everything is going up.  Well, maybe not gas, but you get the point.  However, your UN membership continues to be the same low, low price it was when we were founded many (well, maybe less than one) decades ago.  At $25 dollars, it is still a great value.  So, set aside a little Christmas money from Santa, because your dues will be due in February!  Just sayin...

Want to help downtown, and perhaps have a few drinks at the same time?  Looking for hard work, long hours, and very, very low pay?  Would you like to meet some fellow downtown professionals with the vision to see downtown as a community?  Well, we would like to meet you!  We are actively recruiting board members and committee members to help us grow.  All interested persons are encouraged to participate.  Please let us know if you are interested.  Positions available immediately! 
Minutes from our last UN board meeting are now available.  Thank you, Monty.  We sure will miss you this week!
Our monthly board meeting is tomorrow, December 2 at 6pm at the Hilton Garden Inn.  Come join us by the fire as we discuss critical and not so critical issues for all downtown residents.  If you have an issue you would like placed on the agenda, please forward to any board member.  Draft agenda is located in the document section of the website. 
The first on-demand grocery delivery service in the OKC metro
November 15th Workshop
9:00 a.m. - noon
@The Nature Conservancy in Midtown, OKC
​cost: $75
Visit www.olthia.com to register

City of Norman announces the hiring of a new Retail Marketing Coordinator. Anyone with ties to Urban Neighbors is going to very happy for Sara Kaplan as well as for the City of Norman!
All of our Urban Neighbors are invited to attend a professional development workshop hosted by McMahon Marketing and the Oklahoma Small Business Development Center. 

7 LinkedIn Strategies for Massive Business Development: A LinkedIn Workshop

When:   Wednesday, September 3,  11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Where:  UCO SBDC Downtown OKC - 1 Santa Fe Plaza
Fee:       $ 250.00
Discount code UCOSBDC50 for $50 off registration. Registrations must be made in advance here: 



Save the Date: OKC Urban Ag Week
Oklahoma City’s first Urban Ag Week, from September 2 to September 7, will feature workshops, lectures, a film screening, and the inaugural Urban Farm and Garden Tour, all centered around topics critical to urban agriculture: organic gardening, composting, attracting pollinators to your garden, fall gardening, and more. The week of events is coordinated by the OKC Urban Ag Coalition. Find registration information and more details go to www.urbanagokc.org
Here's a really great video from the website TheCoolist.com highlighting what a fantastic place Oklahoma City has become.  Seamus Payne does a great job featuring so many cool things about our home city.  Definitely worth watching!


Records reveal split on Oklahoma City boulevard designs as comment period is extended

BY STEVE LACKMEYER, Business Writer | Published: Sat, May 24, 2014

Officials with the Oklahoma Department of Transportation say they plan to use a 23-day extension of a comment period on designs for a downtown boulevard to address confusion and answer lingering questions about the project.

COMMENT HERE: http://www.okc.gov/okcblvd/


The Journal Record announced today honorees for Achievers Under 40, and two UN members are on the list.  Sara Kaplan owner of Native Roots Market (in addition to being VP of UN!), and Brett Price VP of Newmark Grubb Levy Strange Beffort (and former UN board member!) were both on the list.  Congratulations to Sara and Brett, our awesome UN achievers!
Please join us in welcoming our own pioneering downtown dentist, Dr. Steve Truong, and his clinic Dental 32 as a Tower UN Business Member!  Be sure and visit them anytime at 16 NE 2nd Street, Suite B or online at www.dental32okc.com
If you havcn't done so already, don't forget that all current UN members can pick up our new membership cards at the August social set for Thursday, August 14 at Jazmos Bourbon Street Cafe.. The cards will be useful for access to special UN sponsored events, and may get you special discounts in the future, wink wink, nudge nudge.  We're working on some exciting proposals for that and hope to fill you in soon!  You don't want to be caught without your membership card!
Do you have an opinion on how the future boulevard should look?  Well, you are not the only one!  ODOT has released 4 options labeled A, B, C, and D, and opinions vary on which would be best for downtown.  (Spoiler Alert:  It's D!)  Business interests seem to be coalescing around option C, while many downtown residents seem to prefer option D.  However, many are critical of all options.  What is your opinion?  We'd like to know. 
If you haven't tried nextdoor.com yet, we strongly encourage you look into it.
If you weren't able to make it to the downtown boulevard open house, that's okay. All of the documents are now online. Please consider reviewing them, and submitting your comments to ODOT. Additionally, it would help to email your councilperson and the mayor to express your concerns.
Lots of goodness is happening at our community garden at 421 W Park Place!!!  The beds are installed, the plants are in the ground and growing!  Butterflies and bees are visiting daily and we are watering daily.  The community garden was featured in a story in Thrive OK magazine and on KOCO 5 News Saturday at 5pm, 6pm and at 10pm!  The vegetables are just waiting to present themselves for a garden party.  On May 17th the community garden is on the Neighborhood Alliance and OKC Beautiful Community parks tour where they have two buses of 80 people who will come by and see how we are growing food together as a community between 830am and 12pm.  We are in need of benches and a trash can for the garden; how would you like to sponsor one?!?!?!?!?!?!  please email shelley@shelleypruitt.com for details.

Our very own Downtown OKC resident, Kevin Durant wins NBA's MVP award. 
Check out the video of the ceremony here produced by our fellow UN member Patrick Boylan: http://newsok.com/kevin-durants-mvp-ceremony-an-emotional-event/article/4746861
Go Thunder!

Please attend this important public meeting to communicate our needs as downtowners!
Avana Arts District (previously known as Legacy at Arts District) is now under new management, but as good a friend as always!  They have just become new (and old) Urban Neighbors.  If you missed the social they hosted last summer, let's hope they will do it again for more summer fun poolside!  For more about these beautiful apartments, please click below...
Come enjoy the Festival of the Arts from the shadow of our world renowned Stage Center Theater for the last time before it's demolition!
Our monthly board meeting will be May 8th.  Please notify any board member if you would like to address the board or have any items you would like placed on the agenda.  Location for the meeting to be announced soon. 

Don't forget... This Friday is the night for the fabulous H&8th Night Market.  Don't Miss It!
We are excited to announce another great business member to Urban Neighbors!  Sycamore Square was one of the original places to live downtown and continues to be one of the best places for urban living in our great city.  They have newly remodeled apartments that will be completed in the Spring of 214.  They also have townhomes for those that need more space.  Be sure and check out their website for more information.

If you missed last weeks social at the Ambassador Hotel you missed out!  Next social... May 8th at Knucks Wheelhouse. 
The much anticipated (and much delayed) Aloft hotel will be opening this week!

Community Garden Meeting TONIGHT

Monday April 14th at 530pm at Ambassador Hotel O Bar
Pick up your garden packet and make your commitment to what to grow!

Tonight is the night!  Social at the new Ambassador Hotel.  5:30 until 7pm.  Everyone welcome for drinks and food!
Gentry gets new job as VI Marketing and Branding's new Social Media Strategist!

Everyone’s invited to celebrate Oklahoma City’s 125th birthday by attending an open house at City Hall on Tuesday, April 22. The event will feature free birthday cake, tours of City Hall, history lessons, a Spokies bike tour and children’s activities during the Festival of the Arts.

City Hall is located at 200 N Walker in downtown Oklahoma City.

“We invite everyone to join us in historic City Hall as we celebrate 125 years of Oklahoma City history and as we set the stage for growth and prosperity in the next 125 years,” Mayor Cornett said. “We’ve come a long way since our first provisional mayor, land run proponent William L. Couch, was elected into office in 1889.”

City Hall Open House
Free birthday cake will be served in the second floor lobby of City Hall between 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. and a giant birthday card will be hung in the lobby for all to sign. The City’s first motorized fire rig, a fully restored 1910 engine, will be on display on City Hall’s east plaza. Free tours of historic City Hall will be offered every hour on the hour from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tours will begin from the building’s second floor lobby.

History Presentation
People of all ages can join the Director of the Oklahoma Historical Society, Dr. Bob Blackburn and local architect Jim Loftis at 2 p.m. in the City Council Chamber for a captivating historical presentation and illustration of Oklahoma City history. Blackburn will present the historical information as Loftis draws the storyline using paper and markers.

Oklahoma City! Sooner or Later….exhibit
Visitors can explore the history of City departments in the latest installment of “Oklahoma City! Sooner or Later…” Read about the first governing body elected in 1889 and see artifacts from various City departments including Airports, Public Works, Information Technology, Utilities and more. The exhibit will be on display until June 13, 2014.

Civic Center Tours
The Civic Center Music Hall, 201 N Walker, will also offer free, behind the scene tours at 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Tours will begin from the Meinders Hall of Mirrors on the second floor. Participants will see the new City Space Theatre, Thelma Gaylord Performing Arts Theatre, Joel Levine Rehearsal Hall, the historic Freede Little Theatre and Meinders Hall of Mirrors. Opened in 1937 as the Municipal Auditorium, the Civic Center Music Hall was built with funding from President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal programs. Join Civic Center staff and volunteers for a tour of the building’s 75-year history filled with legends and lore.

Festival of the Arts
The annual Festival of the Arts will celebrate the City’s birthday all week with children’s art activities inspired by Oklahoma City’s history. The activities take place in the Children’s Art Field at the Myriad Botanical Gardens for just $2. The festival runs 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free.

Spokies OKC History Tour
People who prefer to learn about Oklahoma City’s history from a bike can register for a free Spokies bike history tour of downtown. Stops will include City Hall, Overholser Mansion, Automobile Alley, the former Calvary Baptist Church and more. The tour is open to people age 16 and older and will leave from the Spokies stand at the downtown library at 6 p.m. on April 22. Bikes will be provided. Register here.

Free Admission to Participating Attractions
Several local tourist attractions will celebrate the City’s birthday with free admission. Participants include Science Museum Oklahoma, Henry Overholser Mansion, Red Earth Museum, The American Banjo Museum, Oklahoma City National Memorial Museum, Oklahoma City Museum of Art and the Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory at Myriad Gardens. The Outlet Shoppes at Oklahoma City will offer a free coupon booklet worth more than $300 in savings, which can be picked up at the customer service desk inside the food court.

Free Bus Rides
METRO Transit is offering free bus rides on April 22 to celebrate Earth Day and the City’s Birthday. To view bus schedules and routes, visit www.gometro.org or call 235-RIDE (7433) from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. for personal trip plans.

Free Trees for Classen-Ten-Penn
Access Midstream will beautify the Classen-Ten-Penn neighborhood with the gift of 125 free trees. Oklahoma proven species such as Shumard oak, Chinquapin oak, Kentucky coffee tree and redbud will be planted from NW 10 to NW 17 and from Western to McKinley starting on Friday, April 25. The donation commemorates Oklahoma City’s birthday and Arbor Day.

Children’s Education
Oklahoma City is partnering with Oklahoma City Public Schools to promote two contests for the 125th birthday. Children in first through third grade will compete to design the best birthday card for the City. Fourth through sixth grade students are encouraged to write an essay about Oklahoma City’s history. Prizes will be awarded to the winner in each category.

For more information, call 297-2578 or log on to www.okc.gov.





Dragon Boat League

Last season UN had two teams and we are now in search of a captain or co-captains to head up our experience on the river for the upcoming season!  Will you serve? 

The Dragon Boat League spring season begins in April. Form a team of 11-15 people and paddle your way to the Stars & Stripes River Festival at the end of the season. You can even join by yourself and be placed on Team RIVERSPORT. No previous experience is required so get signed up and be on your way to experiencing the world’s fastest growing water sport. More info... Riversport Dragon Boat



The Downtown Library will be closed from March 31-April 27 for renovations. For more information, please visit www.metrolibrary.org or at any of their other 18 locations. 



We want to thank all of our valuable business members for their continuous support. The list grows all the time!

Be sure to support these businesses since they support your neighborhood!


As we prepare to launch our new website, the Urban Neighbors Board has some work to do!

Here's my challenge: the first UN board member to see this post & complete the task will win a $10 gift card to Native Roots Market!

The task: update your personal profile information including adding a profile picture!

Email me when you do it: sara@nativerootsmarket.com





Urban Neighbors now has an awesome new club administration website!!!  Woo HOOO!!


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