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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March 2015

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Anyone receiving our newsletter by email will also be getting an invoice by email.  If you are interested in renewing your membership or joining UN for the first time, please pay the $25 membership fee online or in person at any of our events.  If you have paid at any time since November 1, 2014, you have paid your dues for 2015 and may disregard the email.  There is a slight delay and a few people may erroneously get an invoice despite having paid.  If you do not care to join, you will still be welcome and encouraged to attend any of our events.  But, remember membership does have its benefits... Free drinks at the annual meeting and discounts at certain downtown businesses!  We hope that you will join and get involved!

Native Roots, our downtown grocery store and long time friend of Urban Neighbors has offered to give anyone signing up or renewing their membership at our Annual General Meeting next month a gift card for up to $35 in free deli food!  That is $10 more in return than the cost of the membership!  Free drinks are also available to UN members at the meeting.  It will be held Thursday February 12th from 530-730p at Mickey Mantel Steakhouse.  Anyone is invited.  Steve Lackmeyer from the Daily Oklahoman will be guest speaker.  Thank you, Native Roots and Sara Kaplan (owner and UN board member) for the generous support of Urban Neighbors!!!

It has been a year, and it is now time to pay the bills.  In the next coupe of weeks all members and former members should be getting an email with an invoice for your dues of $25.  This can be paid in a few ways... Pay in person at any social or general meeting, pay on line at our website urbanneighbors.com (there is a paypal link in the left upper corner or the home page, or mail a check to PO Box 2293, Oklahoma City, OK 73101.  With membership comes many perks, not least of which is free drinks at the annual meeting!!!
After stalking him for months, we are happy to announce that our own downtown rock star Steve Lackmeyer has finally agreed to speak and answer questions at our UN general meeting on Thursday February 12th at Mickey Mantel Steakhouse from 530-730p!  Don't miss this rare opportunity to find out first about the dramatic changes coming to OKC!  Oh, and while you are there, don't forget to enjoy the awesome food and free drinks!!!
Our annual meeting is coming up Thursday February 12th at Mickey Mantel's Steakhouse from 530-730p.  Everyone is strongly encouraged to come.  We will have take care of some quick business, and then Steve Lackmeyer from the Daily Oklahoman will give us the inside scoop of what is happening downtown!  Did I mention, free drinks for anyone who joins???!!!
We have been invited to Park Avenue Grill in the Skirvin Hilton for free tasting this week, February 4th, 5th, or 6th.  But, hurry... It will be limited to the first 100 people.  If you have never been, the Park Avenue Grill is awesome at any price... But, free is so much better!
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

alyson atchison

(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.

michelle metcalfe

(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. 
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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

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