March 21, 2012
Oklahoma City's landscape and image are undergoing impressive changes. The city skyline is now dominated by the Devon Tower. The Myriad Gardens across the street have also received a facelift as part of Devon's new front yard. Just south of the gardens the Chesapeake Arena is undergoing an expansion with huge new LED screens promoting the Thunder.
And the Thunder now put Oklahoma City in newspapers around the world everyday as NBA fans check scores and read about the OKC Thunder. I was in India last year and a shop keeper asked me where I was from. I said Oklahoma and he instantly replied 'KEVIN DURANT'!
Continental Resources is moving from Enid to Oklahoma City and they'll be taking over much of the space Devon is vacating and they'll be making their presence known. Go North a couple of blocks and
Sand Ridge is renovating the old Kerr McGee/Braniff complexes and will add gardens, retailing and dining to that part of the city.
Bricktown continues to expand and the river...which wasn't even a river a few years ago is now an
Olympic site... the Olympics in Oklahoma City! Head north a couple of miles and the Chesapeake campus has transformed what used to be a pretty seedy part of town. We moved I-40 south and in a few years we'll replace it with a spectacular new city park.
All of these changes are a result of Oklahoma's energy industry & capitalism. No city in America has enjoyed the growth and renaissance even close to Oklahoma City....
So the next time you hear someone complain about big business and excess profits... remind them who's paid for Oklahoma City's new look... Capitalism works.
For Common Sense, I'm Vince Orza.