1. We completely revitalized our downtown into the busiest entertainment district in the state.
Many of us who grew up in Oklahoma City don’t remember ever going downtown during our precious formative years, and that’s because we didn’t. Downtown was a grungy, deserted warehouse district and the area was all but ignored until the 90s.
But in 1993, Oklahoma voters approved a one-of-a-kind increase in sales tax to overhaul OKC’s downtown area. The tax was called MAPS and originally ran through 1999, raising over $300 million. Seemingly overnight, downtown became Bricktown and businesses flooded into the historic brick warehouses that inspired the area’s name.