Brookings, PPS Workshop Spurs Community Participation, Media Coverage
Key personnel from The Brookings Institution and the Project for Public Spaces visited Oklahoma City during the last week of February to hold meetings with citizens, business leaders, elected officials, students and other community stakeholders. Walking tours of the study area were conducted, part of a workshop that was held at OSSM to gather feedback and generate ideas. And that was just a start. While in OKC, Brookings and PPS also met with Mayor Cornett and City Manager Jim Couch, Councilman Pettis and Councilwoman Salyer, representatives from ULI-Oklahoma, the Oklahoma Bioscience Roundtable, and the Commercial Real Estate Council. The visit generated a large amount of participation as well as some good media coverage of the effort to create more interaction and synergy in the innovation district study area.
Editor’s note: With each email, we will take a look at one of the institutions, businesses or areas, which are defined as the innovation district’s “assets,” that are located within the boundaries of the Brookings/PPS study.
The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center is the original body populating the current Oklahoma Health Center area. OUHSC got its start as two entities: the University of Oklahoma’s College of Medicine, which was originally a two-year pre-clinical school in Norman established in 1900; and Epworth University’s (now Oklahoma City University) College of Medicine, established in 1904. In 1907, Epworth College divested its medical college as a separate entity, and the original incorporators purchased the former Angelo Hotel on the northwest corner of NW 6th and Broadway to house the medical school. In 1910, Epworth medical merged with OU’s existing program and became the University of Oklahoma School of Medicine. In subsequent years, a nursing school was founded nearby, University Hospital was built, and Oklahoma Children’s Memorial Hospital was completed. By 1928, the scientific, clinical and educational facilities were all consolidated into what would eventually become OUHSC.
Today, OUHSC's seven professional colleges serve about 4,000 students in 70 degree programs. One of only four comprehensive academic health centers in the U.S., the Stephenson Cancer Center and Harold Hamm Diabetes Center highlight recent additions to the campus, along with the new home for the OU College of Medicine, currently under construction. Science and research at the OUHSC has recently led to numerous spin-off companies, further contributing to this vital sector of OKC's economy.
Innovation District and Placemaking Terms
As the public conversation about innovation districts and placemaking continues in Oklahoma City, we’ll fill you in on terms you might hear so you can understand and join the discussion. We’ll keep a running list on our website, along with other resources.
The level of social interaction that can occur in an area - how much or how often people are able to meet and see friends, neighbors and even strangers that they feel comfortable interacting with. High levels of sociability are associated with a strong sense of community and interconnectedness among area denizens.
Triangulation can be described as intentionally placing public objects such that they work together to stimulate interaction among people. From PPS's website: "For example, if a bench, a wastebasket and a telephone are placed with no connection to each other, each may receive a very limited use, but when they are arranged together along with other amenities such as a coffee cart, they will naturally bring people together (or triangulate!)."
OKC Innovation District Covered in Innovation Magazine
Innovation magazine’s 1st Quarter 2016 issue features a series of three articles on Oklahoma City and the innovation district. Interviews with Dr. Stephen Prescott of OMRF, Terry Taylor with the Oklahoma Health Center Foundation, Roy Williams of the Greater OKC Chamber, Michael Carolina with OCAST, Scott Meacham of i2E and more contribute to the fantastic coverage of our efforts.
Innovation District Partners Sponsoring NE OKC Renaissance Event April 30
The partnership behind the innovation district study (Greater Oklahoma City Chamber, Presbyterian Health Foundation, Oklahoma Health Center Foundation, City of OKC, Alliance for Economic Development of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation and the University of Oklahoma) are sponsoring an event to celebrate the renaissance and future vision of the northeast OKC area. The free outdoor event, called “oNE OKC,” will take place April 30 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Miller Football Stadium at Douglass High School, 900 N. Martin Luther King Ave.
"Imagine a vibrant block party that merges the models of Better Block, H&8th, and the Arts Festival, with the intentional use of pop-up shops and real estate tours.” Dr. Quintin Hughes, Northeast Renaissance Steering Committee co-chair, said. “Now picture it in Northeast OKC. That is our goal for oNE OKC."