Mostly Black neighborhoods in OKC push for development

Pride runs deep for residents of Oklahoma City’s historically and still predominantly Black eastside neighborhoods, and after decades of underinvestment, some recent developments are providing hope for further improvements.

From a Homeland store and The Market at EastPoint that opened within the last year to the MAPS3 Wellness Center under construction next to Homeland, set to open this fall, new business opportunities and economic developments are spreading — the product of a lot of work.

That work in the past year has included groundbreaking or completion of several major projects, with additional community-wide efforts at revitalization focused on centering the residents in conversations underway.

Voices of community included in plans for area projects

Including the needs and desires of the residents in their neighborhood amenities is an important contrast to traditional renewal, said Ward 7 City Councilwoman Nikki Nice, who represents the area. Disinvestment and eventual “urban renewal” within many communities has historically meant displacement and erasure, she said.

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