Ties strengthen between Oklahoma River, downtown

By Steve Lackmeyer | Published: February 5, 2013

The Oklahoma River hasn’t moved, nor has downtown. But the distance between the two is without a doubt getting smaller.

With prominent airing on the hit national television show “American Idol,” the era of the river being seen as a drainage ditch that needed to be mowed three times a year is becoming a faded memory.

An entire generation of Oklahoma City young professionals knows the river only as a vibrant waterway lined with “gee-whiz” rowing venues designed by modernist architect Rand Elliott.

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