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Paseo’s Past

Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber on Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 12:00:00 am

Oklahoma City recently celebrated its 125th birthday and to commemorate we are taking a look at the events and history that made our great city what it is today. This week we are taking a closer look at the Paseo Arts District.

The Paseo was originally developed in 1929 by Oklahoma City pioneer GA Nichols as the first commercial shopping district north of Downtown. The Paseo still features the same Spanish-inspired, stucco buildings it did in the ’20s. 

In the 1970s the district (located around North 28th and Walker) saw a renaissance take shape as artists began to move to the area and open galleries. Today the street is home to some of the top art galleries and local restaurants in the city. In 2010, the neighborhood was named as one of the “10 Greater Neighborhoods for 2010” in the entire United States. Every May, the Paseo also hosts the Paseo Arts Festival (this year marks the 37th annual) which brings more than 60,000 people to district.

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