Robert V. Archer

The Paseo, Oklahoma City

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Some
beautiful neighborhoods are also worth celebrating as success stories. Once a
thriving artists’ colony of Spanish Revival 1920s bungalows, by mid-century The
Paseo, two miles north of downtown, was plagued by gang warfare and
prostitution. Unfazed, artists moved in, taking advantage of low property
values, and brought things back to a state of homey bohemianism—with
plenty of eye candy. Nearly 20 galleries, two schools for creative students,
and an annual arts festival inspired Forbes to name it one of “America’s
most transformed neighborhoods.” Where home values are dropping elsewhere, in
the Paseo, they’re going up, without forsaking that unique pioneer
Oklahoma culture.

America's Most Beautiful Neighborhoods

The Paseo, Oklahoma City

Some
beautiful neighborhoods are also worth celebrating as success stories. Once a
thriving artists’ colony of Spanish Revival 1920s bungalows, by mid-century The
Paseo, two miles north of downtown, was plagued by gang warfare and
prostitution. Unfazed, artists moved in, taking advantage of low property
values, and brought things back to a state of homey bohemianism—with
plenty of eye candy. Nearly 20 galleries, two schools for creative students,
and an annual arts festival inspired Forbes to name it one of “America’s
most transformed neighborhoods.” Where home values are dropping elsewhere, in
the Paseo, they’re going up, without forsaking that unique pioneer
Oklahoma culture.

Robert V. Archer

America's Most Beautiful Neighborhoods

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