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CNU30.Oklahoma City | Resilient Together
The story of Oklahoma City is one of self determination, of overcoming obstacles, and of investing together - again and again.
The challenges we face this century are without precedent: a rapidly changing climate, increasing wealth disparity, and an overdue adjustment to the way we recognize racism in the built environment. Yet in all that we face, we can learn from Oklahoma City - a city in the true middle of the country - that has experienced the forced relocation of Native Tribes from the Southeast, the boom and bust of the oil and gas industries, and being named the least walkable city in 2008.
Since 1993, Oklahoma City residents have participated in an unprecedented transformation, driven by three broad-scale, comprehensive capital improvement programs that have leveraged more than $7 billion worth of private investment in downtown and nearby neighborhoods over the past 27 years. Equally impressive, Oklahoma City residents have agreed to a sales tax and pay-as-you-go approach which has made the process debt-free.
Today, Oklahoma City has a lot to show for playing the long game, including the ambitious reclamation of the Oklahoma River as a civic asset; restoration of historic areas like Bricktown to productive, mixed-use districts; and realization of the new 70-acre urban Scissortail Park—a vision championed by four consecutive mayors. Because of these civic improvements, residents are returning to downtown neighborhoods, like the walkable, bikeable Wheeler District.
Join us in Oklahoma City for the 30th annual Congress for the New Urbanism. Learn how a clear commitment to urbanism, careful financing, and resident engagement can spark a city’s renaissance.
Be part of a brave, bold rebirth of a boomtown. Join us at CNU 30.OKC.
First American Nations of Oklahoma
Absentee Shawnee Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma, Alabama-Quassarte Tribal Town, Apache Tribe of Oklahoma, Caddo Nation, Cherokee Nation, Cheyenne & Arapaho Tribes, Chickasaw Nation, Choctaw Nation, Citizen Potawatomi Nation, Comanche Nation, Delaware Nation, Delaware Tribe of Indians, Eastern Shawnee Tribe, Euchee (Yuchi) Tribe of Indians, Fort Sill Apache Tribe, Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma, Kaw Nation of Oklahoma, Kialegee Tribal Town, Kickapoo Tribe of Oklahoma, Kiowa Tribe, Miami Tribe of Oklahoma, Modoc Tribe, Muscogee (Creek) Nation, Osage Nation, Otoe-Missouria Tribe, Ottawa Tribe, Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma, Peoria Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma, Ponca Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma, Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma, Sac & Fox Nation, Seminole Nation of Oklahoma, Seneca-Cayuga Tribe, Shawnee Tribe, Thlopthlocco Tribal Town, Tonkawa Tribe, United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma, Wichita and Affiliated Tribes, Wyandotte Nation.
For more on the cultural richness of the 39 tribal nations of Oklahoma, refer to the new First Americans Museum (FAM).
March 23-26, 2022.