As you cruise the streets in Downtown OKC, be sure not to miss the neighborhood along North Broadway Avenue from West Park Place (just north of 10th Street) to NW 4th Street. This area, known as Automobile Alley, is a District building on the history that in its heyday was the automotive marketplace in Oklahoma City. Once home to more than 50 car dealerships and their related services, the district today is thriving. New businesses, residences and galleries are relocating to the area, drawn by the creative reuse of existing buildings, and contributing to the development of an urban, mixed-use community.
The April 19, 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Downtown OKC damaged more than 350 buildings in the area. Following years of steady economic decline along Broadway, Automobile Alley was at a true crossroad, and the catalyst for economic recovery was to be found in this tragedy. Oklahoma City's Mayor, Ron Norick, brought together property owners, architects, urban planners and engineers to join forces and envision the "front-door to Downtown" as a vibrant, mixed-use neighborhood. This meeting of the minds initiated the development of the Automobile Alley Main Street Program, and saw the creation of a public/private partnership that since 1996 has resulted in the private investment in excess of $30 million. Today, Automobile Alley is a part of of Downtown OKC and continues to "rev the engine" of economic revitalization throughout the District.
Automobile Alley is also home to the historic Flat Iron and the new Triangle area. Restaurants in Automobile Alley include Red Prime and Iguana Mexican Grill. For a delicious snack or a cup of coffee and atmosphere, visit Sara Sara Cupcake or Coffee Slingers. Check our dining section for details!