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Yesterday, my friend Phyllis and I took a totally unplanned
tour of downtown Oklahoma City and the old neighborhoods
close to downtown. We were amazed to see that the
downtown area has spread into them and new commercial
buildings are being built where there were once stately

It is probably a good thing for the city because it has
brought new vitality to the area. There is now a river
walk and the old North Canadian River has been re-christened the Oklahoma river with boating available.
The streets used to be deserted and are now teeming with

The old warehouse district has condos and restaurants
and just east of it dilapidated old buildings have
been replaced with urban grocery stores and apartment
buildings. It is now the "in" place to live.

My old home in Crown Heights is now deemed a historic
area with the attendant restrictions on renovations.

It has to be sinful to love houses as much as Phyllis
and I do. We picture ourselves living in each one
we see, alternately embracing or scorning them. She is
a realtor and if she is showing one I find interesting,
we go and look at it together. People have funny
hobbies and that is one of mine.

posted on Apr 24, 2016 4:43 AM ()


I looked up Kelly Haney Great Plains Cowboy, and saw a lot of lovely paintings of American Indians, but no cowboy. What am I looking for?
comment by tealstar on Apr 26, 2016 4:13 PM ()
A very hot man in a Stetson who happens to be an Indian with a lot of
snow around him.
reply by elderjane on May 3, 2016 4:52 AM ()
There is a section of Brooklyn NY that did basically the same thing. It is the place to be and of course, the rents are outrageous. The neighborhood in Queens where I grew up also has condos now, but some of them are in decline never having been occupied. The rent is outrageous anyway. Me and my brothers sold the family house in '99 and I could never afford to go back (not that I ever would want to).
comment by jjoohhnn on Apr 24, 2016 11:51 AM ()
If you have to be in Florida at all, then do it the way we are doing it, 150 feet of seawall and two landings on Charlottes Harbor. When all our blinds are up, you'd think you were on a boat. And we have found moderates to be friends with. But the population in general terms is brain dead. It is what it is.
reply by tealstar on May 3, 2016 2:06 PM ()
I was in Florida on August almost 50 years ago. I will never go back.
reply by jjoohhnn on Apr 27, 2016 2:15 PM ()
I would kill to live in New York again in the right circumstances. Florida is a nice place to visit, though.
reply by tealstar on Apr 26, 2016 4:05 PM ()
I think these houses would be very expensive now. And the midtown and
downtown rentals outrageous. A lot of lovely old homes have been
sacrificed to progress but the slums are gone on the east side and
one has to wonder where those people have gone.
reply by elderjane on Apr 25, 2016 6:42 AM ()
I can understand a love of houses, because they form such connections in our memories. In dreams (the ones I remember, anyway) the house or building I'm in is a big part of it, and easily recognizable from my past. A while back I dreamed that I fell in love with a man from Oklahoma who had a tiny house, but it had those old wood ceiling beams. If you run across such a house, let me know! I'll come right away.
comment by drmaus on Apr 24, 2016 9:59 AM ()
What a romantic dream! I hope he looked like my Great Plains Cowboy. a
print of Kelly Haney's. My sister in law and I said that if we ever
saw a man like that we would run away with him in an instant. I will
be looking for a tiny house with beams.
reply by elderjane on Apr 25, 2016 6:45 AM ()
I am as fascinated by houses as you are and am tempted to knock on a door (we are such a small community, it would not be too intrusive) and ask for a tour. Of course, Ed and I love to go to open houses for new listings and we even like going to model homes. Of these, we have to say, there are no walls, just archways. Where does the furniture go?
comment by tealstar on Apr 24, 2016 8:58 AM ()
I was so disillusioned when a lovely house that I had always fantasized
about came on the market. It was so beautiful on the outside but the
inside was dark and finished cheaply. The landscaping and the pool
was magnificent. I wonder about those extreme open plans too.
reply by elderjane on Apr 25, 2016 6:51 AM ()

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