More OKC praise: 'A Hidden Gem of American Cool'

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

We already knew all the gems that Oklahoma City has to offer, but it has gotten some neat and national attention lately from people outside the state.

First, the New York Times told readers on its front page on Monday, Aug. 4, 2014, about Oklahoma City's affordable housing and its appeal to millennials and people who are moving from other states to live and work here.

Then, the Wall Street Journal featured Oklahoma City in its story "Cities Want Young Families to Play and Stay" about the city's $1 billion project that includes a pedestrian- and bike-friendly boulevard downtown, a 70-acre park and more. The story also mentions the Myriad Botanical Gardens' $17 million makeover and includes a photo by Carl Shortt Jr. of children playing in the Gardens' Thunder Fountain.

Now, you can watch 35 minutes of Oklahoma City love online in a new documentary from a culture blog called "The Coolist," which deemed OKC 'A Hidden Gem of American Cool.'

Host Seamus Payne spent several days in Oklahoma City. Stops included visits to the Boathouse District, the Plaza District, and the home court for the OKC Thunder inside the Chesapeake Energy Arena; an interview with Sandip Patel, who founded the tech startup Cage App; and lunch with Oklahoma City entrepreneurs at Packard's New American Kitchen.

“I left intrigued and encouraged having witnessed a city on the rise with a special story that more people must hear. Oklahoma City will surprise you. It surprised me. It’s a rising beacon of tech, culture and sport in the center of the Great Plains," Payne said in the video, called “Oklahoma City Documentary: Uncovering a Hidden Gem of American Cool."

Watch it today.