The City of Oklahoma City uses Special Zoning Districts as a tool to maintain the character of many neighborhood communities. Downtown Oklahoma City itself is currently undergoing a renaissance. Between the mids and s, downtown was unchanged and largely vacant. It was the scene of the bombing of the Alfred P. Many other buildings, such as the unique international style YMCA building, supposedly one of few remaining in the United States were damaged or destroyed. White flight during the s and s left much of the inner city abandoned.
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See the CDC website for details and updates. There are plenty of events throughout the year, but the most popular is Oklahoma City Gay Pride , which includes a pet parade, an excursion to the Oklahoma City Zoo, and a block party - the last week of June each year. Embark , the Oklahoma City public bus system, does not serve the airport. Embark has information online for bus and trolley routes, fares and schedules -- daily except Sundays. The Bricktown Historic Entertainment District is also a good bet, with canal taxis plying the waters between renovated warehouses.
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The area is located along NW 39th Street in the city's northwest quadrant, one block west of Pennsylvania Avenue. Northwest 39th Street Enclave is home to many of Oklahoma's most popular gay and lesbian bars and nightclubs, in addition to a number of retail stores, eateries, and apartment complexes catering to Oklahoma City's LGBT community. The NW 39th Street district attracts large numbers of gay and lesbian tourists , particularly on weekends, from surrounding states of Arkansas , Colorado , Kansas , Missouri , New Mexico , and Texas. Most of the district's attractions are concentrated around or near the Habana Inn , a room hotel billing itself as the largest gay resort in the southwest United States. This hotel boasts two dance clubs, two swimming pools, a restaurant, piano bar and gift shop, and plays host to several yearly LGBT events and gatherings.
Many are often surprised to learn that Oklahoma City has a number of extremely popular gay bars and clubs, some part of the thriving scene around the NW 39th Street Enclave at NW 39th and Pennsylvania Avenue. The most popular is perhaps the Copa. A dance club with a state of the art sound system, multiple levels, drag shows and male dancers on weekend nights, the Copa quite frequently has a line to get in on Friday and Saturday. Angles has been an OKC favorite for over 20 years and is known as one of the best in the metro. Originally opening in , it is housed in a renovated warehouse with state of the art sound and lighting.