Automobile Alley
Automobile Alley Historic District is an upscale Urban
Urban area
An urban area is characterized by higher population density and vast human features in comparison to areas surrounding it. Urban areas may be cities, towns or conurbations, but the term is not commonly extended to rural settlements such as villages and hamlets.Urban areas are created and further...

 neighborhood in Oklahoma City
Oklahoma city
Oklahoma City is the capital and largest city of the U.S. state of Oklahoma.Oklahoma City may also refer to:*Oklahoma City metropolitan area*Downtown Oklahoma City*Uptown Oklahoma City*Oklahoma City bombing*Oklahoma City National Memorial...

, located roughly along North Broadway Avenue in Downtown Oklahoma City
Downtown Oklahoma City
Downtown Oklahoma City is located at the geographic center of the Oklahoma City metropolitan area and is the principal business district of the city. With 115 city blocks and around of office space, downtown Oklahoma City also is the economic, financial, and entertainment center of the city...

. The district contains numerous low and midrise heritage buildings, restaurants, and shops and is listed in the National Historic Register of neighborhoods.

Automobile Alley (A-Alley for short) was a popular retail district in the 1920s and was home to most of the city's car dealerships. It had declined along with the rest of Downtown during the 1970s and 1980s. During the mid-1990s, there was an effort to redevelop the area, transforming many of the showrooms and storefronts of AAlley into upscale lofts, galleries, and offices.

Today there is a new push of development in the area as well as nearby Midtown
Midtown Oklahoma City
Midtown is located due North West of downtown Oklahoma City surrounded by Automobile Alley to the east and Asia District to the North. It is home to St. Anthony's Hospital and smaller communities like Plaza District and Church Row...

 that began with the relocation of the historic, upscale Colcord Oyster Bar to an A-Alley storefront from the renovated Colcord Building
Colcord Hotel
Colcord Hotel is a luxury boutique hotel located in downtown Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The building was finished in 1909 and is considered Oklahoma City's first skyscraper. It is tall and has 14 floors...

 in the Central Business District
Central business district
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Additional development plans are announced seemingly weekly, which will further enhance AAlley's position as downtown's new chic and hip urban centre. Of those include the early 2008 opening of the Iguana Lounge Grill as well as the recent opening of the Red Prime Steakhouse, which is expected to be Oklahoma City's premier steak haunt and a Zagat rated venue.
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