Frequently Asked Questions

Yes!

If you are a business member, sponsor, or supporter (see page for details), we’ll put your logo on our site. As a business member, we’ll also put your logo in our newsletter and promote your business on our flyers, website posts, and social media as feasible.

For example, here are our 2019 business members, thank you for your support!

If you’ve been a member in the past and think your business is missing from this list, check your email box for an invoice (we send them out at the beginning of our fiscal year in February). If you don’t find one, it’s possible we have an outdated email billing address for you. Contact us to update it and we will re-send your invoice!

Do you live downtown?

Then, yes.

That’s the simple answer. As a voluntary neighborhood association, just living downtown makes you a member, you’re simply not a paid/voting member, meaning you can’t contribute to decisions being made on your behalf as a member. We definitely recommend joining as a paid member and making your vote count!

If you’re not sure if you’re a paid member, contact us to find out, or come to a monthly social, we’ll have a sign-in sheet with a list of current members. If you paid via PayPal Subscription (our preference), vs cash, check, or credit card, see the Membership Subscription Check FAQ.

YES!!! These bags are designed to last for years! They are made of PAPER and you can wash them in a WASHING MACHINE! However, and you knew there was one, DO NOT PUT THEM IN THE DRYER! A dryer cycle will definitely degrade its life. Let it air dry!

If you’re wondering how to get one, well, you should have attended our UN10 event! But since you didn’t, as of this writing we do have a few left. You, or rather, your guest, can get one if you bring someone NEW to a monthly social.

Thanks again to our bag sponsors Native Roots, Beck Design, A Good Egg Dining Group, and Shelley Pruitt! And to Walker Companies for making them for us!

If you live in downtown Oklahoma City, you live in the BID (business improvement district [comprised of all the downtown districts]), which is managed by the non-profit organization Downtown Oklahoma City Partnership. Your assessment goes towards improvements and activities downtown that are above and beyond what the city does with its sales tax revenue. All property owners (individuals and businesses) in the BID pay this assessment. Here is a video presentation by Downtown OKC: https://youtu.be/AqIUPInuGyg

As long as you are an “active subscriber” at the time of the annual general meeting we are happy. However, if you are not using our PayPal subscription, and are paying by cash, check, or credit card, we prefer that you pay in February for the current year, even if you just paid in, say, September, but then you will be good for the entire year, and your membership will be reset to be inline with our membership year, which begins in February.

Unfortunately, Paypal does not give us the option to present you with quantities when you subscribe to a membership. However, it also doesn’t stop you from subscribing more than once. So, all you need to do is subscribe for each person you need a membership for, even if you just have one PayPal account between you.

If you did not use the PayPal subscribe button on our website to pay for your dues (e.g. you paid with cash, check, or credit card in person), you’ll a have to contact us to check our records regarding your membership status. However, if you did use the PayPal subscribe button, there’s a handy page on the PayPal website that shows your pre-approved payments: https://www.paypal.com/us/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_manage-paylist.

To find this manually:

  1. Login to your PayPal account.
  2. Click on the settings gear icon on the top right.
  3. Click on Payments.
  4. Scroll down and click on the Manage Pre-Approved Payments button as shown:

  5. Once on the Manage Pre-Approved Payments screen, filter the list to “Active”, and you should see “Urban Neighbors, Association” as active. If you do not, your subscription is not active, and you are clear to subscribe!

If you move or simply no longer wish to be a paying member, but are still subscribed to annual payments to UN and want to cancel, you’ll need to login to your PayPal account, and do the following:

  1. Login to your PayPal account.
  2. Click on the settings gear icon on the top right.
  3. Click on Payments.
  4. Scroll down and click on the Manage Pre-Approved Payments button as shown:

  5. Once on the Manage Pre-Approved Payments screen, filter the list to “Active”, and you should see “Urban Neighbors, Association” as active. Click on Urban Neighbors, Association as shown:

  6. Under “Subscription Details”, click Cancel as shown:

If you have trouble with this process, contact us so we can try to help.

On the top left of of every web page on our site, there is a drop-down menu with a list of options (alternatively you can use the membership, sponsorship, and supporters page). Simply choose an option and click “Subscribe”. This will take you to PayPal to complete the processes. Note that this will enroll you into an annual subscription for UN dues. We prefer this option as it saves our small organization the processing work of alternatives (invoicing, etc). However, if you prefer to pay via cash, check, or credit card, simply come to a social with your payment and find a leadership team member to take your info.

We are downtown OKC’s neighborhood association, dedicated to civic advocacy, charity, and community involvement.

We are a direct conduit to and representative of out residential membership to the City of Oklahoma City, area businesses, and other community support structures. For example, if you are a downtown property owner and have questions regarding your BID fees, as a voting member of the BID Board of Directors, we can engage the board on your behalf.

Please simply contact us and we’ll get you on the list to host a social or perhaps another UN event!

BTW, you should consider becoming a business member while you’re at it!

NO! All are welcome to our socials and other activities, though sometimes you’ll be charged (or charged more) for being a non-member (for example, at wine dinners). Socials are always free to attend, and non-residents can become an associate member to help support the organization and its causes. Membership is very inexpensive and practically pays for itself in perks.

There are a few dog parks downtown:

There’s also a downtown doggie daycare, the Ninth Street Barking Lot, as well as a downtown veterinary clinic, Midtown Vets, and a boutique/dog wash, Bone.

For groceries, there’s always Native Roots, your downtown corner grocer. If they don’t have what you need, ask them and they may stock it for you!

There are also many convenience stores downtown where you can get basic items. Adjacent to downtown, within a 1-2 mile radius there are plenty of choices, such as Homeland, Braum’s Fresh Market, and Super Cao Nguyen. Even bulk shopping is not far, with the 39th/May Sam’s Club being just five miles away.

For retail shopping, we encourage you to keep it local and try the many downtown retail shops first, but all three major OKC malls (Penn Square, Quail Springs, Outlet Shoppes) are also accessible by bus via the downtown transit center.

See something, say something! If you see a problem that is immediately actionable, contact the city action center! If you see a bigger problem, contact your city councilor (either Ward 6 or Ward 7 for downtown)!

Want to be more active in your city government? First, pay attention to what’s happening with your government! City council meetings are every Tuesday morning, try attending one, or watching on the public access channel (Cox channel 20, or via YouTube). Not enough? Consider volunteering for citizen advisory roles.

The easiest thing you can do is join. Especially if you’re a downtown business. See how here. The things we do are dependent on a steady, strong membership that contributes and participates.

The best thing you can do is volunteer to be on the leadership team. There are only a few of us running this whole show, and we can always use help. There more we have contributing, the less there is for each of us to do.

Don’t forget you can always work in the community garden, help is always needed!

First, you should contact your city councilor (for downtown, which is either Ward 6/JoBeth Hamon, or Ward 7/Nikki Nice) to express your desire for city recycling access in multi-family facilities.

Second, the city does have a recycling facility open to the public 24 hours, with bins for several types of recyclables. Here are the details:

5519 Northwest 4th Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73127

Map: https://goo.gl/maps/1ShcaC5HyKL2

See theĀ map.

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