Dispatch:OMAHA There has been an influx of new, modern developments in Omaha’s downtown, but a few pockets of neglect remain. This series of buildings can be found near the corner of California and North 16th Streets.
Dispatch:OMAHA Bronze horses eternally bear the burden of pulling pioneers through rough terrain in The Spirit of Nebraska’s Wilderness and Pioneer Courage Park. All of the sculptures in this display, which takes up more than 6 downtown blocks, are one and a quarter life-sized.
Dispatch:OMAHA Visitors to Midtown Crossing cheer for the bright and booming fireworks show in Turner Park on July 3, 2014.
Dispatch:OMAHA Dragons from the Linh Quang Lion and Dragon Dance Troupe look on as proprietors of Thirst Tea open their cafe in Midtown Commons. In addition to the ribbon cutting ceremony, onlookers had the opportunity to watch a series of ceremonial dances meant to invite good luck upon the cafe.
Thirst Tea specializes in boba tea, milky drinks, green tea, smoothies, and appetizers.
Dispatch:OMAHA Newly opened Mula Mexican Kitchen & Tequileria specializes in Mexican street food. Their tacos are small and inexpensive, but their flavors are as substantial as the welded metal trays they are served on.
Tequila abounds here; even seasoned connoisseurs are likely to find something new. Shots come with a Mexico City-style chaser called sangrita, or “little blood,” a spicy tomato-based palate cleanser.
If tequila isn’t your alcohol of choice, drink in the ambiance. Whoever decorated the place has an impressive sense of style.
Dispatch:OMAHA Unsuspecting caffeine fiends may find themselves doing a sort of double take when entering one of Midtown’s latest, Archetype Coffee. Someone just might step inside, think they’ve accidentally entered a high school science class, and have to step out again to make sure they’ve read the sign correctly.
It is indeed a pristine place to charge your computer’s batteries as well as your own. With delicious brews served in beakers, one might expect to find one of those emergency eye-washing stations in the back, too.
Dispatch:OMAHA West-bound rush hour traffic along St. Marys Avenue slows and squeezes down to one lane in order to avoid a massive sinkhole. The spontaneous cave-in near the corner of 24th street swallowed a woman’s car in the early morning hours of Sunday June 22, 2014.
Dispatch:OMAHA The urban farming trend reaches the Midtown neighborhood of Gifford Park. Residents are turning corners of their yards over to colorful chicken coops while other residents turn up at local markets to buy fresh eggs and other locally grown produce.