Don't listen to the haters
- Hey, reader - Would you want to spend time with the people hating on OKC here? To me their tone is as unpleasant and annoying as a lot of the other places I've been to and lived in...can you feel it yourself? And someone wants a "more cultered life", LMAO. Yes, I was born here 60 years ago, and I've lived in interesting places like Dallas, like Philly and RI in the east and Portland/Vancouver in the NW and had jobs that required travel to every state and Canada, too. I could live elsewhere but I CHOOSE to live in OKC. People who've never been here should know the following: People here are super friendly and helpful and don't shove bibles in your face. The landscape is incredibly varied, more so than any other state, 11 different ecological zones. There is a LOT to do, especially if you have young kids, Martin Nature Park is free. If you want to party, not so much. There are plays and museums, Philharmonic, OCU, OU. Traffic never a problem. A great place to live and getting better!
- —Guest CR
OKC is a dump
- Don't be fooled-OKC is still a dump and will remain so for the foreseeable future. I moved here for career reasons and now I envision the day I leave this place in my rear-view mirror as one of the best days of my life. I have lived in multiple states and find little, if any, redeeming value to living in Oklahoma. The people are mindnumbingly conservative, devestatingly ignorant, and the lack of culture is deplorable. Don't be fooled-Oklahoma is NOT Ok.
- —Guest Leon
oklahoma is crooked, ugly, and of age.
- there have been few pros to living in oklahoma ciy in the 32 years ive been here. change here comes at a snails pace. lake hefner and the midtown\downtown area are a few of the places i enjoy now. that only took 20 years to accomplish. the witchita mnts and the ouchita mnts are great places in the state to go for recreation. cons: the roads are beat to oblivion. traffic is horrible. the people here are rude, self-centered, arrogant,unethical, and generally unhappy. the state goverment taxes you to death on everything, at times double or triple taxing you. oklahoma city proper is a run down rat hole, with what appears to be ghettos sprawling from one end to the other. because of said ghettos, crime is a problem no matter where you live. the jobs are a joke. if you ever do want to leave you will be so far from the rest of the world it will be herclean feat to do so. when my wife and i moved back here from mobile alabama our mouths literally hung open for a month at the ugliness.
- —Guest rapid
- Oklahoma is a great state. The education system is great and there is still a small town feel that makes you welcome. I have travel to over 30 countries and have experienced some of the greatest cultural events in the world, therefore, one can say I know the world. I do not want my Oklahoma to be over populated with trashy people like one would experience in large cities. I want Oklahoma to experience healthy growth. There were several years where we were not growing but now we are experiencing healthy growth. We are investing in our future and the nation is noticing this growth. I will always own a house and ranch in Oklahoma no matter where my career takes me in the world. For those that fall prey to the misconceptions about OK and it's citizens, stay away as it means less traffic for us To deal with.
- —Guest Oklahoma Supporter
Sheltered and ignorant.
- I was born in OKC and despised it even as a kid. Even watching the news put OKC's deficiencies into sharp relief during grade school. Not only is the city polluted with morbidly obese 40-ish crackers with their t-shirts stretched over their guts and tucked into their wranglers, but in terms of ignorance, it is deeper, more unwavering and steadfast, and outright hostile to any sense of culture, diversity, abstract thought, experience, and 21st century lifestyle in general. I spent 5 years in the Navy after graduation, and had no intention of ever return to the Sooner State once I was done. The city is drab, the roads are poor, the people are blissfully sheltered, and whoever claimed farther up in the comments page that not one OK County citizen voted for Obama only further illustrates how comically out-of-step the state is compared to the rest of the country. The drivers are terrible, the city landscape is bleak and depressing, and however defends it deserves it.
- —Guest Sean
What is there to like
- I can not say there is a single thing about Oklahoma that I like, the state is pretty much ugly, the people are morons and the government is a fat joke. Oklahoma and the OKC metro area sucks, and deserves the reputation it has around the rest of the nation, for being full of morons and hicks. The recent up roar over an atheist sign, really shows the idiocy and bigotry that only Christians can show. There are huge crosses and Christians messages on bill boards all over the state, and church wasting the land on nearly every corner. Yet, an atheist group wants to advertise its club and the people get all worked up over it.
- —Guest its me
I love my Oklahoma
- For the negative Nellies out there....I have a few words. I lived my first 30 years in Okla....since then I have lived my next 19 in South Florida. I have traveled extensively throughout the world as well. Believe me Oklahoma is a beautiful and wonderful place. And OKC is its pinnacle. Yes, OKC is a relatively small city, and compared to most major cities in the USA it lacks in many ways in terms of the arts and various other "opportunities". But when I retire from my wonderful job here in SF, I seriously am considering returning right back to OKC. Why? For many reasons. The renaissance of downtown is amazing. The lure of the people of Oklahoma is second to none. Have you folks in Oklahoma visited Miami, NYC, Chicago or LA lately? All citizens of the USA have fine folks, buy by and large I dare you to find folks friendlier or more down to to earth than your very own in Oklahoma. It's a very nice thing. Fall in love with your city! It's amazing. Truly!!! Character counts
Right wing nuts
- I had to return to OKC for family reasons. When young, I dreamed of leaving here due to the lack of culture and conservative politics. Twenty plus years later I returned and found it was even worse than before. Look forward to leaving again for good.
- —Guest Mac
- I love how friendly, kind, and willing to help people from this state are. The 1995 Bombing of the Murray Building was a wonderful example of how people really pull together to help. Also, it is a really safe and wonderful place for my children to grow up. Our economy is doing really well right now (compared to others). I love our new Thunder basket ball team. It has been very exciting to see them do so well. I am looking forward to the transformation of downtown!! I think everything every state can always use improvement and our roads here in OK definitely need BIG time improvement. I think there are plenty of things to do here. All kinds of sporting events, Downtown, Civic Center, Movies, Shopping, Resturants,etc.
- —Guest Jenn
Love and hate it
- It's a depressing thing when you are ashamed to tell people you are from Oklahoma. I have been born and raised here, and I hate it. The politicians here don't care about the majority of Oklahomans and they do not represent the youth at all. There is very little to do if you don't have money, our theme parks are pathetic, no good clubs for people under 21, unless you count a bunch of Mexican stores as culture, we have none. It still is home though and I will stand up against the idiots, people who leave don't want to make any changes here!
- —Guest Chelaea
- From the nice roomy eastern suburbs of Midwest City And Choctaw to the prestige of Norman and Edmond to the old but still gold suburbs of the west, the metro has a lot. Mid-Del-Choct-Nicoma has a lot of stuff like the town center plaza, All American Dixie Diner, nice scenic drive in Choctaw and Downtown Del City. Norman has the university and for a moderate size place, it has a small town downtown, campus corner and the small health food stores. Edmond has a nice small town America feel. The west, where the humbleness is. And let's not forget Big Daddy, the Big Easy. From Bricktown to "the city" of Nichols Hills, it has it all: the new tower construction, the upscale hotels and you guessed it the Asian district. I'd better stop. I am starting to sound like a travel brochure.
- —Guest L7
OKC is NOT OK
- I moved here from a neighboring state and while there are parts of the city that I do like, downtown, Penn Square area, Nichols Hills, etc., I find this city to be mostly run down everywhere else with little interesting scenery. I am a moderate/conservative, but since living here I long for some liberal opposition because the conservatives here are idiotic and bible thumping. The state legislature is an embarrassment.
- —Guest LRGirl
- If you don't like it here... LEAVE. No one is holding a gun to your head.
- —Guest J.E. White
I Love It!
- The only state to have not one county vote for Obama. Do I need to say more?
- It's ok, but I do wish there were a few less Bible belters here in Oklahoma. I do wish we could move more into the 21st century. We still have some friendly people, but feel they have mostly become jaded, like New-Yorkers have been portrayed. If I had not been born and raised here, I might have or should have tried to escape years ago. Now it's too late.
- —Guest fangy