Oklahoma City is probably one of the smallest big cities in the United States. We are home to several crucial industries including petroleum and natural gas. Our city and state is pioneering wind turbine technology and alternative forms of energy. We are home to several great universities, hundreds of museums, and thousands of churches. Oklahoma City is the heart of the highways connecting most of the country, sitting in the middle of Historic Route 66. We have a rich history from Native Americans to Thunder Basketball and we have a thriving economy with a fairly low standard of living. Come check out my neighborhood and explore Oklahoma City!
This “Show me your neighborhood around the world” project is hosted by The Piri-Piri Lexicon and is an effort to showcase how different neighborhoods look from places around the globe. The six required pictures for all posts are playground, street nearby, mode of transport, typical house or building, education facility, and a market. So go check out some of the other posts to see what a neighborhood looks like in Djibouti, France, Brazil, and more!
The first two pictures are of the Oklahoma City Bombing Memorial. April 19, 1995 was a defining day for all Oklahomans. It’s what taught us about the “Oklahoma Spirit”. That spirit is all about strength and uniting in difficulties. That strength and spirit is part of who we are every tornado season and through every tragedy. This is a sacred and peaceful place. The museum inside is a powerful exhibit about the domestic terrorism our city faced that day.
Part of the fence remains where people have brought memories to attach. Chairs sit inside for both the children and adults that tragically lost their lives that day. There is a Survivor Tree that survived the blast and stands proudly at the edge of the memorial. If you get a chance to visit OKC, this national memorial is an unforgettable visit.
Oklahoma City University is one of several universities in the metro. They are known for their music, theater, and law schools.
This great playground is at the Oklahoma City Zoo. Our zoo is a great place to play and enjoy walking trails and even a splash pad in the summertime.
My husband and I love all things local. Here in OKC we have a year-round Farmers’ Market at OSU-OKC. It’s where we buy our organic produce, our raw local honey, and even our local meat and milk! This is a great way for us to support local farmers and even artisans. It allows us to eat healthier and fresher and support those from our own community. In the spring and summer, it’s also a place that we can buy organic heirloom plants for our garden from Sunrise Acres local nursery.
I also love that we see and talk to farmers and artisans each week. It’s such a welcoming place to come each Saturday and even Wednesdays when it’s warmer.
I also absolutely adore our local grocery store, Native Roots Market. Again, I love being able to support local business owners and I love to get organic food. We like buying bulk from them and utilizing their extensive spice bar. Plus their hummus is delicious!
Because of several Christian universities in the area and being a part of the Bible Belt, Oklahoma City is home to thousands of churches. Most look like modern buildings, but some like ours have a unique look and rich history.
Judeo Christianity is at the root of much of our city. Though it’s hotly contested, there is even a monument of the ten commandments outside the state capital. Many private businesses light up crosses on their skyscrapers and buildings in downtown during Christmas time. While like anywhere there is diversity and different religious beliefs, Christianity is the majority in Oklahoma City.
Oklahoma City is revitalizing everywhere you look. Houses are being restored and streets are getting cleaned up. Whether is Crowne Heights, The Paseo District, Heritage Hills, Midtown, The Plaza District, Mesta Park, or another section or neighborhood in Oklahoma City, there are a lot of old bungalow style houses. Many are being restored to their original grandeur and these beautiful bustling neighborhoods are thriving again.
This street nearby is in Oklahoma City right off of 23rd street. It is between the Heritage Hills and Mesta Park area. It’s a beautiful neighborhood that has had several historic houses restored and as you can see, it is in the footprint of downtown. (And a little bit closer to the city there are some beautiful historic mansions being restored).
Oklahoma City is the heart of Oklahoma. It is the capitol of the state and has a rich history. OKC is actually the second capitol of the state after being moved from Guthrie soon after statehood. The Capitol building also has it’s own unique history. Not only does it have oil derricks and wells on the property, but for nearly a century it went without a dome. Only in the 21st Century did the capitol finally get it’s dome added. For more on the history and to a see a picture of the oil derricks, click here.
In Oklahoma, car is king. We have very few side walks and little public transportation. However, the city is working hard to change that. There are “rent-a-bike” kiosks in downtown, they are trying to expand the public bus system, and implementing more sidewalks especially in Bricktown. Oklahoma is also home to many Compress Natural Gas (CNG) powered cars. It’s a cleaner more sustainable fuel source for cars. There are very popular here with some many natural gas companies like Devon and Chesapeake headquartered here.
Oklahoma City is also the heart of the highways. I-35, I-44, I-40, I-240, and I-235. We have a lot of cars and trucks driving through the area constantly and there is easy access to highways from pretty much anywhere in the city. We also have a lot of trains come through the area because of our central location in the US.
Also, in effort to revitalize Oklahoma City, there is a brand new Sky Bridge that allows one to walk across I-40 in downtown. It was a part of building the new highway and an effort to beautify the city.
Now you have seen my neighborhood! I hope you enjoyed your tour and stop by the Piri-Piri Lexicon to view more neighborhoods from around the world. For more on Oklahoma City and the concept of “Home” visit my City & Home Tot School Unit.