Daily Prompt: We Built This City

What do you love most about the city / town / place that you live in? What do you like the least about it? If you were mayor, what would be the most important problem you’d tackle? How would you tackle it?

Photographers, artists, poets: show us CIVILIZATION.

What do I love the most about the city I live in? I live about 5 minutes from everything and when I say everything I even mean the edges. 5 minutes to Wal-Mart, Reasors, In-laws, Wine, Fast food, Banks, Lowe’s, lake to walk, movies, retail and knick knack stores etc etc… It is super convenient and with the rising gas prices it is a blessing that everything is so close. It’s not a big city but we even have a good size college here.

Usually I am not one to complain but since you asked what I like least about it, it’s that everyone else in town also lives five minutes away from all those items. When I say they and I live five minutes away, that is at midnight when this place is dead. It looks like a ghost town. You wouldn’t think that during the day though. We are a huge checkpoint. All the smaller towns around us come here because it’s closer than the other big cities nearby so it’s the lesser of the headaches. We are located along the mighty Route 66 and not only that but we have a case of the trains. Don’t mistake my complaining for being ungrateful. I work in an industry that relies on rails, ships, and trucks. When you take into account the tourists or travelers, the college students, residence from nearby towns, and trains, a five-mile trip can take 20 minutes. What bothers me the most is being on the wrong side of the tracks from the hospital. I think I would rather take my chance with a 20 minute ride in the opposite direction to the other closest city. I have seriously thought about going into the t-shirt business and selling t-shirts here that say “If you didn’t wait on a train, you didn’t get the full experience”.

Personally, I think the higher-ups or at least some of them are afraid of change. The means for entertainment here are some dive bars, 2 nearby casinos, and a movie theater. The bowling alley has been shut down and most of everything except the fast-food, and big chain stores close down at 8:00!!! 7:00 on Sundays.

How to fix all this?

I don’t think I would be very good at running things but I think Stillwater, Ok has the right idea. Have two Wal-Marts at opposite ends, more entertainment for college kids (It’s a four-year college for crying out loud!!!). Put a bridge over the tracks like they did in ole Muskogee for when trains are stopped on the tracks. Healthier places to eat like Panera bread would be nice instead of just three Subways. Hickory doesn’t understand why I get tired of it. THERE ARE THREE OF THEM!!! We also get tired of pizza places and we just acquired another one. And last but not least another strip mall. The retail stores we have aren’t huge and if you thought black Friday shopping was horrible, try shopping for  sales around here on a regular Saturday. It’s comparable.

Personally, I just think it’s terrible that this city is known for its headache traffic. It should be remembered for the more memorable things like the names on the streets that are famous people from here. Not the fact that you don’t want to go down Will Rogers Blvd at 5:00 during a weekday.

~ Kalamity