Downtown Oklahoma City skyline as seen from Interstate 40 - the view for most people traveling through from elsewhere in the country. How does it compare to Des Moines, Omaha and Charlotte? PHOTO BY CHRIS LANDSBERGER
So this week we took a tour of downtown Des Moines, Iowa; Omaha, Nebraska; and Charlotte, North Carolina. What’s that you say? Boring cities. Not sexy like Denver, Austin, Dallas or Seattle?
I’m not sure it’s safe for an Oklahoma City resident to tour Seattle right now. And those other cities, well, just stick with me here. Did you join me on this tour? If not, hit the “You Tube Downtown Tour” category button and get a better idea of the downtowns in question.
And then consider these very basis numbers, all pulled from the 2006 estimates provided at www.census.gov.
Charlotte, North Carolina. Population, 648,387. Per capita income, $29,825.
Oklahoma City. Population, 543,524. Per capita income, $22,665.
Omaha, Nebraska. Population, 382,776. Per capita income, 423,759.
Des Moines, Iowa. Population, 196,857. Per capita income, 423,215.
Where should downtown Oklahoma City fit into this mix, and based on the tour, how do you think it measures up to these cities today? (Yes, by all means, use that comment field below).