OK, so the good press, it seems, has once again been followed up by bad press.
I’m amazed and amused by the listings that show Oklahoma City as one of “the most dangerous places” on earth (as written by an unemployed hack writing for an obscure website that is part of the crumbling AOL media empire). And now we’ve got Forbes listing Oklahoma City as 9th most dangerous city.
So, let’s see if I understand this correctly. OKC is more dangerous than New Orleans, where the cops are just as deadly and corrupt as the bad guys. OKC is more dangerous than notoriously violent places like Compton, Calif., Newark, N.J. and East St. Louis. OKC is more dangerous than Chicago, where gang shoot-outs are reportedly a daily concern.
So how does OKC earn such a high ranking? Well, the Forbes folks included transportation data. Really? Really? Oklahoma City has three major cross-country interstates coming through town. Could this be a slight skew to the data?
This list of full of horse manure. But if it has any of you concerned, I hear there are some great buys to be found in the lowest 9th ward of New Orleans.
For the record, I’m not impressed by some of the positive list rankings either – especially when they are published by online sites nobody has ever heard of and it’s clearly an attempt by the website operator to get noticed. When a listing involves judges of a respected organization actually taking a long look at the community – as was the case with Paseo earlier this week – that’s what gets my attention.
By the way – OKC could have topped the Forbes dangerous list instead of coming in at No. 9 if they had simply weighed in the risk of traveling the I-40 Crosstown Expressway.