Let’s start with what strikes me the most: as a member of Generation X, I readily admit I sometimes engage in mocking the Millennials. But Better Block OKC is, very much, the coming out party of Oklahoma City’s next wave. And if this is a hint of what they’re capable of, this Generation Xer is quite happy to welcome them to the ongoing effort of remaking our community.
Better Block is an exmaple of what’s possible. People want community, they crave community, and if the framework is established, the people will come. The cost to pull this off was actually quite minimal. The sweat equity invested by our city’s 20-somethings was priceless. Generation X at this age dreamed of this sort revolution. We watched movies like “Singles” and visited Austin and complained, “why not here?” I’ve seen my generation (and younger Baby Boomers as well) try to tackle the issue of making Oklahoma CIty a more exciting place to live, work and play. But for the most part, it involved BIG PICTURE, MAPS style efforts. Today’s 20-somethings recognized the need for a block by block battle – and the war is now commenced.