Archive for March 2015

Mental Health

Carter Evans’ son suffers from drug addiction and mental health issues. Evans fears for his son’s life, especially when he doesn’t hear from him for months at a time.

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Low Voter Turnout

Leroy Davis speaks with a raw eloquence about what he feels is at the heart of a poor quality of life in south Oklahoma City. He sees one overriding reason for the lack of “the vote.”

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Running Stop Signs

Drivers running stop signs are a common sight for Rutledge Murray. He wants to see police to step up traffic enforcement.

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Lack of Teachers

Oklahoma City Public Schools is struggling to recruit teachers. Karen Grissom says that hurts students in high-poverty schools.

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Not Reporting Crimes

A stretch of the city’s west side is beleaguered by crime, but apartment manager Yesenia Duque says many tenants refuse to report crimes.

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No Place to Walk

In low-income neighborhoods, more people walk, whether to the store or a bus stop. But as William Bowen says, a scarcity of sidewalks channels them into the street.

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Neighborhood Inequity

The contrasts of rich and poor define all cities in part, but Daniel Buckmaster sees deterioration as a growing threat to neighborhood stability and family finances.

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Bilingual Storm Alerts

Oklahoma’s Hispanic population is growing. Isis Palomino said that means more work is needed to ensure storm alerts are available in Spanish for those who can’t speak English.

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Overgrown Brush

Linda Campbell’s concern may seem mundane on the surface: untrimmed brush and weeds that creep out and smother roadsides. But Campbell sees higher stakes: safety and a symbol of neglect.

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Graffiti

As a librarian, Gloria Melchor is devoted to the value of reading and writing. That’s one reason she views the excessive graffiti on library walls and other structures in neighborhoods as an affront.

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