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Pothole Damage

Potholes may seem trivial, but they can be indicators of overall street quality and prove costly for low-income residents whose vehicles are damaged from large holes.

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Abandoned Schools

Tearing down vacant, privately owned structures is difficult. But why can’t publicly owned buildings be razed or fixed up? Lacreitia Jamison points to abandoned school buildings.

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Home Ownership

In low-income areas, renters are prevalent and the degree of tenant and landlord neglect is stark. As a long-time homeowner, Herbert Booker is not happy with what he sees.

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Road Safety

Chris Walker said overgrown brush covers street signs, blocks intersections and obscures traffic, making driving on some of Oklahoma City’s back roads too dangerous.

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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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