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Storm Shelters

Castillo Soto said the first thing he noticed when he moved from Kansas City is that few people have basements or storm shelters, especially those in low-income apartments. That was sobering for Castillo Soto now that he lives in the heart of Tornado Alley.

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Police Response Times

Jones said it is a challenge getting police to respond to minor crimes in his neighborhood. In one instance, he can recall calling 911 for a property crime, but an officer never showed up.

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Home Maintenance

Jenkins said it’s difficult for widows such as her to keep up with home maintenance. Many are elderly and physically unable to do the work, lack the technological know-how, or do not have Internet to learn how to do the project themselves.

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Abandoned Homes

Artecia Thompson recently moved from California and thinks that strategies used there could help promote repair and occupancy of abandoned homes in Oklahoma City. That would help revive neighborhoods.

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Public Transportation

For Vernon Fisher, the hassle of waking up three hours early to make sure he caught his bus to work became too much and he stopped relying on public transit.

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Public Pools

As an avid swimmer, Moore is worried about the disappearance of public pools in her area. After living in Colorado for over 20 years, Moore returned to Oklahoma City a few years ago and noticed that all of the pools she used to swim in are gone.

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Grocery Stores

A lifelong resident of the east side, Raymond Thomas wants city developers and officials to know his community needs the same beneficial essentials that other parts the city have. That includes closer access to grocery stores with affordable prices and variety of healthful foods.

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Abandoned Apartments

The Carters, who are parents, said an abandoned apartment complex at the end of their street is both an eyesore and a public health hazard. But can anyone do anything?

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Neighborhood Watch Involvement

Tina Bean, a member of her neighborhood association, is concerned the newest generation of homeowners aren’t getting involved with neighborhood watches or associations. Neighborhood safety will suffer without active participation, Bean said.

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Career Opportunities

Jamey Alexander would like to see the growth and improvements that revitalized downtown Oklahoma City come to his neighborhood. Alexander said people in areas with high poverty need access to sustainable careers instead of dead-end jobs.

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Mistrust of Police

Daran Steele, a pastor at New Union Baptist Church has lived in Oklahoma City all his life. He said his neighborhood used to be a better place to raise a family. He also remembers not being in constant fear of being harassed by police.

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