If you haven’t yet, I highly recommend a read of this New York Times Magazine article on the rise of OKC and the Thunder by Sam Anderson.
How does this relate to crime? It doesn’t, really, except for the police chief’s cameo that was given quite a lot of ink. Police Chief Bill Citty, who grew up here and has worked for the department since ’77, gave the writer a three-hour tour of OKC. As a long-time resident and member of thedepartment, his history interwoven with OKC’s transformation placed a lot of fun-to-read gems in Anderson’s account.
As a teenager in the 1960s, Citty watched as the new malls and highways started sucking all of downtown’s energy out into the suburbs, leaving behind the usual inner-city decay. In the 1970s, after some years of hippyish drifting, he decided to cut his hair, shave off his beard and join the City of Oklahoma City Police Department.
As someone new to Oklahoma and OKC, I really enjoyed the details about the city’s (and Citty’s) and the Thunder’s transformation. Now what’s this about hippyish drifting…