If a picture is worth 1,000 words, most of these would not be suitable for a family newspaper.
Just look at it, and imagine life in Oklahoma City without the energy business.
Let's thank Julie Anewalt for the nightmare. (Shudder.) Anewalt is research analyst for Grubb & Ellis-Levy Beffort, the commercial realty firm. She started in September and has gotten notice for making number crunching fun and interesting.
“Imagine Oklahoma City's skyline without the presence of a single oil and gas company,” she wrote this week in her e-newsletter, Anewalt's Analytics. The buildings blanked out in the photo, she wrote, “would either have never been built, or would sit vacant.”
The view looks generally west. Missing, obviously, is the Devon tower, at 333 W Sheridan at the southwest edge of downtown. In the front, and blanked, is the former Devon headquarters, now Continental Oil Center, 20 N Broadway.
Just northwest of there, a big chunk of First National Center is blanked at 120 N Robinson. Just to the west, the top half of Oklahoma Tower is gone at 210 Park Ave.
To the north, about one-fourth of Leadership Square is dark at 211 N Robinson.
Finally, farthest north, the SandRidge Energy complex, Kerr-McGee Corp.'s longtime headquarters, is blanked.
It's an unsettling photo. But the numbers Anewalt crunched are really scary. With no energy companies in the state and everyone with an energy or energy-related job unemployed, imagine this:
• The state unemployment rate would be 22.76 percent.
• The state gross domestic product would drop by one-third to $104.7 billion.
• State sales tax payments would decrease by 30 percent.
• Local sales tax payments would decrease by 37 percent.
Yet more data to show the direct ties between the oil and gas business and commercial real estate — and one of the biggest ties that binds Oklahoma City and this state together. Thanks, Julie, for helping us picture it.