Hey, pal. I’ve lived with you for almost 15 years. But we have to talk, OK?
This might hurt. You might lash out. I’m ready for it.
You’re not as big as you think you are. …
Dear northwest Oklahoma City,
We’re buds, right? I’ve done most of my working, shopping and eating out in your increasingly happening environs for almost 15 years. But I have news for you.
It might hurt. You might be in denial.
You’re not Edmond. You’re northwest Oklahoma City.
I hate to bring this up. You might find it awkward. But I am always setting the record straight when some business or developer claims to be in Edmond when it’s not.
Now, I know that facts, in the Internet age, have fallen out of fashion. But here are the awkward facts:
A business or home can be in the Oklahoma City limits, have an Edmond postal address, get police protection from Oklahoma City, have Oklahoma City utilities, but be in the Edmond Public School District.
So, if that’s your situation, where do you live or work? Almost everyone will say “Edmond,” mostly because people are so oriented toward schools; partly because, well, the U.S. Postal Service seems to say you live in Edmond; and partly because to some people it sounds cooler to say they live or work in Edmond than in Oklahoma City.
But it’s not Edmond. Not really.
School district lines are one thing, city limits are another, and the post office is only saying what youre postal address is, not what city you’re in.
It affects statistics: If someone says something about, well, any aspect of Edmond business, they’re usually talking about the “Edmond market area,” which follows the Edmond school district lines, not the Edmond city limits.
So “Edmond,” when it comes to business stats, includes Quail Springs Mall and almost the entire Memorial Road retail corridor.
The post office complicates things further: West of Broadway Extension, everything in Oklahoma City north of NW 150 has an Edmond postal address, so businesses and neighborhoods along Pennsylvania and May avenues can say they’re “in Edmond,” and many, if not most, do. East of Pennsylvania, Edmond addresses extend as far south as Memorial Road.
But the school district lines are the main deciding factor. “Edmond schools” is a selling point. It is confusing. It can be exasperating for sticklers of detail.
It’s not just an Oklahoma City-Edmond thing; those are just the ones I know best. School district lines, city limits and postal addresses crisscross in perplexing ways across the metro area. Don’t even get me started on county lines. Oklahoma City spills into four counties: Oklahoma, Cleveland, Canadian and Pottawatomie.
If you want to know where you really live, find out which city issued the building permit for your house or business.
If you want to know whether you live in Oklahoma City, go here: http://tinyurl.com/OKCaddresses.
Go here for a map of the Oklahoma City limits: http://tinyurl.com/OKCmap.
For a Edmond school district map, go here: http://tinyurl.com/EdmondSchoolMap.
People are really sensitive to how they’re perceived. It’s been almost 10 years since I brought this up. (Go here: http://tinyurl.com/MizeOnEdmond). I hope I haven’t crossed a line.