Earlier this week, some local ad agency folks or social media experts or whatever started at “mysterious” social media hashtag campaign called #WhatIfOKC. The idea is that social media users are supposed to use the hashtag to share what changes they’d like to see happen to Oklahoma City.
This got the attention of NewsOK.com:
The Oklahoma City Twitterverse is optimistic today.
Residents are using the hashtag #WhatIfOKC to talk about the change they’d like to see in the city. It’s a movement started by Made Possible By Us.
The folks at Made Possible haven’t yet announced what they’re planning to do, but it’s great to see residents having positive and thoughtful conversations about the future of OKC. To join the conversation, use #WhatIfOKC.
I don’t know, but this seems kind of cheeky. What’s in it for the people putting the thing together? Are they going to present Mayor Cornett and the city council a big book of “What Ifs,” or are they going to use the responses as a sneaky way to make money? We have no clue.
That being said, playing the “What If…” game is fun. I like to imagine things like “What if I won the lottery?” or “What if didn’t have red hair?” or “What if the news stations didn’t cut to people like Val, who are in a car looking at rain or clouds? I mean, I could see the same thing if I stepped outside. Show me the damned radar pics of where the storm is heading! I don’t own a radar to see that kind of stuff, you do. I don’t give a shit that Reed Trimmer might be looking at a ‘rain wrapped’ tornado. How about you show me the radar stuff, and I’ll look at the pictures you took of the storm afterward.”
Anyway, NewsOK.com shared some of the “What If…” ideas in a slide show. Since Patrick thinks slide shows are just a cheap way to garner page views, I picked out some of my favorites below after the jump, which is also another cheap way to get pageviews:
As a parent that would be amazing. If only our public libraries did stuff during the summers for kids. Oh wait… they do. Also, it’s free. Walking distance is relative. Everything is walking distance if you have two legs and the ability to walk. I hear free-range kids are all the rage these days.
I really like this idea. It would be beautiful and help with the lack of healthy food options in food deserts and increase property value. But neighborhoods with food insecurity have bigger problems than a lack of healthy food. Crime and drugs and bored kids, to name a few. It would only take bored kids a few minutes to destroy months worth of work in your garden. Bored kids… they are the reason we can’t have nice things.
This is an amazing idea and should be implemented. Also, why are we still teaching kids about Stop-Drop-Roll? In my 35 years on this planet I haven’t had to use this information once. I guess our teachers expected us to be on fire more that we actually were.
I’d wash it down with a cold Budweiser.
Bad idea! I refuse to share the road with those jerks. There is a bike lane next to my house and those bastards never obey regular traffic laws. And it’s always the assholes who dress up like Lance Armstrong. The hipsters with the fixed gear bikes almost always stop at the stop sign. So, good on you, hipsters. Lance Armstrong types… that spandex is wind resistant, but it’s not car resistant.
Gray, I would love it if OKC had better public transportation, but a Subway? We can’t even get people to ride a rickshaw following a Thunder game. Plus, I’m not sure I want to be underground when the next frack-quake hits. But a subway would be a great idea during tornado season!
This would be fantastic. Also, what if we had a spaceship to take us to the moon?! Hell, we could probably use some of the old tracks we have at the State Fair Grounds! But it would only take one tornado a few minutes to destroy it. Although, it would probably be pretty sweet to watch a sky tram (unoccupied, of course) being thrown into Lake Hefner.
Amen, Shelley! Maybe we need to start stealing teachers from Seattle to get this thing kickstarted!
I want this idea to happen so bad. But only using actual street art. Gangs “tagging” potholes are allowed to be hit by cars… or bicyclists not obeying traffic laws.
Anyway, I don’t want to come off as a Negative Ned and just shoot down these “great” ideas. We should go with all of them. Also, check out the site next week as we share our own ideas for OKC.
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