Oklahoma City vs. Tulsa (Norman, Lawton: fit in, amusement park, hotel)
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Help me decide which city I should move to. I'm looking at taking a job as an EMT/Paramedic with EMSA and am trying to decide which of these cities I would enjoy more. I ultimately want to move to Portland or maybe NYC but the logistics of moving to Oklahoma are a bit simpler right now. I currently live in Northwest Arkansas so I don't think I will have to adapt to a new culture. I've been through Tulsa a couple of times but never explored it. I have only driven through OKC along the interstate. I want to live in an interesting. I like a city to be alive with the arts, unique culture, and good food among other things. I am 23 years old and have decided that I really like living in the city. I like to be downtown where I can access most anything I need within a few minutes. Not much of a partier, but I do like good beer (microbreweries maybe?). I'm also an avid motorcyclist/bicyclist. Do either of these cities cater to getting around by bicycle? What kind of public transit options are available in these cities? I guess the most important question is "Are these cities pleasant to live in?" I'd really appreciate you help educating me.
Please allow me to promote my own city, Tulsa. This is a really good city we have affordable housing whether you wish to buy or rent. We have alot of good shopping areas just about anything you would want. There are loads of things to do. In the Spring we have Mayfest, downtown and in October we have Octoberfest on the west bank of the river. Speaking about the river there is riverwalk in Jenks along with the beautiful aquarium (spelling may be wrong). We also have the river parks which is very pretty and the perfect place if you bicycle or you are a runner. Or just to walk and enjoy the views. We have, as I have stated in other posts world class museums and a good entertainment venue, such as the BOK center which has brought some pretty famous and awesome entertainers. We also have the PAC (performing arts center). The PAC has brought some really good broadway shows to Tulsa I have been to alot of these and they are great. The downtown area features a mixture of old town charm and big city sparkle. You can find pretty much anything in the resturant venue you would want from sushi to good old chicken fried steak. If you wish to venture out further there are lake areas only a few minutes from Tulsa. The people here are really great and I believe you said you will be coming from Northwest Ak, well you will fit in just fine. We also have some really good schools in the Tulsa area if you need that. I will be honest the traffic here is kind of crazy but one gets very creative to get from point A to point B. safely. I could have provided you a link to check out Tulsa but I chose to write personally about Tulsa. This is a great city, like any city we have our problems but we are working on that. Tulsa is a work in progress and I do think it will get better. We love our football. Hope this helps with your decision. You mentioned that you would like to be close to downtown, I think there are some new apts in the downtown area but you would have to check that out although there are some awesome apt complexes in Tulsa that are close to shopping etc. also you might like the Brookside area or the cherry street area both of these areas are great for young people with the resturants. I think we have a microbrewerie near cherry street it is in what used to be either a jr high ( I think it was Horace Mann) or elementary school I think on 15th st. Someone correct me if I am wrong. There are alot of biking trails around the river parks city streets are something else to be on a bicycle but a motorcycle would be a better choice on the expressways or the city streets. Ok I am done now.
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Oklahoma City is also a work in progress. As a metropolis of more than 1.2 million, there is more to see and do each and every year. If its microbreweries you enjoy, check at the Bricktown Brewery in downtown Oklahoma City's Bricktown entertainment district, which is home to 30 restaurants, clubs, a movie theater, bowling alley and the Bricktown Ballpark in the heart of it all. Oklahoma City's cultural offerings extend to the Asian District two miles north of downtown, centered by the Gold Dome, Super Cao Nguyen Asian Market and Chinatown Supermarket, Capitol Hill, in the center of Oklahoma City's latino community (it's more up and coming right now) and the Paseo Arts Community, just east of the Asian District, which offers over a dozen galleries and several restaurants.
For the arts, you'll find plenty of off-Broadway shows, the Oklahoma City Philharmonic Orchestra and Ballet Oklahoma at the Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall, as well as additional live performances at the Rose State PAC. The Oklahoma City Museum of Art is just a block from the Civic Center Music Hall, and for western art, there is plenty at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. Construction is also underway at the American Indian Cultural Center & Museum. If you're a science buff you'll enjoy Science Museum Oklahoma, just next door to the Oklahoma City Zoo, which offers a lot of quality exhibits. And if you're a history buff you'll love the Oklahoma History Museum. For natural science, head south to the suburb of Norman for the Sam Noble Museum of Natural History.
For shopping, there is plenty to be had at the Memorial Road Corridor with Quail Springs Mall, Quail Springs Market Place and Memorial Square as well as Tuscana, currently beginning construction. Just a few miles south on Penn and Northwest Expressway lies Penn Square Mall, with a lot of good shopping, not far from all of the boutiques along Western Avenue. You can also take a cruise to Edmond to shop at the Norman Rockwell-style downtown district or enjoy the upscale shops of Spring Creek.
For the outdoors, Lake Hefner is by far the most popular point for roller blading, biking, running, sailing and wind-surfing. You can also enjoy the biking trails for nearby Bluff Creek park or take advantage of the new trails at the Oklahoma River. Lake Arcadia has some decent camping spots, and there are a lot of nature trails at Lake Stanley Draper.
For sports, in addition to the NBA Oklahoma City Thunder at the Ford Center, you can also enjoy the af2 Yard Dawgz and the Triple A Oklahoma City RedHawks. We will soon have an AHL hockey team to enjoy. In addition to local sports teams, there is OU NCAA sports in Norman, the annual Womens College World Series in OKC (softball) and the Big 12 tournaments that are held on a regular basis in OKC.
Oklahoma City holds many festivals each year, but the festivals I recommend most are the Festival of the Arts in April, the Paseo Arts Festival in May, deadCENTER Film Festival and Deep Deuce Jazz Festival, both in June, Bricktown Blues & Barbeque Festival also in June, Bricktown Fourth of July, Oktoberfest at Frontier City amusement park, Downtown in December and Opening Night, the Oklahoma City's downtown New Year's Eve bash. Every March is Bricktown's Annual St. Patrick's Day Festival.
Oklahoma City is certainly up and coming with the contstruction of Devon's new highrise, in addition to other projects in the design stages and MAPS 3 on the way, which is planned in conjunction with the Core To Shore project.
Both OKC and Tulsa each offer plenty for people coming to Oklahoma, you just have to give it a chance and I am sure you will enjoy it here. Either way, I'm honored you chose Oklahoma.
Please allow me to promote my own city, Tulsa. This is a really good city we have affordable housing whether you wish to buy or rent. We have alot of good shopping areas just about anything you would want. There are loads of things to do. In the Spring we have Mayfest, downtown and in October we have Octoberfest on the west bank of the river. There are alot of biking trails around the river parks city streets are something else to be on a bicycle but a motorcycle would be a better choice on the expressways or the city streets. Ok I am done now.
Ive been to both area a few times and too, prefer the Tulsa area. Everyone Ive talked to (who live in OK) say that there is a difference. I definately was not impressed with Lawton.
I visited both cities a couple of weeks ago, out of curiosity, just to compare the two. Two days in each city. Not a lot of time, but I didn't have a car so my judgements are based on staying in each of the downtown areas, and what was to be enjoyed there without a car, walking distances from a downtown hotel.
From that perspective, Oklahoma City won me over with their Bricktown area, and I feel OKC is ahead of Tulsa with adding more life and housing into their downtown core area.
Myself, I'm always on the lookout for small, neighborhood, organic pubs (not yuppie bars) and I found enough of those in OKC around Bricktown, but none in the downtown core itself, which was disappointing.
In Tulsa I only found one older pub called the Lounge downtown. That was it!
And, being a smoker, I could even smoke there, not so in the high-priced bar off the lobby at the Doubletree where I stayed.
If I were to live anywhere in this country, I'd live in the downtown area, as I hate being car dependent. Both cities have a long way to go to attract me to live in either. But OKC shows a lot more promise, to me, than Tulsa.
I also read the synopsis on MAPS 3 for OKC. Sorry, I don't relate to gigantuan parks in any city, and for that reason, I hope it was defeated.
Their botanical park downtown is a real treasure.
What's holding Tulsa up anyway? It's a beautiful city and has skads of potential. Too bad the river doesn't come closer to the downtown area.
That was quite a hefty walk on a very cold day from downtown to the river and back, and very little of anything to distract one along the way.
I had asked the hotel clerk if I could walk to this hyped-up Cherry Street area and she advised against it as too far to walk, but perhaps I was wrongly advised. I somehow got the impression that it was right off the downtown core area. Never saw it.
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