I grew up in Bethany. Went to school at PCWest. Our first house we bought was in Brownsville, a nice neighborhood in Bethany.
I wanted to make Bethany work, not leave my roots. But the drive from I-40 to 39 on Council became too much for the wife. Everyday she'd say we've got to get out of here. I don't feel safe at the grocery stores. This is Bethany we are talking about.
Sure enough we took the great white flight to Edmond and built a beautiful house in Red Bud Canyon. I still drive thru Bethany and realize we made the right choice. PC West is now one of the poorest schools in the state, I think they have close to 90% government assisted breakfasts.
It's too simple to say the apartments killed Bethany but they sure didn't help. I really don't recognize that town from where it was 15 years ago.