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  1. #1
    Sooner&RiceGrad Guest

    Default Thoughts on a Sister City of OKC?

    I would say these, in order, are our closest matches for a sister city.

    Fort Worth
    Omaha
    Nashville
    Phoenix
    Memphis
    San Antonio
    Denver




    Thoughts on Omaha, Nashville, and Phoenix? I am curious how those will fly...

  2. Default Re: Thoughts on a Sister City of OKC?

    Omaha? I would say hopefully not...I don't think Omaha is up to OKC's level just yet.

    I think the closest matches would be San Antonio, Fort Worth, and Memphis.

  3. Default Re: Thoughts on a Sister City of OKC?

    Phoenix is similarly sprawling, and Nashville's about the right size, but I think Omaha; it's got the same sort of near-Western twang, it's got the same sort of balance between rebuilding the old and spreading out with the new, and its educational rep is based on a collection of smaller schools rather than on one big one.

    Besides, if we took Fort Worth, we'd be looking for a Dallas.

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    Sooner&RiceGrad Guest

    Default Re: Thoughts on a Sister City of OKC?

    Quote Originally Posted by Nuclear_2525
    Omaha? I would say hopefully not...I don't think Omaha is up to OKC's level just yet.
    Been there once or twice, not lately or in the last 5 months though.

    They aren't quite up to our level of cityness yet, but they are very advanced for only 3/4 million people! Probably a Midwestern version of Little Rock.

    Omaha has more of a Western twang, like we do, which is why I would bring them up rather than Little Rock.

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    Default Re: Thoughts on a Sister City of OKC?

    Aren't "sister cities" usually international? To answer my own question, yes they are.

    Here are a list of pairings in the state of Oklahoma according to the Oklahoma Department of Commerce:

    Oklahoma's Sister City Pairings
    The interesting thing is after a sister program pairing is put into play, it often develops a history and lifeline all its own. In several instances, it is almost as if the paired cities truly are “blood relatives” because of the coincidences and situations that connect the two communities.

    Following are the Oklahoma cities and their international counterparts that enjoy a sister city relationship:

    Broken Arrow
    La Ceba, Honduras

    Claremore
    Murvlenko, Russia

    Grove
    Pursuing Miyama, Japan

    Lawton
    Guillesheim, Germany

    Norman
    Clermont-Ferrand, France
    Colima, Mexico
    Seika, Japan (Friendship City)

    Oklahoma City
    Haikou City, China
    Puebla, Mexico
    Tainan, Taiwan
    Taipei, Taiwan
    Yehud, Israel
    Ulyanovsk, Russia
    Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

    Pawhuska
    Montauban, France

    Ponca City
    Baiyin, Gansu Province, China

    Shawnee
    Nikaho, Japan

    Stillwater
    Kameoka, Japan

    Stroud
    Stroud, Australia
    Stroud, Canada
    Stroud, England

    Tahlequah
    Aruba, the Netherlands Antilles

    Tulsa
    Beihai, China
    Celle, Germany
    Kaohsiung, Taiwan
    San Luis Potosi, Mexico
    Tiberias, Israel
    Utsunomiya, Japan
    Zelenograd, Russia

    Yukon
    Krnov, Czech Republic

    For more information:
    http://www.okcommerce.gov/index.php?...=353&Itemid=97

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    Sooner&RiceGrad Guest

    Default Re: Thoughts on a Sister City of OKC?

    Well, the next time we want someone to tell us that OKC and Taipei, or OKC and Rio de Janeiro are very simillar, we'll give Midtowner a call at 405-640-CRAP!

  7. Post Re: Thoughts on a Sister City of OKC?

    Actually, my fiance is from Taiwan (Tainan) and I can say that OKC is very similar to Tainan, just not quite as old. Not too similar to congested, dense Taipei tho but usually sister cities are more of gesture to spur ideals more than finding similar cities.

    OKC should look to bigger international cities, thats where the dollars are, thats where the commerce is, they are also cities we would like to use as gateways for OKC goods and services and vice versa. And on that note, Taipei and Rio are fine sister cities for OKC.

    Tulsa looks to Kaohsiung for the obvious reason, it is the third largest port in the world! Otherwise, not much in common. Seattle has Kobe Japan and Seoul Korea, similar in some ways but not too similar, esp heavily congested Seoul.

    Vancouver BC has Kaohsiung as a sister, a more obvious comparison there as both are very very similar and big trading partners! Also Guangzhou China and Hong Kong and Los Angeles.

    Lots of cities have similar sisters, it helps the world go round.

    As for sister American cities, I vote for DENVER and PORTLAND and Richmond for OKCs sister cities.
    Oklahoma City, the RENAISSANCE CITY!

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    Default Re: Thoughts on a Sister City of OKC?

    Quote Originally Posted by Sooner&RiceGrad
    Well, the next time we want someone to tell us that OKC and Taipei, or OKC and Rio de Janeiro are very simillar, we'll give Midtowner a call at 405-640-CRAP!
    Oh your wit and cleverness know no bounds! Just kidding.

    But please refer your remarks to the Oklahoma Department of Commerce. It's their list, not mine. Had you bothered to check that link, you would have seen that along with how we come to call them "sister cities".

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    renffahcs Guest

    Default Re: Thoughts on a Sister City of OKC?

    Sooner, I think this is a good list to compare OKC. Since I am in FTW and have been to OKC many times I like that comparison. Nashville is good too. I did not like the San Antonio comparison. Sanan's pop is twice OKC's. Both DT's have river/canal areas but Sanan has a huge tourist economy DT. I have never been to Omaha or Phoenix so no opinion there. What about Kansas City??

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    Default Re: Thoughts on a Sister City of OKC?

    But please refer your remarks to the Oklahoma Department of Commerce. It's their list, not mine. Had you bothered to check that link, you would have seen that along with how we come to call them "sister cities".
    Indeed. Its your government that made the list. Midtowner was just educating all of us.

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    Default Re: Thoughts on a Sister City of OKC?

    Quote Originally Posted by metro
    Indeed. Its your government that made the list. Midtowner was just educating all of us.
    Exactly. I can make no apologies for people with medical degrees that can't read.


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    Default Re: Thoughts on a Sister City of OKC?

    Midtowner, your a genius. Your humor is delightful

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    Default Re: Thoughts on a Sister City of OKC?

    FYI..Omaha's metro population is now over 800K. 200,000 larger than Little Rock and really of the same size and scope as Tulsa (without the anti-OKC bias). I am interested in reading more OKC opinion on Omaha in this thread..

    ..Ciao..LiO....Peace

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    Patrick Guest

    Default Re: Thoughts on a Sister City of OKC?

    Quote Originally Posted by Omaha Cowboy
    FYI..Omaha's metro population is now over 800K. 200,000 larger than Little Rock and really of the same size and scope as Tulsa (without the anti-OKC bias). I am interested in reading more OKC opinion on Omaha in this thread..

    ..Ciao..LiO....Peace
    I'm also interested in reading more about Omaha. To be real honest with you Omaha Cowboy, some of us here just aren't that familiar with Omaha, myself included.

  15. Default Re: Thoughts on a Sister City of OKC?

    Never been to Omaha, so I really can't compare the two - I'm sure it's a nice place. People usually are fond of the place they call home.
    " You've Been Thunder Struck ! "

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    Sooner&RiceGrad Guest

    Default Re: Thoughts on a Sister City of OKC?

    Quote Originally Posted by renffahcs
    Sooner, I think this is a good list to compare OKC. Since I am in FTW and have been to OKC many times I like that comparison. Nashville is good too. I did not like the San Antonio comparison. Sanan's pop is twice OKC's. Both DT's have river/canal areas but Sanan has a huge tourist economy DT. I have never been to Omaha or Phoenix so no opinion there. What about Kansas City??
    KC is typically Tulsa's Sister City.

    Sanan's metro population is about the same as OKC's.

    Oh, and Taipei has the world's tallest tower for goodness' sakes! Grow a brain...


    Also, Richmond makes sense. But Portland? Come on!!!

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    Default Re: Thoughts on a Sister City of OKC?

    A few other cities that are similar in MSA size:

    Charlotte
    Louisville
    Jacksonville
    Salt Lake City
    Birmingham


    I like the Charlotte comparison, at least as a target for our aspirations.

  18. #18
    Sooner&RiceGrad Guest

    Default Re: Thoughts on a Sister City of OKC?

    Salt Lake? Hell yes!

    Jaxville? Eh... they're more like Atlanta and Charlotte, which is also a no.

    Louisville for sure.

    B'ham? Are you sure--I mean, the Ham is an awfully slummy city!

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    swake Guest

    Default Re: Thoughts on a Sister City of OKC?

    Omaha and Tulsa are a lot alike, both have done well with maintaining the midtown areas. Tulsa has a larger and more modern downtown (for office space) and Omaha doesn’t have anything like Tulsa’s art deco but then Tulsa doesn’t have a developed downtown district like Omaha’s. The cities of Omaha and Tulsa look a lot alike too, but Tulsa’s suburbs are more sprawling and not as evenly developed as Omaha’s ‘burbs, that’s a plus for Omaha, Tulsa seems a little wealthier, both in the city and in the suburbs. The biggest appearance difference is that most homes, especially newer homes, in Tulsa are brick and most in Omaha are siding, that may be a lot reason for more of a feeling of wealth in Tulsa. Omaha overall feels more compact, but not smaller, it’s a very nice town. Tulsa doesn’t have snow lanes, that’s going to be a plus for Tulsa. I don’t know that Omaha has much of a western flair like has been posted here, maybe some? The one big difference is that Omaha is not very diverse at all, it’s kinda weird being there, almost every single person you see is white.

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    Sooner&RiceGrad Guest

    Default Re: Thoughts on a Sister City of OKC?

    To be honest, Tulsa seems wealthier than 99.9% of the city's I have been in.

    Now, even though Charlotte is not THAT wealthy, it is VERY simillar to Tulsa.

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    Default Re: Thoughts on a Sister City of OKC?

    Omaha's African-American metro population is over 60,000..Hispanic is now nearly 50,000. Omaha also has perhaps the largest Sudanese population of any US city at nearly 10,000..

    Omahan is every bit as diverse as OKC or Tulsa and has maintained a significant African-American popultion since the early 1900's..

    Like most any city like Omaha/Tulsa/OKC, if you stayed mainly in the wealthy 'Burbs, you see mainly white people..But if you were to travel to South Omaha/North Omaha/Downtown Omaha/or the near south side..You would mainly see people of color..

    ..Ciao..LiO....Peace

  22. Default Re: Thoughts on a Sister City of OKC?

    Well, my first look at Omaha was on the north side, up by Malcolm X's birthplace, and it disabused me of any notion that it was some sort of white-bread burg. (Oklahoma City has a similar, and similarly undeserved, reputation.)

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    Default Re: Thoughts on a Sister City of OKC?

    Exactly windowphobe!..Omaha is not only the birthplace of Malcom X, but is also hometown to many famous African-American athletes including NFL Hall of Famer Gayle Sayers, MLB Hall of Famer Bob Gibson, 1972 Heisman Trophy winner and former NU great Johnny Rodgers, NFL RB Ahman Green, 1960 Olympic Gold Medalist and basketball great Bob Boozer, NBA statdout Ron Boone and so on..

    In fact, Johnny Rodgers, Bob Gibson and Ahman Green still live in Omaha and can be seen doing frequent local TV commercial spots..

    ..Ciao..LiO....Peace

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    Sooner&RiceGrad Guest

    Default Re: Thoughts on a Sister City of OKC?

    So let me get this right Omaha Cowboy, you are bragging about being the birthplace of Malcom X?

    That's like Lawton bragging about being the birthplace of the Sooner&RiceGrad! Just kiddin!

    But serously.

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    Default Re: Thoughts on a Sister City of OKC?

    Not braggin, just informing..

    And Malcom X is internationally known..And I was born in Omaha too..Greatness abounds lol..

    ..Ciao..LiO....Peace

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