Any urbanist has to appreciate New York City and the way it works. The public transit is astonishing.
Cities have to realize that whatever the federal government is going to do, it’s not going to be enough. And cities that proactively take control of their own quality of life initiatives are going to be the cities that ultimately attract the highly talented young people and create the jobs.
I believe in infrastructure, I believe in investing in your hard assets. Where I think government starts to fail is when it starts getting itself weighed down with the social programs. And I think the American public just feels like a lot of that money is tossed aside and wasted.
I’m learning a lot about the culture of weight loss. I didn’t know there were bloggers out there who were proud to be fat.
I’ve never seen a tornado and I’ve lived in Oklahoma City basically my whole life. It’s not like we’re infested with them on a continual basis. But you learn to live with the warnings. And you learn what to do if one is coming your way. And then you cross your fingers and make the best judgments you can.
If you can attract highly educated people from other parts of the country and keep your own best and brightest, chances are the job creators are going to be successful.
If your city’s being populated by highly educated twentysomethings with choices, you’re probably going to succeed.
It is not OK for anyone to be obese. There needs to be a cultural shift.
Jobs follow people. People don’t follow jobs.
People in Oklahoma don’t wake up every morning wondering what the government is going to do for them.
People look for their leadership to lead.
People say the seats at sporting events are too small. My response is, ‘That’s why we’re trying to work on the size of your rear end!’
The bottom line is that we have entered an age when local communities need to invest in themselves. Federal and state dollars are becoming more and more scarce for American cities. Political and civic leaders in local communities need to make a compelling case for this investment.
The spoiled superstar brat wouldn’t get far in Oklahoma City. We’re very value-conscious. Our city was settled in a land run. Those 10,000 people were desperate for a better life.
There are a lot of things that government doesn’t do well. One of things that government does do well is build stuff.
Think independently and put the country first.
This urbanization that’s taking place around the world is very real. But if it’s people that are seeking an urbanized environment out of desperation, that’s not going to be helpful long term.
We did such a great job of creating the interstate highway system in Oklahoma City that we don’t have traffic congestion. You can actually get a speeding ticket during rush hour in the city. That’s how great our traffic flows.
We had a branding problem. We have allowed ourselves to be branded by our tragedies. If you said ‘Oklahoma City,’ chances are the next word out of your mouth was ‘bombing.’
We’ve got to get people out of their cars, out of those drive-thru windows, get them walking, get them in parks and get them more active.
We’ve seen the kind of social impact a professional sports team has on a city. A team brings high-profile role models into your community who are healthy and they’re great images for the city to gravitate toward, especially for kids.
When you have a lot of construction going on, it sends a message of vitality that builds up consumer confidence. It gets people to spend money when they see that energy, that things are happening.