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Honestly? I’m sick and tired.

The truth? I’m sick of living in a town that refuses to install crosswalks in front of all community schools under some lame excuse of a “gap study”. I’m sick of living in a town full of parents advocating for child safety while running neighborhood stop signs, texting and driving, blocking what crosswalks we do have, and never yielding to pedestrians (even in front of schools). I’m sick of people thinking the answer to traffic in town is to add streets and lanes. I’m sick of people honking because I’m not walking fast enough across 5 lanes of traffic with…

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This Is Oklahoma: Jason Duncan

A few weeks ago, I had the chance to sit down and chat with Mike Hearne on his This Is Oklahoma podcast. This podcast is dedicated to telling the stories of the people of Oklahoma. This podcast is full of the stories of the people who embody the spirit of Oklahoma. Hosted by Mike Hearne During this hour long conversation, we talked about coffee, business, music, art, and community. You can watch the video below or check out the audio version tonight on your way to sleep. Thanks to Mike for having me on the podcast. I enjoyed the conversation…

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Cycle 66 – A Ride Along The Mother Road

Cycle 66 is a new urban/rural bicycling tour along historic Route 66 and beyond. Beginning and ending in downtown Edmond, Cycle 66 offers three distinct routes for all experience levels and raises funds for worthy causes in our community. Over the past few years, I have been trying to get involved with as many boards and commissions as I can properly handle. I tend to go all in with this sort of work and spend lots of time with the responsibility but it is work that just makes me feel like I am a part of something bigger picture. I…

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EVOKE: District Dreams

When my wife Jenni and I first drove through Downtown Edmond in early 2011 on the recommendation from a great family friend (and future landlord), we were a bit surprised by what we found. Not in a “this place is happening and we don’t want to leave” sort of way but a “this place has ALL the potential to be the next great district in the metro” sort of way. Yes, we said something out loud that had been way out of our minds the three years prior. Something that I never thought I’d give real entertainment to. That Edmond…

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The Slow Roll – the heartbeat of strong communities.

With unlimited space to social distance, a good bike ride slows time, allowing us to breathe, laugh, and embrace all that surrounds us.  An opportunity to be a part of the landscape, not just charging across it in an SUV, missing most of what Oklahoma has to offer.  What a better way to lend support to our Main Streets and small businesses than stopping to eat and drink every 15-20 miles? Every dollar invested right back into the communities we visit in a direct way, with nary a dime spent to propel a multi-ton vehicle along with us. Keith Reed…

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Strong Communities: It’s More Than Just A Commute

Mobility is the ability to move or be moved freely and easily. Freely and easily (maybe even safely). Let’s think about that for a minute. I came across this post tonight as I was scrolling through Twitter. It almost got buried in the mess of all the back and forth on leadership and pandemics and medical research and expertise. (Wow, more on leadership coming soon I think.). Isn’t it great? Mobility is more than just “time spent” getting from A to B. It has sensory, emotional, and social qualities we seldom consider or discuss. @Modacity It hit me. It came…

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