After shootings, does Tulsa face an image problem?


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Updated: 7/17/2012 9:15 am Published: 7/16/2012 9:19 pm


The shock of Saturday’s shooting at a midtown Best Buy still sits deep in the hearts of Tulsans.
 
“It's awful, words really can't describe,” Shay Garcia told FOX23.
 
City councilors are also scratching their heads.
 
“It does bring to mind, ‘What is going on in Tulsa?’” G.T. Bynum, Tulsa City Councilor, said.
 
Even the Executive Director of the Crime Commission says the last six months have not been the best for the city.
 
“Perception is we have a very violent city. This spring has been especially harsh,” Carol Bush told FOX23.
 
Everyone wants to know why this most recent shooting happened, but that answer may not come until a suspect is arrested.

In the meantime, Tulsa's image has taken another hit as news of Saturday’s shooting spread across the nation.

 
“Why would you want to come visit here if all you hear is negative,” Garcia said.
 
Others say the city's image should be the last of our worries.
 
“I would worry more about getting shot when I am out shopping than I would about what someone in New York thinks about Tulsa,” Jane Payne told FOX23.
 
That's something Councilor Bynum echoed.
 
“Tulsa's public image with people around the country is the least of my concerns, right now my top concern is for Mr. Brown and his family,” Bynum said about the innocent victim in Saturday’s shooting.
 
Bynum says the city and its police force won't stop until the killer is in cuffs. Bush says the best way to repair our image may be to spread the truth.
 
“We need to counterbalance the violent with the good things that are happening in our community, of which we have a lot. Our homicide rate is one of the lowest its been in years at this point in the year. We need to remember that,” Bush said.
 
Tulsans were surprised to hear those numbers Monday.
 
“If crime's down, that's a good thing, and maybe it's bad luck that we're receiving national press on the murders that do happen,” Greg Augsburger said.
 
Councilor Bynum says he has put a special item on the agenda for Thursday’s City Council meeting. He'll ask Tulsa Police Chief Chuck Jordan if there's anything more the city can do to help the department catch those committing these violent crimes.

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aleman - 7/19/2012 4:06 PM
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St.Louis...been there.Here there samey same.

roberts68 - 7/19/2012 10:43 AM
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You could pack up and move to ST Louis.

aleman - 7/18/2012 5:57 PM
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The problem is Tulsa still has the small town mentality from 60 years ago when downtown was the place to be,we were the oil capital,voted Americas' most beautiful city,the city limits were Yale on the east and 31st on the south.The problem is the ruling class cannot let go of this.Those days are long gone,they need to look beyond those boundries and see whats going on.

Mayor Maynot - 7/18/2012 7:40 AM
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Tulsa? Image problem ?-) way before this, the writers of Friends knew that Tulsa had a problem. It wasn't clearly stated. But it was known that Tulsa was a great place to go nowhere. In the 50's- the mid 70's Tulsa was considered a nice little family town. Now if your families are into gang banging, driveby shootings, random shootins, then come on over and stay for a while,( or at least until you are shot and killed) :-)

Mayor Maynot - 7/18/2012 7:18 AM
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Tulsa? Image problem ?-) way before this, the writers of Friends knew that Tulsa had a problem. It wasn't clearly stated. But it was known that Tulsa was a great place to go nowhere. In the 50's- the mid 70's Tulsa was considered a nice little family town. Now if your families are into gang banging, driveby shootings, random shootins, then come on over and stay for a while,( or at least until you are shot and killed) :-)

aleman - 7/17/2012 6:48 PM
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Hell yea Tulsa has a image problem,we are the laughing stock of the country.My relatives call from out of town making fun of us.They say "Man,y'all have a dead body for breakfast everyday or how many meth fires y'all have last night." A lot of this stuff ends up on national news or local news in other states where they have" Guess what happened in Tulsa last night"reports making fun of us.Our city leaders don't like to admit this but we have an extraordinary amount of violent crime and a drug problem here beyond belief.Tulsa is known to be easy on drug addicts and a lot of dopers come here because drugs are readily available,and it is easy for the addicts to get assistance financially.I know this for a fact as we have one these deadbeats in the family who jokes about getting her 2500 dollar a month "nut check" which is spent in less than 2 days on this crap.It's this rap culture that constantly pounds these kids with this crap for 20 years now.

t town253 - 7/17/2012 10:52 AM
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Watchdog i feel you and agree 100%. I have only been in Tulsa for 2 years but where I come from all this crap is happening there too. Its everywhere. So bump the image crap....that should be the least of our worries. Like you said....there are people dying period and that should be our concern....not Tulsa's image!!

watchdog11 - 7/17/2012 12:24 AM
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What I meant to say was, NOT everyone else who is dying on the streets is a gangbanger or criminal, some are just people with families too....much anger.

watchdog11 - 7/17/2012 12:19 AM
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Hate to play the race card, but people are dying on the streets, in their homes, in their driveways, in stores, everywhere everyday and one white guy dies and suddenly the city council is "scratching" their heads? Excuse me, it is horribly tragic that this innnocent man died while shopping with his granddaughter, and I feel so sad for the family, but everyone else who are dying on the streets of Tulsa aren't gangbangers and crimninals, they are people too, and they have families, why the hell haven't these city councilors been concerned before? Does Tulsa have an image problem? Are you freaking kidding me? Where have you idiots been for the past 4 years? Morons!
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