Lawton, Oklahoma SperlingViews
"Quality of Life is nonexistent"
Quality of Life is nonexistent - 7/15/2010||
I have lived all over the world during the last 40 years and I have never seen a place that consistently has the worst of everything. Lawton is it. No decent grocery stores or restaurants, good luck finding a place where you can get a decent lunch that's not dripping with grease. Organic food is almost non existent. In Lawton you get walmarted to death, no Target or other stores. 45 miles south, Wichita Falls, roughly the same size, has everything. They even have a Bed and Bath, James Avery and TJMaxx. BRAC has brought gridlock, more fast food joints, deterioration of air quality and more crime. Instead of improving this town is going further downhill. Buffalo statues placed throughout the town are supposed to improve the appearance. What a joke. It's going to take a lot more than Buffalo statues to make this place a liveable town. Then there is the murderous climate, icestorms in the winter, killer heat and humidity for at least 6 months in the summer. No efforts to do anything for the environment. I could go on for hours. Although there are some very nice surroundings and a wildlife refuge, little is being done to protect those places. To the contrary, the view to a beautiful lake is being blocked by new home contruction with no height or any othe restrictions. Toxins are freely dumped into the lake that provides our drinking water. Oklahoma has quite strict environmental laws but nobody enforces them. As a matter of fact I am sure the local Sheriff's Department is not even familiar with these laws. If they are they close both eyes when they see all these private waste dumps and meth labs in the surrounding lake areas with their run off going straight into the lake. All in all if this place doesn't improve it's not a good place to lead a healthy life. Lawton and surrounding areas also have some of the highest cancer rates in the nation.
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