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Notes on the Geography of Oklahoma: Oklahoma City Eastside: Photo 50

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We've come over to the west side of the freeway and are looking east along 1st street toward the interstate. Ralph Ellison was born in a rooming house that stood somewhere along this empty block. The route of the interstate was designated in 1976, and an oral history includes this masterpiece of understatement from the highway-planner responsible for the routing: "The residents of the minority neighborhoods south of 23rd Street expressed some concern over the project and we tried to answer all their concerns but, in hindsight, perhaps we didn't." Ya think?

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