Oklahoma. Since humans first set foot there some 200 years ago, the place has been kind of a mess. Not to say it doesn’t have potential, but it’s hard to look at any photo or newspaper ranking and honestly say it’s been put to good use.
But the mistakes of yesterday lead to the successes of tomorrow, and with our plan for The New Oklahoma we have that success all ready to go.
Imagine if you will, when crossing the border into Oklahoma, instead of seeing tumbleweeds, you saw a beautiful coastline as far as the eye can see? What if instead of signs warning of hundreds of miles before the next gas station, you saw a beautiful coastline as far as the eye can see? What if instead of seeing abandoned trailer homes inhabited only by starving dogs with matted hair and missing teeth, you saw a beautiful coastline as far as the eye can see? What if “what if” was the reality? What if indeed.
The New Oklahoma master plan challenges you to dare to imagine. We propose the following:
- Replace almost the entire state with a giant freshwater lake.
- 90% of that lake being 6' deep for comfortable swimming.
- Oklahoma City & Norman become a central island.
- Tulsa is relocated to panhandle (new coastline).
- Over 1,200 miles of new beachfront property.
- A new great lake. A new great future.
With The New Oklahoma master plan, our master plan is to fully research feasibility and develop a master plan to execute The New Oklahoma Master Plan.
With your help and support, we will publish a book with the plan that will include photos, future state renderings, beautifully designed and detailed charts and graphs, “What it takes” details with budget estimates and timelines, income opportunities, and next steps in pdf and bound formats. Not to mention a promotional website, digital collateral and materials to foster and channel the excitement!
Help us turn Oklahoma into a place that people will actually want to visit, looks decent, and most importantly — help make it a place in which all of America can be proud.
(Video voice over by Sean U'Ren)
Risks and challenges
As this kickstarter is to fund the exploratory committee to begin researching the viability of The New Oklahoma Project (and publish the book about it), the risks at this stage are pretty insignificant. Once the exploratory committee is organized and research has begun there are a number of challenges that might present themselves.
- In the extremely unlikely case that some of Oklahoma turns out to be inhabited, perhaps by travelers whose cars broke down at some point and they gave up trying to find civilization so they hunkered into the hills and made a life for themselves — well those people would need to be relocated. We don’t expect this will be too tricky. We'll just give them bus tickets to Kansas.
- The so called “drought” plaguing the US could be seen as a deterrent to securing enough water to fill an entire state, in which case additional funds might be needed to acquire the water internationally. Maybe we could get the water they use for fracking, but not frack with it. We'll be looking more into this.
- The dirt surface of “old” Oklahoma has to go somewhere else since Oklahoma will now be mostly water. It could go to the panhandle, or what about Missouri? In any case, it will be mountain sized and you’ll be able to ski or water slide down the back of it right into The New Oklahoma. Someone could probably even charge $50 to zip line hundreds of miles from the top of it all the way into Oklahoma City. So this is more of a positive.
- We expect it to cost a lot to turn Oklahoma into a giant lake, but the exploratory committee might find that it costs a whole lot. But that's why we're raising money now to research it first to make sure we know exactly what we're getting into. How much did we spend on that Iraq war?
- Someone might not want to leave Oklahoma, in which case we’ll just invite them to an awesome party in Kansas. So the risk then is that maybe the party is on the same day as a cousin’s birthday or wedding or something — but again this is low risk because who on earth would choose a family event over a party in Kansas?Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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