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Karlie Tipton, Editorial Assistant
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Rockin’ the Suburb
By Karlie Tipton
February 21, 2013
I try not to judge people based on the content of their bumper stickers. If you want to wear your political affiliation or love of pandas on your car for all the world to see, who am I to critique?
However, there is one piece of automobile propaganda that always sets my teeth on edge: “Don’t Edmond my Norman.”
Having lived in Norman for five years, I had few complaints. It’s a nice college town with a cool vibe. But Edmond, despite all its cookie-cutter houses and chain shops, has a charm all its own. After all, Edmond’s more than 80,000 residents can’t be entirely wrong. Here are some of the things I love the most about the town I now call home:
Edmond has a rich history. Edmond was established shortly after the land run of 1889 and sprang up nearly overnight. The first schoolhouse in Oklahoma Territory, which has been completely restored in the last few years, was opened in Edmond and still stands at the corner of Boulevard and Broadway. The University of Central Oklahoma—then the Territorial Normal School—was opened in 1893, one of the first three universities established in what would become Oklahoma. Edmond’s weekly newspaper, the Edmond Sun, began printing in 1889, making it the oldest continuous newspaper in the state.
Edmond has good schools. In addition to three universities to choose from—the University of Central Oklahoma, Oklahoma Christian University, and Herbert W. Armstrong College—Edmond also boasts thirty-six elementary, middle, high, and private schools, including nine National Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence. In 2011 alone, Edmond produced thirty-four National Merit Semi-Finalists and Commended Scholars. Having graduated from Edmond Santa Fe High School in 2007, I felt like my high school education more than prepared me for college. By the time I received my diploma, I had worked on a newspaper for three years and received thirty hours of college credit thanks to advanced placement courses in everything from literature to environmental science.
Edmond has great places to eat and shop. If you’re in the mood for a quick authentic burrito, Zarate’s Latin Grill on Broadway has you covered. More interested in a slice of ridiculously thick Chicago-style pizza? Humble Pie is a neat little pizzeria. Of course, an elegant night on the town wouldn’t be complete without a sizzling steak from Boulevard Steakhouse. Then burn off a few of those calories with a stroll in the historic downtown area, where you can find shops that carry everything from cute baby items to Southwestern pottery.
Now that I’m back in my hometown for a while, I plan to enjoy all the unique experiences Edmond has to offer..