By William Crum
The new Oklahoma City has much in common with its cousins south of the Red River.
So much, in fact, that “in terms of economic characteristics, it really looks now like the northernmost city in Texas,” Russell Evans, the city's consulting economist, told the city council Tuesday.
It may be too soon to run the Lone Star up the flagpole, but long-term forces shaping the Southwest are shifting Oklahoma City into a class that includes Dallas-Fort Worth, Austin and San Antonio.
Geography is key, said Evans, executive director of the Steven C. Agee Economic and Research Policy Institute in the Meinders School of Business at Oklahoma City University.