You can tell things are getting bad in Tulsa when a Tulsa World columnist actually calls for Oklahoma City to be running things:
What we need to outsource is City Hall.
How much do you think Oklahoma City would charge us to take over governing Tulsa?
I don’t know. How much did Heracles get for beheading the Hydra? It’s a comparable task, and it’s probably easier than rerouting the Arkansas River through 2nd and Cincinnati. And I’m pretty sure OKC Mayor Mick Cornett isn’t champing at the bit to take over.
Actually, Tulsa is contemplating some charter changes, one of which might be the adoption of a council/manager form of government similar to Oklahoma City’s, which is occasionally slow and cumbersome but once in a while manages to do the Right Thing. With Tulsa’s existing strong-mayor system, you have to hope that you elected someone up to the task, which too often you didn’t, which explains why America’s Most Beautiful City (Time, 1950s) has basically turned into the White Detroit.
The ultimate solution may be to dissolve the government entirely and let Jenks annex the city. At least they seem to know how to run things.
It’s either that or turn it over to Charlie Sheen.