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Notes on the Geography of Oklahoma: Norman in Sum: Take One: Photo 10

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January, 2006: Mt. Williams yields to a SuperTarget. Did people care? Indeed some did, because a city on the plains needs all the placemarkers it can get, especially when the cultural landscape is so ephemeral that today's drycleaner is tomorrow's liquor store. The University of Oklahoma Foundation, which owned the tract and stood to gain from its development, was politically astute enough to remain silent in the face of murmured protest. A week or two after this picture was taken, the hill was gone. Think Interstate 35, just behind it, will replace it?

A little epitaph, from Willa Cather's My Antonia, Part I, Chapter 4: "It must have been the scarcity of detail in that tawny landscape that made details seem so precious."

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