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They left city hall like students on a field trip. City power brokers, headed to an alley for a lesson about a different type of power.

"I kind of think about electricity sort of like a politician. If everything's going right nobody wants to talk to you, if it's not then everybody wants to talk to you," said George Heady of AEP PSO.

Today's topic, the pros and cons of going underground.

"It's kind of a trade off. There's some advantages being overhead, there's some disadvantage being overhead, same thing with underground too," said Steven Baker of AEP PSO.

One perceived underground advantage? Reliability.

"The area that I live in is underground. It seems like we have less power outages over in that area because it's underground," said Tulsa city councilor Jack Henderson.

But an underground drawback? Expense.

"Look at this alleyway. Look at the bricks, the excavation work we're going to have to do here is going to be, it would take an awful lot of effort," said Baker.

Above ground advantage? Repairs can often be made relatively quickly. But then of course, there's all that stuff blocking your view of the sky, which brings us back to underground.

"I think for beautification it's a great idea," said Tulsa city councilor Jeannie Cue. She says the new owners of Crystal City in West Tulsa are considering going down below.

"I, in fact the new owners pointed it out and I've gone there all my life I hadn't even really paid it any attention, but now every time I see it like they I guess they did when they first saw it, it's kind of an eye sore," she said.

A continually charged topic, with plenty of juice for future discussion.

"I think it would make a difference in our city if we had underground, just for beautification, but we don't want to put that on the taxpayers right now," she said.

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