Omaha spots get Pokemon famous

Posted at 3:36 PM, Jul 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-13 18:20:05-04

This time last week, most of us probably had never of Pokemon Go.

That a difference a week makes. The geo caching, catch-them-all game has been downloaded
7.5 million times in the U.S. and TechCrunch says the game is making around $1.6 million per day.

Locally, there's also a benefit coming to the community.

Among the lilacs and the bubble bees in the gardens at the Ford birth site, Summer Johnson was experiencing the benefit.

"It's funny you know who's playing Pokemon because we're all the 20-30 somethings walking with our phone up to our face," she said.

Johnson is hunting  for a Caterpie.

"It evolves into a metapod and that eventually evolves into a butterfree," she explains.

There's a community perk to the poke-craze. Most of the game players just wander around and find creatures that pop up in your phone's view. However, part of the game has these PokeStops on a map where anyone can see. The stops have virtual supplies for the players. And most are local artwork and monuments.

Ariel Sinha was out on the hunt for her lunch break and caught some local culture with her Pokemon catch of the day.

"There's a lot in the Gene Leahy Mall. And I walk around there a lot because I work down here, but like one of the stops is a plaque on the wall that I would have never stopped to read otherwise," she said.

And people on the flip side of this are loving it too. Omaha artist Watie White made a stencil of his son 11 years ago for a piece of street art.  Now that art is a Pokemon go stop.

Another community perk, so there are some apps you can connect on your phone that  tracks your steps as your playing Pokemon Go and they make a charitable donation. 

They are:
Charity Miles - Various charities of all types
ResQ Walk - Animal welfare
Wooftrax - Shelter/rescue charities