SAVE THE RIVERSIDE SIDEWALK – PHASE II

Thanks to everyone who supported our efforts to save the proposed Riverside Drive sidewalk that will eventually connect downtown Tulsa to The Gathering Place.  Fifteen organizations, dozens of high profile public figures including four former mayors and hundreds of individuals answered the call.  To voice their concerns, nearly three hundred energized Tulsans including a convincing…

MONEYBALLL AND THE COMP PLAN

I read with interest the recent announcement that G.T. Bynum was accepted into a two-year national program intriguingly called the Local Moneyball for Government Fellowship Program. The program aims to bring “moneyball” to local government as part of a trend to base policy decisions on data-driven, track-able goals, reduce wasteful spending  and operate cities more…

EXPERIENCE EAST TULSA

I recently spent some time in East Tulsa, driving around, visiting small businesses, talking with proprietors, and cruising through a few neighborhoods.  East Tulsa is the fastest growing part of our city and accounts for the major part of our recent population growth, modest as it has been. In spite of feeling like a racial…

SMART GROWTH PRINCIPLES

Some commonly accepted Smart Growth Principles encourage mixed land use development Promote compact building designs Create a range of housing opportunities and choices Build walkable neighborhoods Foster unique, attractive communities with a sense of place Preserve open space, farmland, natural beauty, and critical environmental areas Strengthen and direct development towards existing communities Provide a variety…

ZONING ALERT, ACT NOW

Thursday, August 21, 2014 at 6:00 PM the Tulsa City Council will consider three rezoning applications that if approved would essentially be a death blow to Tulsa’s only Form Based Code, the essential policy building block of Smart Growth.  Smart Growth Tulsa calls on every Tulsan to TAKE ACTION IMMEDIATELY to prevent this giant step backward in…

SMART GROWTH TOOLS

Smart growth theory becomes practice through redevelopment strategies and zoning policies that channel housing and job growth into urban centers and neighborhood business districts. They create compact, walkable, and bike- and transit-friendly hubs. This typically requires local governments to implement code changes that allow for increased density and relaxed parking regulations that not only eliminate…

SMART GROWTH TRANSPORTATION

The relationship between housing and transportation is key to creating smart growth neighborhoods because the goal is to reduce families overall housing and transportation costs. Statistics indicate the average American family spends more than 50% of their household budget on housing and transportation combined. Smart growth strategies can help families reduce these combined costs. Smart…