MAYOR MISSED CHANCE ON PARKING

Yet another missed opportunity. Mayor Dewey Bartlett has missed an important opportunity to implement a key element of Tulsa’s comprehensive plan. He expresses support for the plan publicly but has fallen short with his behind-the-scene action. The plan’s Land Use Chapter says: “To support downtown’s lively and walkable urban character, automobile parking ideally is located…

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RACIAL RELATIONS STALEMATE

Champagne corks are NOT popping.  At first glance the City Council’s decision to rename Brady Street to M. Brady Street seemed like a somewhat sensible compromise that might help heal some wounds. Upon further reflection however; the sad truth is clear that little progress was made in improving race relations in Tulsa. In fact, many…

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BREACH OF MAYORAL TRUST

If Planners plan, shouldn’t Leaders lead? It’s not like we really needed any more evidence to illustrate the leadership vacuum in the Mayor’s office; that has already been pretty well documented. However, recent events further illuminate the confusion that reigns on the 15th Floor of City Hall. The disclosure that yard waste intended for mulching…

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LESSON IN CIVIL DISCOURSE

  Let the right honorable gentleman speak. Civil discourse is engagement in conversation with the intent to persuade or enhance understanding. Kenneth Gergen, American psychologist and professor at Swarthmore College and brother of David Gergen, the prominent political analyst describes it as “the language of dispassionate objectivity.” He goes on to suggest that it requires…

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STEP UP TULSA

The Public Park will be a place where the community can gather to play, picnic, enjoy concerts, exercise and attend festivals. It is envisioned to entice the community to spend time outdoors, encourage a healthier lifestyle and improve the quality of life. The opening paragraph does not refer to Tulsa’s Gathering Place, currently under development…

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GEORGE KAISER FAMILY FOUNDATION

Standing room only. Even George Kaiser seemed overwhelmed at the turnout and excitement generated by the unveiling of The Gathering Place’s Phase I design on June 18th at TCC’s Center for Creativity. The Project Coordinator, Jeff Stava, was left momentarily speechless before acknowledging “Wow, there are a lot more people here than we thought.” The…

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AGENDA 21…WHAT’S THE FUSS?

Some people will believe anything.   Depending on the circumstances, debunking a conspiracy theory can be nearly as challenging as trying to confirm one, but in the case of the United Nation’s Agenda 21, not so much. First, a little background. According to Wikipedia, ‘Agenda 21 is a non-binding, voluntarily implemented action plan of the…

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RENAMING THE BRADY DISTRICT

The idea of renaming the Brady Arts District has been floating around for years. It’s a reaction to the well documented association with the Ku Klux Klan of the district’s namesake, Tate Brady. So, responding to an increasing chorus of pleas from residents to take action, the City Council recently agreed to create a task…

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WHAT DEFINES A GREAT MAYOR?

Separate the pretenders from the contenders.  Determining the political and policy differences between the leading mayoral candidates begins by looking at what they agree on. All three support improvements in the delivery of most of the city’s so called core services, including police and fire protection, sanitation, water, streets, and ambulance service to name the…

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PLANITULSA TULSA REVISITED

The plan, the plan, the plan The May 8th Mayoral Candidate Forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters revealed well defined differences between the three candidates, especially when it comes to support for PlaniTulsa and the city’s Comprehensive Plan. Each of the Mayoral hopefuls was given an opportunity to respond to multiple questions which…

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OPPOSITION TO NEW ZONING

Tulsa’s Form-Based Code may be doomed. Consideration of the Pearl District’s form-based-code and its expanded regulating plan continues ad infinitum. Or does it? After several years of public meetings, planning commission work sessions, countless staff revisions and seemingly endless public hearings, it appears the Tulsa Metropolitan Area Planning Commission has kicked the can down a…

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DEFINING MOMENT FOR TRANSPORTATION

Increased transportation funding is desperately needed.  In the next few months, Tulsa’s elected officials face challenging funding decisions which will have a vital and profound impact on the future of transit in Tulsa. The more telling outcome of these decisions will determine the Mayor’s and the Council’s commitment to implementing the vision and goals of…

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OUR TRANSPORTATION FUTURE – Part III

Do you agree Pubic Transportation should be considered a “core” service? Our comprehensive plan maintains unequivocally that an improved transit system can help us realize our vision for Tulsa because it enables the City to increase tax revenues without extending infrastructure and enables denser development because of a reduced need for parking and roadway widening.…

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