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 ECONOMY

Smart growth proponents see opportunities in the redevelopment of vacant, abandoned properties and brownfields sites.  We observe that as development gets pushed further out from the core of our cities to the fringe of town,  our main streets and central neighborhoods are often left neglected. There is enormous economic development potential in these abandoned storefronts…

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…

LET’S THANK GEORGE KAISER

Finally, recreational development along the Arkansas River bank. The Gathering Place, a $200+ million project paid for primarily by the George Kaiser Family Foundation, should silence critics who have for decades lamented the lack of transformative development along the Arkansas River and River Parks. For fifty years Tulsans have talked the talk about river development…