COMP PLAN VICTIMIZED AGAIN We were recently anointed the national champion of parking madness

  Tulsa, we have a problem. Too many of our historic and iconic downtown buildings have fallen prey to the wrecking ball. Too many ugly surface parking lots have taken their place. This untenable situation began in the 1960s and has been escalating since. It has led Tulsa to a most dubious distinction. We were…

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MAYOR MISSED CHANCE ON PARKING Bottom line, this is a classic property rights struggle

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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BREACH OF MAYORAL TRUST Green waste tomfoolery endangers future plans

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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LET’S THANK GEORGE KAISER By investing alongside him

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…

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