PEOPLE & PLACES: Downtown Tulsa’s Underground Tunnels A fascinating peak at our urban underbelly

Have you been thinking about taking one of the downtown Tulsa’s underground tours; imagining dark, damp and musty dungeon-like tunnels, reminiscent of England’s medieval torture chambers? Perhaps you’ve seen images of long, dimly lit, narrow passageways with low ceilings; where you might faintly hear creaky doors and…

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PEOPLE & PLACES – William Franklin Tulsa's Avant Garde Artist and Businessman Extraordinaire

Working to build a city that attracts and retains talent, like William Franklin, has been a pursuit of mine for years. Known professionally as William the Artist, Franklin could arguably thrive in any city on the planet; but he purposefully chooses to live in Tulsa.  As an admirer of his and as an urban planning…

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DOWNSIZING TIPS FOR SENIORS – Part I of II Successful transitions require good planning

Eventually, many if not most seniors consider downsizing their home to better accommodate lifestyle changes as they age. Whether prompted by escalating maintenance costs or a desire to be nearer grandchildren, the process presents some major challenges. Plan the work, work the plan Advanced planning can mean the difference between confusion and smooth sailing, regardless…

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Parking Garage Design Has Pluses and Minuses Full ground level retail is not guaranteed

While some property owners predictably resist what they consider to be cumbersome and sometimes expensive regulations, they are arguably the ones who have the most to gain by them.  It is a mistake by those who dismiss design standards as nothing more than unnecessary aesthetics serving as barriers to doing business. 

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