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 the distant cries of lost souls begging for…

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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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CARS STILL RULE IN TULSA Some city leaders still living in the past

The madness continues. Sadly, and with little resistance, the Gilcrease Expressway extension planning continues unabated.  Buoyed by support from misguided transportation officials, business interests and Chamber representatives, the much cussed and discussed roadway project inches closer to fruition.  See this recent Tulsa World article for details.  A few facts. It’s true: the concept has been…

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Goodbye Smart Growth Tulsa…Hello At Home Tulsa A transition in the works

After four years of tireless advocacy, Smart Growth Tulsa is ceasing operations. Founded as a single-proprietorship in 2014, the organization transitioned to an Oklahoma 501(c)4 Non-Profit in 2016, governed by a Board of Trustees, and supported by a stellar 15-member Advisory Board.  As the full-time volunteer Executive Director, I’ve managed the corporation’s affairs since the…

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DOWNSIZING TIPS FOR SENIORS – Part II of II Deciding what to give up and what to keep

In Part I of our Downsizing Tips for Seniors, I stressed the importance of planning to insure a successful transition to a smaller, more manageable  home.  In this installment we explore some of the other challenges confronting seniors and their family members when contemplating the lifestyle changes which accompany this sometimes-complicated process. This piece is…

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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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