SMART GROWTH ENVIRONMENT Encourage reuse of existing development

Strategically locating homes, office buildings, roads and other developments can have long-term implications for the natural environment. Shorter trips and smart growth development decisions mean improved air and water quality by lowering greenhouse gas emissions, protecting the environment and helping families, businesses and whole communities thrive. By decreasing the amount of pavement per home built,…

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SMART GROWTH BUSINESS support smart growth investments for the economic benefits

Sound smart growth policies benefit businesses when it comes to recruiting and retaining a well trained workforce, by increasing access to jobs through better transportation options, by contributing to the vitality of downtowns.  By attracting the millennial generation and creative class, smart growth helps workers, businesses and customers connect. By locating in smart growth areas,…

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BAND TOGETHER TO SAVE THE SOONER SUB We Oklahomans own this track

Help save the state-owned tracks connecting Tulsa and OKC xxxxx The Oklahoma Department of Transportation is poised to sell state-owned railroad tracks linking Sapulpa and Oklahoma City. A sale likely would deliver a lethal blow to prospects for restoring passenger rail between Oklahoma’s two largest cities. The state acquired the 97.5 mile Sooner Sub line in…

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MAKING THE CASE FOR THE SOONER SUB The State should retain ownership of the line

Historical Background information The Oklahoma Department of Transportation is poised to sell state-owned railroad tracks linking Sapulpa and Oklahoma City. According to many, if not most observers, a sale would likely deliver a lethal blow to prospects for restoring passenger rail between Oklahoma’s two largest cities. The state acquired the 97.5 mile Sooner Sub line…

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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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