LESSON IN CIVIL DISCOURSE Own your words to legitimize them

Let the right honorable gentleman speak. Civil discourse is engagement in conversation with the intent to persuade or enhance understanding. Kenneth Gergen, American psychologist and professor at Swarthmore College and brother of David Gergen, the prominent political analyst describes it as “the language of dispassionate objectivity.” He goes on to suggest that it requires respect…

WHAT DEFINES A GREAT MAYOR? Vision, Leadership, Experience

Separate the pretenders from the contenders.  Determining the political and policy differences between the leading mayoral candidates begins by looking at what they agree on. All three support improvements in the delivery of most of the city’s so called core services, including police and fire protection, sanitation, water, streets, and ambulance service to name the…

OPPOSITION TO NEW ZONING It’s just the tip of the iceberg

Tulsa’s Form-Based Code may be doomed. Consideration of the Pearl District’s form-based-code and its expanded regulating plan continues ad infinitum. Or does it? After several years of public meetings, planning commission work sessions, countless staff revisions and seemingly endless public hearings, it appears the Tulsa Metropolitan Area Planning Commission has kicked the can down a…