After writing my plea to the world about why the Davenport Lofts would be bad for Tulsa’s downtown, it occurred to me that I may have been a little unfair. In case you missed out, there are plans to build half-a-million dollar per unit luxury lofts in the heart of the Brady Arts entertainment district in downtown Tulsa, just a stone’s thrown away from the most concentrated music district in the state. According to Davenport Lofts’ website and construction site banner, these high priced lofts were conceived with empty-nest baby boomers in mind, and are marketed almost exclusively to that target audience. As you can imagine, patrons of these bars and concert venues are concerned that lifestyle of many of the development’s dwellers will naturally conflict with the loud and rowdy vibe that the area is home to.
Although that prospect makes total sense to me, there are members of the building’s target audience who have spoken and basically said “damn kids, quityerbellyaching and get a job.” Another smaller but still vocal group within the building’s intended market has come out and said “hush children, we invented partying, your fun is not endangered.” There’s also a number of young, upwardly-mobile professionals who believe that all and any of development is the good kind, and/or enjoy checking Facebook regularly to see if anyone has responded to their argument thread.
Like any good obscure local social media blogger, I decided to explore the opposing side of the argument–gain a little perspective from the other side of the fence. Here are my findings.
1. Only non-influential people in Tulsa are opposed to Davenport Lofts.
If you read through the comments on the petition, it quickly becomes apparent that most people passionately against this development are local musicians, accountants, bartenders, teachers, waitresses, realtors, lawyers, nurses, artists, engineers, baristas, yoga instructors, chefs, photographers, oil and gas analysts, and small restaurant, shop, and food truck owners. In fact, I haven’t heard a peep from any city council members, development groups, the mayor, or even Hanson! Obviously, if this was a legitimate concern for the good citizens of Tulsa, a big name or face surely be involved by now. Despite the fact that most of these public figures have politics motivating them, these are the true authority figures in Tulsa and we should all follow their lead by staying neutral on this.
2. Davenport Lofts will obstruct the view of that ugly Cain’s sign.
The six-story building will easily tower over all the buildings in the district, including the historic Cain’s Ballroom. It shouldn’t be a big deal though. That sign looks like it’s 100 years old. Of course, it practically is 100 years old. I know that it helps people who aren’t familiar with downtown navigate through the one-way roads and make their way to the historic landmark for a concert. But now is our chance to finally eclipse it!
3. Speaking of concerts, maybe we’ll finally get some good musicians at Cain’s!
I’m talking some Michael Buble, Josh Groban, and all those other smooth singers my parents love!
The Brady District is a place that many Tulsans hold dear. Stopping by Soundpony while heading to or from a concert at the historic Cain’s ballroom is about as Green Country-centric as eating mac and cheese at the Brook, or holding your breath in fear as you merge onto Highway 51. Sure the area is a little gritty, but that’s what gives the block its character. A prohibition-era swing dance venue that now hosts monthly EDM concerts. Bars and restaurants that look decrepit from the outside, but the inside hosts creative cocktails, modern fixtures, fun events, and a bevy of youthful, energetic patrons. This is urban renewal at its finest–the marriage of new energy and maintaining an area’s vibe, while bringing a healthy dose of integrity to the party.
The fastest way to kill that party? Build a bunch of $450k lofts twenty feet away from a city’s biggest and loudest music district, and market them exclusively to rich empty-nesters.
Written eloquently by my friend Mitchell Gilliam from The Tulsa Voice:
The weekend I’ve been looking forward to all year long is finally here (and it’s only 50% to do with my 3D IMAX tickets to see Jurassic World). Hundreds of pro and amateur cyclists across the nation are descending upon the streets of Green Country for Tulsa Tough, a weekend long cycling party, and we all get to celebrate by day drinking and acting a fool while cheering them on.
I thought it’d be helpful if I compiled a short list of things you’ll need to bring, so you can adequately prepare yourself for the madness. Chapeau my friends!
There are many impressive things about this story I’m about to share with you, and not one of them is the fact that he managed to leave Joe’s Crab Shack without food poisoning and/or having to march around the place in a sombrero while the staff sings “Happy Birthday.”
From News on 6:
Don’t worry guys, we haven’t transported to District 13, and the lady pictured above is not President Coin from the Hunger Games. She is Deborah Gist. Starting this summer, she is Tulsa Public School’s new Superintendent. Gist is not licensed to teach in Oklahoma, but TPS board members DO NOT want anyone to worry about this.
From the Tulsa World:
Tulsa Public Schools will submit an application to the Oklahoma State Board of Education on Tuesday requesting an exemption from certification requirements for incoming Superintendent Deborah Gist.
The board voted 5-0 Monday evening to submit the application, which will request a one-year waiver — for the 2015-16 school year — from requirements contained in the Oklahoma Teacher Preparation Act. Board members Ruth Ann Fate and Shawna Keller were absent from the meeting.
The district signed a three-year contract valued at up to almost $1.2 million with Gist in April, and she will begin her role on July 1, after Superintendent Keith Ballard retires.
“I’m proud to move this item forward, and I have no doubt whatsoever that over the course of the next year our superintendent-elect will — as well as being imminently qualified — will be fully certified,” Ballard said at the meeting.
So wait…the lady they hired to run the second biggest school district in the state isn’t even qualified to teach? That would be like Queenie’s hiring a manager who doesn’t know how to cook eggs.
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