urban okie, 8/31/2011 - 3:02pm "Bravo, Bill!
What an intelligent article and excellent thinking.
I'm reminded by Joni Mitchell's (and recorded also by Amy Grant, Bob Dylan, Counting Crows and many others) "Big Yellow Taxi". The lyrics say "Take paradise, put up a parking lot". Boy did we do that in Tulsa!
I get depressed every time I drive by a barren asphalt covered parking lot that contributes little in taxes to benefit our great city (but contributes much to increasing the "heat island effect" during our summers). Each parking lot represents what could have been an opportunity to reuse the building that was originally there. It IS time to stop destroying the wonderful old buildings in Tulsa. As Bill notes, even those buildings which we rarely notice still have much to offer.
C'mon, Tulsa leaders and decision makers. Wake up and stop tearing down empty buildings. Give us a downtown we can be proud of."
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