Alleybrat, 8/16/2012 - 1:07am "Bill Leighty's article absolutely nails it in every particular. This blurred and blinkered, so-called 'Vision' commits Tulsa's tax-payers to paying for a fundamentally flawed project... until 2029! The City has given itself a stark choice: between writing corporate welfare checks with other people's money in a desperate bid to get businesses to move here, or investing in making the city's infrastructure actually work for Tulsans. Never mind aircraft hangars - what about providing a decent bus system? Or a streetcar system as urged by our own region's transit system plan? How about some functioning sidewalks, crosswalks and streetscaping? Or some safe and healthy routes to schools? Attractive open spaces? Are simple things like bike racks too much to ask? Or aren't they glamorous enough?
Shouldn't we be investing in making Tulsa the kind of place where businesses, their employees and young people actually want to be, instead of trying to bribe them to come here?
Boeing relocated from Seattle to Chicago in 2001, not because they were given a large check by an out-of-touch Chamber or Mayor, but because it wanted to be in a city that provided the quality of life to lure highly skilled employees from other cities and employers. Tulsa needs to invest in its own, excellent Comprehensive Plan to deliver that quality of life as a matter of competitive necessity - as well as for Tulsans who are already here."
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