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Comments on: How to Kill Main Street and Make it Look Like an Accident http://djeffries.com/kill-thriving-main-street/ Photography, Urban Design, Tulsa History Fri, 12 May 2017 20:39:25 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.1 By: Northeast Village - Daniel Jeffries http://djeffries.com/kill-thriving-main-street/#comment-14320 Fri, 12 May 2017 20:39:25 +0000 http://djeffries.com/?p=2220#comment-14320 […] obliterated businesses downtown, and the construction of I-244 and other highways left a path of destruction miles long and ruined many thriving neighborhoods along the […]

By: KJO http://djeffries.com/kill-thriving-main-street/#comment-14156 Sat, 11 Mar 2017 23:42:22 +0000 http://djeffries.com/?p=2220#comment-14156 I think this article is wonderful and gives a lot of background about the construction that divided Tulsa north from south.

But there’s another “victim” of progress east of Memorial off I-244, Highway 11. That project to allow easier access to Tulsa International Airport did the same thing I-244 did to separate east and west neighborhoods and closed schools and businesses. In fact, there’s an entire neighborhood I call the “Island of Tulsa” because it is completely surrounded by those highways, Highway 169 and the airport.

This neighborhood should be bought out by the airport and industrial/manufacturing entities that are developing all around it because that would be a better use of the land than as residences which are now majority low-rent housing.

I invite djeffries to document the Layman-Van Acres neighborhood (which happens to have been built on Cyrus Avery’s family land), and Admiral east of Sheridan through the traffic circle at Mingo, where Cyrus Avery built a service station to capture traffic on Route 66 from Catoosa.

I encourage all who want to grow Route 66 as a tourist attraction to look east of Yale. There’s a lot of history there, just like this presented about I-244.

By: JRB http://djeffries.com/kill-thriving-main-street/#comment-14149 Fri, 10 Mar 2017 13:09:11 +0000 http://djeffries.com/?p=2220#comment-14149 It’s interesting to ponder an alternate reality where the interstate highways system would have been just that- and not the facilitator of suburbia.

By: Shannon Best http://djeffries.com/kill-thriving-main-street/#comment-14147 Fri, 10 Mar 2017 03:59:08 +0000 http://djeffries.com/?p=2220#comment-14147 Excellent and very thorough article.
Thank you.

Shannon Best
Austin, TX (Born and raised in Tulsa)

By: Linda Mitchell Collier http://djeffries.com/kill-thriving-main-street/#comment-14144 Thu, 09 Mar 2017 14:40:38 +0000 http://djeffries.com/?p=2220#comment-14144 I was raised at 4th and Lewis. I went to Whittier Elementary, and one year at Kendall. It was a shame when Whittier Square went into decline, and of course the route to school obstructed by the crosstown highway I am so glad that Kendall-Whittier area is recovering a bit now. I am really glad to see the blight that was left behind being removed now so that families can come back, fix up or build new homes.