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.]]>
Austin, TX (Born and raised in Tulsa)