April 4, 2012 in Walking
TULSA – The pedestrian-friendly form-based code in Tulsa’s Pearl District is being considered for expansion at a Tulsa Metropolitan Area Planning Commission (TMAPC) meeting scheduled for April 4 at 1:30 pm in the City Council Chambers at City Hall.
Some developers oppose the plan. One major opponent includes QuikTrip, the company that wants to expand its 11th and Utica store by demolishing a portion of what is now 10th Street.
Michael Bates has an in-depth story over at Batesline on the history of how the Pearl District came to adopt the form-based code.
Neighborhoods like the Pearl District, which developed just after World War One, were treated almost as an afterthought in the zoning code and comprehensive plan, a dumping ground for whatever activities weren’t desired in the nice new parts of the city. It didn’t occur to planners of the period that some people might prefer to live, work, and play in a neighborhood convenient to downtown that was built around people rather than cars.
Read more of the Batesline article: Keeping the Promise to the Pearl District