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Quality of Life is such a individual item, It is not the same for each person in the City. What does 0.6 mean? We also need to add our support to our Tulsa Public Schools. Economic Development will not grow and be sustainable until we have quality public schools in the City of Tulsa. It is beyond time for the City to make a comprehensive statement lending its support to our schools. Business leaders will never take us seriously and real job growth will not happen until we address our schools. I would like to see practical projects emphasized in the Vision 2025 plan. I want a more walkable and bike friendly city with better public transportation. A light rail would be amazing. I would like to see more integrated mixed use parking structures downtown that get rid of the pavement eyesore (particularly around TCC/Holy Family Cathedral). I would like to see our antiquated Convention Center expanded and modernized. I would like to see our streets repaired and better lighting placed around the city. I would like to see the 6th st canal plan go forward. I do not like the recent emphasis placed on river development when there are so many other pressing needs in the city, and frankly I prefer keeping the river undeveloped in all its natural beauty. I would support Zinc dam being repaired. I would also like to see money put towards modernizing the Tulsa Public School buildings city wide. Tulsa has more lane-miles of roads than it can currently or ever hope to maintain. Need to convert to one lane each direction with a center turn lane and add bike lanes. Implement traffic calming design. Use more advanced technology to rebuild expressways in order to avoid potholes. Change planning codes to allow for more city centers with multi-use. Make city more walkable. Continue to encourage development of downtown. Do not encourage more sprawl - as would be the case with the outlet mall proposals. I am a big believer in the fact that people are strongly affected by their environment. I think many problems could be reduced by ensuring the environment is conducive to healthy, happy people. River development is not a priority because all you can do is look at it - and it could be a danger to individuals wanting to get into the water. Priorities assuming the Vision 2025 Tax is extended. Our streets are worse than deplorable and we need a larger police force. Many of the other items will follow if we address the first two properly. I'm opposed to spending hundreds of millions of dollars on creating low water dams along the Arkansas River so we can look at silty brown water. When Tulsa had the Great Raft Race annually, everyone was warned to stay out of the water or limit their immersion for health reasons. We need to take advantage of Tulsa's great natural asset. The Arkansas River We need reliable frequent transit service with a maximum of 20 min headways, but most should be closer to 10 min. We should also focus on encouraging small-scale development with local ownership on small lots with narrow streets to create walkable neighborhoods. We should avoid paving our parks and open spaces for retail developments and focus the development on abandoned retail lots. Tons of abandoned retail lots all over this city; there's no need to sell our parks to build big box stores. There is more to Tulsa than just downtown and the river. Those attending events here that travel the rest of the city must surely notice the poor construction of our streets and the lack of planning as evidenced by the overabundance of four to two lane intersections and the absence of sidewalks. Adequate and open roadways contribute to economic development, traffic safety, more pride in neighborhoods and would enable residents to address many of the other things on this list themselves to improve quality of life. A top priority should be investment in Tulsa's public school system. If you have a great public school system, businesses and their employees will want to relocate and send kids to TPS , not the surrounding areas. The mayor and council have hot lines - what are the major complaints? That is a good place to start. The "details" are not very helpful - you need to tell us a bit more so that we can make better rankings. Re: public safety >>> specifically, more gang control and more enforcement of traffic laws, e.g, running red lights is epidemic in Tulsa. I think our roads in Tulsa are reflective of the city as a whole, both to those who live here and any visitors. When I go to a home we have in Florida it is so amazing to me that the streets are beautiful and well maintained and without construction. They actually do all construction work at night as to not inconvenience the drivers and complete the streets much faster. Beautiful! Putting all our eggs in the river development basket is a mistake. A natural prairie river is beautiful with or without water in it. Put the dollars into the streets so we can all be proud of Tulsa! Public safety has to be number one because without it, no one will want to live here and the city will not be as able to have economic development and thus, will no longer thrive. Improve expand bike trails. To maintain our tax base we need to continue to do those things which make Tulsa attractive to 20-something's. I think the city needs more done to improve the basics before development of the river. after all, the Arkansas River is a prairie river. It's supposed to be mostly dry in the summer. If it must be developed, have sandy beaches on the sand bars. Along with street improvements, I would add "infrastructure improvement" to repair/replace old water, gas, and sewage lines and to bury electric lines where possible. Need to spend money on ordinance enforcement and improving/adding parks and dog parks across the city. Beautification of low-income neighborhoods to help improve property values and way of lives. Traffic safety and public safety go hand-in-hand. Add MARKED bike lanes along "bike routes", widen the lanes on Peoria, Utica, 31st Street, etc. Add/repair sidewalks throughout midtown. Downtown and mid-town do not need help with economic development. The rich fat-cat developers are seeing to that. Instead, focus economic development on the lower-income parts of town. Meet their basic needs/wants and get property values up. With the Gathering Place being built, we DO NOT NEED to spend money on low water dams. No one (in their right mind) wants to swim or boat in that nasty radioactive waste. Spend money on improving/fixing/adding trails along the river. This is a low priority issue. Keep Uber and Lyft and we'll continue to have great transportation. In my opinion, River and Economic development can be the catalyst for paying for all of the other requirements the City has. We are long overdue in developing the Arkansas River as an economic asset for Tulsa. Too much emphasis is being placed on the River project. More concentration or focus should be coordinated on Economic Development Projects in districts that have the greatest need with those areas becoming upgraded to establish new markets for bring higher tax base contributions through sales taxes, property taxes etc. Neighborhood Beautification is of utmost importance for attracting new home owner interests. Tulsa Public Schools is a priority for world class educational reform to have highest priority, in knowing citizens seeking homeownership in disparaged areas are desiring great schools before looking to move into neighborhoods. Attracting new homeowners is based upon local schools and the best opportunities for educating their children. (Unless there are those without children, empty-nesters, or those that just love the area enough for cultural reasons, familiarity, roots and that area being the only area chosen to live.) Beautification and Landscaping should take high priority along all gateway corridors, organizing city & community scheduling for coordinating group participation using community/group volunteers to work together. Example, cleanup of arterial & entryway corridors prior to each areas mowing cycle. Coordinate fall tree and shrub plantings in fall. Maintenance and removal of dead trees and cleanup of center median planters with seasonal floral plantings where needed. (Also, needed are monitors for putting in work orders in areas where neglected on a regular basis before out of control) Beautification is psychologically uplifting to citizens and traveler living or passing through neighborhoods, which entices through visual, satisfactory personal values for having beauty, quality of life components and maintaining increased property values. (Welcoming aesthetics while meeting value principles for home living that meets most needs for better quality of life and happiness.) Beautification efforts should reflect higher standards for addressing expressways & highways leaving the Tulsa International Airport traveling into the north community and passageway into the Tulsa downtown scenic route drives on HW-11, I-244 & I-75. Those routes expressway center median corridors should be adorned with heavy plantings of floral plantings, blossoming shrubs, trees with a variety grouping of autumn beauty corridors leading to the downtown districts. (Welcoming Red Carpet visual for visitors) Quality of Life, high priority for citizens, young and old to recreate and be the vehicle for utilizing recreational planning, parks offering mentoring, programming, cultural, sports, camps, swimming, organizational skills, literacy, discipline and leisure activity and fun social interactions. Also, important to new homeowners that want parks located near the neighborhoods to decrease travel time and gas expense. The notion of following trends of other city park ideas of "Community Centers" or designing "self directed" parks is an idea for free reign activity. North Tulsa Parks, what remains, have a very different objective for its parks. 1) Have structure for discipline training, social interactions, education, mentoring, ethic & organizational activities, for allowing the emotions of someone cares about them where home life may not be the best imprinting examples. (From a community perspective, "Quality of Life" rates higher in priority than the River conversation.) Street Improvements, rate high because most of our city streets are in serious neglect and vehicular tire damage, front end car troubles & damage are costly to citizens to where more people would rather stay home, internet shop just to stay off the streets throughout the Tulsa area. Pot hole crack filling has become the trend over concrete replacement which in the 2008 street bond language states that concrete is to be replaced by concrete and temporary asphalt patching is "temporary", whereas, that temporary seems to be long term to permanent, especially in the north Tulsa community steer grids. How long will it take to utilize the concrete to concrete promise and who follows up or submits work orders in a timely manner for the record and how are these repair methods prioritized as to where work is to be done or scheduled? Street improvement coordinated with beautification efforts should be coordinated together with community efforts for cleanup, street striping, mowing & street sweeping efforts. (Need more people hired and working in the Mayor's Action Line Department. Takes to long to get an operator to file complaints and once a complaint has been completed, the contractor or city workers should cleanup the debris left after they do a work order, debris and mess is left behind after they perform their assigned tasks for cleanup.) Traffic Safety, Center median curbing should be painted to better have a visual of where the median curbs begin and end. Need better contrasting color from concrete & street to where the curb borders for safe travel and low night visibility. Also, refer to Street Improvements recommendations in the coordination of departments & community coming together for organized schedule planning. Public Safety, is important to citizens in the realm of securing the needed remaining bus shelters from north Peoria to Mohawk Boulevard in north Tulsa. A growing economic development scenario, which is has become the gateway into the retail and business markets as proposed in the Vision 2025 package for upgrading economic markets. The future of this area is perceived to become an expanded development shopping area and it is envisioned to become part of the 21st street "T" rapid transit transportation mode. I preparing for the future development of the Gateway corridor and markets more larger open area, but overhead cover shelters are required to meet the growing needs of transportation growth & better serving the bus riders utilizing the bus experiences. Shelters should be the same or comparable to the shelter located at north Pine Street and Peoria avenue on the northeast corner. Street striping is of great importance along with requesting more trash bins at each shelter with more frequent trash disposal times. River Development, Important from a marketing concept in trying to create a central Township gathering place for attracting outside onlookers and for attempting to re-energize avid runners, walkers, dog enthusiasts, entertainment venues on a large scale, though of popular desires, there is a need for same on a lower scale in neighborhood projects that offer home grown community venues that lend spending within neighborhoods for supporting small businesses and entertainment venues needing to be shared with broader regional interests for procuring vacationer, tourism, destination spots and energizing dollar reciprocity within growing economic and social enterprises and ventures. If only collective underprivileged communities could get a 350 million dollar shot in the arm, there is no limits to how great the Tulsa community could excel and see population growth patterns start to increase its growth stagnation. Need more diverse creative thinkers on your boards and planning teams that think outside of the box and conventional conservative wisdom. Not saying the River is not important, its a magnet, but neighborhoods and neglected communities have a much higher priority, in my opinion. Transportation, more bus shelters erected base upon the location, harmonious surrounding environment, better times and weekend hours of operation for late working citizens. Bus information information station or message board installed in larger multi-user shelters and maps should be adorned on wall of shelters for display, with projected time of arrival of buses along routes. I believe that, while beautification and river development are important, they seem to be aimed at improving conditions aesthetically, instead of in actuality. It also seems these are flippant things to invest in when, in North Tulsa where I reside, it is very difficult for people to get around, due to lack of adequate public transportation, horrid roads that continue to go without maintenance, while south and west Tulsa constantly receive funding for beautification and economic development. Take care of everyone's real issues, then you can start catering to the well off. Although ranked #4, I am a firm believer that development of the Arkansas River areas is long overdue. This can, along with the Gathering Place project, help make Tulsa a regional destination. This will bring in sales tax dollars, much as the BOk Center has, to help fund our economic development. Voters turned down more damned dams in the river in '07 and '12, but our leaderless, visionless Mayor and City Council continually ignore the voters to cater to the Chamber of Commerce and those who will profit off river development. We can't make it any clearer that we don't want any more damned dams. Our streets are terrible, and we're wasting our tax dollars to replace them with terrible, bumpy new streets that don't last. We need quality new streets desperately, and we desperately need a 21st century public transportation system. Murders occur daily, and yet our Police and Sheriff's department try to convince us it's not a problem and nothing needs to be done to stop it. Wrong. Thousands of us spent two or three years laying out our concerns and priorities in PLANiTULSA, but this Mayor and City Council willfully ignore it to push more damned dams instead of basic needs and worthwhile improvements that will produce economic development and improve our quality of life. The levees desperately need maintenance and repairs, and those should be a separate ballot item, not lumped in with more damned dams. I'm 71, and I can count on the fingers of one hand the number of worse Mayors and City Councils it's been our misfortune to suffer through. Dust off PLANiTULSA, follow it, cancel the ill-advised conversion of 12.4 acres of River Parks to a shopping center anchored by REI, and simply do what thousands of Tulsans citywide told you they wanted. You know, pay attention to the people, for a change. Let's Take Care of What We've Got before taking on more. PRIORITY ONE must be Streets/Safety/Infrastructure....This will attract people & business who pay tax. JOB ONE must be Top Quality Workmanship. The current level of 'Workmanship' on streets (includes the planning/execution and actual 'work-results') is at best D+. Currently the 'Fixes' are less than temporary and often Exacerbate the problems. For the last 15-20 years, virtually all of the "Estimates" have been "Low Ball" resulting in Cost Over-Runs and almost All of the projects have taken significantly longer than estimated. While River Development is Important to those along a narrow corridor, It's a Low Priority for most of the city/county. It will be incredibly expensive (see comments on Low Ball Estimates). Bus Routes & Accessibility around the city has been ignored too long. It seems the Mayor, The Council, the County Commissioners (past and present) are all focused on 'glamorous' stuff with glitz & fluff where they can hang their brass name plaque. Instead, let's use the money to fix the streets, mile by mile, and honor each improved mile with the name of a councilor/mayor/commissioner. Thanks for Listening Bob Branson To improve the quality of life improves public safety the improvement of anyone's life help to bring about change in that community.Beautification of our neighborhood's and fixing our street help to give pride in a area.Economic development brings business which brings jobs and homes into the community.But what our communities really need is for citizens with higher income to build homes and stay in the depressed communities to help substain the communities. Spending that much money for river development when our streets are in barley usable condition is a travesty. I believe Tulsa has spent enough downtown for a good beginning. Friends first comment is always about our roads being horrible!! Our city is too beautiful for that to be visitors first impression! The time has come to expand the Tulsa Performing Arts Center. The PAC, which was state of the art when it first opened in 1977, has served us very well over almost 40 years. However, the facility has become so successful that our city's performing arts groups are finding it increasingly difficult to schedule their performances, and are now getting squeezed out by for-profit performances. I propose construction of a mid-size theater seating 1,200-1,500 dedicated to our city's non-profit performing arts groups. This theater would be located on Cincinnati Avenue across from the current PAC. The PAC expansion could be tied to further development of the block bordered by 2nd and 3rd Streets, Cincinnati and Detroit. Other ideas include a parking garage, restaurants, retail, residences and a pocket park. Until we can provide a safe environment in which crime is reduced, streets are improved, and residents can feel comfortable in their surroundings, Tulsa will not be a high priority for new residents. Forget the glitz and glamour projects and provide police and fire protection, safety enforcement, and improve our schools with more teachers and less administrators. Several years ago, the city upgraded the neighborhood streets in Louisville Hts. Addition, in North Tulsa. The addition received new water lines, new neighborhood streets and curbs. All except 3 streets in this addition i.e. Jamestown, Knoxville and (my street) Indianapolis. The City stopped the work when it was just 3 streets away from completing the project, in this addition. The city NEVER returned to finish what they started. We've been told time and time again, that the City WILL return to finish the work. It's been about 5 or 6 years and we are still waiting for this street project to be completed. Last year, one of the previously repaved streets (N Ute) was re-asphalted. How is this fair???? That street gets a second upgrade, when there are still 3 streets waiting for their FIRST upgrade! The 3 streets listed above, continue to crumble and disintegrate. I've talked to Mr. S. Weeks, who has assured me, that the City will finish this project...he just doesn't know when?? It's like the City wants to forget us altogether. How about allocating some of that Vision money to finish what the city started so many years ago and finally complete this project???? There are 3 streets full of families that would greatly appreciate nice, smooth roads like the rest of the addition enjoys. And fix the streets correctly instead of patching them. Make sure ALL departments are on the same page so the streets don't get torn up over and over. Better get the head up and locked syndrome for downtown out of your heads before you loose the support of the rest of Tulsa. The big deal that is being made out "the districts", isn't, get over it. I walk the river almost daily during all seasons. I like the river waterflow as it is now, similar to the braided prairie river, but managed for flood control. This offers the best opportunity for wildlife observation and is an authentic image of the historical ecosystem. Lakes are dead water and they are boring. No further retail or entertainment uses should be allowed between Riverside Drive and the river. The existing entertainment uses are unsightly, smelly and noisy intrusions that require extensive loss of park land for parking. Those uses should be restricted to the west bank, which enjoys great views of the city. I feel the City should focus significant funds on adding parks, pools and other recreational opportunities on the north side. Providing places for young people to safely spend time tells north Tulsa it matters to the rest of the the city and provides an alternative to young people getting involved in criminal activity. Clearly many private companies are not investing in the area. It's time the City of Tulsa invests. Provide a long range plan to create more sidewalks in existing neighborhoods. Any new street construction should include bike lanes. Tulsa needs to keep public areas mowed. At present, this is not being done adequately!! The movement of people in a timely and efficient manner is my priority. That is, the use of light rail or rapid transit to move people from the suburbs to the central city. The number of parking lots can be reduced and offices and residences built in their place. We need a light rail that brings people from Broken Arrow to downtown and that encompasses a radius several miles from downtown. The current bus stops all need seating and shelter from rain and sun; especially when riders must wait up to an hour for a bus. Sitting on the sidewalk on a 100 degree day or in snow and ice is dangerous. Landscape along I-44. It looks horrible between Riverside and Harvard. No trees, just weeds and trash. This is the main thoroughfare through Tulsa and it looks hideous with nothing but walls with no greenery. Check out other cities and see how they make public land look nice and property values rise. Look at the North Dallas area next time. Nice, clean streets with beautiful landscaping. Dallas is booming, Tulsa is barely growing. Wake up and take notice. Let's make Tulsa attractive. Fix our Tulsa roads before moving on. Hard to see new places on a flat tire. I would love to see a light rail project in Tulsa. Sustainable development with progressive use of Low Impact Development and a good transportation system will yield positive economic development. No box stores on the river. I have a different list of things apparently off your radar: Priority 1: Create a business incubator which goes beyond OSBDC, SCORE and SBA business plans, not only providing workspaces and perhaps start-up funding, but in matching unacquainted entrepreneurs according to ideas, skills and temperament to form winning teams, and in providing help setting up successful crowd-funding campaigns. Se also, The Lean Startup by Eric Ries. Priority 2: Help prospective entrepreneurs currently living on State support, including people with disabilities which make employment difficult, to get off the dole in gradual degrees, working with the State to change the structure of State aid, so that losses in State aid are not many times each small increment in income - a huge barrier to re-entering the workforce. To help such people obtain business management skills or services, and start-up funding without the risk of becoming homeless. Priority 3: In view of the fact that the Supreme Court of the United States has used a common language of bigotry in decisions involving slavery, involuntary eugenic sterilization and the involuntary commitment of people with mental illnesses, a comprehensive review of the City and County use of the the Tulsa Police Department, the Mental Health Court and facilities such as TCBH, as a means to dispose of and suppress unpopular people against whom criminal charges cannot be obtained. The original ideal of mental health courts began as an alternative to criminal proceedings against people whose crimes devolved from mental illness. As such, the criminal charges came first, followed by an offer for alternative mental health treatment, if the accused would admit to all the charges. Instead, the local Mental Health Court operates in secret, accepting unsworn hearsay as proven fact, delivered by the unquestioned and unexamined opinions of mental health professionals who get to choose their own patients for their own mental facilities. Psychiatric facilities have had a long history of involuntarily committing harmless and innocent people, on the facilities' own authority, just to drain the patients' insurance. A State which allows this to be done with tax dollars does not reduce the moral hazard. Furthermore, State law which defines people as second-class citizens on the basis of suspicion, perception and opinion, and confines them in secret, does not adequately distinguish its facilities from Communist re-education camps. Priority 4: Sidewalks, overpasses and other means of safe passage for pedestrians and cyclists, throughout the city. Healthcare and access to healthcare, especially mental health, is critical to the success of our citizens and community. Acute, residential and rehab care is in short supply and adversely affects our judicial system, homelessness, school success, family and people on an intensely personal level. Projects like buidling a new Parkside hospital offers an impact on several of our systems and many of our neighbors. ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: I believe the city needs to get serious about planning for the LONG term for economic developments citywide but immediately focusing on our DEPRESSED areas -- north and north east, and west of the river. All neighborhoods should contain those necessities for quality of life -- affordable housing, grocery stores, hardware and other goods and services, conveniences stores & a 'business-friendly ' atmosphere for welcoming new and larger industrial and business developments which can provide employment to our citizens and revitalize ALL parts of our city. This has always appeared to be a challenge or perhaps a low priority for our planners(?) -- to improve the appearance and livability of all parts of our city. QUALITY OF LIFE AND NEIGHBORHOOD BEAUTIFICATION: These both go hand in hand with this general broad heading of economic development. If we are to encourage people to reside within our city in ANY section of it, then we must have those things available which encourage our citizens to take up residence there, take pride in their neighborhoods, join their associations and get busy volunteering a few hours each year to help keep our neighborhoods looking attractive. 'UP WITH TREES" -- Keep up the great work -- make a goal to plant in all areas where a tree is supported naturally and also for the purpose of adding greenery to places which are in lack of it by enlisting neighborhood associations to aid in this with holding 'annual tree plantings' in the month of April. Partnering with our Schools: We could do more to work with the Tulsa Public Schools to maintain these properties as attractive places in our neighborhoods and by helping make the playgrounds and athletic fields more multi-use for the public's use when school is not in session. Set a city-led goal that all TPS schools will have no less than a desired and determined number of " Partners-in-Education"; and implement a plan(if one is not already in place) with TPS to find/supply partners for these schools; STREETS: Make use of angle parking more throughout the city (but not the type downtown recently installed where one must BACK into a space?!) You can park more cars per block with angle parking than w/parallel parking if lanes provide room for this. This may eliminate the need in some areas for building parking lots(eyesores). Paint curbs and streets with ' reflective' paint which is more costly but has more endurance. and will make streets safer. If we are not going to provide more lighting, figure out which of these would be cheaper. Slow down traffic in pedestrian areas to more reasonable speeds such as 15-20 mph. by putting in more flashing yellow warning lights and " Yield to Pedestrians" signage in busy areas such as Cherry Street, Brookside and Brady districts. We also need trash receptacles in these areas. Continue to make bike lanes throughout the city and educate the population on how to share the road. :) Another idea would be to designate more of our residential streets for parking on ONE side of the street only. It is difficult to make your way down areas where cars are parked on both sides -- when encountering another vehicle approaching. We could collect revenue by ticketing illegally parked vehicles on the wrong side. It would make it safer and easier for garbage trucks etc. when the streets are not so cluttered in residential areas. More visibility = fewer accidents and less crime(public safety). ACCOUNTABILITY: Stop giving out work contracts to subcontractors who do not drive legally or properly provide the services in which they are contracted to perform. This summer in my district I've seen street cleaner truck(s) which was NOT using water. It was just blowing dirt and dust into our homes and yard. After seeing it go up and down the same area for several days I called the Mayor's Action line and I confronted a driver and asked why they had driven for several days through the area not using water.The driver denied this and claimed water was in use, which was an obvious lie. The truck had NO identifying name of the business and had NO license tags at all-- front or back!! A totally anonymous business? Who is accounting for these people? We are paying for these types of disservices? Where is oversight?? PUBLIC SAFETY -- find ways to increase some revenue(tax) to maintain an adequate police and fire forces and keep these salaries competitive. You get what you pay for. Taxes is not a dirty word. No taxes, no services. I feel the number one priority above the list provided would be for the County to correct an injustice done to the property owners in the IDL. The ball park assessment should be paid for with 2025 funding, not the current assessment fee that has been a burden to property owners within the IDL. This is a county park! Would it be possible to fund a Tulsa Neighborhood Alliance similar to OKC's Neighborhood Alliance of Central Oklahoma ( The NACOK annually trains over 1,260 volunteer neighborhood officers, impacts over 110,000 households, educates over 1,100 citizens through community workshops, supports 67 Neighborhood Patrol programs, graduates 30 citizens from the Neighborhood Leaders today program and implements more than $1.3 million dollars of improvement projects through grants and fundraising efforts. OKC neighborhoods benefit from the strong connection maintained by the NACOK with the OKC CIty Council, the Mayor's office and the city departments. OKC neighborhoods are empowered by the NACOK to find solutions to their problems and every person is encouraged to be a part of that solution. This must not be part of the budget but I feel quality teachers & Tulsa Public School Improvements should be high on the list to improve the City of Tulsa. The streets in Tulsa are an embarrassment. I don't remember the streets in the shape they are currently in and the patch jobs are a waste of tax dollars. A sales tax increase or continuation is not a viable solution for long-term neglect of routine maintenance to city infrastructure, including roads, bridges, buildings, parks, etc. We need to invest in projects that will generate more revenue to support these needs by making Tulsa a more attractive city in which to live and visit. Ditto for public safety. It's disappointing to see so many routine city obligations on this list. The city needs a plan for sustainability of essential services for citizens. We can rely entirely on the private sector and philanthropists to make Tulsa more attractive and compelling. Our streets thru out the city are deplorable and an embarrassment to our city. When the streets are patched, the city is wasting manpower time as well as the material to patch them. It is a waste. Next day, the potholes are back! HWY 169 is also embarassing and filthy! There is junk, debris, etc on the highway and on the exits and accesses. These are unacceptable!!! Visitors to our city must think we have no respect for public access. I am a licensed realtor in the state of Oklahoma. Try driving in and around Tulsa showing homes on these streets....we need trucks and all wheel vehicles to get around. It is embarassing to say the least! We can do better than this to maintain and improve our streets and highways. There should be a city crew assigned to sections of town to be responsible for these improvements and their section. Perhaps then the city and the crews can take pride in their areas of town. Let's take ownership and get it done! We need to improve our public transit system to the degree other cities are doing. If we start with transportation, the others will fall into place. More people on buses, trolleys, rapid transit, etc... means less cars on the street. Less use for cars means more money in people's pockets, which benefits the local economy. I would get rid of my car in a second if I could get around efficiently by bus and trolley and bike and walking. More people walking on streets increases the likelihood they will spend more money. When the economy is doing better FOR EVERYONE, that improves the quality of life and public safety. We all know that fewer cars on the streets means less wear and tear on the streets. Since we have extreme temperature changes, I would like to see Tulsa invest in a method for laying streets, using new technology where the concrete heals itself. Also, here's a novel idea, build fewer streets that will need to be fixed. Transportation, Transportation, Transportation Being/staying safe in and around Tulsa is a clear priority. Crime is "creeping" into former safe areas of town. And the current street program is merely a long overdue start in addressing a big problem. In addition to the arterial streets, the side/neighborhood streets also need attention. When it rains, there is water in the river. When we are in a drought, there is no water in the river. Welcome to the Great Plains! Names should NOT be required. This survey could have been made more user friendly....many won't complete it because of that. To help Tulsa be a beautiful green-treed city again: Stop butchering all the park tree limbs up 8' from the ground, so mammoth lawntractors speed-cut the grass faster. Just add wider mulching! :-) Hard to prioritize very well without more details about what the priority means. I'd like to put "Public Safety" on the top of the list, but I don't know enough to know if simply hiring more personnel is really the best way to improve public safety. Similarly, I'd like to put "Economic Development" higher, but I don't understand how maintenance of city-owned facilities contributes to economic development. Tulsa's vision needs improved foresight and a creative angle on how to optimally develop our city for the benefit of all Tulsans. A development plan that focuses on providing viable modes of transit for all Tulsans must include a comprehensive system that relies on public transit and active transport (bike lanes, pedestrian facilities) and relieves the present physical and fiscal burden on our roads. This method also provides Tulsa's citizens with more equitable access to the goods and services of our community, whether one can afford to buy a car or not, which is good for the local economy and for cohesiveness among the community more generally. Mixed use development with multi-modal systems of transport will cultivate a modern city that is fiscally sound and attracts new industries and innovators. Streets will be safer as more people are on them, engaging with one another, watching out for eachother. The elderly and disabled will be more able to live active and fulfilling lifestyles, as they are able to easily travel (with dignity) by high quality public transit and pedestrian facilities. It's time for Tulsa to become a modern, world class city, that is uniquely Tulsa. Public Transit in Tulsa is HORRID. #1 bus stops have NO SHELTER from inclimate weather. #2 where are the bus stops on the north side of Admiral?! #3 the bus lines MUST run at least until 11pm. I can get to work at 3pm.. But I can't get home. Ridiculous!!! #4 an increase in lines that run out north and an extension to 11pm (last bus) ..will NO DOUBT increase the business in downtown and other popular areas. More people able to travel through our city = MONEY spent and earned. Those that do not own a vehicle most likely cannot afford one. Public transportation that the city provides is the obvious choice for daily use. In order to one day own a vehicle, you have to save money.. In order to save money.. I have to get to work. I am in the retail sector..sometimes I am needed at 8 am, and sometimes I am needed at 4 pm. The last thing I want to do is stress needlessly about HOW I am going to make it to work. Find the money to make this happen. Tulsans want to work. We want to live prosperous lives. Get us from A to B so that we can do that! Economic development is at the top of my list because unless you have the tax base to support core government services none of the rest of the priorities can be achieved with long term success. I don't oppose River Development, but am not certain that it is the best course to take to achieve economic development objectives. I like the plan proposed by Smart Growth for Tulsa to develop corridors that lead from the areas of downtown which are currently under renovation to the river. I do not think that there is a strong enough cost benefit study to support the amount of money being proposed for the dams. Would need to see more evidence that we'd be getting a good return on investment before I could support that approach. If we do not overhaul the street system of Tulsa, none of the other things will matter. The condition of the streets is unacceptable and this has a negative affect on safety, economic development, and quality of life of the city. I am not sure if the Pearl District flood control plan falls under economic development, quality of life, or neighborhood beautification, but as a Pearl District residence, I would like to see this plan carried out. I really do not understand why we need more low water dams on the Arkansa River, but I do see a need for improving the levy system. We should spent public money on streets and safety. The river will be full when our EXISTING DAM is repaired. I do not want the tax extended- it should expire. Every time you politicians engage a new tax you swear that it will expire and then keep submitting proposals to make the tax go on forever and ever! the tax should expire! Damn the dams. Fix the Streets! Those of us living off East 91st and East 101st between Delaware avenue and the Broken Arrow boundary are still driving on two lane rural roads established before statehood of Oklahoma. We are fighting for our lives to simply make a left turn onto Sheridan, Yale, 91st and 101st. Yale South of 81st is actually slipping off the side of the hill. Safety is our concern. Unfortunately, the city has ignored this area so long that aesthetic issues now have to take a back seat to safety. Better streets and better schools are the keys to achieving all the other goals. Since the city has no control over the schools, most available resources must go to bringing our streets up to at least average condition. Progress has been made, but much more is needed. Until Tulsa improves our streets, cracks down on the increased crime activity in our city, I don't see how our economic development can continue. As our population increases, so does the crime rate, and the streets need to be widened and traffic safety needs to be improved. As a person living in South Tulsa, driving on two lane streets during rush hour is unsafe. The population is increasing out here with more housing developments and apartment complexes and there are no plans for better roads. The hospitals and medical parks keep growing, and no roads! Broken Arrow has it right, they build the roads first, then the community afterwards. Tulsa could learn something from them. We need smarter bus routes, or smaller buses for lesser used routes. We need shelters for bus stops, and curb cuts for bus stops so the buses don't stop traffic. I have lived in a city with curb cuts and they work! As we repave our streets, add curb cuts! As a student of economics I know that if you take care of the basic priorities of safety and infrastructure other private development will follow. Please stop wasting time on the river as it will only be a black hole that you poor money into. In the best of all possible worlds, our city and county would be the best in the nation in all factors that matter for a great city. But this is NOT the best of all possible worlds. I strongly feel that until our education spending, education placement nationwide, and our social services, mental and physical health, services spending, and infrastructure are pulled up into the top half of the country instead of our usual 48th or 49th place, that no amount of "prettification" will bring businesses and people here to stay for longer than a few years. Until we show that we value those things, our city and county will not prosper. Tulsa city and county cannot control, for the most part, what the state chooses to spend on education. But we CAN use Vision tax money to shore up Tulsa city and county schools, and make sure they are the best, not only in OK but in the nation. I know the Mayor and city councilors don't seem to think that is a proper use for tax money but I believe they are wrong. I have lived here since 1971 and went to Jenks schools my whole young life, because they were the best rated in the state. Tulsa Public COULD be the best in the state if we lavished the money and time on it that it needs. After education, we need to work on spending for social services in Tulsa. Physical and mental health, those with disabilities, bringing ALL structures and public spaces up to code for those with disabilities, bringing low cost clinics to the poor and indigent, putting back and increasing the dollars spent on transportation all across the city, for disabled and not. Part of Quality of Life is safety and we desperately need a better Police and Sheriff's office, who CARE about Tulsa citizens, no matter WHAT color, sexual orientation, gender or previous criminal background.. We need to spend money on TRUE community policing, NOT just half measures between police and businesses, but between police and individuals on the streets, and not just in downtown. We need positive interaction daily between police and citizens in North Tulsa, East, South and West, NOT just downtown or Brookside or Riverside. If our police, not to mention our Mayor, spent more time in North Tulsa, learning the citizens that live there, getting to know them, we would not have such a high crime rate in North Tulsa. If officers were there 24 hours a day, there would not be so many shootings in North Tulsa. We need to dump our current "reserve deputy" program and model it after New York City, where they have over 6000 NON-ARMED reserve deputies who take over all KINDS of light, non-street duties at the city and county level, so the TRUE Police are out on the streets, day and night, all year around. Law Enforcement is FAR too important for it to be a hobby for reserve deputies, or to be able to buy your way into it. We need police who try everything else to de-escalate a situation before they reach for their gun. And we need law enforcement that realize that their jobs come with dangers, and if you cannot HANDLE the dangers without shooting every person that moves an inch in your direction, then it is NOT the job for you. The OSCN needs to be fully funded, maintained and expanded After all of those programs are set on track to be in the top half of the nation, we need to continue to use money for our city and county infrastructure, streets,highways, electric, parking STRUCTURES instead of lots (build parking up, NOT out), Once those are on the right track to be in the top half of the nation, THEN we can begin to prettify the city and county. Our Mayor and City Council need to accept that if none of the above vital services are shown as being important for Tulsans, and thus for those that move here, no amount of spending will make our city great. The prettiest city in the world cannot succeed if no one cares about the PEOPLE and their quality of life, their health and safety and their ability to learn, grow and bring their great minds back to the city. You can entice as many businesses here as you can, but if none of us has the money or time to go shopping and spend at those businesses, they do not matter either. I am greatly disappointed in the way you have defined your categories in the priority list. I have added to the Quality of Life category most of what is in my statement. You need to add a user defined category that we can add what WE want to put first, not just your own definitions. Street Improvements need to be done by qualified & tested companies with penalties for shoddy performance. Neighborhood projects are wasteful of public money. Proposed river projects by city officials have become tiresome. Leave it as a natural resource. In support of the Pearl Project. Public Safety and Economic Development that will pay for itself. The Pearl Project addresses Tulsa last unmitigated Flood Plain. The Elm Creek Basin. For the past 50 years, this known flood basin has been an serious public safety hazard risking the health and safety of all who live, work, worship or play in this flood plain. The public safety risk is increasing as the Pearl District becomes more popular with each day. Costs associated with the flooding, besides risking lives, are in the form of the millions of dollars in property damage, loss of inventory, customers, homes, businesses and livelihoods that flooding inflicts upon the residential and business owners in it's path. The flood plain leaves large areas of prime land that is not developable because they are in a flood plain. The time is now. The Elm Creek Flood Basin is larger than most people realize. It includes, Kendall Whittier, parts of South Peoria Ave, The Pearl District, Centennial Park, The Village at Central Park, Oaklawn Cemetery, Tracy Park, parts of 11th Street, The Gunboat Addition, parts of 18th and Boston, Veterans Park and all areas in between. As an eye witness to the early 1980's flood, I saw all of these areas underwater for weeks. I can also tell you that I witnessed many caskets float to the surface in Oaklawn Cemetery as well as formaldehyde pooling before being absorbed into our ground water or running down 11th Street and into our storm drains. The good news is, the flooding can be stopped! Economic Development! Besides being a necessary public safety project, The Pearl Project is also an excellent opportunity for economic development that will pay for itself! Unanimously adopted by the City Council in 2006, the 6th Street Infill Plan provides a unique opportunity to alleviate the flooding from the Elm Creek Basin as well as provide an large opportunity for new homes, businesses and therefore, jobs. The CoT is in the final stages of purchasing 4.5 acres in the East Pearl District that has been designated as a flood control pond in the 6th Street Infill Plan as well as the Storm Water Master Drainage Plan. The CoT committed to stopping the flooding in the Elm Creek Basin with building Phase I of the overall 3 phase flood control project, Centennial Park. But, phase I can't stop the flooding by itself. The Pearl Project proposes we stop the flooding by building Phase II in accordance with the 6th Street Infill Plan and the Storm Water Master Drainage Plan. Building the East Pearl Pond will alleviate most if not all of the flooding in the Elm Creek Basin. Shovel Ready Opportunity! According to Tulsa's Comprehensive Plan, Land use plan Build-out capacity: "Floodplains were assumed to develop at 50%, assuming engineering and mitigation is used." With this statement alone, we expect to see at least 1500 new homes which will yield approximately, 3510 new people in the East Pearl District alone. The projections of sales and property taxes generated are in the millions of dollars per year. Please see our final submission for more accurate figures with references. These homes will support a dense walkable district that will in itself reduce the need for a car, promote health by building an environment that is safe for the pedestrian and encourages walking or riding a bike. This kind of dense residential design will help to reduce the cost of city services such as electricity, gas, water, refuse as well as police, fire and EMSA due to a large reduction in infrastructure costs. It costs a lot less to provide services to areas that are densely populated. The closer people live to each other, the less material, investment and man power are needed to provide services to the area. But, what if the build-out is more than 1500 new homes? Imagine if that number were doubled?. According to the Tulsa 2030 Goal, a 50% build-out is likely a very conservative estimate. This scale of possible residential development provides a great incentive and sustainable support for existing businesses in the Pearl District. This kind of build-out development will also provide more customers for downtown Tulsa and the new businesses who already want to locate in the trendy Pearl District, not to mention budding areas close by, like the East Village, Kendall Whittier and Forest Orchard. The Pearl Project could provide the catalyst for all of them to develop and more. Mass Transit The Pearl District is also slated for improved mass transit via the BRT which has been approved for the Pearl in the very near future. Long range plans call for a railed trolly that will connect downtown to T.U. and perhaps the fairgrounds, running right through the Pearl District. These alternative forms of transportation will provide our citizens with economical transportation without the recourse of a car. This type of dense urban design with reliable mass transit goes a long way to reducing our carbon foot print which helps our environment and boosts income for our city. Dense walkable neighborhoods appeal to the young professionals who are leaving our city in large numbers because we, the CoT, have not provided one community designed for dense urban living. If we can't provide them with the kind of city life they want, then we will continue to lose the brightest and most capable young professionals to other more progressive cities that already offer dense walkable urban communities. Other opportunities So far I have only mentioned the opportunities in East Pearl District. If you will, consider the opportunities that will unfold for the other areas that I mentioned above who are also located in the Elm Creek Flood Plain. Once removed from the flooding, areas like Gunboat can be developed. Business owners and investors at 18th and Boston, which is currently being considered for further development, won't have to worry about losing their investments to flooding. Insurance costs will be reduced and sales and property taxes will rise exponentially thereby providing our city and our school system with much needed infusions of capital. Our final figures will show that the Pearl Project will not only pay for itself in time but, provide a healthy return on the investment while protecting public safety and property at the same time. The Pearl Plan mirrors the Comprehensive Plan in many areas, especially land use. We propose to use abandoned, underutilized buildings and lots and turn them into opportunities for economic development, mass transit, healthy lifestyles and dense sustainable living. We are providing prime land for reinvestment areas and a corridor that will eventually lead from downtown to T.U. or further. For our public safety and the potential of a large positive impact for economic development in the Elm Creek Flood Basin, I encourage you all to approve funding for the Pearl Project. Please note this quote from our Comprehensive Plan concerning the 6th Street Infill Plan. "Best practices in small area planning The 6th Street Infill Plan The 6th Street Infill (Pearl District) Plan, approved by the City Council in 2006 should serve as a “best practices” model for how to conduct and structure a small area plan. The plan thoroughly covers many aspects of the study areas, from historical context to development challenges and constraints. It clearly lays out a vision for the area and recommendations for land use, zoning, and investments that will help achieve the vision. A crucial element of the plan was the integration of an alternative floodplain management scheme for the area, which threatened to undermine redevelopment prospects for the area. This alternative design was developed in coordination with the Public Works Department and the 6th Street planning area Task Force. The resulting design will turn storm water management from a potential liability to a major amenity for the neighborhood by integrating it with recreational space. This is the sort of neighborhood planning that other neighborhoods in Tulsa could benefit from — visionary, yet pragmatic". PLANiTULSA Thank you for your consideration, Dave Strader Business and property owner in the Pearl District Neighborhood advocate and volunteer city planner The Pearl District Association, board I think the river development is the most important thing for Tulsa and to not drag the devopment out! Downtown is next,then economic and nice roads would be great. Let's also keep our big telecom companies here and provide incentives for Level 3 and Verizon I don't see spending 100's of millions on the river as good management. I am old enough to remember pre-Keystone floods and 1986. Why are we delaying infrastructure on the river (levies and infrastructure at Port of Catoosa) for Federal funding that may be too little too late? The Port is economically important to Tulsa. I don't think building dams to attract beer venues matches it in economic impact. Our entrepreneurs have developed good entertainment districts. Support them; don't compete against them. Three of our biggest employers are hospitals and they need to fill a lot of lower paying support personnel jobs on round the clock shifts. Do we have good public transpotation to these employment hubs? And finally, there will never be anything more important than schools. Education is the tide that will float all our boats. I would like the city to prioritize capital projects; this should be used to drive Tulsa forward. Public safety should be funded from more permanent taxes. Of the projects, I prefer both stadiums and the library project The first 4 far and away outway the last 4. The list should be 100 items.......with my first four being 1-4 and the 4 through 8 should be 97-100 Wow - after the first couple this was hard... good exercise to actually have the issues up against each other like this. There is no excuse for the condition of the streets in this city. None! There is no reason why streets have to get widened a mile at a time here and there with no apparent plan. None! There is also no reason why a three mile trip should take 10 minutes. Traffic signals need to be sychronized now! If our current traffic engineers can't figure it out, get someone who can! And quit whining about "lack of funding." You have been getting third penny & "vision taxes" regularly. Where's it all going? Don't get me wrong, A Gathering Place is nifty. But most Tulsans spend a lot more time on Tulsa streets than they ever will at AGP, and they deserve much, much better. Fix our streets first. the River Development Money should go to fixing streets. Traffic Safety is out of hand this needs to be addressed as a priority. I lived here in Tulsa all my life, and find the River Development is a wast of tax payers money, the river will always be Polluted. Has been for the 65 years I have lived here. Listen up G.T. Bynum I live in your district pay attention to us fix things like streets, and new signs, I live on 4938 south Cincinnati ave. and traffic is out of control, on my street, people drive 60 miles per hour down my street how about some speed bumps, and a lot more attention to District 9, Next time we vote your out as far as I am concerned, your out for the rich, how about the middle class. you have A banded us, and yet you fight for millions for a dirty river, two oil refinery's and injection wells, steel mills just up stream, it will not change in my life time, So fix out streets FIRST not LAST. RLP. Excited about the development opportunities Tulsa is considering to make our city better than ever! I support the Pearl Project that will resolve the final flood plain in Tulsa AND spur economic development providing quality housing near large employers such as hospitals, downtown businesses, restaurants, etc. I support the Smart Growth collaborative proposal that includes a transportation plan complimenting urban growth and giving great options for all Tulsans who want and need affordable, flexible transit. Concentration on improving transportation and connectivity is the best ways to make the city unique and desirable compared to (especially) regional and national competitors. Would love to see all of our public spaces be improved and maintained. Many years ago Tulsa considered itself to be America's most beautiful not so much. Too much emphasis has been placed on Arkansas River Development. I have attended several of the public meetings on this issue and the proponents have not met their burden of proof regarding the benefits of the low water dams and the negative consequences of further damming of the river. I understand that the focus on the river stems, at least in part, from a need to bring more sales tax dollars into our community. However, I believe that that need could be better addressed by bringing more events to Tulsa and providing the transportation infrastructure that is needed to enable people to more easily attend these events. This city needs to spend its taxpayers monies on the basics of city life. In the Riverview neighborhood, there have been over a dozen robberies. In my case, there was no follow-up, and to my knowledge no suspects were questioned or arrests made. I hear gunshots at least once a month, but never see any arrests made. If the criminal element has impunity in our city, how can we expect anyone to invest in Tulsa? In terms of economic development, there are large chains that would build grocery stores and other anchors downtown. All the City has to do is ask. We will have a difficult time attracting companies and jobs, if we do not fix our roads and keep them in good repair. Quite surprised that education was not on this list. We need to continue to develop the upcoming generations so they can be prepared to handle the challenge of tomorrow. Tulsa has a high rate of crime for the size of the city. I am most concerned with getting more police officers in Tulsa. We need more traffic police to do something about uninsured drivers & red light runners. River development and park development are both nice if we have the money, but more police & firefighters followed by fixing the roads top my priority list. River development (dams, etc.) should be submitted as a SEPARATE item to a vote of the people, and NOT be part of an extension of the Vision 25 tax. Tulsa has many more vital projects to be undertaken--basic "housekeeping" projects to bring our city up to a good standard--better streets, street lights, sidewalks, transportation, etc. All the recent street improvements are great and make our city look clean and inviting. I think all sewer and water should be updated at the same time so there is no backtracking and tearing up what was just redone. Starting downtown and spreading out from there until the city limits are reached. That way the older parts of town with the most issues and oldest streets and pipes but also with the most growth done first. Doing projects here there and everywhere makes our city look like they don't have a plan and are not organized. These projects are vital to our city and its economic growth and it's worth to visit. Public safety should always be top priority to keep our city safe. When looking for budget cuts it should never come from this category. The citizens of Tulsa are worth protecting. Everything else comes after these. The number one priority I'd like to see is fixed, light rail routes from the downtown connecting to places such as the University of Tulsa to the east, Brady Heights to the north, the Gathering Place/Brookside to the south, and Owen Park to the west and the encouragment of high density, transit oriented development along the routes. My second priority would be removal of the east and south legs of the inner dispersal loop and replacement with at grade boulevards to help heal the scars and disconnection expressways have caused between downtown and the rest of the city. Other projects I'd like to see funded are major cultural and arts programs to encourage economic development, more traditional economic development programs including perhaps a closing fund, and more downtown housing funding. Our roads are beyond disrepair. They are flat out dangerous. That's number 1. Mayor Bartlett's horrible plan for our police was dumb from the beginning. Number 2. That river has been there forever. It can wait. -And so can those profiteers wanting to get rich of of it. I know exactly what your up to. Once we make Tulsa a more livable place (better transportation/streets/infrastructure) it will be so much easier to then focus on beautification and quality of life, which will never make up for a lack of the former. As pedestrian-friendly areas continue to blossom, Tulsa must address the twin threats of crime and traffic safety to ensure positive experiences for residents and visitors alike. In addition, Tulsa needs to do a much better job maintaining its streets and important assets such as parks. Code enforcement (including dealing with neglectful or absentee owners) of both commercial and residential properties should be better funded. river development - dams- should be financed in some measure with a TIF - since the benefits are more local - especially for those businesses that benefit directly from location near the improvements - like the inner dispersal tax financing of the ballpark downtown. Fix the streets, not the river. We have to drive on streets every day. Thanks to city councilors for being available at meetings! I live out in the outskirts of the city. Many times when I drive downtown I have to dodge holes in streets that cause front end work on my car. Front end work isn't cheap. Neither are tires cut by pot holes in streets. I've seen better roads out in the countryside of Japan or the Philippines back in the 1950s than some of these in Tulsa are today. If we want visitors or new businesses to our city, we have to do better than this! Flower gardens in more city parks should be part of the nighborhood-beautification and quality-of-life priorities. I'm all for a monorail system to help the city. Why does incog reports show adding buses is not the solution and that people would support a rail system more yet they want to waste money on buses? I have asked my entire office that is downtown and family and friend. Not a one has ever road a bus nor desire to. I feel investing in a monorail can help Downtown parking issues, highway issues as well as promote fast and easy access to different areas. It would be nice to ride from Woodland hills to the zoo then to downtown fro lunch then to The Gathering Place. And if the system is designed to help the public schools to move students rather than so many buses or for football games when parking is an issue. I'm for developing the river but not all of it in midtown do something out south too. I really think all sales tax money should be spent on street improvement ONLY. Every street I use in south tulsa is in terrible shape, overcrowded and needs repair. Even recently repaired streets need to be repaired. I don't think any sales tax dollars should be spent on operational department budgets. Sales tax dollars should only be spent on capital improvement projects. Its hard for me to believe we elected a republican mayor who always wants to increase taxes and spending. The city should do what families and businesses do - become more efficient, cut spending, live and operate within their means. I don't think any more money should be spent four laning roads in north tulsa that nobody uses hoping for economic development, when roads in south tulsa, where tax dollars are generated, are narrow, overcrowded and falling apart. If the county is going to raise funds from jail operations then the county should be shut out of the sales tax dollar proposal. I think traffic engineers are doing a terrible job with traffic lights, tripping, sequence and timing. They are much slower, less responsive, worse than a few years ago. When I try to call the city to explain problems I am rebuffed and prevented from discussing issues with the traffic department. I don't think Blake Ewing should be receiving preferential treatment to further his own personal economic wealth and success. I don't think city councilors should be supporting trespassers, squatters and bullies who are preventing economic development on private property next to turkey mountain. I am sorrily disappointed that councilors seem happy to destroy existing park property on riverside drive by allowing commercial development inside riverside park. I don't think the city should raise water and sewer rates every year. I think the city should adopt a goal to REDUCE rates every year by becoming more efficient. If the mayor says having sidewalks on riverside drive are dangerous, then what is the city going to do about the miles of sidewalks along all arterial streets all over the city to make them safe? Concentrate on infrastructure. Many of us in Tulsa do not want the entire wild river parks area to become an ugly over development like the casino, keep it wild. Did you not learn that from the Turkey Mountain protests? Fix streets which leads to safer traffic and give us a real public transit that we will use. Economic development will follow a well maintained and beautiful city. How can you have neighborhood beautification if you cannot cut your grass or keep your parks open and fully functional. Get the recreation centers open to serve the community instead of putting all your eggs into the Gathering Place basket which, if history repeats itself, the city will fail to maintain and it will be in the same sad shape our other parks are in now. Set priorities city wide and learn how to budget. I am all for a monorail or some kind of mass transit system. This would mean easier transportation for all of us, save our streets from the daily wear and tear, cut down on traffic, decrease traffic fatalities, young people could "text and ride", and prevent pouring endless money into streets for the next 100 years. And if the mass transit system (NOT buses) had hubs in Broken Arrow, Owasso, Sand Springs, Sapulpa, etc.....I would imagine it would even increase commerce not only for those towns, but for persons wanting to travel into Tulsa. It seems like a win/win to me, and I don't understand what's taking us so long..? I take "Quality of Life" to encompass many of the other items on the list. All of these items are important, but I believe Quality of Life, Transportation and Economic Development should be the priorities. There is a beneficial way to develop the core, but it will mean having to take a brave stand against some very outspoken citizens who seem anti-city. The suburbs are great, that's where I live and work, and we should encourage and support making our neighborhoods more beautiful, healthy and safe. But I also want a city core nearby that is convenient, safe, pleasant, prosperous and efficient. To those ends, we need transportation (both from the suburbs to the core and within the city core), better walkability, beautification and sustainability. So, to improve our quality of life, I support some kind of efficient, family & neighborhood friendly, light rail system that can take passengers from suburban hubs to the city core. It doesn't have to solve every problem at once. It could start by connecting downtown with south Tulsa/Jenks along the river, or downtown to the 71st Street/Woodland Hills Mall nightmare region, or there are several other options that are just as valid for discussion. Whatever the details, we have to start thinking about efficiency and growth with the coming decades in mind, not just the coming quarter. We once had a bustling passenger rail station in downtown Tulsa. It made sense then and it makes sense now. Building our city ever-outward with high-maintenance highways is the opposite of efficient, it's costly, ugly, and does nothing to improve quality of life. Thanks, -ron Let's focus on the basics, the core responsibilities of government. After those are at 85% start looking at the fun, optional projects. I have lived in Tulsa my entire 65 of my 66 years. I love this city and remember when we were called the Most Beautiful City. I am afraid that we have concentrated only on certain areas of our city and that many areas are excluded from any beautification. I live in east Tulsa and I have a problem with the many food carts and truck that are chained to poles and they never go home. They are unsightly and take away from the area. An example would be on 41st and Garnett area there are three food carts that never leave close to the Wyndham Hotel. What do visitors think when they come here and see this. There are so many in the 21st and Garnett area that it is ridiculous. I wrote to Skip Steele when he was our city councilor that there should be a designated area for these trucks and carts that would be like a park area with table etc. Also when I visited my daughter in Texas, even in the smaller towns they had a uniform fence for the homes that backed up to the main streets. Sometime when I drive down Garnett, 129th and any of the main street in this area all I see is fallen down fences or partially fallen down fences. I make it look like the slums. Please consider that all areas need to be improved, not just the south side of town or the River Parks area. Everyone should benefit from any more Vision money. We should also encourage more retail shopping not just grocery and restaurants in East Tulsa When people have to do community service for minor legal charges, please make sure that they address the blue graffiti that is showing up all over town.. Thanks Marilyn Newsom I love Tulsa and want it to still be beautiful

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July 31, 2015, 11:23 AM

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Marilyn Newsom inside District 6

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David and Ricki Jackson inside District 4

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Ronald Smith inside District 9

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Dallas Ferguson inside District 9

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Debbie Shroff inside District 7

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Richard Baldwin inside District 7

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