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The Gathering Place posted this on their Facebook page in honor of Earth Day. The park is sure looking nice. Too bad it's closed due to the current situation.

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I moved here in 2007 and when I think back on it, a lot of things have indeed changed. You were here even before the BOK Center.
I came right after they built the Tulsa City Hall building.
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I like Tulsa, cause it reminded me of Austin in a way. Laid back lifestyle, big art scene, hilly terrain and the abundance of parks. Though its crazy to think Tulsa is now half the size of Austin. Back then it was around the same size.
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Are there any plans to have the park better connect with the riverfront? If not, that seems like one missed opportunity of what appears to be one incredible looking, even world-class park amenity.
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Old Posted Apr 23, 2020, 10:22 PM
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I came right after they built the Tulsa City Hall building.
Yeah, I believe that building was constructed in 2001 and was originally home to WilTel, Williams Companies fiber optic network operator. They suffered in the .com bust of the early 2000's I believe. The city moved their offices there in 2007 or 2008.
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I like Tulsa, cause it reminded me of Austin in a way. Laid back lifestyle, big art scene, hilly terrain and the abundance of parks. Though its crazy to think Tulsa is now half the size of Austin. Back then it was around the same size.
Yeah, I have heard people compare Tulsa to Austin. Even Rolling Stone magazine thinks we're the next Austin (music wise anyway). But yeah, there is similar topography, art and music scene. Austin just more so of course in terms of art and music. And Austin is growing much much faster than Tulsa.

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Are there any plans to have the park better connect with the riverfront? If not, that seems like one missed opportunity of what appears to be one incredible looking, even world-class park amenity.
Yes there is. It is all waiting on a new low water dam, which is set to start construction either this year or next. It is supposed to raise the water level in Zink Lake (the portion of the river just behind the dam) by 3 feet. It will also facilitate white water amenities, which will be part of Gathering Place. In addition there is going to be a new pedestrian bridge constructed over the river. In fact you can see a pedestrian bridge in the lower portion of the picture above that crosses over Riverside Drive. It will connect to the new pedestrian bridge. It is part of the Midland Valley (former railroad) trail that ties into downtown.
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Yes there is. It is all waiting on a new low water dam, which is set to start construction either this year or next. It is supposed to raise the water level in Zink Lake (the portion of the river just behind the dam) by 3 feet. It will also facilitate white water amenities, which will be part of Gathering Place. In addition there is going to be a new pedestrian bridge constructed over the river. In fact you can see a pedestrian bridge in the lower portion of the picture above that crosses over Riverside Drive. It will connect to the new pedestrian bridge. It is part of the Midland Valley (former railroad) trail that ties into downtown.
Rendering of this major public works project which will be starting soon. Once it is complete the final riverfront work along the Gathering Place will be finished.


The construction will take place on the left side of this picture and tie directly into the park and riverfront


Daytime rendering of the new pedestrian bridge that will be built at the same time next to the whitewater flume


Nighttime rendering of the new pedestrian bridge
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Tower crane for the 11 story WPX tower with the skyline in the background

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Davenport Lofts - Here is an updated picture of progress so far on the Davenport Lofts project. The crane on the left is for the OKPOP museum currently under construction.






Tulsa Development Authority (TDA) lot - Here are a couple of proposals that were submitted to the TDA for the land they own downtown (the parking lot in the foreground of the picture above). They will likely select one to be constructed here in the near future. I got these renderings from TulsaNow.

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Western Supply Development - This is a development slated for the former Western Supply Company located downtown. According to Tulsan on the TulsaNow forum this is supposed to be
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Recently completed 6 story Vast Bank HQ (Block 44) and 6 story The View apartments under construction across from ONEOK Field



11 story WPX HQ under construction with the 9 story Davenport Lofts condo building under construction in the background


WPX and Vast Bank HQ are only a block apart


OKPop Museum under construction across from Cain's Ballroom downtown


Recently completed Village Flats just east of downtown




Mixed-use project with a Route 66 museum proposed for 11th & Lewis



The rebuilding of Zink Dam to create a deeper lake and whitewater flume next to the Gathering Place starts this month. Work on the new pedestrian bridge will start later this year.


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Tulsa strikes me as a very lovely city. I think if I were making a choice between Tulsa and OKC I would choose Tulsa. Am I wrong, or perhaps what are some of the differences of Tulsa vs. OKC, aside from the NBA?
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Tulsa strikes me as a very lovely city. I think if I were making a choice between Tulsa and OKC I would choose Tulsa. Am I wrong, or perhaps what are some of the differences of Tulsa vs. OKC, aside from the NBA?
They are very different for being only 90 miles apart. The area around Tulsa is hilly and forested with numerous lakes and the Ozark Mountains to the east. OKC is flatter with more agricultural and ranching land around it, similar to Dallas/Ft Worth. Tulsa has more old oil money wealth and is more arts-oriented. OKC has a more dynamic economy and is faster-growing with an NBA team and the state’s flagship university in its metro (OU in Norman). The combined population of both metro areas is nearly 2.5 million.
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Thanks BG918, It sounds like I would want to live smack dab in the middle and take advantage of both metros.
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They are very different for being only 90 miles apart. The area around Tulsa is hilly and forested with numerous lakes and the Ozark Mountains to the east. OKC is flatter with more agricultural and ranching land around it, similar to Dallas/Ft Worth. Tulsa has more old oil money wealth and is more arts-oriented. OKC has a more dynamic economy and is faster-growing with an NBA team and the state’s flagship university in its metro (OU in Norman). The combined population of both metro areas is nearly 2.5 million.
Do you think OKC is bigger partly because it is the state capital? Why was the flagship university placed in Norman?
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Do you think OKC is bigger partly because it is the state capital? Why was the flagship university placed in Norman?
I'm sure that has something to do with it. OU is only 20 miles south of downtown OKC and Norman is Oklahoma's third largest city. The other large state university is Oklahoma State in Stillwater which is halfway between OKC and Tulsa.
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Here are some updated pictures of a few of the projects going on downtown. I took these a week or two ago.

Here is the Davenport Lofts project. They are currently applying brick to the exterior.



Here is another angle of the OKPop Museum. The pic by BG918 is much better than mine.


Here are a few of The View apartments.









And here is a pic of the 111 Greenwood development.
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Tulsa strikes me as a very lovely city. I think if I were making a choice between Tulsa and OKC I would choose Tulsa. Am I wrong, or perhaps what are some of the differences of Tulsa vs. OKC, aside from the NBA?
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They are very different for being only 90 miles apart. The area around Tulsa is hilly and forested with numerous lakes and the Ozark Mountains to the east. OKC is flatter with more agricultural and ranching land around it, similar to Dallas/Ft Worth. Tulsa has more old oil money wealth and is more arts-oriented. OKC has a more dynamic economy and is faster-growing with an NBA team and the state’s flagship university in its metro (OU in Norman). The combined population of both metro areas is nearly 2.5 million.

Yeah, Tulsa is quite hilly and lush.












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^^ I'm honestly okay with the non-development pictures. This forum is a way for me to understand a culture of a city/metro from locals who pay attention to what's going around.

I just went through some of the last few posts and wow, Tulsa looks amazing! Thanks for the dialogue with how Oklahoma is like @BG918
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A new infill project has been proposed for the Brookside neighborhood. This is currently a large estate that will mostly be developed into residences with some commercial space. It goes before the planning commission on Sep. 2.






https://ktul.com/news/local/shops-re...peoria-project

The project would include a connection to the Gathering Place and river trails via a planned new trail along Crow Creek.
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