Thu September 6, 2012
Is Vision2 a Good Idea for the Greater Tulsa Area? Or Isn't It?
TulsaNow, which has been around for more than a decade, is a non-profit organization whose mission is to "help Tulsa become the most vibrant, diverse, sustainable, and prosperous city of our size. We achieve this by focusing on the development of Tulsa's distinctive identity and economic growth around a dynamic, urban core, complemented by a constellation of livable, thriving communities." The organization made news recently when it came out against the Vision2 initiative, which is a proposal by Tulsa County to extend the Vision 2025 six-tenths-of-a-penny sales tax set to expire in early 2017. (This proposal will be voted on come November; County Commissioner John Smaligo recently did an interview on our program wherein he defended Vision2.) The following statement is now posted at the TulsaNow wesbite: "TulsaNow is a longtime supporter of smart planning and investment in the development of Tulsa and the surrounding area. While we supported and provided much help with Vision2025, we do not support the methods in which Vision2 was assembled and rushed to vote." On this edition of ST, we visit with Scott Grizzle, who's been the president of TulsaNow for the last three years. He tells us why, specifically, his organization isn't in favor of Vision2. Also on today's program, our commentator Collin Hinds explains why "individualism vs. collectivism" is the larger (or more philosophical) issue behind this year's presidential election.