On this edition of ST, we welcome Robert J. LaFortune, a former Mayor of Tulsa, and Ann Patton, a locally based writer, activist, and former journalist. Patton has a new book out, for which LaFortune wrote the Foreword; it's a collection of essays on and photos of the Arkansas River, and it's called "The Tulsa River." But to what degree is Tulsa truly a "river city"? And are the age-old questions about riverfront development in this community changing -- or else taking on new meaning -- given the eventual creation of A Gathering Place on Riverside Drive?
Former Tulsa City Councilor Robert Gardner will be the Mayor’s Director of River Development. The focus will be on getting and keeping water in the river to encourage development along its’ banks. Gardner says he went to Mayor Bartlett several weeks ago and offered to help. He says one person with a total focus on the river should be able to help move things along.
Gardner, a city councilor from 1994-1998, will begin immediately and will not be paid for his work.
On this edition of StudioTulsa, we speak with Jeff Stava, a senior program officer for the George Kaiser Family Foundation and the project manager for the new, privately-funded, still-in-development public park known as A Gathering Place for Tulsa. The final design plans for the Riverside-based park (to be created on the site of the Blair Mansion) were announced Tuesday the 18th.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A state senator from Enid is suing to stop a $25 million state bond issue to fund improvements to Tulsa's Zink Lake Dam.
Republican Senator Patrick Anderson filed a lawsuit Wednesday in Oklahoma County against the Oklahoma Capital Improvement Authority, Tulsa County, the City of Tulsa, Tulsa's River Parks Authority and others. He claims the use of a state bond issue on the project is unconstitutional and is asking a judge to prevent it.