Pearl District

Iron Gate, a nonprofit soup kitchen and food pantry at Trinity Episcopal Church in downtown Tulsa, began operations nearly forty years ago. It's still based at Trinity, but it's a separate facility -- make that a separate and vitally important facility -- that has drastically outgrown its workspace. Iron Gate, actually located in the crowded basement of Trinity, has an on-site dining area meant to seat 127 people, yet the facility serves food to 500 or 600 hungry Tulsans every day of the year.

On this installment on ST, we chat with Steve Gerkin, who is originally from Iowa, has lived in Tulsa for more than 35 years, retired from his general dentistry practice in 2010, and has written a number of interesting articles for This Land Press about little-known aspects of Tulsa-area history. Gerkin has gathered several of these articles into a book, "Hidden History of Tulsa," which has just been published.

Public Meeting to Focus on Pearl District

Jul 23, 2012

City planners want input from Tulsans on some changes to a plan of development for the Pearl District.

The City wants to implement form-based coding in the area. Form-based code focuses on the look of a building and where it’s placed on a lot, rather than what a building is used for, as with traditional zoning.

Changes the City has made to its plan include where in the district the code would apply and whether it would be optional for property owners, as well as changes to some properties’ classifications under the code.


The Tulsa Metro Area Planning Commission asks that city planners hold public informational meetings for citizens before it makes a recommendation about the use of form-based coding in Tulsa’s Pearl District. The Pearl District is just east of the downtown area.

Form-based coding would focus more on the façade and structure of buildings in the district, rather than on the specific use of the land.

Dawn Warrick, City of Tulsa Planner, presented the findings about form-based coding to the Commission yesterday.