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« Reply #45 on: October 18, 2018, 05:15:41 pm »

Blah, blah, blah, blah, OKC, blah, blah, blah, OKC, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, OKC...  Roll Eyes


No kidding...!!   We just opened Gathering Place.  I haven't stopped in yet, but have driven by and it looks impressive.  OKC doesn't have that.  Or anything really like it...
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« Reply #46 on: October 19, 2018, 08:38:42 am »


No kidding...!!   We just opened Gathering Place.  I haven't stopped in yet, but have driven by and it looks impressive.  OKC doesn't have that.  Or anything really like it...

Right? They had to *make* a river. IMO, OKC doesn't have anything over Tulsa other than having the Thunder.
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« Reply #47 on: October 19, 2018, 09:53:59 am »

I don't think Laramie is trying to make this into an OKC vs. Tulsa thing. Just showcasing some interesting OKC developments in lieu of this IKEA thing that may or may not happen.

My suggestion: move this thread and rename it OKC Developments.
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« Reply #48 on: October 19, 2018, 11:10:59 am »

I don't think Laramie is trying to make this into an OKC vs. Tulsa thing. Just showcasing some interesting OKC developments in lieu of this IKEA thing that may or may not happen.

My suggestion: move this thread and rename it OKC Developments.

Thank you, savethewhales

Just happy to see both cities showing a lot of progress of late with bright futures ahead.  

Tulsa's Gathering Place is every bit of 1st class, big league and second-to-none among any city park you will see in North America. The Jenks' Aquarium have us rethinking what we can do with our OKC Zoo Aquarium.  Our Zoo is funded by a dedicated 1/8 cent permanent sales tax for capital improvements; they have managed the money well for 28 years ($6-$12 million annually since 1990) with a number of new exhibits--total transformation. OKC Zoo: https://www.okczoo.org/

Both cities have MSA that exceed 1 million with urban/metro population growth; most U.S. cities are not seeing a growth in both urban & metro populations.

Tulsa has three 500 room hotels;  all primed for conventions.  OKC demolished a 25 story 600 room historic and vacant Biltmore in 1977.  In 1975, 2 years after we built the Myriad Convention Center we only had one 395 room DT first class hotel; couldn't book conventions because we didn't have the hotel room accommodations.

Those of you who are old enough to remember the 70s-80s decades, Oklahoma City was the pits; undoubtedly the biggest, nastiest, raggediest town in the U.S.  1993 MAPS initiative was our revitalization--it saved our city.   Progress for Oklahoma's two largest cities is great for Oklahoma; it creates competition between both cities--that's great.    

 
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« Reply #49 on: October 21, 2018, 05:05:52 pm »


No kidding...!!   We just opened Gathering Place.  I haven't stopped in yet, but have driven by and it looks impressive.  OKC doesn't have that.  Or anything really like it...


Hey now we do have a $132 million park currently being built downtown that will connect downtown to the river. It wonít be as nice as the gathering place (thatís what twice the money gets you), but it will still be a nice park and will have the advantage of being located downtown which will help it spur more urban development than the gathering place will. It will also be bordered by the new Omni and Convention Center. Two different types of parks both with their own advantages.

https://www.okc.gov/government/maps-3/projects/downtown-public-park



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« Reply #50 on: October 21, 2018, 06:13:40 pm »

Hey now we do have a $132 million park currently being built downtown that will connect downtown to the river. It wonít be as nice as the gathering place (thatís what twice the money gets you), but it will still be a nice park and will have the advantage of being located downtown which will help it spur more urban development than the gathering place will. It will also be bordered by the new Omni and Convention Center. Two different types of parks both with their own advantages.

https://www.okc.gov/government/maps-3/projects/downtown-public-park






Yeah...they have some very cool stuff there...but it's still OKC.  Just a flat place on the prairie.  Overall, not even close to Northeast OK in interest, beauty, or quality of life.  (I have spent the majority of my time for the last 11+ years "living" in OKC area.  Oh, yeah - almost forgot - they have North Pole City...that is cooler than any store in Tulsa area!!  Like a very small 'Decorators Warehouse' from Arlington, TX.)

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« Reply #51 on: October 21, 2018, 07:14:59 pm »


Yeah...they have some very cool stuff there...but it's still OKC.  Just a flat place on the prairie.  Overall, not even close to Northeast OK in interest, beauty, or quality of life.  (I have spent the majority of my time for the last 11+ years "living" in OKC area.  Oh, yeah - almost forgot - they have North Pole City...that is cooler than any store in Tulsa area!!  Like a very small 'Decorators Warehouse' from Arlington, TX.)



Thatís your opinion. Iíve lived it both, the quantity of life and amenities are almost identical.
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« Reply #52 on: October 22, 2018, 06:13:13 am »

Thatís your opinion. Iíve lived it both, the quantity of life and amenities are almost identical.

We'll agree to disagree then.  I spent every weekend in the OKC metro while I was married (in laws) and while there were things to do, it reminded me of a ghost town.  Spread out way too much.  If I recall, at one point OKC was the largest city in the country.  In regards to land area, not population obviously.
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« Reply #53 on: October 22, 2018, 07:17:23 am »

We'll agree to disagree then.  I spent every weekend in the OKC metro while I was married (in laws) and while there were things to do, it reminded me of a ghost town.  Spread out way too much.  If I recall, at one point OKC was the largest city in the country.  In regards to land area, not population obviously.

Not sure where you were spending your time or when you were spending it here, but I live in downtown OKC and spend most of my time in Tulsa around downtown/midtown. Your experience does not reflect what Iíve seen between both cities. I have noticed that for the most part, people like the city they grew up in more than the other. Iíve also noticed, at least among my friends or people Iíve met in both cities, that Tulsans tend to compare Tulsa to OKC A LOT, often taking shots at OKC when I mention Iím from here or in general conversations, while for the most part people in OKC all but forget that Tulsa exists. Iím obviously not one of those people since I spend a lot of time between the two and enjoy what both have to offer but the inferiority complex or competition that Tulsans seem to have with OKC has always been comical to me. This thread is a good example lol.
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« Reply #54 on: October 22, 2018, 07:46:57 am »


I may have to go to OKC Talk...they have "Eric"...  seems like a person in search of enlightenment.

And GaryOKC6... flat out lying, so I know he is a Trump Minion.   Saying his 401k has nearly doubled since Trump took office.   If it was strictly Amazon or Tesla, maybe yeah.  But no 401 is gonna have just those two options.  

Could be interesting as much time as I spend there.



Your characterization of OKCTalk is interesting lol. Though in seriousness I try to follow Tulsa developments and I wish this site was half of what Peteís built in OKCTalk. He has threads or articles on every development, restaurant, retail venue, etc in any stage of planning or construction througout OKC. Over the last few years, Iíve seen construction sites in downtown Tulsa and have spent a decent amount of time here trying to figure out what was being built but often have had to look elsewhere. Iíve honestly had better luck getting info from OKCTalkís Tulsa thread. Even my friends that are involved in TYPros or generally try to follow development in both cities have had similar criticisms. Tulsa has a lot of developments to keep up with now, TulsaNow needs to step up its game!
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« Reply #55 on: October 22, 2018, 07:49:03 am »

Hey now we do have a $132 million park currently being built downtown that will connect downtown to the river. It wonít be as nice as the gathering place (thatís what twice the money gets you),


That project sounds really cool! The Gathering Place was a $465 million project btw so about triple the investment. A big difference being that it's a bit outside downtown rather than connecting downtown to the river. OKC has done a good job putting nice parks in the downtown, especially with the botanical gardens.
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« Reply #56 on: October 22, 2018, 07:52:35 am »

Thatís your opinion. Iíve lived it both, the quantity of life and amenities are almost identical.



So have I.   Yeah, the quantity is probably almost identical.  It's quality and/or ambience' of surrounding area that is dramatically different...

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« Reply #57 on: October 22, 2018, 07:55:56 am »

That project sounds really cool! The Gathering Place was a $465 million project btw so about triple the investment. A big difference being that it's a bit outside downtown rather than connecting downtown to the river. OKC has done a good job putting nice parks in the downtown, especially with the botanical gardens.

I hope ours ends up even a third as nice as the gathering place. Iíve already been a few times and itís impressive!

Really wish we had a Kaiser like person dumping money into our projects. Aubrey McClendon was similar for awhile but he couldnít come close to George Kaiser. Our park was completley privately funded. The rest of the $777 million raised for MAPS was spent on the convention center across the street, white water facility, street car, various trail improvements throughout the city and other projects.
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« Reply #58 on: October 22, 2018, 08:00:33 am »

Your characterization of OKCTalk is interesting lol. Though in seriousness I try to follow Tulsa developments and I wish this site was half of what Peteís built in OKCTalk. He has threads or articles on every development, restaurant, retail venue, etc in any stage of planning or construction througout OKC. Over the last few years, Iíve seen construction sites in downtown Tulsa and have spent a decent amount of time here trying to figure out what was being built but often have had to look elsewhere. Iíve honestly had better luck getting info from OKCTalkís Tulsa thread. Even my friends that are involved in TYPros or generally try to follow development in both cities have had similar criticisms. Tulsa has a lot of developments to keep up with now, TulsaNow needs to step up its game!


I wasn't characterizing OKCTalk.  

Seems like an interesting site, and I said I may well have to sign up to contribute there, too.  Am interested in seeing what Pete is up to.  Wonder if he will approve me to join.??

I WAS specifically talking about two participants there.  Different thing from OKCTalk...

TulsaNow does need to upgrade in at least one area - this forum in particular - it doesn't have https: security.  I don't know anything about the running of this show, but get the feel that it is volunteers with limited budget and IT support...??  Nice little place to come visit.


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« Reply #59 on: October 22, 2018, 08:02:40 am »



So have I.   Yeah, the quantity is probably almost identical.  It's quality and/or ambience' of surrounding area that is dramatically different...



Yes Tulsa has slightly more topography and i agree that overall its prettier but itís not like youíre living in Yellowstone or something. The nice historic neighborhoods (heritage hills, Mesta Park, Crownheights, Edgemere Park, Nichols Hills, etc) all look about the same to me, have big nice old trees and rolling hills just like all of Tulsaís nice areas. Same for both citiesí nicer suburbs like Norman and Edmond vs Owasso, Jenks, and BA. I would say South Tulsa has a big leg up on the suburban parts of OKC.
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