Revitalization Efforts Continue for Tulsa Main Street Areas

Revitalization efforts continue for a Tulsa neighborhoods that have seen growth over the past few months.

Members of the Tulsa City Council approved a measure that allows the Kendall-Whittear and the Route 66 Main Street neighborhoods to join the Oklahoma Main Street Program. The initiative helps communities in efforts to restore and enhance the quality of life in these areas.

"When you take some of [Tulsa's] older areas and bring them back to life, it requires no new infrastructure, no new roads or fire stations," Councilmember Blake Ewing told KTUL. "We're taking existing parts of town and reinventing them to the benefit of our community."

Ewing added that the Kendall-Whittear neighborhood has seen a "tremendous amount" of new investment. That growth has been attributed to Main Street programs, like the state-wide effort.

According to the their website, the Oklahoma Department of Commerce uses a "Four-Point Approach" to help assess and complete the revitalization effort. Organization, promotion, design and economic restructuring round out the points.

"It is a common-sense way to address the variety of issues and problems that face traditional business districts," the website describes.

Ewing said that these efforts also help bring tourism and revenue that benefit Tulsa.

"Great existing anchors are allowing smaller [shops] to come in and fill out the area nicely."