KTUL has a story about how, somehow, a national source says that “Tulsa is a must-see tourist attraction”. What even worse is Suzanne Stewart’s cheerleading, its sad, it like watching the cheerleaders for your team trying to get the crowd going when they are down 4 touchdowns, the opponent has the ball, your starting quarterback has a broken leg, and there is only 5 minutes left in the game… lets dissect her comments, shall we? <!--[endif]-->
“There's enough of Tulsa to stretch over seven days” Does that include road trips to KC & Dallas?
“Tulsa is one the top three sites for art deco architecture, celebrated year in and year out” Though this may be true, we are bulldozing buildings downtown at an alarming rate, and I’m sorry, going to go look at art deco buildings is not what most people consider to be a vacation destination spot.
“And, there's the history at museums like the Gilcrease, where you can see the lost city, The Machu Picchu.” – um… that exhibit leave next month I believe, then what? I will agree, we have some top notch museums in this city, the Philbrook, & Gilcrease, but again, those are not things that are considered destination spots, I don’t go to KC to go see the Truman museum exclusively, we go there for the Plaza, the depot, the Arabia, the food, the Chiefs, the zoo, the historical spots, and then if we have time, we will squeeze in the museum.
“there's the Greenwood District, full of history, the Black Wall Street, rebounding from the destruction of the 1921 race riot” visitors will be in and out of the greenwood district in one hour, yes its historical, but it also covers about 2 blocks, its still not a destination point and it also has a very limited audience
“Tulsa has the largest stretch of Route 66 in the country.” Which we have summarily been destroying and allowing to decay for the last 30 years, thanks to the likes of Chris Nichols Autohaus. Yeah the road is still there, but its flooded with used car lots and hookers.
Add all these together and you have a bunch of niche attractions that will only appeal to a very small group of people.
If people want to go to an amusement park, they will go to Worlds of fun in KC, Six Flags in Dallas or even Frontier city in OKC… not Bells.
If they want shopping they will go to KC or Dallas, not Tulsa.
If they want sports... sorry Talons, Oilers & Drillers...
How can we change that? Is it “possible” to change that? It is but it will require some real effort by the people in charge. Pocket parks, Jazz hall of fame (Tulsa is known for its jazz?), a bridge to Bixby & the arena are not the answer. Spurring economic growth is. Building up our strengths is...
Someone with some initiative (and some cash of course) could look at turning the Rose Bowl into a route 66 museum, which will attract historians and car nuts.
Spur economic growth on 66 by issuing tax credits to those who will open businesses other than used car lots on 11th street.
Stop the destruction! Stop TU from tearing down Starship records & tapes & nationally know Metro Diner. Stop tearing buildings down in the downtown area (Tulsa World alone is responsible for 2 one to make room for more parking, Trinity Episcopal Church is tearing down a 1920s parking garage for... parking) let quit destroying our history… especially if that is what we are trying to market.
Like I have always said "Tulsa it's a nice place to live, but I wouldnt want to visit here"