Why cant downtown just be a "central" business district? Why does it have to have entertainment at all (especially entertainment paid for by tax $$$, the gov't has no business being in the entertainment business)? part of downtown's problem is that it is not centrally located, Tulsa is mostly south of downtown, and that is where the money is.
The local govít needs to let growth happen naturally, like in Brookside and Cherry Street, even in the Brady Village. When govít gets involved beyond basic infrastructure, the development fails (main mall is a great example as was the Albertsonís on North Lewis... the BOK arena will follow suite soon enough). The private sector is willing to do the work if the oligarchic families of the city would just get out of the way. The our way or the highway mentality of these families and their bought-and-paid-for city leaders have done nothing but hurt the city of Tulsa, while allowing the suburbs to grow at an expediential rate. Very soon, there will be no reason to come into the city of Tulsa, because the suburbs will have everything they need in their own community.
If the city was serious about development downtown, they would offer up tax incentives to businesses to
locate there, or even offer up a sales-tax free zone inside the IDL.
That's the kind of carrot that businesses want, not an albatross of an
arena in the wrong place.
Itís time for the city leaders to get out of the way and let developers like Branson Landing to come in and develop the city in the right way!