5/25/2017

Tulsa:

For me Tulsa exemplifies a lot of what is wrong with many mid-sized American cities. Walking around downtown I experienced a striking emptiness; for a city of its size it felt like there were very few people and cars milling about. There is little in the way of a distinct street scene. Everywhere there are large parking lots, some as large as entire city blocks, none even a quarter full, giving the city a vast but desolate feeling of scale. All around are tall buildings, but they house only offices. Very few people seem to live downtown. It's hard to conceive of anybody having a sense of roots or cultural ownership there. To find any notion of what downtown Tulsa's culture is requires much digging, and even then it seems that because of the lack of rooted people one might come up a bit dry.