5/25/2017

Center can mean the middle point or it can mean a place from which activities are focused and directed. It's hard for me to see Tulsa as a natural evolution of geographic centrality; it feels worlds apart from the rural environments surrounding it. It's as though steps were skipped in the hectic composition of the cityscape, leaving out small but important intricacies of the surrounding past. Yet the city is strikingly powerful. It presents scope and scale that appears nearly impossible when thinking of the innumerable resources that must have gone into it. It requires enormous upkeep but also provides ample return for its large population. This is the center--activities of the area are focused and directed here. Amidst all the buzz, it is easy to forget about the plains surrounding it. This is a problem, because policies made in these centers often forget the surroundings too, and the center has no meaning without the context of the periphery.