Meanwhile the faithful old merchants of the city watch their streets erode and their sales tax collections get diverted to help their new competition get a foothold. South Peoria has seen this impact as most shops boarded up when Tulsa Hills opened up (thanks to a massive TIF). The Democrats who ran Tulsa in the 90s were told that the high crime rate in south Peoria was due to mistakes in city planning and allowing a concentration of government funded housing projects near 61st & Peoria. But that inept infrastructure made it worse by not having adequate street lighting or decent roads. Perpetual flooding was preventing private sector investments. To this day, the city has not done what the 1992 planning commission ordered as a remedy.
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David Van Risseghem is the Director of Sooner Politics.org. The resource is committed to informing & mobilizing conservative Oklahomans for civic reform. This endeavor seeks to utilize the efforts of all cooperative facets of the Conservative movement...