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Old Posted Dec 28, 2012, 8:47 AM
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Tulsa-More buildings than people.

Tulsa was the first stop on a Fort Worth-St. Louis roadtrip my Dad and I took this summer. Spent the afternoon there, just walking around Downtown and Oral Roberts University. I think the entire few hours we were there, we same maybe 20 people. The streets are amazingly empty. Not even much road traffic. Maybe it was because it was a Tuesday at 5 P.M. and 102 degrees outside, but we were the only ones for the most part.

Starting out, Oral Robert's University and the Cityplex Towers. A very interesting complex, and comparatively empty. Just sort off spouts out of the middle of some sprawl. Very interesting religious stuff going on here.

Cityplex by Micro55, on Flickr


Cityplex by Micro55, on Flickr


Cityplex by Micro55, on Flickr


Edges by Micro55, on Flickr


Cityplex by Micro55, on Flickr


Epcot by Micro55, on Flickr


Garden of Eden by Micro55, on Flickr


Angles by Micro55, on Flickr


Seattle, just shorter. by Micro55, on Flickr

Back towards downtown
Really beautiful buildings, it's clear they take historic preservation seriously. That said, It was still fairly empty, and I didn't see any restraunts, stores or theaters or anything that looked all that interesting.


DSCN0069 by Micro55, on Flickr


DSCN0053 by Micro55, on Flickr


DSCN0052 by Micro55, on Flickr


DSCN0049 by Micro55, on Flickr


DSCN0048 by Micro55, on Flickr


DSCN0045 by Micro55, on Flickr


DSCN0044 by Micro55, on Flickr


DSCN0038 by Micro55, on Flickr


DSCN0037 by Micro55, on Flickr


BOK Center by Micro55, on Flickr


Tulsa Skyline by Micro55, on Flickr


DSCN0028 by Micro55, on Flickr


Tulsa Construction by Micro55, on Flickr


Cutting Edge by Micro55, on Flickr


City in a Park by Micro55, on Flickr


Memories by Micro55, on Flickr


Downtown by Micro55, on Flickr


Back in time by Micro55, on Flickr


Care to share? by Micro55, on Flickr


Tulsa by Micro55, on Flickr


Standing Gaurd. by Micro55, on Flickr


Up by Micro55, on Flickr

Hope everyone enjoyed I hope to go back one day if anything new develops! Good luck Tulsa, you have so much potential.
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Tulsa has a fantastic and well-preserved urban fabric. The architecture screams potential. Thanks!
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Very nice collection of architecture, though, as cliche as it is in photo threads I think it is appropriate here to say that those streets are stunningly devoid of people.
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Tulsa has some great architecture
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thanks for sharing. i did a st. louis to austin roadtrip which i posted on here earlier in the year and explored tulsa a little. it sort of reminded me a little of kansas city while oklahoma city reminded me more of texas.
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Been to Tulsa a few times. It is what it is...LOL. That said, Tulsa has a very well and neatly kept downtown. Nothing new has really sprouted up, besides the Bok Center, but it's good to see that there's little grit to speak of..at least in your picture thread.
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Really nice looking downtown! Too bad it's so quiet, hopefully just because of the heat. It's a bigger-looking city than I would expect.
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Nice set.

Its strange seeing such a nicely kept, grit free downtown void of people like this. It kinda reminds me of Memphis, but I know why downtown Memphis is always empty.
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Just like in the photos, Tulsa is one of the cleanest cities I've visited. I have a relative who graduated from Oral Roberts and I visited there on occasion when she was a student.

Even though they are not that far apart, Tulsa feels more Midwestern, in my opinion, while OKC seems more Southwestern (cowboyish).

Nice photos. Were these photos taken on a Sunday or an evening?
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thanks for sharing. i did a st. louis to austin roadtrip which i posted on here earlier in the year and explored tulsa a little. it sort of reminded me a little of kansas city while oklahoma city reminded me more of texas.
I can't see any resemblance between OKC and the big, chaotic, traffic clogged cities in Texas, but since this thread is about Tulsa, maybe we can discuss that somewhere else.

Very nice photos, by the way. I love the well preserved architecture of the downtown area.
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Thanks for the comments everyone!

It really is incredibly clean and the architecture is just beautiful. I really hope they can do something to attract more people, because it was just life sucking atmosphere. I do think it had a lot to do with the heat.
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My father grew up outside of Tulsa. It's a shame to see it so empty. Very pretty city.
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I visited a few years ago, and I was very surprised that my wife and I and a homeless guy were the only ones walking around downtown. It seemed creepy but interesting that such a great skyline and downtown that Tulsa has it was completely empty. It doesn't have the feel of dangerous Detroit, more like an abandoned city with so much potential.
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I thought of "Life after People", but then I realized if its 102F outside, I'm not going out either. I enjoyed the tour of a tall, clean city. Thanks for braving the heat Austin55.
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I can't see any resemblance between OKC and the big, chaotic, traffic clogged cities in Texas, but since this thread is about Tulsa, maybe we can discuss that somewhere else.
i just meant, like arch city said, tulsa felt slightly more midwestern while ithink i saw more people wearing cowboy hats in oklahoma city than i did in texas, for what it's worth.
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Stunning architecture and impressive scale of buildings for what appears to be a backwater of the American empire.

Metro population of less than a million....stunning


p.s anyone else see Coppola's "Rumble Fish"?, Tulsa really looks vibrant there
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I have a soft spot for Tulsa. I was the first city that I really got to explore by myself (I lived there for a year when I was 14). I used to ride from the SE portion of the city up Riverside into downtown. An amazingly rich architectural palette to explore, but perfectly safe for a kid.

Oddly, with the exception of the arena, it looks pretty much the same as it did in 1990.

There are some amazing distant skyline views from the SE, South and West if you know where to find them.

I've always found Tulsa to be alot like Denver (inner city wise), except Denver made the turn in the 1970s and Tulsa did not.

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