Tulsa’s Young Professionals is continuing its campaign to replace surface parking downtown with viable reconstruction for the Tulsa community.
"There's just a better way to do it and we would love to encourage the conversation and the creativity of being able to provide that solution for downtown," 2014 TYPros chair Isaac Rocha said.
Entries from five teams of local architects are currently being displayed at Foolish Things Coffee on S. Main St. Tulsans are encouraged to stop by the coffee shop to vote for their favorite or to vote online.
The proposed development would be at 10th Street and Boston Avenue. Ideas include a multi-sport facility and food truck park.
“Cities with thriving urban cores met their urban parking needs long ago through public transit and structured parking,” Rocha said. “They understand that surface parking generates no sales tax, lowers the value of surrounding property, creates safety concerns and adds nothing to the character and quality of an urban core.”
The competition is an extension of TYPros’ 4th Annual Street CReD: Urban Core event, a festival designed to raise awareness about the need for downtown development, of which roughly 2,500 people attended.
The team that receives the most votes will be awarded the “Golden Crater” at TYPros’ July 16 “Create Tulsa” event, which will feature a panel of former Tulsa mayors including Roger Randle, Bill Lafortune and Kathy Taylor.
TYPros hopes the contest will inspire developers to take action in the area.