opinions of a 34 year old tulsan - 11/25/2012
i want to be fair in my observations and living circumstances i've came across living in the tulsa area. SO... here we go. i lived here for over 9 years seen alot of change good and bad. first off the people are friendly, but it is hard to make good friends if you are not from the area, alot of the friends i have made are from different states so go figure.
the culture used to be absolutely horrible. but over the last 9 YEARS!!!!
it has gotten better, but still the options are few and far between and you can only go to a zoo or aquarium so many times before your bored to death.
there are casinos and sports teams if you really get into that sort of thing. the philbrook museum of art is nice to go to with exhibits and such but again you can only do so much of the same things before it becomes numbing.
mainly people go shopping and to casinos for entertainment.
so there's that aspect.
the crime rate in tulsa area is hit and miss. with there being areas to avoid such as 61st and peoria east tulsa around 21st and garnett
and much of north tulsa, but it happens everywhere so i guess you just get used to it. murders, robbery's, home invasions are quite common and the drug and meth problem is really annoying.
but if you like to go outdoors and run and bike tulsa is a great community for that with the riverparks, turkey mountain recreation area with urban mountain biking, and hiking, and area state parks help give options for outdoor fun. with area lakes and state parks being in a general 15-30 mile radius.
the economy is pretty stable with lots of building projects going on and around the tulsa area.
jobs are abundant in many different fields and trades.
home prices are very affordable, so are apartments and condos.
the university of tulsa has been expanding, becoming a beautiful campus.
there is nightlife with the brookside area, blue dome district downtown,
and my favorite cherry street. tulsa is by no means perfect and sometimes I would really like to live somewhere else. but i have a job and own my own house in a nice neighborhood which is more than others have. tulsa is getting better roads, stores, restaurants, which is a plus.
but on the other hand tulsa is rough, worn down, needs serious education and recreation improvements. i hope to see tulsa change for the better which it has greatly, but at a much slower pace than any city i've ever lived in. population growth is slow in tulsa but fast in places like broken arrow and owasso. tulsa is the glue that holds the area together though.and i hope the city leaders see that before it is to late.
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