Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Initial Post

This is the first post to a little blog born out of a growing fascination with an area of Tulsa, OK commonly known as Midtown.

What exactly are the boundaries of Midtown? There are no defined geographic boundaries, but it's safe to say that the area roughly bounded by Riverside Drive to the West, Harvard to the East, 11th Street to the North and 31st Street to the South would be a decent ballpark swath of "Midtown".

Aesthetically, Midtown is characterized by old neighborhoods, local restaurants and bars, art galleries and old money. The northern end of Midtown is more quaint with smaller cottages and fewer of the oil mansions that can be found near popular attractions like the Philbrook,
Woodward Park and Utica Square. Of course, it is Oklahoma, so there are several churches scattered throughout the area.

Like the rest of Tulsa, the farther south one progresses throughout Midtown, the larger the houses get. These houses, however, are not the McMansions that occupy the sprawl of South Tulsa. These mansions are relics of the roaring 1920s when Tulsa was a prominent oil town. Elements of the prosperity enjoyed by Tulsans during the Art Deco era can be found in the architecture of the most striking example of Deco Gothic, Boston Avenue Methodist Church, and subtle arches in Deco-era cottages and bungalows.

Apart from the architecture, there is also a mindset that separates Midtowners from the rest of Tulsa. Some would be tempted to call it elitism. But one should resist that temptation until they've taken a moment to investigate a bit further. That's the point of this humble blog.

Here's to success?

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