Weekly, in Urban Tulsa Weekly
I'm pleased to announce that I'm writing a weekly column for Urban Tulsa Weekly. My first column is in the current issue, and it's on urban design, walkability, and what that means for Tulsans who, by reason of disability or age, cannot drive:
For tens of thousands of our fellow Tulsans, walkability isnít about rows of trendy cafes and quirky consignment shops, or about sidewalks to nowhere; itís about independence. For them, driving simply isnít an option. Iím not talking just about those who canít afford to operate a car. There are those who are physically unable to drive.
Many senior citizens, troubled by glare at night or uncertain of their reflexes, prefer to drive only during daylight or not at all. Teenagers are old enough to get around on their own, but either canít drive yet or shouldnít. For those who canít drive, urban design makes the difference between freedom and frustrating dependence.
The focus of my column will be city issues and city politics. Many thanks to UTW publisher Keith Skrzypczak for the opportunity to write a column, and to UTW reporter G.W. Schulz, whose very kind profile of me in July started the ball rolling on this.
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