Petition to change available space in the Palace Building

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Downtown is in the verge of becoming a destination for young professionals, out of town visitors, and those who will change the face of Tulsa. More apartments and hotels are going up every month, it seems. Old buildings are breathing new life as they are restored and renewed. Part of this idea is to bring people back into living downtown, not just working there. Currently, our business district shuts down after working hours, while a few blocks over, the Blue Dome district thrives in the evenings thanks in part to local restaurants and bars.

This charm is extended to the downtown area thanks to places like Elote, Billy's on the Square, Lou's, Ti Amo, MixCo, and others. Keeping downtown local and historical creates a unique destination that is not found anywhere else in Oklahoma.

This brings me to the belief that bringing a Burger King and Taco Bueno underneath a newly-renovated apartment complex does nothing to add value to downtown. In fact, it cheapens the apartment building and downtown Tulsa itself. I believe the downtown area of Tulsa is able to thrive on more local, specialized cafes and bars. There is nothing inherently wrong with fast-food restaurants (in fact, they're needed!). They are often requested by those same young professionals who wish to find affordable lunch while sticking close to the office. Nonetheless, they should be positioned strategically, away from historical dwelling places. Think of it this way, would you put a McDonald's in the bottom of the Mayo?  

                                            
I hope the right people see this petition and rethink the plans to develop under the Palace Building.



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