Nearly 70 years after the post-World War II suburban explosion, some developers and civic innovators argue that urban centers can increase their livability by going beyond the lower limits of what’s functional.
Cities across the nation are trying to improve the health of their populations, many developers are embracing cycling infrastructure as a way encourage civic engagement, environmental goals, and economic prosperity.
During a recent placemaking conference sponsored by the University of Oklahoma’s Institute for Quality Communities, Cock described three types cyclists – those who are already out there, the 7-9 percent who would ride on urban streets if they had a bike lane, and another 60 percent who don’t even want a bike lane if they have to share the roadways with traffic or parked cars.
Cassie Clark, a part-time administrative assistant, falls into the health care "coverage crater" because she's not eligible for Medicaid but doesn't make enough money to qualify for new tax credits under the Affordable Care Act.
The Oklahoma Geological Survey has begun work on plans to reduce the risk of oil-field work causing earthquakes.
The Tulsa World reported Saturday that a summary report says the risk of oil-field caused earthquakes is small — and can be reduced further with "appropriate industry practices" involving injection disposal wells.
Oklahoma Geological Survey research seismologist Austin Holland says the wells inject waste fluids into the ground and are not hydraulic fracturing — or fracking — which is a process used to release minerals from beneath the earth's surface.
Arlington County, Va., wants more female firefighters. The fire department there has even set up a camp to inspire potential recruits. Donning helmets and matching camp shirts, teenage girls line up to watch a demonstration: A model room with furniture is ablaze.
Camper Tara Crosey says she came to camp in part because she "wanted to show that girls are as strong as boys and girls can do what boys can do."