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Tulsa's Kendall Whittier Neighborhood Looking Forward to New Development

Aired on Friday, July 13th.

Tulsa's Kendall Whittier neighborhood, certainly the city's most diverse neighborhood, is poised for new development. Recently, the City of Tulsa entered into a new partnership with the Kendall Whittier Main Street (or KWMS) organization, an agency dedicated to promoting and restoring this neighborhood as a (per its mission statement) "thriving, walkable, and welcoming community for living and working." Moreover, Whittier Square was just added to the National Registry of Historic Places, and new money is now flowing into the neighborhood from Route 66-related groups as well as the National Park Service --- and a new multi-use housing area is also being planned. Our guest on this edition of ST is Nancy Phelps, Executive Director of KWMS, who tells us about all of the above. She also tells us that a Signature Event Series will get underway to benefit the Kendall Whittier neighborhood --- it will be comprised of four different events, all of them held in the KW community, with each event aiming to raise awareness and financial support for non-profit agencies within this community. Indeed, the first event is tomorrow night (Saturday the 14th) at 7pm at the historic Fire Station #7 (at the corner of 6th and Lewis) --- and you can learn more about this event (and about the three other just-announced gatherings) here.

Rich Fisher passed through KWGS about thirty years ago, and just never left. Today, he is the general manager of Public Radio Tulsa, and the host of KWGS’s public affairs program, StudioTulsa, which celebrated its twentieth anniversary in August 2012 . As host of StudioTulsa, Rich has conducted roughly four thousand long-form interviews with local, national, and international figures in the arts, humanities, sciences, and government. Very few interviews have gone smoothly. Despite this, he has been honored for his work by several organizations including the Governor's Arts Award for Media by the State Arts Council, a Harwelden Award from the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa, and was named one of the “99 Great Things About Oklahoma” in 2000 by Oklahoma Today magazine.
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