Street CReD 2011
Street CReD, TYPros' annual community redevelopment event, kicked off in 2011 with Polishing the Pearl in the Pearl District on 6th and Peoria. The urbanization and revitalization initiative involved hundreds of community partners, volunteers, performers, vendors and supporters.
Want to get involved? Have a suggestion for the next Street CReD? Contact Shagah Zakerion at 918.560.0260 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Street CReD Rewind:
2011- Hundreds of people flocked to the Pearl District April 15 and 16 to check out the makeover event while shopping vendors, checking out the community partners and watching the performers at the inagural revitalization and urbanization event on Sixth between Peoria and Quincy.
The area received a total makeover for the weekend, complete with a tree-lined median canal and a full block of spruced-up store fronts. The scene, with downtown as a backdrop, reflected the potential of the neighborhood to be the next Brookside, Cherry Street or another booming district.
A steady stream of people traveled up and down Sixth Street, in and out of coffee shops, bars, flower shops and more. Community partners like the Arts and Humanities Council and the Tulsa’s Children’s Museum set up booths for the kids while places like Lot No. 6 and The Eclipse, whose businesses exist in their Polishing the Pearl spaces full-time, offered beverages for the adults.
Topeca, Vitter’s Catering, Cosmos and Mod Crepes had temporary locations set up, offering pastries, coffee, wraps and gelato. Vendors like the Pearl Street Farmer’s Market, the Dog House and Back Alley Blues and Barbecue offered more substantial fare, giving wanderers plenty to choose from as they checked out shops, booths or exhibits. The Pearl District Association was out in full force sharing the group's existing plans for redevelopment and renderings of what they picture for the future of their neighborhood.
Performances from Eric Himan and Ben Neikirk complemented art shows and street shopping from places like Indie Emporium and Mrs. DeHaven’s Flower Shop. Foot traffic stopped occasionally to take in one of the performances from the Gypsy Fire Belly Dance of Tulsa, The Legacy Project break dancing, spoken word from Louder Than A Bomb Tulsa or the Footloose-inspired flashmob.
Jason Roberts, an urban revitalization activist from the Dallas/Fort Worth area who led a similar project in a neighborhood called Oak Cliff, took part ia special presentation Saturday morning. He wasjoined by other supporters like Jamie Jamison of the Pearl District Association, Doug Duke with Fast Forward and Theron Warlick with PLANiTULSA to give attendees an idea what a revitalization like this would mean for their organizations and the economy of the entire city, not just the Pearl District, in turn helping our metro to grow and develop into a thriving hotspot.
“This city really depends on stability throughout,” said Warlick. “We have to figure out a way to see all neighborhoods prosper and grow.”
Tulsa’s Young Professionals will continue hosting Street CReD annually in different neighborhoods across Tulsa to motivate awareness and growth in these areas and throughout the greater metro. Want to get involved? Have a suggestion for the next Street CReD? Contact Shagah Zakerion at 918.560.0260 or email@example.com.
Below is a full list of participants from 2011. Many thanks and great appreciation is given to the time and effort they spent to make this event the success it was. TYPros looks forward to working with you all again next year, for 2012's Street CReD event!
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Click & Eat Now
Arts and Humanities Council
Big Brothers Big Sisters
Community Food Bank
The Center for Individuals with Physical Challenges
Tulsa Children's Museum
Tulsa City-County Library
Tulsa Foundation for Architecture
University of Tulsa
Up with Trees
Gypsy Fire Belly Dance of Tulsa
Heather Hall of Studio One
Kipp Drum Line-Donterio Marzett
Portico dans theatre
The Legacy Project
Back Alley Blues and BBQ
Healthy Corner Store initiative
Mrs. DeHaven's Flower Shop
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