Businesses along parade route keep watch

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Updated: 1/21/2013 5:17 pm Published: 1/21/2013 4:19 pm

He's been on the corner for the last seven years and in his community much longer.

Cornell Tennyson's location on Greenwood has given him a front row view of the Martin Luther King, Jr. parade, and a feel for what's happening around him.

"This is always a good time of year, a lot of Tulsans come out," said Tennyson.

He and his wife run Abears. Their restaurant is one of several businesses in this area. All of them share the same concerns: economic growth, location and crime.

"We have to be realistic about the matter,” said Tennyson. “We can't stop all violence."

But there is a plan in place to stop some of it. The idea is as old as the Greenwood district.

"We all look out for one another here. We all have each other's back," said Tennyson.

It’s a way of living, and surviving here. In a way, it falls in line with Dr. King's dream.

"It’s beautiful, it's a beautiful thing. It doesn't get any better," said Lenora Parks.

"This is my dad, he opened the place,” said Tennyson.

There’s a lot of history inside the restaurant, and even more outside. Cornell hopes to preserve it.

"We are all a tight knit community," said Tennyson.

Word of mouth has kept his business running, and communication has kept doors open for him, and neighbors.

The Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office didn’t report any issues at the parade.

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Mayor Maynot - 1/22/2013 2:01 PM
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Yer darn tootin they keep an eye out.. for anybody that will harm their business. Good to see that they are unbiased and keep a good watch out on MLK Day too.

Unwashed Mass - 1/22/2013 9:57 AM
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Last year's trampling of families with children by horse police was a nationwide embarrassment. Glad they exercised more restraint this year.
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