Changes along 61st & Peoria

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Updated: 7/05/2013 9:54 am Published: 7/03/2013 10:12 pm

A transformation is underway in South Tulsa, near 61st and Peoria.

“Amazing what a few months can do,” said Lanny Endicott.

Some have given money, others invested time. Endicott has given everything.

“I’ve always had a sense of pride but a lot more now,” said Endicott.

He’s been in the middle of 61st and Peoria’s transformation. He and volunteers have been meeting monthly, sometimes weekly. Their ideas have cleaned up the area. So have police.

These days their presence is more proactive, rather than reactive. City Councilor Jeannie Cue said crime has dropped.

“You get the neighbors involved, the businesses involved and you have nowhere to go but up,” said Cue.

She attributes the same sense of pride that Endicott has to improvements.

“If an area looks good, you’re attracted to it,” said Endicott.

At one point, Warehouse Market manager, Michael Robinson said few felt safe shopping for groceries.

“Here in the last couple of months its gotten tons better,” said Robinson.

“We want to rebrand this area,” said Cue.

Shootings, muggings, and homicides cast a dark shadow, but determination, follow through and smiles promise change.

Councilor Cue told FOX23 she plans to start a business association in the area which she says could bring more businesses to the area.

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firemike922 - 7/4/2013 7:28 PM
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I agree. They need to get rid of Fairmont, St. Thomas Square, and Tamarack apts. A lot of crime related incidents happen there that is never reported to TPD or the media. Plus, the value of the area is extremely low due to the poverty rate, garbage everywhere, and the high crime rate. But what can you do? It will all just relocate some place...

Mayor Maynot - 7/4/2013 11:29 AM
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That's like putting smiley face stickers on dog doo. Get a bulldozer out there plow er down and watch the vermin run like cockroaches. That's the only way you're ever going to clean that area up.
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