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Each area of Tulsa has its own distinct personality and points of interest; some parts of town, like Midtown and Brookside, have several distinctive neighborhoods worth mentioning.

Tulsa neighborhoods have fluid boundaries and should not be confused with subdivision boundaries, which have more to do with legalities of development planning and taxation. Nevertheless, many neighborhoods have officially formed neighborhood associations with specific boundaries.

 
 
Midtown Tulsa
Where does Midtown Tulsa start and where does it end? The answer varies depending on who is speaking. You could say Midtown starts where downtown ends. It extends southeast along the east side of the Arkansas River. This could include the wonderful neighborhoods just south of downtown Tulsa beginning at about 11th Street and Southwest Boulevard and extending as far southeast as 51st and Yale. However, most people who grew up in midtown Tulsa would say that Expo Square was out in the country and 51st and Harvard was part of South Tulsa. To be sure, anything south of I-44 is South Tulsa.

Conservatively speaking, Midtown Tulsa extends from 15th Street to 41st Street and from the River to Harvard Avenue, give or take a few blocks.

No matter how you define its boundaries, several of Tulsa's most historical and beautiful neighborhoods are found in Midtown.

 
 
Brookside
Brookside begins at the south end of Midtown and is bounded by the River to the west and Lewis Avenue to the east. It extends from 31st Street at the north end to 51st St. at the south end. It is the eclectic commercial area surrounded by modest homes which grew up around the famous "restless ribbon," Peoria Avenue from 31st Street to 51st Street. As you go eastward up the hill the homes get larger and more expensive. My favorite Tulsa neighborhood is there, Bolewood Acres; it reminds me of Ridgefield, Connecticut as I knew it growing up.

Brookside is abuzz during the day with shopping and errand running. At night it comes alive when its eateries and upscale waterholes fill with people who enjoy both being there and being seen being there.

What I like best about Brookside is its eclectic nature, demographically, culinarily, and economically. You can purchase high-end professional kitchen appliances and designer dresses or toodle down to the Salvation Army Family Store down the street and buy hand-me-downs. You can get your groceries at Wildoats, Albertson's, or the Wal-Mart Neigborhood Market.

Brookside is so worthy that QuikTrip put two stores there within a mile of each other. You can buy great coffee there or, if you prefer, pay more at Starbuck's up the street.

The real attraction of Brookside is it's close proximity to Tulsa's River Parks. You can walk there or ride your bike. And when you are lazy, you can just walk through the streets and enjoy the beauty of one of Tulsa's best neighborhoods

 
 
Woodward Park
Going north from Brookside on Peoria takes you into the vicinity of the mansions built by oil barons of yesteryear. The Philbrook Museum occupies the estate of Waite Philips at 26th and South Rockford. Further north are two fabulous mansions which host the Tulsa Historical Society and the Tulsa Garden Center adjacent to the Tulsa Municipal Rose Garden, built in the 1930's by the WPA. The rose garden and the Linnaeus Garden are part of Woodward Park, famous for its sweeping lawns and azalea-lined paths through ancient woods.

Local architect John Walton has published several tomes documenting the architectural heritage of the homes in the neighborhoods of Midtown Tulsa. Many of the homes in his books can be found in the neighborhoods surrounding Woodward Park, notably Terwilleger Heights and Forest Hills.

 
 
Utica Square
To the east of Woodward Park on the South side of 21st Street is a quarter-section of shops and restaurants called Utica Square. Originally built in the 1950's, Utica Square was redeveloped by Ed Henson for Helmerich and Payne, creating a formula that mixed the best upscale shops and dining establishments in one place of unparalled excellence. Miss Jackson's is at the center of this shopping experience; it was the legendary Miss Jackson who brought haute couture flair to the wives of Tulsa's oil barons a hundred years ago. Utica Square is the venue for Summer's Fifth Night, a series of incredible free outdoor concerts every Thursday evening May through June.

To the east of Utica Square is St. Joseph's Benedictine Monastery and Monte Casino, a private K-12 school. To the south of Utica Square is the beautiful campus of Cascia Hall School, a private Augustinian college preparatory school.

 
 
Cherry Street
If you head north from Utica Square and jog west you will find yourself on Cherry Street.a half-mile long section of 15th Street between Peoria and Utica. Just a short distance from downtown Tulsa at the northern fringe of Midtown, Cherry Street entices visitors with shops filled with antiques and collectibles. Here you can eat at a variety of local eateries which range from fast food to fine dining. This area boasts many fabulous old homes in the surrounding residential areas, including Swan Lake and Maple Ridge.

Cherry Street lies midway between the Hillcrest Hospital complex to the north along Utica and the St. John Hospital complex to the south at Utica and 21st Street, where we find the Utica Square open shopping mall.

 
 
Florence Park
As Tulsa expanded eastward along 21st Street, many Cotswold style homes were built in neighborhoods of modest homes accessible to regular people. While they are smaller, these homes are part of Tulsa's architectural heritage. Because of their historical significance and tree-lined streets, these homes attract affluent people interested in restoring them.
 
 
Expo Square
What do you do in Tulsa on the weekends? Head on out to the Fair Grounds at Expo Square right in the heart of the city and watch a world class horse show. Or go to a gun show at the Expo Center. Or shop at the Flea Market next door. The Expo Square complex, between Harvard and Yale on 21st Street, encompasses the huge Expo Center and Pavillion, Big Splash Water Park, Drillers Stadium (home of the Tulsa Drillers baseball team), Fair Meadows Race Track, and the Tulsa Fair Grounds. The famous Tulsa Driller was originally erected in front of the Expo Center for the 1953 Oil Show. Many Tulsans have acquired their first homes in neighborhoods ranging from White City to the north to the area around Expo Square.
 
 
South Tulsa
South Tulsa is the part of town, south of 51st Street and east of the Arkansas River, is where Tulsa's new growth is. The Oral Roberts University complex and the Prayer Tower are in the neighborhood, as well as the highly popular Mabee Center arena and the CityPlex Towers (the tallest building in Tulsa). In the eastern sector, at 71st Street and Memorial, is Woodland Hills Mall, and mile after mile of shopping centers extend along 71st Street toward Broken Arrow. This has become one of the busiest and most popular areas of Tulsa in recent years. In addition, south Tulsa contains some of the most beautiful homes in town, many of them having been built recently. Particularly worth noting is the Southern Hills area, which, as the name suggests, consists of numerous neighborhoods built in the rolling green hills of south Tulsa. Some of the mansions are landmarks worth visiting in their own right, and many have spectacular views.
 
 
East Tulsa
East Tulsa is the part of town is generally defined as being east of Memorial Drive and north of Broken Arrow and 41st Street. Although most of Tulsa's attractions are in other sectors of the city, there are some hotels near the freeways here, and a few points of interest, such as Eastland Mall on 21st Street and the Carl Smith Sports complex. This part of town seems to place an emphasis on youth and amateur sports. Several sports facilities can be found among the aluminum industrial buildings here, including an indoor soccer club and an ice skating rink.
 
 
West Tulsa
West Tulsa has its own unique flavor. Most Tulsan's know it as part of the River Parks where festivals such as Octoberfest are held and outdoor concerts are featured along the river. Hikers and mountain bikers enjoy exploring Turkey Mountain. West Tulsa is home to industry, such as the Sinclair oil refinery and the electric plant along the river's west bank. There are many manufacturing companies around the railroad yards and Southwest Boulevard, following old Route 66. If you want a great breakfast where you can keep the kids entertained, go to Ollie's Station in Red Fork. The model trains there are a draw for children of all ages. An enormous new shopping mall is currently being built at the intersection of 71st Street and Highway 75. Just west of town is Sand Springs and its famous Discoveryland outdoor amphitheater. You get there by following 41st Street out all the way out until it becomes the meandering Coyote Trail.
 
 
Northwest Tulsa
The hills in the northwest corner of this district hold the Gilcrease Museum complex, one of the finest donation-only museums around. Northwest of Tulsa near the Gilcrease Museum is a neighborhood called Gilcrease Hills. It lies to the west of Reservoir Hill, which is north of Brady Heights. Closer to downtown, just south of the Tulsa Country Club is a historical neighborhood called Owen Park, filled with many wonderful candidates for architectural restoration.
 
 
North Tulsa
The main highlights of north Tulsa are the Tulsa International Airport and the massive Mohawk Park, which includes the Tulsa Zoo, the Oxley Nature Center, a polo field, a golf course, and other outdoor activities. The airport area includes numerous hotels and highway junctions to other parts of the city, with downtown being the most accessible. Also found near the airport is the Tulsa Air and Space Center, which is a great educational, hands-on museum for kids and adults.
 
 
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