With lively restaurants, breweries, art galleries, and retail lining the streets of Kendall Whittier, it’s hard to believe this district had a 65 percent vacancy rate just 10 years ago. After an eight-lane highway bisected Kendall Whitter in the 1960s, this once-thriving shopping district hit hard times. But since 2013, 36 new businesses have opened, and 292 jobs have been created. With people-centered transportation projects, affordable housing initiatives, and events that reflect the diversity of the community, Kendall Whittier has seen progress without marginalization. Their revitalization has made a it a model for other Tulsa neighborhoods and sparked a citywide Main Street program.
Keep reading on Main Street America’s site to hear from Kendall Whittier Main Street’s Executive Director, Jessica Jackson Seay, about how the Main Street program has pivoted since the pandemic.