A little more than 100 miles to the northeast, Tulsa City Councilor Blake Ewing and members of a Route 66 Task Force have come up with their own ideas to draw route enthusiasts and other tourists to the area. One of the ideas is to promote neon signage along the famed highway in Tulsa.
"We want to relax the sign code on the Route 66 corridor to allow for the more historic neon signs like you would have seen the back in the day. I think, obviously, that's part of the attraction.
"Neon now has a nostalgic cool about it," Ewing said.
Ewing hopes the sign code would be updated within the year, along with a new city grant that would help businesses pay for the neon signs. The task force has proposed a Route 66 bus line using retro-style buses and a Route 66 Authority to oversee development and promotion of the corridor, among other recommendations.
"We've got 20-some odd miles of Route 66 running through our city and it's just been neglected for some time, but we really believe it's one of our city's core assets, and if we just invest in it, it will improve the attraction," he said.
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