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Tulsa City Council to vote on dollar-store moratorium next week

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D'Marria Monday, and her toddler, addresses members of the Tulsa City Council.
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TULSA, Okla. -- The City Council chambers was a packed house Wednesday night as the controversial ordinate  7b  would be discussed.

7b would put a 180-day moratorium on the construction of dollar stores in district one also known as north Tulsa. This meeting is the second time in August that the moratorium was discussed with the last session held on August 9th with some speaker openly calling the Tulsa city council “racist” for favoring other districts over north Tulsa’s District 1.

The first two hours of Wednesday nights Tulsa City Council meeting can only be described as being tedious as big corporations and investors pitched ideas for their businesses new location and disputed zoning laws. You could feel the pressure and the frustration rise as the hours went on.

At around 9:30 pm after a brief intermission the council started to bring up speakers to discuss the ordinance.

Twenty-six speakers lined up in support of this moratoriums and to speak about how they feel north Tulsa does not get the same treatment as other parts of Tulsa, one of which being D'Marria Monday who brought her infant son to the podium, “Why do we need a 16th dollar store in our neighborhood?” Monday asked. “What we need is grocery stores that have fruits and vegetables. Access to healthy food shouldn’t be a privilege as it is to some.”

The council adjourned for the night at 11:30 p.m. with no vote or action was taken and the next meeting on the moratorium will take place on Wednesday September 13th.

Red Dirt Report will be at City Hall that night and will bring you interviews from citizens of District 1.  

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