Everything’s jake on the lake

Welcome to Carlton Landing, Oklahoma, population 56:

[Monday] the Board of County Commissioners of Pittsburg County presented Grant Humphreys, Town Founder of Carlton Landing, with an Order of Incorporation to officially create the Town of Carlton Landing. This follows the October 8th public vote where the residents of Carlton Landing voted to become a new municipality.

The new lakefront community was designed by Andres Duany of Duany Plater-Zyberk, the Miami based urban design firm responsible for destination communities such as Seaside and Rosemary Beach, Florida. The property includes 1,650 acres of rolling wooded landscape surrounded by miles of undeveloped natural shoreline on Lake Eufaula, the largest lake in Oklahoma and the 10th largest manmade lake in the country. With direct highway access, Carlton Landing is located in convenient proximity to the Oklahoma City, Tulsa and Dallas/Ft. Worth metro areas.

This is some definition of “proximity” I must have missed, since it’s 90 miles from Tulsa and even farther from OKC and DFW.

Still, the place has its by-the-book charms:

In many ways, Carlton Landing is unlike any other community in this part of the country. As a master planned community, Carlton Landing offers a walkable mixed-use urban environment on Lake Eufaula. Designed according to the tenets of “New Urbanism”, Carlton Landing is a walkable community designed at a human scale with a mixture of home types, sizes and price points all located within a short walk from the Town Center, where residents and guests can enjoy goods, services, dining and entertainment. “For the past 70 years, we’ve seen an urban development model that isolates people and fails to respect the environment,” says Humphreys. Carlton Landing sets a new standard for sustainable community development which shows how a new town can bring people back together while conserving our environment and proving to be financially sustainable.”

I have learned, however, not to argue with Grant Humphreys; if anyone can make this work, he can.


  1. hatless in hattiesburg »

    23 October 2013 · 12:44 pm

    maybe “proximity” just means it’s on a road on the same landmass?

    it was probably coined by the same madmen who came up with “just pennies per day”, which applies equally well to a water bill as to the national debt.

  2. CGHill »

    23 October 2013 · 5:50 pm

    What with aquifer depletion and such, I wouldn’t be surprised to see water bills that look like the national debt some day.

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