If the fare were affordable, would you take the high-speed train instead of your car from Milwaukee to Madison or Chicago? How much is affordable?

February 28, 2010

Interviews & Photos by Michael Timm

Ed and Sue Frey

“Yeah, I would. I think so…Probably about $25, maybe $25 each way.” –Ed

“I would take it to Chicago but not to Madison.” —Ed & Sue Frey, Wauwatosa

James Juchemich

“I probably would not. I would not. I don’t really have a good reason.”

—James Juchemich, Milwaukee’s north side

Jim OLeary with Jake

“Absolutely. I think it’s a great idea to take the train [Amtrak] to Chicago anyway…You figure the train costs 30 bucks for a time, so $20? To Chicago. That would be great. And Madison, maybe $15. I think it would make us go to Madison more, actually.”

—Jim O’Leary, Ellen Street (holding Jake, his Boston Terrier)

Peg Gonzales-Charles

“If it were affordable I would take the rail. Yes…Um, $40 [round-trip]. Not more than $50.”

—Peg Gonzales-Charles, A Step Ahead Physical Therapy at Delaware House

Terry Malmberg

— photo Michael Timm

“If it was affordable? Sure…If it’s as cheap as my car to get there and back, then I would consider it affordable. Probably $30. I would say it would be round-trip, because it’s only going to cost me $15 to get there in my car, at the most.”

—Terry Malmberg, Donald Street in Cudahy


Have the reduced library hours affected you?…Do you have an idea how to restore them?

January 31, 2010

Interviews & Photos by Michael Timm

Roger Schrank

“I was not affected by it. I was just there the other day. I can do my stuff during the day.”

-Roger Schrank, Lincoln & Winchester

Stacy Cappaert and Molly Mangan

“I work 10 to 6 every day and it’s hard to get to the library on a Saturday. Yeah, I wish it were later.”

-Molly Mangan, E. Park Place (right)

“I don’t really live around here, but the library should be open more, so more and more people can go there.”

-Stacy Cappaert, Menomonee Falls (left)

David Melvin

“It’s a little less convenient, but I understand they gotta cut back somewhere, so-it’s a little less convenient but it’s a really good system and I still use it…I’d love it if they were open more, but I have no idea how that’s working out.”

-David Melvin, E. Smith Street

Antonio Nieves

“That’s messed up. Kids. Kids, you know, they got to go to school, they got stuff to do. Why are we paying all this money for them to just reduce our hours and raise the prices on bus fares, things like that, but they want to reduce hours everywhere else? And reduce routes. That’s not cool…Put the hours regular again. How hard is that? How hard is it to just keep something the way it’s been? If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

-Antonio Nieves, N. Buffum Street

Stacey Grant-Savela and Kris Savela

“I wish it was open in the morning. I know now it’s open at 1, but I do appreciate that it’s open later [till 8]. The Friday closing is disappointing, but at least it’s still open…No, I just want it to stay open and not close.”

-Stacey Grant-Savela, S. Woodward Avenue (left)

“With the library hours, it’s disappointing that they’re limited, but from a neighborhood perspective I’m happy that it’s open and not just closed. And given the budgetary crisis with the city, it’s a better of two bad options in my opinion.”

-Kris Savela, S. Woodward Avenue (right)


If you could change one thing about Bay View in the new year, what would you change?

January 3, 2010

Interviews & Photos by Michael Timm

Trey Korte and Alisa Brown

“I’d make it a little bit cheaper so I could move here.” -Trey “Seeing how I live on Russell, in the summertime, maybe if Harley riders were a little less noisy when they go under the Bay Street bridge.” -Alisa

-Trey Korte, West Allis (former Bay View resident) & Alisa Brown, Russell Avenue

Elizabeth Mandel

“I’d like to see more festive storefronts.”

-Elizabeth Mandel, Kinnickinnic Avenue (owns Linear Salon)

Paul Keuler

“I’d really like to see the businesses make a go. It seems like everything’s got a pretty good start. They call it the second Brady Street and whatnot, but I’d just like to see that continue.”

-Paul Keuler, Shorewood (his parents live in Bay View)

Nicole Gibeault

“The bus company just took off the telephone service. I would change that back. They should have the telephone service for the bus company still.”

-Nicole Gibeault, Pennsylvania Avenue

Kathy Sammons

“…I don’t know anything about the schools. I hope they’re good, good service to the area.”

-Kathy Sammons, Mequon (her son and his wife just moved to Bay View)


Do you consciously shop or spend money locally? If so, why, where, and how much?

November 24, 2009

Interviews & Photos by Michael Timm

Tim Mueller

“I spend money at Walgreens. I spend about 50 bucks there. That’s about it.”

-Tim Mueller, Russell Avenue

David Rogman

“Sometimes I shop locally. Sometimes it’s conscious, sometimes it’s not. I like to shop at some of the local coffee places like Sven’s European Café, Alterra-Stone Creek even. I’ll hit places like Outpost or Groppi’s, for instance, in the Bay View area. That’s about it.”

-David Rogman, Russell Avenue

Maddie Huebner and Trish Husar

Trish Husar: “I definitely do because there are a lot of people that are struggling, trying to make it as a small business. And it’s easy for them to be put out of business by a big one and so it’s great to be able to support them. Even if prices are a little bit higher, it’s still worth it.” Maddie Huebner: “I try to shop locally whenever I can, although I’m in college and it’s kind of hard because usually it’s more expensive, so I do try when I can. We eat at Beans & Barley a lot.” Trish: “And definitely Outpost over Whole Foods…We just ate lunch at Palomino.”

-Trish Husar, from Chicago (right) & Maddie Huebner, Maryland Avenue (left)

Brynn Arenz

“I don’t know how much, but I shop at Outpost, Groppi’s, and some other stores down by the Boulevard Theatre because helping out local stores is really important and they have really excellent products.”

-Brynn Arenz, Nock Street

Victoria Just

[Victoria Just closed her business and now works for her former competitor, the House of Magick in Cudahy.] “…It’s kind of like I merged locally instead of moved out state, which was my plan…It’s my baby and I’ve been here 13 years. I want to say thanks for the support that I did get. Everyone’s like, ‘What is this place? What is this place? What is this place?’ Just shop locally…Really, to have a store-it’s a lot of work and I don’t think people realize it, like the sacrifice that you have to make to make everybody else happy. And then when you decide one day, ‘Oh, I think I need to be happy’-you know, that ain’t going to work. I still have people that came through, like at my rummage sale, and took pictures, and we had a party and a clown. Just the love, in general, not only does the money speak volumes-the care and comfort and the sharing that people have locally too is important.”

-Victoria Just, Russell & Clement avenues


In next year’s race for Wisconsin governor, who do you think would win between the Democrats (Barbara Lawton or Tom Barrett?) and the Republicans (Scott Walker or Mark Neumann)?

October 30, 2009

Interviews & Photos by Michael Timm

Meghan Fleming

“Tom Barrett. I think he got a lot of positive press after he was attacked, actually. And he’s done a pretty good job on Milwaukee, seems pretty popular, and is well liked after he was attacked and the way he handled it.”

-Meghan Fleming, Cudahy

Gary Coan

“Scott Walker. I think he’s doing a better job. I think he’s more for the taxpayer, watching what kind of budget and that kind of thing.”

-Gary Coan, 39th & Scott

Nick DeCarlo

“No thoughts but my pick would be Tom Barrett and then Scott Walker. Scott Walker-well, I do have an opinion-Scott Walker, mainly for Police Association.”

-Nick DeCarlo & Jackson, E. Howard Avenue

Donald Waranka

“I’d say Walker. Because the two Democrats-I’m not for anyone but the Democrats, they’re not-Barrett’s not doing it for city of Milwaukee and Doyle’s-they both can jump off a bridge. Sorry. All they do is keep raising our taxes, taxes, taxes or fees, fees, fees. How much more can they take from us? We need a change. Walker’s probably got my vote and I’m more a Democrat.”

-Donald Waranka, Wentworth Avenue

Gene Ikeler

“At this stage, I think that Scott Walker has been a pretty good man so far. I know that city employees, just like anybody at this time, have had some difficulty with some of the cutbacks, but the man himself has got a lot of integrity. And he would be-if our existing mayor doesn’t run-I think that Scott Walker would probably be a guy to get my vote.”

-Gene Ikeler, Arctic Avenue in St. Francis


This month’s question was simply, “Brett Favre.”

October 1, 2009

Interviews & Photos by Jason Haas

-photo Jason Haas

Elizabeth: “He’s a great football player.” Esteban: “I don’t care which team he chooses, he’s still a great football player.” Elizabeth: “He speaks for both of us.”

-Elizabeth Serrano and Esteban Luis Serrano, Jr., Delaware Avenue & Nock Street

-photo Jason Haas

” I know how much people hate Brett Favre, and how much he’s kind of abandoned us and betrayed us, but as long as he’s playing football, I’m going to watch him. I can’t hate him that much if I’m going to watch him. Obviously I want the Packers to beat him—both times—but I’d love to see him play again.”

-Omar Andrade, New Berlin

-photo Jason Haas

“I think he’s greedy.”

-Kate Powers, downtown Milwaukee

-photo Jason Haas

“It doesn’t really matter to me, and I just don’t have time to think about it. But I think he should do whatever makes him happy.”

-Maggie Shumway, Iron Street & Delaware Avenue

-photo Jason Haas

“No no Brett.”

-Ella Stoll (age 22 months), Iron Street & Delaware Avenue


Do you support mayoral takeover of the Milwaukee Public School District? Why or why not?

August 27, 2009

Interviews & Photos by Michael Timm

Mary Jill Johnson ~photo Michael Timm

“I don’t think so. ‘Cause basically they’re elected by the people, right? And if I don’t elect them, they don’t have to be accountable to me. And I want them to be accountable.”

-Mary Jill Johnson, Logan Avenue

Paul Marshall ~photo Michael Timm

“No. I think he’s got enough on his plate right now, without the added burden. And we should make them more responsible-the school board-more responsible, more answerable to the voters in the first place.”

-Paul Marshall, Homer Street

Derek Pangallo ~photo Michael Timm

“The way I figure it, he can do what he wants. Me, I don’t give a damn.”

-Derek Pangallo, Potter Avenue

George Janusiak ~photo Michael Timm

“Ah, geez, that’s a hard question. Everyone’s got their own thoughts about that. And it all depends upon what his plans are. And if he can give some kind of an outline on it, well then I would know more about it. But he’s not really-all they’re saying is what they want done. But nobody’s come out with a concrete plan yet. And I don’t see, either way, how it’s going to help unless people sit down and bargain it out, or however they want to do it. That’s all I got to say, because nobody’s come up with a concrete plan to save our beautiful school system. See, I’m 50 years old. I went to Humboldt Park, I went to Fritsche, and I went to Bay View. Schools were beautiful back then. I wouldn’t waste my time going to school [today] because all I see is a bunch of little kids going there now, starting fights. It wasn’t like that when I was a kid. [Schools today need] A lot more security. I think [also] a few more foot patrols down in this area [Kinnickinnic Avenue], and over at the technical school [Bradley Tech] too. ‘Cause I think that’s where they got most of their problems. But about the takeover, don’t know too much about it yet, and like I said, unless somebody comes up with some kind of concrete plan.”

-George Janusiak, First & National

Wilfredo Rosa ~photo Michael Timm

“Yes. Why? Just because it looks like having a political figure will help MPS instead of hurt them. I support it.”

-Wilfredo Rosa (holding Jonah, 1), Dover Street


How do you feel about open carry?

June 29, 2009

Interviews & Photos by Jason Haas

Tim Mackay

“I know that I’ve talked to other people who were surprised not to see that in our state. I’d had a friend who’d recently come from the Raleigh [North Carolina] area, and we’d talked about that. It sounds really unfriendly.”

-Tim Mackay, 76th & National

Leslie Gauger

“I am not for open and carry. That’s it.”

-Leslie Gauger, Greenfield

Joe Ford

“I tell ya, I’ve never been one to feel the need for a gun, so… I don’t see why people need to do that. Of course, you know, I’m kind of big and everything, nobody bothers me… I really don’t know. You know, guns are dangerous, and you’ve got a lot of people out there that own guns that don’t know how to use them. It’s just like a freakin’ car. You know, you’ve got people driving cars that don’t know how to use them. So, [the gun] can’t be concealed, it’s got to be in view… that might be good. I mean if you’re going to carry a gun you should let people know that you have a gun, so I would agree with that. [Laughs]”

-Joe Ford, “west side of Milwaukee”

Dori Davenport Thexton

“I think it’s just really sad that we even have to talk about it, that guns are such a big issue. I wish that we just… didn’t have to talk about it. And I know that’s a totally pie-in-the-sky sort of attitude, but it’s just a big negative thing. If you see somebody carrying a gun, it sets a negative tone that is scary and disturbing.”

-Dori Davenport Thexton, Wauwatosa

Arthur Thexton

“This was disturbing news to those of us who have been district attorneys; it gave really unnecessary publicity to that fact. Because really, carrying guns openly does not contribute to the public peace and good order. It just makes people feel frightened, and it’s a negative overall to the community at large.”

-Arthur Thexton, Madison, “former district attorney from way up north”


What would you like to see go in at the former Omega Burger site?

May 28, 2009

Text and Photos by Jason Haas

~photo Jason Haas

“Something that’s available to people under 21, just because late at night there’s not much to do other than eat, and that gets old after a while. You go to [George] Webb’s, you can go to Classic Slice, because that’s open late, but we’re still limited. Malls close at nine, and there’s not much to do late at night.”

-Sebastian Raasch, Sixth & Layton

~photo Jason Haas

“They should move the McDonald’s there so we don’t have to look at the golden arches from our bedroom window in the wintertime. You see two blocks and then you see the arches from our house. In the summer, we can’t, because the trees block it… Or they could just tear it [Omega] down and put in a dog park. That would be pretty cool.”

-Sarah Boe and Lance Dyzak, KK & Homer

~photo Jason Haas

“A Bay View community arts organization, a nonprofit art gallery perhaps, or… in that building, in that space… Maybe an element of public art. Murals? That’s my background. I’m going to stick ahead with that, a nonprofit arts center.”

-Kevin Soens, Otjen Street

~photo Jason Haas

“Even if it were not something for people under 21, something that is open later would be really cool. I don’t know what’s fun that’s late… but I’m sure it would get a lot of business, and it would keep people out of trouble. Something that’s not a bar!”

-Nora Raasch, Sixth & Layton

~photo Jason Haas

“Why did they fold up? I says it used to be a Burger King, now it’s an Omega, I don’t know what’s going to go in there now… a grocery store, another one?”

-Eddie Miecki, KK & Homer


If there were a public garden in Bay View, would you use it, and what would you plant?

April 28, 2009

Interviews & Photos by Jason Haas

“I wouldn’t plant anything personally, but I love to purchase locally.”

“I wouldn’t plant anything personally, but I love to purchase locally.”

-Brett Williams, Mabbett & Rusk avenues

“I do grow all kinds of beautiful flowers, lots of colors, and yes, I would use it for that.”

“I do grow all kinds of beautiful flowers, lots of colors, and yes, I would use it for that.”

-Melissa, Harper, and Zachary Limas, Delaware & Trowbridge avenues

“Well, it’s tough [to answer], because I’m putting in a garden at my own house. I don’t know that I’d use a public garden. I think it’s a great idea, but we have the space, so, we’re going to put in our own. And actually, I spent the weekend digging up gr

“Well, it’s tough [to answer], because I’m putting in a garden at my own house. I don’t know that I’d use a public garden. I think it’s a great idea, but we have the space, so, we’re going to put in our own. And actually, I spent the weekend digging up grass to make that garden.”

-Laura Baxter, Midna (Australian Shepherd), and Link (Lab-Huskie mix), KK & Linus

“Would I use it? I probably wouldn’t, but I think my wife would use it to grow flowers. We would leave them there for the aesthetics rather than cut them and bring them home... A zinnia, perhaps, or petunias are always good.”

“Would I use it? I probably wouldn’t, but I think my wife would use it to grow flowers. We would leave them there for the aesthetics rather than cut them and bring them home… A zinnia, perhaps, or petunias are always good.”

-Paul Troglia, Rusk & Wentworth avenues

“I wouldn’t use it, because I have a garden in my own yard, and I grow my vegetables there. For me, it wouldn’t be, but I think it would be useful for a lot of people.”

“I wouldn’t use it, because I have a garden in my own yard, and I grow my vegetables there. For me, it wouldn’t be, but I think it would be useful for a lot of people.”

-Joan Bontempo, Wentworth Avenue


Have you altered your spending or saving habits (because of the economic downturn)?

February 26, 2009

By Jason Haas

“Oh yeah, definitely. For example, from large things to little things, we’ve instituted at my house a lot of penny-pinching type things, from carpooling to buying in bulk to save money on groceries, and definitely going out a lot less. All those little th

“Oh yeah, definitely. For example, from large things to little things, we’ve instituted at my house a lot of penny-pinching type things, from carpooling to buying in bulk to save money on groceries, and definitely going out a lot less. All those little that before I never thought as luxuries, we’ve been making cuts.”

-Marina Dimitrijevic, Delaware Avenue

“I’d estimate that about half of my 401(k)s have gone somewhere—into the ozone. And saving? Well, I don’t know that my spending has changed yet. I’m still working, I still have a job, feel fortunate about that. I would hope that we’re at the bottom of thi

“I’d estimate that about half of my 401(k)s have gone somewhere-into the ozone. And saving? Well, I don’t know that my spending has changed yet. I’m still working, I still have a job, feel fortunate about that. I would hope that we’re at the bottom of this bad economic time, not going further down. I certainly hope that for all my friends, neighbors, and community.”

-Tom Fisher, Conway & Lenox streets

“Actually, yeah, not spending as much. Looking for deals like coupons, buying in bulk. Savings? I wasn’t saving that much before, but we’ve climbed down quite a bit, not going out as much.”

“Actually, yeah, not spending as much. Looking for deals like coupons, buying in bulk. Savings? I wasn’t saving that much before, but we’ve climbed down quite a bit, not going out as much.”

-Vitus Konter, Saveland Avenue

“Well, cut back on the tailoring of pants, also cut down on the beard combs (keep food and other items out of there). I also don’t get as many fives as I like to; I like to collect them because they have my face on ’em. Less autographs, too, because peopl

“Well, cut back on the tailoring of pants, also cut down on the beard combs (keep food and other items out of there). I also don’t get as many fives as I like to; I like to collect them because they have my face on ’em. Less autographs, too, because people are saving. They’re not moving. They’re just not moving.”

-Abe Lincoln/Zak Williams, Pennsylvania & Oklahoma Ave.

“We talk about it, we talk about business change, retirement... We took a walk up the block last weekend when it was so nice, and it just saddens you to see businesses closing. We just moved to Bay View five years ago, and people have told me Bay View alm

“We talk about it, we talk about business change, retirement… We took a walk up the block last weekend when it was so nice, and it just saddens you to see businesses closing. We just moved to Bay View five years ago, and people have told me Bay View almost comes back but doesn’t quite. It scares me, because Bay View is so full of promise, but you realize it takes money to make people’s dreams come true, so it makes me sad to see some people’s dreams aren’t going to come true and a community can’t be all it wants to be without some prosperity.”

-Leslie Bachhuber, S. Shore Drive


New Year’s resolutions that you plan on (not) keeping

December 30, 2008

Interviews & Photos by Jason Haas

Samantha Krstic

“I normally don’t make ’em, as I don’t keep ’em.”
-Samantha Krstic, Clement & Howard avenues

Russell Rossetto

“I’m going to establish citizenship in five other countries-Venezuela, Cuba, Angola, North Korea, and Greece. How ’bout that?”
-“Comandante” Russell Rossetto, 10th & Mitchell

Kathleen Hamilton

“You make ’em, you break ’em. I never think past today, usually, so when I had to do a five-year personal plan in school, I must’ve fudged my way through it. Two years ago, after drinking Coca-Cola since I was 14, I just quit. It wasn’t a New Year’s resolution, but I don’t miss it, either. I hafta get cigarettes out of my life, too, but I’ve been saying that for years.”
-Kathleen Hamilton, Third Ward

Iakov

“There is one that I made nine years ago, and I kept it. You are speaking to someone who’s been smoke-free for nine years.”
-“Iakov,” Trowbridge Street & Kinnickinnic Avenue

Gustavo Mercado

“Normally, I spend a lot of time doing things that I really don’t need to, like talk a lot with people in chats. For this new year, I want to finish college and be a great microbiologist. And please, everyone, take care about your studies. It’s really important! Keep doing interesting things, and build a great country.”
-Gustavo Mercado, Madison Street & W. Greenfield Avenue


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