July 5, 2016
By Christopher Miller
This month we debut “Build A Better Bay View,” a new column by Christopher Miller. The column title, which the author suggested, references the slogan painted on the north wall of the former Faust Music Building that read For A Stronger Bay View. — Editor
How do we build a better Bay View? It’s time to discuss how we can work together to manage change in our community. Recently the Kinnickinnic Avenue Bid (Business Improvement District #44) completed its visioning process that engaged the neighborhood in sharing ideas about what the KK BID could become and to solicit feedback about what the BID could be doing to improve the KK shopping corridor.
This process surfaced ongoing concerns amongst neighbors about the size and scale of new buildings in Bay View, especially, but not exclusively, along Kinnickinnic Avenue. Many who attended the visioning meetings wanted to create a forum for ongoing work to preserve the community’s special features — historical buildings, urban form, awesome people, and engaged community — that make Bay View a unique place to live, and a desirable place to construct new buildings.
It was perhaps not surprising that these issues came up because they were also a significant part of the recently concluded District 14 Alderic* race. In that campaign, both candidates reviewed a series of recent projects, built or not-yet built, including, the Teachtown project at the former Dover Street School site, the mixed-use development at the former Faust Music site, the development proposal for the At Random site, and the Dwell building on Kinnickinnic at Conway. The discussion highlighted the critical role that the District 14 alder plays in courting businesses, working with builders, and keeping the community informed about possible developments and design proposals.
While there was a great divergence in aesthetic opinion, virtually everyone agreed that moving forward, public participation in the approval process and public input on design proposals would benefit everyone. Ald. Zielinski reiterated his oft-repeated vow that constituent opinion would determine the stance he takes towards proposed construction projects.
The benefits and challenges of change are clear. In the past decade, a thriving creative community and a fabulous dining and nightlife scene came together through the work of countless small business owners, artists, and community patrons. More residential developments soon allowed people to follow in ever-greater numbers, bringing increased housing costs and higher tax bills. Slowly but surely one generation of Bay View is being replaced by another in a process that is not always smooth. But even in the midst of this revival, there are still empty storefronts and pockets of crime.
As noted, the BID’s visioning process revealed that Bay View’s residents want to be engaged in shaping the future of our neighborhood. But because so much has changed over the past decade, and so many familiar landmarks have disappeared, many folks are also concerned about the pace and scope of future change.
What’s just as clear is that there is not yet a consensus about what sort of place Bay View should be, and absent big community discussions about these issues, it’s quite possible that we’ll continue to wander along merely reacting to project after project. Without a vision, the future will just happen to us.
But just what is Bay View? And what does it want to be when it grows up?
Perhaps most importantly, how will we decide?
Currently, we’ve fallen into the trap of being for or against something called “development” as if our only choices are to build whatever someone proposes, or to ban it and preserve things the way they are now. But development is a rather insulting way to frame the entire discussion, and a peculiarly American one at that.
Bay View has been incorporated as a political entity for nearly 150 years, so there’s no possible way anyone can claim that it’s “undeveloped.” Bay View has been built and rebuilt so many times that most of us don’t even know what the intervening versions looked like! We wiped Deer Creek off the map, built and tore down an iron mill, filled in and dug out new paths for rivers, and replaced a rail line with a highway and a bike path. So step one is that we have to step outside the “development” frame.
You can’t be for or against development here; it happened a long time ago, and it will continue to happen.
The question is: What will it look like? What version of change will we choose?
Visions of successful neighborhoods are manifold, and they involve many different competing and overlapping interests and concerns. We have many views about aesthetics, economics, and fairness and equity, and also about diversity of residents, shopping opportunities, and modes of transportation. Each of these holds a different level of appeal to different folks; one person’s vision won’t look like another’s. So any discussion about vision has to take that into account and allow for those who hold the different bundles to have their say, to be heard, and to shape the direction events ultimately take.
That doesn’t mean we should merely move forward by “averaging” everyone’s opinion, or that we strive to make everyone happy. Leadership and shared decision-making cannot be expressed as a simple math problem where we calculate the sum of the individual responses and declare a winner. It involves setting priorities, making choices, and sometimes having difficult conversations with those who won’t be getting their way.
None of this will happen unless we intentionally build a space where individual decisions can be considered in a bigger context. As we consider a specific proposal, its impact on those who live nearby must be considered. But we cannot forget buildings and streetscapes become part of our shared environment and are something that everyone must look at and live with over a long period of time. We need to consider both of these viewpoints.
The KK BID rightly sought community involvement in shaping its own activities and plans for the future. In other cases, we’ve seen that public discourse can, in fact, shape the kinds of structures that are ultimately built in Bay View. It’s important, however, that those processes are not captured by one specific vision of what urban living looks like. Our shared vision must emerge from our individual and collective experiences if our goal is to preserve what people love.
So, moving forward, let’s agree that Bay View is a desirable place. Why do people want to be here? Because of the amazing work its residents do every day creating a community of caring, engaged folks dedicated to their neighborhood. That energy — the individual and collective decisions and actions that thousands of Bay Viewers make every day — is what will build a better Bay View.
Each month, I hope to use this column to explore a specific proposal or concept and to engage in a discussion with folks who have different takes. Check back to see what happens next!
By the way, who is planning that 150th anniversary party in 2029?
*Alderic is a word coined by Miller to replace aldermanic. It is his preferred term, as it is gender neutral.
Christopher Miller has lived in Bay View since 2010 and has been on the board of the Bay View Neighborhood Association, working to connect neighbors for a better Bay View, since 2013. You can contact him at BuildABetterBV@bayviewcompass.com.
June 1, 2016
I would like to let more people know the information I provided at the Bay View community crime meeting May 18 at the South Shore Park Pavilion. It is regarding the new state Department of Corrections (DOC) office on South Chase Avenue, which many people have heard or know about.
Since I kept hearing all sorts of negative reports myself about the new DOC probation and parole office, I decided just to go to the source and get the real story from DOC. I set up a meeting with DOC supervisors, along with Senator Tim Carpenter and staff from the Mayor’s office and the Common Council. The regional DOC chief, Niel Thoreson, responded quickly to set up the meeting, which happened last week. The DOC legislative liaison, Don Friske (a former state representative), also drove over from Madison for the meeting.
As you might expect, I went into the meeting feeling pretty unhappy with DOC’s lack of communication about the new office ahead of time and was not optimistic about the reception we would get. We were all surprised, as it turned out, by how cooperative the DOC staff was in talking over our complaints and requests with us. My first message to them was people around here like to know what is going on, so don’t keep us in the dark!
We also talked over people’s concerns about other tenants in the Rexnord office building. As it turns out, the DOC offices actually have been set up pretty well. The only entrance to the DOC office is right on South Chase Avenue; the office cannot be accessed by going around through the main building. Inside the office, there’s no exit into the main building, not even for washrooms or whatever. We were given a tour while there, and I can tell you the DOC office appears to be completely self-contained. It should be unlikely that probation and parole clients could wander into the rest of the building, but if somehow that does happen, other tenants should just go to the DOC office and complain directly to them.
We also asked exactly who the clientele who use the office will be. We were told that, yes, it’s a probation and parole office, but violent offenders, including sex offenders, will have their appointments elsewhere, at the 2nd District Police Station. So the most serious criminals will not be seen at the South Chase Avenue location.
We also relayed concerns about clients smoking while standing on South Chase by the entrance. Mr. Thoreson volunteered to create a smoking space for them around the corner in the parking lot, off the public sidewalk. That seemed like an adequate solution to that problem, as long as it is used.
We also reported that DOC clients had been going to neighboring businesses asking to use the restrooms, and, we were told that all clients would be directed to stop doing that and only to use the restrooms in the DOC office suite.
Finally, we commented on how many DOC signs there are on the building (five!). They agreed that number seemed like overkill and said they would take down the majority of them after the first few months they are in operation.
We left feeling more optimistic than when we went into the meeting. No one is going to be overjoyed about a probation and parole office in their area. However, as these places go, I think we are on a better track to have its presence make a minimal impact on residents in the neighborhood after working out some of these problems.
The Department of Corrections has pledged to be a good neighbor. Mr. Thoreson said I can call him anytime to relay your comments or complaints, if you get them to me, so please feel welcome to do so!
February 1, 2016
In response to the article in the January issue of the Bay View Compass about the renovation of the Tippecanoe Library, I would like to offer more information about the naming of Milwaukee’s Tippecanoe neighborhood.
Tippecanoe was originally a farming district that was centered on the intersection of Howell and Howard avenues, where the Morgan, Howard, Burdick, and Austin families operated farms that supplied fruits, vegetables, and grains to Milwaukee.
Farms were established as soon as the land surrounding the intersection Howard and Howell avenues was settled in 1838. Those who purchased land were required to build a home on their property and develop the land. At that time, “develop” meant to clear the land of trees, shrubs, and rocks to make it suitable for farming.
Greenhouses became established over the years, but it’s not possible to assign exact dates.
The farms and greenhouses were replaced by homes as Milwaukee’s border moved south. Truck farming continued after World War II, but by 1960 most of the greenhouses were gone. Today, the Tippecanoe neighborhood’s boundaries are Morgan Avenue (north), Layton Avenue (south), Sixth Street (west), and the City of St. Francis (east).
Two greenhouses still exist on the south side, Custom Grown on Sixth Street, south of Bolivar on the old Louis Budzien & Sons Greenhouse property, and Donald Hahlbeck Greenhouses, on Twentieth Street, north of Layton.
In the late 1880s, retired Great Lakes Sea Captain John Saveland established two subdivisions north of Howard Avenue. They were Lincoln Park, which was west of Howell Avenue, and Bunker Hill, which was east of Howell Avenue. He hoped that they would become residential suburbs.
Around 1891, Saveland himself moved to Lincoln Park, where his house still stands, 3723 S. First St., next to Saveland Park.
In 1893 he opened the Tippecanoe Amusement Hall and Tippecanoe Lake, present day Saveland Park. By choosing the name Tippecanoe, Saveland was expressing his political party preference. The name soon included the entire area around Howell and Howard avenues.
The amusement hall was built on the foundation of Isaac Austin’s barn. Later the hall was remodeled, in the English Gothic style, to become the Tippecanoe Presbyterian Church. The fieldstone foundation of the original barn is still clearly visible. The streetcar line was extended south to his subdivisions, which at that time were located in a rural district.
Saveland liked the Tippecanoe name with its connection to President Benjamin Harrison (1889-1893). President Harrison and Saveland were both Republicans. Harrison’s grandfather, William Henry Harrison, was President in 1841, but he died of pneumonia only 32 days after his inauguration. William Harrison was the hero of the “Battle of Tippecanoe” in 1811, near today’s Lafayette, Ind. His campaign slogan “Tippecanoe and Tyler too!” was a reminder of his war exploits and included the name of his running mate John Tyler.
Ron Winkler is the author of
Milwaukee’s Town of Lake
A title in Arcadia Publishing’s history series, Images of America
July 2, 2015
An Open Letter to Department of City Development Commissioner Rocky Marcoux
You are promoting the Milwaukee Bucks’ plan for a bigger-is-better “entertainment mall.” Mayor Tom Barrett insists we can’t have too many downtown bars and restaurants, as long as the distance from each venue is walkable. While conventional wisdom holds that clusters of restaurants succeed better than standalones, that applies to gradual expansion, not overnight flooding of a market.
The Bucks have proposed almost seven acres of entertainment floor space in their mall. That’s in addition to the many bars and restaurants to be built inside their arena. A multi-story, block-long “bar mall” would likely double the amount of existing food-and-drink venues in the area, and almost certainly displace more than a few fine establishments.
You’ve expressed confidence that an increasing downtown-population will expand demand for all the additional watering holes. Have you given thought to the danger of the area getting over-served? Economists assert that it’s indeed a problem to crowd too many hospitality options into one place. Milwaukee is not Las Vegas—speculatively building more pubs will not suddenly lure more patrons, unless tourist buses from the suburbs are part of the marketing plan.
If the city approves this deal, it will subsidize a for-profit enterprise with tens of millions of dollars at the expense of businesses that have succeeded on their own. It will green-light a pro-sports cartel’s ambitions while leaving hometown hot spots in the lurch. It’s the NBA’s mandate to create entertainment monopolies adjacent to their arenas—to pocket every discretionary dollar possible. However, Milwaukeeans are not obliged to subsidize both an arena—and an NBA bar mall.
Chain establishments in the NBA/Bucks’ mall would compete toe-to-toe with about 40 property-tax-paying businesses on Old World Third Street and Water Street. There will be winners and losers.
In any case, taxpayers will lose in this survival-of-the-fittest, government-funded private scheme. If this mall, with 75-percent national franchises (according to the Bucks), eventually flounders or fails, it might first drive out authentic locally-owned venues. Downtown doesn’t need another white-elephant mall, just blocks from the half-empty Grand Avenue Mall, and newly shuttered doors on Water and Third streets.
Cities with defunct entertainment malls include Minneapolis and Memphis. Such “McDevelopments” have also struggled or cycled through bankruptcy in other cities, including Kansas City, Mo. and Glendale, Ariz.
Urban planner Nathaniel Hood catalogs these malls’ pitfalls. He says that by focusing solely on entertainment, these monocultures limit diverse commerce and discourage residential development. Also, one sinking ship can bring down a whole fleet. Most of all, formulaic blandness gets old fast, especially to suburbanites heading downtown for a good time. (http://goo.gl/EaZnD1)
In contrast, smaller, older buildings, like those on Third and Water streets, reliably lend themselves to venues with character. Renowned urban planners Daniel Campo and Brent Ryan consider the Water Street District one of the most successful naturally-occurring entertainment zones in the country. Those local businesses have revitalized downtown—without taxpayer subsidies. (http://goo.gl/QKfMEq)
Moving forward, Milwaukee’s Convention and Arena District needs development that serves more than just entertainment. After a new arena is built, and the Bradley Center is demolished, pursue the redevelopment of the Bradley Center site with food and drink and varied retail options for visitors, convention-goers, and downtown residents, workers and students. Do not demolish, for no good reason, the fully functional Fourth Street parking garage and give away the site to the Bucks for their “Coals to Newcastle” bar mall. That eliminates the need to build a new parking lot for the Bucks a couple blocks north, an unbelievable $35-million-dollar waste of tax dollars, and topping that profligacy by then sharing half the parking revenue with the Bucks! This is all fiscal folly.
Empty storefronts on Fourth Street could be enlivened with new restaurants. Let’s spread the cheer all through downtown by day and night. Columbus, Ohio’s much-touted Arena District has many clubs and restaurants interspersed throughout a mixed-use neighborhood—not a glitzy entertainment mall trying hard to be a destination.
Commissioner Marcoux, Milwaukee is at a pivotal moment. We need big-picture planning that finally knits together Westown, not piecemeal development that appeases NBA owners. Please rethink the Bucks’ bar mall notion. It would needlessly hand over, and raze, a tiptop city parking facility, forgo millions in public revenue, and jeopardize two thriving business districts, all to satisfy demands by the Bucks and NBA to increase their “revenue streams.” The unintended consequences of this ill-advised, subsidized mall could wreak havoc for decades.
We can build a new arena without making the Bucks’ owners the master developers of downtown. Thoughtful planning and entrepreneurial diversity has already produced dynamic redevelopment. That’s why downtown is on the move. Milwaukee needs to build on those successes by engaging and serving the whole community.
Commissioner Marcoux, the very idea of this disruptive arena annex is ridiculous. It’s an unsophisticated attempt to siphon off nearby beverage business. Don’t mess with Milwaukee’s success!
May 1, 2015
At our monthly meeting in March, members of the South Shore Park Watch decided to update our name to the Friends of South Shore Park. The core mission of our volunteer, nonprofit organization remains unchanged as we continue to promote the preservation, enhancement, and enjoyment of South Shore Park. We work to share our mission by various means, including educational, recreational, and community events at the park.
Established in 1996, we are proud to recognize the accomplishments of South Shore Park Watch, including advocating reconstruction of the breakwater and Oak Leaf Trail, hosting National Night Out events, rain garden and native plant restoration work, beach cleanups, and regular support for the farmers market and annual plant sale at the park.
On April 23, we hosted our 16th annual Earth Day education event, which featured a series of environmental education sessions. Each year it is attended by several hundred students from our community.
Looking ahead, we are advocating for the improvements included in the current South Shore Park master plan effort. Our main focus is to see significant improvement in water quality at the beach. A key component for improved water quality is the proposed parking lot reconstruction.
We will continue with beach monitoring and cleanups this year under the Alliance for the Great Lakes’ Adopt-a-Beach program.
We look forward to engaging more members who value South Shore Park as a community resource. Anyone interested in connecting with our group can attend one of our regular meetings, normally the second Thursday of each month at 7pm at the South Shore Park Pavilion. Please visit our website or our Facebook page for more details. We can also be reached by email at email@example.com.
We are excited to introduce the Friends of South Shore Park to both new and established residents of the Bay View community.
Please join us for a Potluck Social at 6pm, Thursday, May 14 at South Shore Park Pavilion. Those who can attend are asked to bring a dish to share. Beverages and tableware will be provided. Please join us for a fun evening!
Friends of South Shore Park Board Member
May 1, 2015
Thank you for the April Fool’s article. It was hilarious and has been the talk of the shop for the last week!
After reading about the “Ethanol Stout,” a customer made up a label for some of his home brew and brought it in. It’s on display with our memorabilia.
I may just look into having St. Francis Brewery create a few cases.
Sid’s Auto Repair
April 1, 2015
Faust Site Redevelopment
Open Letter To Ald. Tony Zielinski
March 23, 2015
I’ll be out of town on March 31st and unable to attend the Faust redevelopment meeting, unfortunately, so am expressing my concerns here.
Good urban design demands integration with the surrounding neighborhood and because this site is a gateway to Bay View, it’s crucial that the Faust redevelopment project is done in a way that welcomes residents and visitors, not offends them. The current proposal of five stories is much too massive for the site, out of context with KK’s commercial and neighborhood scale. As proposed, the structure is a confrontation to those of us who value Kinnickinnic Avenue for its unique historic character, which is serving Bay View quite admirably. Restaurants and shops are doing quite well using the existing building stock.
There is no need to overwhelm the street with structures such as that proposed; taller structures may be placed elsewhere where they fit in context, not on KK. Warehouse redevelopment activity in the Third and Fifth Ward and in Walker’s Point is a good example. In those places, taller buildings fit in. Eventually this may happen in Bay View on the Grand Trunk site or across the river in the large warehouses near Barnacle Bud’s or other locations where taller building would mesh. But not on KK.
As our public servant, we’re counting on you to represent the viewpoints of the Bay View community at large in your decision-making, not just property owners on KK. KK is an integral part of our community — the backbone, essentially — and its integrity needs to be protected for its uniqueness rather than wholesale transformation into a street dwarfed by four or five story buildings.
Thank you, Tony.
PS Recently I showed the image of the proposed development in the Bay View Compass to my mother and asked her in a nonbiased way what she thought of it. She was appalled, and said,”There’s no way something like that could be built on Kinnickinnic, is there?” Let’s hope not.
Alderman Zielinski’s Response
March 23, 2015
The developers will not build the project without this density. They indicate to me that without this density the numbers don’t work for them. So what we are doing is making the building look more traditional with more bricks, etc. That is a compromise and everybody has some voice in the project then.
If I vote no on this project, then we will lose a $12 million development, additional patrons for the businesses, and less life on the street, which translates into the area not being as safe as it could be. We would also lose out on the additional tax revenue that would be generated. Moreover, this site is likely to be a vacant and abandoned storefront near the gateway of Bay View on KK. In that scenario it would remain vacant and abandoned for years to come.
Every business owner I visited in that area is strongly in favor of the project.
Knowing all this do you want me to try to kill the project?
Angie Tornes’s Reply
March 24, 2015
Thanks for your response regarding the developer’s concern for density and by default, height, needed to make his project work. Rather than “kill the project,” I’d urge you to guide it to an appropriate setting away from Kinnickinnic, where desired density can be reached via a larger footprint with less height or the same height where it blends in to the surroundings. As I mentioned in my previous email, there are places in Bay View suitable for such developments.
Consider the recent wave of people, most of whom are disproportionately younger, returning to cities and to specific neighborhoods in cities. We would be wise to pay attention to findings in a 2014 report, “Older, Smaller Better: Measuring How the Character of Buildings and Blocks Influences Urban Vitality.” The report uses metrics in several case studies and documents that neighborhoods with older, smaller buildings in commercial zones surrounded by neighborhoods are highly attractive, particularly to younger people, and have a greater concentration of new and creative jobs and density. This trend is already happening on and around Kinnickinnic; if we maintain the integrity and ambiance of both our commercial and residential districts, new residents will increasingly be drawn to KK and Bay View.
April 1, 2015
Faust Music Site — Honor the Past, Retain Warm Allure
The Faust Music store is now empty since its owner recently died. The prominent corner site, 2202-2206 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., is now in the sights of a developer that wants to plant a massive 72-unit apartment building there. It is a heavy looking, primarily black and gray straight-lined behemoth.
The effects of such high density are to enrich its owners and to permanently create aesthetic chaos across the landscape of S. Kinnickinnic and to forever depress the dreams that so many in Bay View desire for an attractive, cohesive, and photogenic business area. This important spot in Bay View will either fashion our modernity or foreshadow an everlasting heartbreak, especially as one looks south on KK from north of the site.
Developers are eyeing Bay View (as developers must keep looking for areas that are newly popular) for making a great deal of money through high-density development, copy-cat designs that inadequately consider the welfare and sensibilities of those who have lived there. There is nothing new about such profiteering that burdens the local populace.
It is right to look at the Faust Music site as an opportunity; a once and for all opportunity. It is a chance to create, through wise design, a cohesiveness that the north end of the KK business district needs. But to do so, an apartment or other building would incorporate natural or simulated natural materials, softer lines, and a warm appearance that references the natural warmth of the existing older buildings, which will remain indefinitely.
In this defining spot in Bay View, a new building can and will say what our character is. We are not like other parts of the city. We are not cold, square, dark. We are natural. We honor the past while retaining our quaint, warm allure.
The proposed design is cold and harsh and has nothing to do with character of Bay View. As seen elsewhere in Milwaukee, such buildings quickly lose sentiment when a better design shows up nearby.
It is time that we give serious consideration to color. Compatible but uplifting colors for the north end of the KK district should be earthy but somewhat brighter than that of the existing structures on the street.
All Bay View residents will lose if the proposed design prevails. And all Bay View residents should register their concerns with the Kinnickinnic BID board (Business Improvement District), at firstname.lastname@example.org, or write to Kinnickinnic BID #44, 2685 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., Milwaukee, WI, 53207
S. Superior St.
March 2, 2015
Bay View Areas Redcats Youth Sports is a youth sports organization open to children in K-8. We need financial assistance tremendously or James Swanagan, the president fears that he will have to close his doors.
This nonprofit organization has been around for over 60 years getting youth involved in baseball, football, and cheerleading and the last thing we need in our community in today’s society is to close the doors on our youth, our future.
Our organization’s motto is “Keep ’Em in Sports, Out of the Courts,” and at this time we have committed volunteers who take time out to keep this program going everyday but we are still in need of volunteers every season to serve as coaches, work with concessions, and become members of the parent committee.
We are looking for sponsorships and donations from local businesses and individuals that want to help keep our youth active in sports so we can keep this nonprofit organization moving forward.
Currently we are getting the board and parent committee together to launch a new and improved organization which will become more involved in the community by bringing the kids in the programs out to the local community events to help volunteer so they can give back to all those who helped them out and kept the program alive.
We have an upcoming silent auction and raffle launch party that will be in March. We look forward to becoming more than just a business in the area but a family to the community of Bay View.
March 2, 2015
This past year has been a hard one for us. Our group president passed away. The wife of the person who runs the Talent Contest passed away. We are getting old and need some new blood in our organization.
We have a fine new president, Matt Mazur, who is doing great. We need more young and active People, plus interested older people to help us in our need. Our organization has been in existence for 105 years, since 1910. We have a strong group but need more energy and the input of others to lead us into the future. Here is a chance to rebuild an organization into what you want it to be.
Many children have enjoyed having a full day of activities: a morning parade; children’s games; the bike, trike, coaster wagon, and doll buggy contests; the donut eating contest; dance contest; talent contest; and the evening program. It takes many volunteers and time to set these things up.
We meet the first Wednesday of every month in March, April, and May and every Wednesday in June. The result of this work can be seen by all. We would like the local schools to send representatives to our meetings. The more input, the better the result. If any church group would like to join us in our work, you are very welcome to do so.
We also could use more sponsors to finance our program. It takes money to pay for this event, which is free for all to enjoy. We can use your support to continue this great special event for future children and adults to be able to relax and enjoy the activities.
Please consider joining and volunteering with our group so we many continue to celebrate Independence Day in the way that we all love.
Follow us on Facebook and find us at our website, humboldtpark4thofjulyassociation or call 414-304-5039.
H. John Manke
December 1, 2014
Just wanted to write to tell you how impressed I was with the November 2014 issue that I picked up while I was visiting Milwaukee in November.
I felt you did an excellent job in giving details in the stories. For example, in “Enthusiasm curbed in St. Francis,” [Kevin] Meagher not only played on the delicious human interest aspect of the two neighbors, but when he told about Charles Buechel and the City Council members considering changing the ordinance, he set out all of the many, many factors that Buechel investigated in considering the change. It was a beautiful way to show the complexity of the issues. Rather than simply stating the change wasn’t made, you explained why it could not be made. Very careful, detailed reporting.
And that held through in several of the stories that I read, whether it was the objective analysis of Urban Counter-Pose [by Jeffrey Zimmerman], or giving a detailed account of the planned upgrades for South Shore Beach [by Sheila Julson]. Congratulations.
I picked your newspaper up with the Shepherd and the Wisconsin Gazette. Let me say, you had the best reporting and reporters. Keep up the good work. I lived in Bay View from 1986 through 1996, and it has changed tremendously. Your paper is one of the happier developments.
Mary Ann Lutzen
December 1, 2014
I’ve been trying to understand the symbolism behind this sculpture but unfortunately need help. Looking up the word “scalar” used in Jeffrey Zimmerman’s analysis of Art Stop/Urban Counter-Pose, I found it means magnitude not direction. Well, yeah, this piece has magnitude and not direction. I tried to think of what the ”unique character” of Bay View is but having lived here for 60 years I guess I missed the boat on that one.
Finally I asked a few business owners on KK, one with a full view of the sculpture, what they thought this art piece meant. No one knew.
Perhaps if a less existential explanation is given some of us may learn to understand its symbolism.
(Comment on the Compass website)