What the heck? While walking to the Midwest Airlines Convention Center a gentleman, who was 50 feet away from me started pointing to the sidewalk and saying “This goes on for blocks!” I guess I hadn’t noticed the bloody foot print before this…. I was miffed by this left footed foot print that did stain the whole stretch of the sidewalk. Back to the this story later….
After registering in the Convention Centre, I headed to my first walking tour of the Third Ward. Yes! The same Third Ward I discovered last night. Nancy O’Keefe, the Executive Director, was our tour guide and was very knowledgeable of the area’s history, and current operations. We were dropped off at the Public Market and we walked around the corner to Lela, a trendy clothing store where we met the owners and were provided wth information and breakfast treats.
We then proceeded down the Riverwalk within the Third Ward. Many of the old warehouses have been converted to mixed use. High end condos above specialty pubs, restaurants and other businesses. My only concern is how do you repopulate an area like the Third Ward with only high scale apartments or condos without including real amenities such as a a grocery, drug store or even corner stores? I’ll explain the pricing of the condos and apartments in an other blog.
“In a neighbourhood, everything that is needed is there and everything that is there is needed”.
HRM By Design has 5 campaigns that could aid the Third Ward and all of the downtown areas of Milwaukee with its future in attracting more businesses and residents:
- A Sustainable City ( Milwaukee needs to work on this – recycling programs for solid waste)
- A City of Liveable and Complete Neighbourhoods (Milwaukee must adopt this)
- A Distinct and Unique City (Milwaukee has great character and is doing a great job of building it!)
- A City of Vibrant and Exciting Places (Milwaukee has many components – keep it up!)
- A Beautiful City (Milwaukee does have beauty, keep it up!
Oh! forgot to finish the story about the “bloody footprint” ! Supposedly there was a shooting Friday night but there was no mention during the conference. Moreover the footprint trail was cleaned up by Noon.