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Our 2009 Top Ten Lists

By - Jan 5th, 2009 09:07 am
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Christmas has come and gone, and 2008 has been another interesting year for urbanism in Milwaukee.  It’s time to look forward to what we can hope for and plan on in 2009.  We broke our thoughts down into three separate categories.  The first chronicles the projects we think would genuinely promote urbanism in Milwaukee.  The second are proposed projects that we would like to see break ground.  The third and final list is of projects that we’ll almost certainly be following in Milwaukee this next year.

Top 10 Milwaukee Urbanist Wishes for 2009

  1. UWM Expands Engineering School in downtown Milwaukee.
  2. The RTA receives funding in the Governor’s budget and the KRM project moves forward.
  3. The Mayor’s streetcar plan is selected as the preferred alternative and the project moves forward.
  4. The proposed widening of I-94 is dropped by the DOT.
  5. The City of Milwaukee enters in to no water deals that would send water across the continental divide.
  6. The plans to replace the Hoan Bridge with a lower bridge that activates the land at the north and south ends of the bridge move forward.
  7. The City of Milwaukee moves aggressively to convert more one-way streets to two-way streets in Downtown Milwaukee.
  8. The City of Milwaukee makes additional bike lane improvements and enhancements, including “cycle tracks.”
  9. Milwaukee County finally moves forward and installs bike racks on buses.
  10. The City of Milwaukee utilizes market rate parking at meters throughout downtown Milwaukee.

Top 10 Development Projects We Would Like To See Move Forward in 2009

  1. The Moderne
  2. The Catalyst
  3. Pleasant Street Market
  4. Bradley Center redevelopment
  5. The Gallun Tannery redevelopment
  6. Second Phase of The North End
  7. The Transera (Goll Mansion redevelopment)
  8. Second Phase of the Downer Avenue redevelopment
  9. Riverboat Landing Condos
  10. Second Phase of The Edge

Honorable Mention: Domus

Top 10 Development Projects We Will Likely Be Following in 2009

  1. Openings of numerous projects at The Brewery (former Pabst Brewery).
  2. Openings at the South Water Works (former Transpak buildings).
  3. Construction of the UWM Hometown site dormitory.
  4. Construction of the Aloft Hotel.
  5. Construction of St. Johns on the Lake.
  6. Completion of 1824 E Park Place.
  7. Construction of New Land Enterprises’ Kenilworth and Farwell apartment building.
  8. Expansion of Marquette Engineering School on the edge of downtown Milwaukee.
  9. Expansion of Cardinal Stritch into downtown Milwaukee (at The Brewery).
  10. Expansion of UWM Engineering School in Wauwatosa.
Categories: Real Estate

9 thoughts on “Our 2009 Top Ten Lists”

  1. Ben says:

    Top 10 Features of urbanmilwaukee.com
    1. Contemplative and passionate writing
    2. Exceptional coverage of local urban renewal
    3. Whole-hearted optimism and belief in Milwaukee’s potential
    4. Meticulous photographic record of developmental progress all over the city
    5. Research, interest and balance
    6. Sense of history, present and future
    7. Links to other relevant information
    8. Devotion to enlightment and improvement with regards to public transportation
    9. Involvement in and interpretation of important local meetings
    10. Unrelenting pursuit of truth

  2. Joel says:

    1. First light rail line approved (jan)
    2. Second light rail line approved (feb)
    3. Third light rail line approved (march)
    4. Forth light rail line approved (april)
    5. fifth light rail line approved (may)
    6. sixth light rail line approved (june)
    7. seventh light rail line approved (july)
    8. eight light rail line approved (august)
    9. ninth light rail line approved (september)
    10. light rail lines 1-9 begin construction (oct)
    (sigh)…..

  3. Joel says:

    meh, replace my number 1 with “1. fire scott walker”

  4. Dave Reid says:

    Nice list…It’s good to see someone put forward an aggressive plan:)

  5. Billy K says:

    So how is this list coming along? 🙂

  6. Dave Reid says:

    Wish List
    #2, #3, #7,#9 (July) have seen some progress

    Dev Projects
    Not much action here..

    #1 My understanding is it is getting closer to happening
    #3 has a new location
    #8 This plan is changing a lot but a second building could break ground in October with the streetscaping improvements

    Of things we though would likely happen
    #1 is going great
    #2 I believe this is having opening soon or already
    #3 hasn’t broken ground yet but some equipment has arrived
    #4 Under construction
    #6 Under construction almost complete
    #7 Demolition has begun and bids have gone out for subs
    #9 This is close to opening I believe
    #10 Unfortunately this land sale is near

  7. Billy K says:

    Great, thanks! Do you think if someone went down to the sales center they’d know when the project should break ground?

  8. Billy K says:

    Sorry, the Moderne’s sales center, I mean.

  9. Dave Reid says:

    @Billy K Yeah, I imagine they’d give an estimated date, but as I’ve learned in the past those dates mean little until they actually have enough sales in place.

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