Where Do All The Cars Fit?
On July 3rd, 2009 the world did not end, but numerous public meetings in the year prior would lead you to believe it would. Why? July 3rd is the day that the suburban population of Greater Milwaukee drives en masse to the downtown lakefront to watch the US Bank Fireworks. They, as well as numerous Milwaukee residents, park their cars anywhere they can find from UWM to Walker’s Point. Without a doubt, July 3rd is the single most intensive day for street parking in Milwaukee.
How is such a thing possible? Public meetings on issues ranging the new UWM residence hall (on Brady, North, Prospect) to Downer Avenue have been filled with people bemoaning the lack of parking. Discussion of the proposed street car system is not complete without someone lamenting the loss of parking. Judging by the public meetings there is no surplus parking in Milwaukee. Literally every development-related public forum will contain an individual complaining about parking.
However, year after year on July 3rd people pack Milwaukee’s most urban neighborhoods with their cars. And year after year, they fit. Sure, the street grid fills up after the fireworks, but the distributed nature of the grid ensures numerous routes of entry and exit.
At the end of the day, there is plenty of parking in Milwaukee, regardless of what you hear at a public meeting.