Newaukee
Newaukeean of the Week

Brooke Lange

A dedicated tailgater and polar bear plunge fan who works at Badger Meter.

By - Apr 1st, 2013 12:03 pm
Sign-up for the Urban Milwaukee daily email
Brooke Lange

Brooke Lange

How long have you lived in Milwaukee and why did you choose to move here?
I’ve lived in Milwaukee my whole life!

What about Milwaukee makes it a city you want to work and play?
The thing about Milwaukee that makes me want to work and play here, is that there is always something going on. I’ve lived in the city my whole life and still have not done everything there is to do and have not seen everything there is to see.

What is your favorite Milwaukee event?
Winter: The polar bear plunge on New Year’s day. Costumes, Bloody Mary’s and the guy on the ladder.  No matter how late people stay out the night before, Bradford beach is as packed at 10am on Jan 1, as it is at 3pm in the middle of the summer.
Summer: Brewers tailgates. Brewers tailgates are the summer time happy hours.  Milwaukeeans make sure that when they get to Miller Park their jerseys are on, their beers are on ice, and their chairs are perfectly fashioned around the grill. Other baseball cities may claim to be set up for tailgating, but I’ve traveled to Brewer away games and no one does it quite like Milwaukee.

What is one thing about Milwaukee you’d like to see change?
The one thing that I would like to see change about Milwaukee are the divides in this city that make people hesitant to travel to areas of town they are unfamiliar with.  If I would have never ventured from my neighborhood on the west side of Milwaukee,  I would have never discovered the Gyro place on Appleton Ave. or  the Chinese restaurant on 76th and Good Hope.   I would have never tried a Churro from the bakery on Greenfield or a fresh Pasty from shop on Burleigh.   Food has never stopped bringing people together and if you don’t explore Milwaukee and its cultures you’ll miss the best places that have been around forever.

What do you do?
I am a Product Marketing Specialist at Badger Meter. I am involved with a product’s entire life cycle–from start to completion, working with manufacturing and engineering to ensure the market gets the product they are looking for. Badger Meter was founded in 1905 and is a leading manufacturer and marketer of flow measurement and control products, serving water utilities, municipalities and industrial customers worldwide.

  • Sarah Dollhausen

    I have struggled over the years to stay in Milwaukee. With the line of work I am in (youth and community work, running a nonprofit) there are many times I feel hopeless and overwhelmed with the issues we face; unemployment, lack of opportunities for youth, #1 segregated/institutionalized racism, and wanting to explore other opportunities but at the end of the day, this is my home and Milwaukee needs invested individuals to stay here to work through the issues we face.

    "Milwaukee needs invested individuals to stay here to work through the issues we face."

  • Lizzi Weasler

    Kickstart my heart to Harley Davidson Fest... Seeing all of Milwaukee turn into a sea of leather fringe and bedazzled back pocket jeans warms any fashion girl’s heart.

    "The best bonus of Harley Fest is being sung to sleep by thousands of motorcycles revving their engines throughout the streets of good ol’ Miltown."

  • Jonathan Brostoff

    Without a doubt, some big investors are betting on Milwaukee's future, and as a resident of this city, I naturally think they're very wise to do so and would encourage more to follow suit. This sort of growth can have very positive effects on our community, so long as we’re planning in a way that enhances the city as a whole.

    "Without a doubt, some big investors are betting on Milwaukee’s future..."

  • Matt Dorner

    I have lived in Milwaukee for nearly a decade. Since the first time I visited the city with my parents for a Brewers game at County Stadium, I felt a connection to the urban setting. I always felt at some point Milwaukee would be my home.

    "Milwaukee is truly a city on the rise..."

  • Rita DeMerit

    Rita DeMerit

    "I truly do love the whole small city with a big city feel."

  • Jabril Faraj

    Jabril Faraj

    "If we continue to leave a large portion of our city behind, we will never be able to realize Milwaukee’s full potential."

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>