More “Great” Reasons for the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee to Expand in Wauwatosa
I recently gave up and said, “fine, let the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee expand in Wauwatosa“. I argued this move would make life more difficult for students and that’s great because they will learn about the “real world”. Further I thought it was great that this move would allow the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee to stay in Madison’s shadow. Of course I really think the best thing about the Wauwatosa site, will be the UW-Tosa t-shirts. It occurred to me that beyond these there are a few more “great” reasons for UW-Milwaukee to expand in Wauwatosa.
- Clearly one of the benefits of the Wauwatosa site is its proximity to GE Medical and the Medical College of Wisconsin. In fact they will both be so close that you’ll be able to jump in your car and drive over. Drive over? Definitely don’t try to walk over because as Google points out “Use caution – This route may be missing sidewalks or pedestrian paths”.
- UW-Milwaukee will literally be leading by example. UW-Milwaukee will lead engineering firms and other tech companies out of the City of Milwaukee. Now that’s what I’ve come to expect of great Milwaukee institutions.
- This effort also fits in with UW-Milwaukee’s “green” initiatives. If completely ignoring them by paving over park land, encouraging sprawl, and promoting automobile use is UW-Milwaukee’s idea of green.
- This move will also be a great reason to expand the freeways and roads, and with some luck maybe even knock down a few homes and businesses.
Collaborating with the Medical College of Wisconsin on bio-technology and life science research, sounds great, but it misses a greater opportunity. UW -Milwaukee should focus on research where they could actually become a leader, instead of a second citizen to Madison. With the downtown partners UW -Milwaukee could take a leading role in research related to energy, water, and advanced manufacturing. Now that sounds like a great reason to me to locate downtown.