Kitty Corner, Across the Freeway
“Kitty Corner, Across the Freeway.” This is how County Executive Scott Walker described just how close UW-Milwaukee’s new Engineering School could be from the Milwaukee County Research Park. I don’t think I could of summed it up much better myself. Kitty corner, across the freeway. That was actually used as a reason given by our County Executive as to why this is such a “great” site for UW-Milwaukee to build its Engineering School. Kitty corner, across the freeway. Not across the street, around the corner, or down the block, but across the freeway. This speaks directly to the inherent problem of UW-Milwaukee expanding in Wauwatosa. Because it sure sounds to me, like requirement number one to take part in all this collaboration and education will be ownership of a car. This requirement brings with it a checklist of “features” in the same way that new products from Microsoft include a list of “features.”
- Higher cost. Check.
- Decreased accessibility. Check.
- Increased congestion. Check.
- Increased pollution. Check.
- Lost opportunity. Check.
It appears that UW-Milwaukee and the Milwaukee County Board are on the fast track to check each and every one of these “features” off the list, which is a shame because ten years from now when UWM Chancellor Carlos Santiago has long since left Milwaukee for greener pastures, all of us, will be stuck paying the tax bills. All of us, will be left wondering if there was a better plan and why wasn’t it researched? All of us, will wonder if there was a checklist that would of included lower costs, increased accessibility, decreased congestion and pollution, and the opportunity to truly grow our region by building our core. Of course we all know, there was one. Downtown Milwaukee.