S. 2nd Street Redesign Concept is a Pretty GOOD One
Recently, with the encouragement and support of our readers, the help of graphic artist Kieran Sweeney, and the drive of Juli Kaufmann a conceptual idea for the redevelopment of S. 2nd Street, in Walker’s Point, was created and entered in to GOOD Magazine’s livable streets contest. Although it didn’t win, it did come in a strong second, validating the importance of a complete street redesign for S. 2nd Street. The need for improvement of S. 2nd Street is obvious as its current form leaves much to be desired, and although simply repaving the street would technically be an improvement, it wouldn’t change the image of the street. To successfully change the image requires changes to the physical infrastructure, and the organizing of business owners to facilitate the revitalization of the street.
Unfortunately, the idea may seem radical to traffic engineers who’s only concern is how fast can the traffic flow, or to politicians afraid to go to bat over funding, but for those who are actively working on creating a better urban environment that would support local business, it makes complete sense. Hopefully this idea can come in number one where it matters, within the Department of Public Works, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, and the Milwaukee Common Council.