“Today I’m a little disappointed in my alma mater”
“Today I’m a little disappointed in my alma mater,” said Supervisor Theodore Lipscomb at the Thursday, May 21st Milwaukee County Board Meeting during the discussion of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s purchase of part of the Milwaukee County Grounds for an engineering school. As a graduate of UWM’s School of Architecture and Urban Planning his words and actions showed he understood how this proposal flew in the face of the school’s own teachings.
The concept sounds good, build an engineering school and business park close to GE Medical and the Medical College of Wisconsin in an effort to expand UWM’s research in the medical field, and there’s no doubt that some research and jobs will come out of this effort, but the bigger picture is that the continued hollowing out of the urban core isn’t good for UWM, the City of Milwaukee, or the region. That by design this site will inherently have issues with pedestrian access, transit, and forced auto dependence. That by developing this site natural habitats will be lost, congestion will be created, and additional pollution will be generated. That this site would further discourage and disenfranchise minorities and limit their ability to attend the school.
As this proposal has been an topic we’ve felt strongly about we do appreciate that Supervisors Marina Dimitrijevic, Chris Larson, Lipscomb, and Weishan voted against this proposal, and do hope UWM works to provide better transit access to the area, creates a facility that respects the Monarch Trail, expands other programs in the city, and finds a way to diminish the environmental impacts of this development.