Dave Reid

Walker’s Point Comes Together and Can Move Forward

By - Jun 22nd, 2009 08:22 pm
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S. 2nd Street Before

S. 2nd Street Before

Unfortunately, S. 2nd Street has been in the news for all the wrong reasons recently.  Despite the shameful shooting of two police officers by an unstable person, S. 2nd Street is still an up-and-coming district.  Hopefully this past weekend’s Thank You Milwaukee Police Department festival was the start of the healing within the Milwaukee Police Department and the neighborhood.  Through this tragic event we saw neighborhood citizens, provide emergency medical assistance to the injured offices, help the police department find the perpetrator, and hold an event that raised funds for the officers while showing off the greatness of this neighborhood.

Unfortunately, high profile random acts of violence can sometimes create an unwarranted negative perception of an area, especially to those who infrequently visit the city.  Sometimes this can lead to disinvestment in an area, and bring real decline.  In the case of the former Northridge Mall, an allegation was made that a woman was attacked by an African-American in the parking lot.  Later this was proven to be untrue, but the perception remained. With this in mind the Milwaukee Police Department was quick to point out that this was a rare act, and although the area has had issues in the past, this level of violence is far from the norm.

S. 2nd Street After

S. 2nd Street After

As this truly is a neighborhood on the rise, not decline, Walker’s Point should work to move forward on projects such as the proposed redesign of S. 2nd Street, because it could be the catalyst to propel the area to the next level.  As a first step in this effort Alderman Bauman has scheduled a communications file which will be presented by the Department of Public Works at the June 24th meeting of the Public Works Committee.  This file should help paint a clearer picture regarding the City of Milwaukee’s future plans for S. 2nd Street, and might be an opportunity to encourage the Department of Public Works to help remake S. 2nd Street for the better.  Clearly the City of Milwaukee is facing serious budget issues, and to suggest rebuilding a street sounds like a new cost that we don’t need and can’t afford, but this is a project worthy of the investment.  It is worthy of investment in the long run to insure future investment by businesses and residents, and long-term growth to the tax base of the city.  Further, S. 2nd Street is likely to see repaving in the next year or two so the timing to do is right.  At the very least, it is time to get things planned so Walker’s Point can move forward in the future.


2 thoughts on “Walker’s Point Comes Together and Can Move Forward”

  1. Juli Kaufmann says:

    As a resident and business owner in Walker’s Point, I appreciate this post and continued positive attention focused on my neighborhood. Regarding costs, I agree that fiscal restraint is urgently needed to manage our city. In the case of 2nd Street, I want to clarify that the vast majority of funding is already designated from state and federal transportation resources. Granted, its all “our” money as taxpayers so, your point about wisely investing is still important. That said, this is a situation where the funding is already assigned and will be spent, so our efforts need to be focused on making the investment smarter and better for our future. Hope to see you all at the DPW Committee hearing Wednesday. Those things are such a blast! : 0.

  2. As a member of this community I am happy to see the positive things that are being written. I love where I live. The neighborhood is diverse, fun, and there are so many creative minds here.

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