MPS isn’t Coke or Pepsi, it’s Walmart
America’s suburban landscape has become littered with empty blight inducing big-box stores. As Walmart uses up a market, the company shutters stores and moves on to the next neighborhood, leaving hulking vacant boxes and thousands of empty, litter-filled parking spots in its wake. This happens because Walmart places deed restrictions on the property to insure no possible competitor could purchase the property.
Isn’t this precisely what Milwaukee Public Schools is doing with vacant school buildings?
Being for charter schools, or being against charter schools is irrelevant, it seems to me that everyone should be against MPS holding on to these vacant properties that continue to blight our neighborhoods, because they fear a little competition.
Additionally, the current MPS land sale process involves hiring an outside brokerage firm and outside legal assistance. This is an unnecessary duplication of resources that can be eliminated, as the City of Milwaukee already has a department with the expertise to sell these properties. Certainly, this change to State Statue Chapter 119 will not resolve the big issues facing MPS, but it won’t bring MPS down if a handful of schools are able to re-purpose existing facilities either. Hopefully the proposed change will get through the state legislature and signed by Governor Walker so Milwaukee can save some money and put these buildings back into active use.