NEWaukeean of the Week

Caitlin Taylor

"I’m incredibly proud to be part of the effort to further integrated communities in Wisconsin."

By - Jun 20th, 2016 11:45 am
Caitlin Taylor. Photo courtesy of NEWaukee.

Caitlin Taylor. Photo courtesy of NEWaukee.

Where do you work and what makes your role awesomesauce?

I work in housing advocacy. My organization has consistently done on-the-ground work in the fight for equality and to create open and inclusive communities since the 1967 desegregation and civil rights demonstrations in Milwaukee. My professional experience in human rights advocacy along with my educational background in sociology and urban studies led me to social justice work and I’m incredibly proud to be part of the effort to further integrated communities in Wisconsin.

If you could create one thing in Milwaukee, what would it be?

My partner, Tony, (who was featured back in October!) has helped be become a better bike commuter. He helped me gear up, clean up my bike, and learn how to make biking part of my daily routine. I’ve struggled, however, with Milwaukee’s lack of bicycle infrastructure. I recently visited Boston and WOW… they’re doin’ it right! I would love to safely and comfortably ride throughout Milwaukee. That simply cannot happen for me without better/more bike lanes, more awareness for cyclists, and holding reckless drivers accountable.

What local restaurant is at the top of your list?

The National in Walker’s Point. A quaint little brunch spot with a beautiful back patio. My favs? For weekend brunch, the hot mess breakfast skillet will knock your socks off. For lunchtime, the deliciousness of the tonkotsu ramen (with Chef Nell’s homemade noodles).

What neighborhood do you live in and why do you love it?

I live at the exact mid-point between Harambee and Riverwest – both neighborhoods of rich culture and history in community building. I love the murals and community gardens found throughout Harambee and Riverwest. I also really love the alternative food options and Wisconsin-y dive bars found in Riverwest.

What is your favorite Milwaukee tradition?

Although I’m not a huge sports fan, I would have to say that Brewers games are my favorite Milwaukee tradition. Having grown up on the South Side, I have fond memories of going to County Stadium with my dad. I think there’s something unique about the way we support and celebrate our baseball team. I’ve been to other games throughout the states and I was stunned with the lack of cheering and crowd comradery. Milwaukeeans will tailgate for hours in freezing temperatures in preparation for the game – it’s magical.

What does your ideal Milwaukee weekend look like?

An easy run along the lakefront or a warm yoga class followed by brunch (at The National, of course) with an afternoon activity, like playing volleyball with friends. If I’m feeling energetic, maybe even an evening show at one of the Pabst Theater venues.

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