Graham Kilmer

8 Options for Domes Presented

Public input sought on options offered by task force, but costs of each unknown.

By - May 25th, 2018 01:55 pm
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10 thoughts on “8 Options for Domes Presented”

  1. Gregg says:

    I’m curious, is there anyway possible that the domes can be rebuilt elsewhere (downtown near the lakefront) if an individual with the cash and is willing to donate say $100 million dollars for this to happen?

  2. Jim M says:

    The County Parks Dept made a very short sighted decision when the State purchased the old Cnty Greenhouse location for the Zoo freeway expansion. By spending the entire amount it received building the over the top greenhouses attached to a doomed and crumbling concrete building they have put the Cnty in a no win situation. That money could have been used to start a new Domes location like Boerner Botanical Gardens or the Zoo or Lake Front. Visit Minneapolis/St Paul and look what they have for zoo and conservatory offerings.

    This is a textbook example of :

    Sunk-Cost Fallacy
    (also known as: argument from inertia, concorde fallacy, finish the job fallacy)

    Description: Reasoning that further investment is warranted on the fact that the resources already invested will be lost otherwise, not taking into consideration the overall losses involved in the further investment.

    or here:

    Key words in the article to watch? “And it would cost about $70 to $95 million.”

  3. Keith says:

    Option 3

  4. GRNDPAKWH says:

    We are members of the Domes Friends group and I strongly support a continuance of a horticultural conservatory in Milwaukee. We found the money to build a baseball stadium and a basketball stadium using the phrase that Milwaukee must have these to remain a first class city. Let me use the same phrase, Milwaukee must have a conservatory to remain a first class city.

  5. steve says:

    Amen to responders keith and grandpk. This is a classic case of short term thinking fallacy. The domes have been and landmark, destination, retreat and all – around great place to visit or bring visitors to for 50 years long. There will be zip lines and
    climbing walls and other schlocky activities everywhere in our future, but only 1 or ZERO iconic Milwaukee Domes.

    Agree with grandpk that we dump money into stadiums and arenas under the mistaken assumption that they
    are huge money makers for us, the local taxpayers, and require a botanical gem to fit the same commercial model.

    How often do we visit Miller Park on a frigid sunny winter day? Just when we most need it, the Domes are there!

  6. John Hagen says:

    Option 4 would be best.
    Three in a pinch but 4 is where it’s at.
    5 – 8 are gilding the Lilly.

  7. Jeremy says:

    Please, stop the lunacy. Read the Public Policy Forum report on replacing the Safety Building:

    Where in God’s name is $70-90 million going to come from if they can’t afford to replace a 1930’s building? A special referendum? The Domes crack 225,000 visitors, Brewers 2.5-3.0 million, the Bucks 650,000.

    Even IF money was to be spent on a conservatory it should ALWAYS include the complete removal of the Domes. They lose a dollar for every person that attends a Bucks game.

    Additionally, you’ve got the County Board worried about the Farmer’s market that spends $13k for an entire season while the infrastructure of the building falls in around them. Citizens of Milwaukee tore the first conservatory down and you don’t hear anyone whining about its demise, the same can be done here.

  8. Waleed Nabeel says:

    Need to move the domes to a better location connecting the general public and visitors near the lakefront site which makes it more sense to grow number of people visiting the domes.

  9. Troll says:

    GRNDPK, if you can convince LeBrond James, Clayton Kershaw, and all the other talented athletes to play in the Domes then you to can collect state taxes to fund your beloved dome.

  10. scrp says:

    Where is this money coming from to prop these things up after the initial spend? The county is broke!!! They can barely afford their employees and half of these plans will include more employees. This is the same county that “needed” parking meters in parks to close a budget deficit. More than half of these plans are ludicrous. Stop adding politicians to the pay roll and add development specialist, people that actually know how to make and raise money not just spend it. The county resources are so under utilized as is.

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