WHY MILWAUKEE MATTERS TO YOUR TRANSCRIPT
I love Milwaukee and that is why it matters to me and, hopefully, to you. Let me share the story, which begins for me in the middle of Milwaukee history, with this man: Christopher Latham Sholes, a Milwaukeean who invented the typewriter; revolutionizing writing as Johannes Gutenberg revolutionized printing.
Sholes and his original Sholes & Glidden typewriter.
With permission from the Typwriter Museum.
We have a long German history here with a work ethic that alarms most newcomers. And, yes, there is that stodgy, reluctant-to-change attitude that drives me and others batty. Modern transportation is 15 years delayed; yes, the bus system is well managed but way underfunded. We will be restoring the streetcar in the near future, and connecting to Chicago and Madison with commuter and high speed rail.
What endears me to the city is, first of all, my friends. My connections are long and deep; I know folks from many quarters, the arts, the politics, historic architecture, and the revitalization of the neighborhoods.
As a community volunteer I work with bright people whose minds are active and interested in making Milwaukee work. I have seen fantastic art come to life in obscure corners of the city as well as in our gorgeous orchestra hall. The arts thrive, from symphony and ballet to amateurs like me looking to take on a new personality. Before the Collapse of 2008 The Last Word commissioned Eriks Johnson to create an outdoor mural near the family business of two generations ago, bringing me full circle to North Avenue where hope and art are prodding the neighborhood to think positively.
Road Closed-Path Open by Eriks Johnson
And then there is Riverwest, a vibrant community, young people take responsibility for their own neighborhood: a co-operative food store and restaurant, artists and agitators tired of the tired look of old buildings decided to paint them; and artists jumped at the opportunity to beautify an old residential neighborhood. When these creations appeared on the garage doors of welcoming homeowners, it stirred a city-wide discussion because my own alderperson moved to require artists to submit their work for governmental approval. The new ordinance was pulled off the table amid cries of government censorship.
with permission from Tia Richardson, here working on her alley art. and more art
Top of my Milwaukee loves is water. I remember seeing the lake as a toddler and being held breathless by its awesome expanse - a feeling that returns, even though I now see the lake daily. It is my joy and comfort, year-round to be so close to the waters that many peace-loving First Nation tribes drank, while they made a life side by side along the natural Milwaukee marshland, rich in wildlife, grain, and berries.
Today, water is a burning issue as the new scarce commodity that will rival oil. We have successfully locked down "our" pond so it cannot be siphoned out of the basin without the consent of several states and Canada. But people with dollar signs in their eyes will continue to mis-read the environmental tenacity of our citizens.
Humboldt Park Lagoon
This victory over greed is one we once thought was out of reach - and maybe it is a allegory about the many other issues that Milwaukee needs to conquer - si se puede! I believe we will because our German, African, Polish, Asian, Serbian, Irish, Mexican, Puerto Rican and many other heritages will insist, each in its own way, to insist that Milwaukee be a bright city, a lighthouse on the lake, welcoming all to live, work and play here.
da le Buena in performance, Humboldt Park
Our necklace of county and city parks that were built by wise leaders in the 20th century serve as a reminder that each generation has a legacy to leave to our children. For my generation the challenges are many: schools, transit, water, parks, sustainability, walkable neighborhoods, bicycle access, turning off the TV, and turning to our many bars and street festivals to hear our own music.
Bay View Bash, largest
Milwaukee matters to you, our future client, because we are proud of what we do here, what we are building and because we are stubborn enough to stay and resurrect the City after years of Rust Belt status. We work; we play; we know value; and we take care of each other.
Keep in mind why Milwaukee works
- New York Speed, Midwest Prices, Heartland Quality -
and you will know why it pays you
to pay us
to do your work.
Why We Transcribe