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Old June 1st, 2012, 10:03 PM   #7201
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Lower Eastside, Brady St, and Bay View would be the best options.

3rd Ward is a great neighborhood like you said, but also one of the priciest neighborhoods in the city.

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Old June 2nd, 2012, 04:32 PM   #7202
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Slightly off topic question here. My brother just accepted a job in the Milwaukee area and he and his girlfriend will be looking for a place to live. They are a young professional couple setting out for their first post grad jobs. He will be working out near Menomone Falls I believe and she is still looking for a job in the area. They are only looking to rent and do not need a ton of space.

Any suggestions on what areas they should look at? They would prefer to live in a walkable area with restaurants, bars, etc.. somewhat nearby. I have heard the Third Ward and Brewer's Hill mentioned as possible place they should look from people I work with. Any other suggestions?
Commuting from the East Side or Third Ward to Menomonee Falls everyday would be a hassle in my opinion. It sounds nice but he will regret it in the winter or when gas prices spike again. I'm not saying it's THAT long of a drive but the layout of Milwaukee makes that drive more of a hassle for those two areas.

I would suggest Wauwatosa. It has alot of walkable areas, close to everything, and in general it's a nicer place to live than Milwaukee.
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Old June 2nd, 2012, 04:45 PM   #7203
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I've noticed a few new things going on around the east side and downtown area that I would like to share with you guys.

-By the Pabst Brewery there seems to be a new building getting built (I havent heard of this project so if any of you guys can share some info that would be nice). Also the UWM school of Health is mostly completed there (just graduated from U-dub).

-Not too far away from the Pabst, MSOE has fencing around the site that will house their abomana-er-parking structure/soccer field/terrible use of land (plus a nice little park that shall come of all this).

-Then at the north end, the other project "Silhoutte" is about 1/4 done with construction. (whomever opens up a restaurant on that corner parcel is golden).

-The Milwaukee Common council has just approved of about 4 new apartment buildings on the east side (two off brady, two around north ave).

-Some invester wants to pay about 12.4 million dollars for the staybridge hotel on water street and complete it. I personally think this is awesome and will have the added benefit of spurring the Marcus Corp to finally build thier cinema/ office buidling across the street from a.j bombers) (plus, it should bring in some sorely needed new faces to water street bars).

-And finally the Journal Sentinel ran a piece about if Tom Barrett really is spending 100 million on the Streetcar Line. This in itself is not really news to all of us but what I found interesting was the comments made (or lack) about the utilities moving underground lines and who should pay for them. The Sentinel notes that the multi million dollar costs may be exagereted and even then the lines could be moved to accomadate our utility overlords. Funny the Sentinel didnt mention how Milwaukee is looking into actually charging the utility companies for use of the city infrastructure that they currently pay nothing for (and how this awesome form of blackmail could force the utilities to stop trying to play political games against Milwaukee). I suspect the streetcar line should see ground breaking sometime in September (personal opinion).
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Old June 2nd, 2012, 04:56 PM   #7204
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Slightly off topic question here. My brother just accepted a job in the Milwaukee area and he and his girlfriend will be looking for a place to live. They are a young professional couple setting out for their first post grad jobs. He will be working out near Menomone Falls I believe and she is still looking for a job in the area. They are only looking to rent and do not need a ton of space.

Any suggestions on what areas they should look at? They would prefer to live in a walkable area with restaurants, bars, etc.. somewhat nearby. I have heard the Third Ward and Brewer's Hill mentioned as possible place they should look from people I work with. Any other suggestions?
Well if your brother and girlfriend don't want to be bored out of their minds, or want to actually live in the city and not some far away suburb that all it has going for it is that its located near a mall (tosa*cough*tosa), he would to well to find a place in Milwaukees east side. Brady st is probably the best place if they want to experience all Milwaukee has to offer. Brewers hill is really nice too along with Bay View (southside!!!) and 3rd/5th ward. Since your bro is gonna be working in the falls (let me guess, kohls?) and is commuting, another nice alternative could be Washington Heights. Its actually a really nice neighborhood that kind of is similiar to Bay View. It actually neighbors Wauwatosa but is superior to it since its not Wauwatosa
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Old June 2nd, 2012, 06:33 PM   #7205
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Tosa isn't all that far-flung and certainly isn't that boring. It's walkable, has great parks, lots of shops/restaurants, is rather safe, nice housing stock, and is pretty much in the center of everything. It's a stones throw from everything good in Milwaukee. North Ave. Tosa is one of the nicest areas in the metro area imo.
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Old June 2nd, 2012, 07:39 PM   #7206
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Tosa isn't all that far-flung and certainly isn't that boring. It's walkable, has great parks, lots of shops/restaurants, is rather safe, nice housing stock, and is pretty much in the center of everything. It's a stones throw from everything good in Milwaukee. North Ave. Tosa is one of the nicest areas in the metro area imo.
No worries Mariachi, just joshing you I know Tosa isn't like West Allis (note: Tell your brother to stay far away the suburbs that start at West allis and end up around south Milwaukee). The people that live in Wauwatosa are certaintly a different breed. So if you tend to lean more to the left you pretty much want to steer clear of Tosa since its just (insert waukesha county town here) located in Milwaukee county. Wauwatosa is okay I guess if you like going to the Mall and need to be in close proximity of highway 100 and its never ending strip malls and suburban sprawl.
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Old June 3rd, 2012, 03:43 AM   #7207
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Commuting from the East Side or Third Ward to Menomonee Falls everyday would be a hassle in my opinion. It sounds nice but he will regret it in the winter or when gas prices spike again. I'm not saying it's THAT long of a drive but the layout of Milwaukee makes that drive more of a hassle for those two areas.

I would suggest Wauwatosa. It has alot of walkable areas, close to everything, and in general it's a nicer place to live than Milwaukee.
OTOH, with a 'reverse' commute like that, you'll be driving OUT of the Sun each way, not INTO it. That's a major bugaboo for those commuting to jobs in downtown Milwaukee from the west.

Closer to Menomonee Falls, it's pretty much all traditional suburban, even the parts that are inside of the modern-day City of Milwaukee (Milwaukee and Menomonee Falls annexed outward to meet each other at 124th St in the late 1950s). Prior to WWII, the 'old' Village of Menomonee Falls was a small independent urbanized blop, mushing into the metro area with the post-War big-lot sprawl style development of that time.

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Old June 3rd, 2012, 10:10 PM   #7208
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Commuting from the East Side or Third Ward to Menomonee Falls everyday would be a hassle in my opinion. It sounds nice but he will regret it in the winter or when gas prices spike again. I'm not saying it's THAT long of a drive but the layout of Milwaukee makes that drive more of a hassle for those two areas.

I would suggest Wauwatosa. It has alot of walkable areas, close to everything, and in general it's a nicer place to live than Milwaukee.
I would second this. 'Tosa has a lot of good walkable areas, some fantastic housing stock, and plenty to do on the weekends. It's my favorite Milwaukee suburb. The area immediately to the east of Wauwatosa in Milwaukee is pretty nice too; the Washington Heights neighborhood being the most hip and walkable of these.
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Old June 4th, 2012, 01:38 PM   #7209
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@SpiderMonkey This one is easy. East Side, East Town, maybe Bay View but the drive will be longer.

Tosa eh, better than many suburbs but would definitely not be my top choice.
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Old June 4th, 2012, 03:40 PM   #7210
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Thanks for all the info. I will pass it along to my brother. It's always good to get a local perspective before moving somewhere new.
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Old June 4th, 2012, 06:03 PM   #7211
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As for the "where to live" question - I reverse commute each day from the East Side to west side Tosa. Not as far as Menomonee Falls, but its about 15 minutes each way. I'd add on another 10 minutes for Menomonee Falls. Not bad at all, and generally traffic free (Brewers game days and Friday evenings can get a little congested on the way home).

As others have mentioned Wauwatosa would be a good option too. Downtown Tosa (State St and North Ave areas) is very walkable with plenty of restaurants and bars. The political leaning jehuty mentioned seems a bit skewed to me. I'd say "Old 'Tosa" (east of say, 84th st) is older, urban, and generally pretty left leaning.
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Old June 4th, 2012, 09:15 PM   #7212
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Thanks for all the info. I will pass it along to my brother. It's always good to get a local perspective before moving somewhere new.
Hi Spidermonkey. As you can see the people on this forum are enthusiastic and proud of Milwaukee, so this conversation will probably be going on long after your brother actually moves in. Here is my $.02: He may get a bit of a feel for some places via a local Milwaukee PBS show, "Around the Corner," which can be seen here online: http://www.mptv.org/localshows/around_the_corner/

John McGivern walks you through some of the highlights of various neighorhoods, including some of the ones already mentioned here, and then a local historian, John Gurda offers some historical backdrop info.
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Hi Spidermonkey. As you can see the people on this forum are enthusiastic and proud of Milwaukee, so this conversation will probably be going on long after your brother actually moves in. Here is my $.02: He may get a bit of a feel for some places via a local Milwaukee PBS show, "Around the Corner," which can be seen here online: http://www.mptv.org/localshows/around_the_corner/

John McGivern walks you through some of the highlights of various neighorhoods, including some of the ones already mentioned here, and then a local historian, John Gurda offers some historical backdrop info.
Great link, thanks. They were in town over the weekend and really like the lower eastside area. They will be back for a couple days later this week. I will be sure to send him the link to take a look at.
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Old June 5th, 2012, 07:53 AM   #7214
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the moderne in that picture looks absolutely amazing and i hope more buildings like that can happen and you know "fill the gap"
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Old June 5th, 2012, 07:55 AM   #7215
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Milwaukee Art Museum proposes fixes to War Memorial

The Milwaukee Art Museum has unveiled a proposed $15 million project that includes a plan to help restore the War Memorial Center and create a glassy new addition on the lakefront, an urban park and dramatic redesign of its galleries.

Museum officials say the plan is urgent because the War Memorial buildings, occupied by the museum, veterans groups and other organizations, have reached a "tipping point" in terms of disrepair. This puts the state's most visible monument to veterans, billions of dollars worth of art and one of the region's most architecturally significant buildings at risk, said Dan Keegan, the museum's director.....




Other pics wont show: http://www.jsonline.com/entertainmen...15.html?page=1 - Find them here!

It's a little too boxy for me, but the update and renovation are sorely needed! The War Memorial is embarrassing! It kind of looks like they'll paint it white too?
I think the expansion should look like its a half pyramid shape rising about a 6 story height.
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Old June 5th, 2012, 03:46 PM   #7216
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Some news tidbits...

Menomonee Falls buying land for office developments; Kohl's?By Tom Daykin of the Journal Sentinel
June 4, 2012


Menomonee Falls is set to buy two vacant parcels at Woodland Prime office park, where Kohl's Corp. has considered developing its new corporate headquarters.

The Village Board, at Monday night's meeting, will consider approving a purchase agreement for the parcels, which are 19 acres and 14.1 acres. The land would be sold by HRH Acquisitions LLC, an investment group led by Milwaukee developer Doug Weas...

http://www.jsonline.com/blogs/busine...dandspace.html


Investor buying partly completed Staybridge hotelBy Tom Daykin of the Journal Sentinel
June 1, 2012


An investor that owns the loan used to finance downtown Milwaukee's partly completed Staybridge Suites building has agreed to buy the property for $12.4 million.

2010-1 SFG Venture, an affiliate of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. and New York-based Square Mile Capital Management LLC, submitted that high bid Thursday night at a court-ordered auction of the 14-story building, at the southeast corner of N. Water St. and E. Juneau Ave., property receiver Seth Dizard said Friday morning...

http://www.jsonline.com/blogs/busine...dandspace.html


Trane moving office to Walker's Point from West AllisBy Tom Daykin of the Journal Sentinel
May 25, 2012


Trane Co. is moving its area sales office in June from West Allis to an office building in the Walker's Point neighborhood, south of downtown Milwaukee.

Trane is leasing around 15,000 square feet at 234 W. Florida St., said Bob Davis, Milwaukee area sales leader for the company, which makes heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems. Trane will move 48 employees from 11400 W. Theodore Trecker Way...

http://www.jsonline.com/blogs/busine...dandspace.html

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Some really disappointing stuff with Kohls, just hate thinking about what a loss it was fr Milwaukee to have them stay in MF.

Great news about the Staybridge though, it'll be interesting to see if they still try and attract a hotel to the building or if they convert it entirely into apartments.

Anyone hear anything on this?
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Congratulations on Governor Walker's reelection today.

Hopefully, Milwaukee--along with the rest of the Midwest--can develop itself prudently without placing any nonsensical Keynesian spending upon the taxpayers.
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Old June 6th, 2012, 04:07 PM   #7218
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Please don't feed the troll
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Old June 6th, 2012, 04:30 PM   #7219
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I was so close too. But hey, plus-side: there aren't any more political ads all over this site (and every other site I visit)!
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A Milwaukee County judge on Tuesday approved the $12.4 million sale of the downtown Milwaukee Staybridge Suites building, marking a major turning point in the 3-year-old lawsuit over the failed development.

http://www.bizjournals.com/milwaukee...oves-124m.html


The City of Milwaukee's city attorney has clarified a position about the Sydney Hih building, a 19th-century building under a raze order from the Department of Neighborhood Services.

As it turns out, a demolition permit was not issued, only applied for, before a group of people got together and petitioned to have the building designated historic. What this means is that the city may have to put the demolition on hold if the Historic Preservation Commission approves the designation.

http://www.jsonline.com/blogs/entert...rt=newestfirst


Hurray for the Staybridge Hotel!!! It can finally be completed and not be a blight on water street anymore. Making this buliding is a terrible idea and wouldnt work on that part of water st. A hotel has and does make the most sense here.

Booo for the Sydney Hih, kill the thing already. The only people that want it to stay have nostolgic feelings over the crappy building. It doesnt serve a purpose, doesn't look nice, and will eventually be torn down anyways. Get rid of it already!

On other news, does anybody know what is that construction that is going on at the pabst brewery site?
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