Response to the 2010 "Don't even think about it" p - 1/26/2014
I love these responses! Wish I had been aware of this sight when she was posting.
I think the $10.50 an hour job with a college degree might have something to do with a lack of spellchecking? (she used nickle and becuase several times) I've lived in Detroit, Chicago and now Milwaukee suburbs. We travel to the city often and maintain a residence there as well. I think the taxes could use some help and unless you live in “White folks Bay” or Shorewood, I would recommend private schools, but this isn't isolated to Milwaukee. Larger cities are all suffering from a school and services perspective right now. The bigotry piece isn’t unique to Milwaukee and its far worse in Chicago.
I do find it funny that she’s now in Texas and calling Milwaukee and suburbs bigoted with bad government.(unless she's living in Ausitn)
Milwaukee is no worse than most from an education\taxes standpoint and the parking rant, that’s big cities again, no difference.
It's better in some ways and no worse than most major cities today.
Art's entertainment and restaurants are wonderful here, and Summerfest is without question, one of the best of its kind in the country! People are relatively friendly and I've not been uncomfortable in any circumstances I've encountered in my 20+ years.
It's big enough, but still maintains a smallish vibe.
Quality of life in Milwaukee - 11/28/2013
Hey...These people who are complaining about Milwaukee...Whoaa...There's so much you're not aware of...
Milwaukee is a beautiful, clean city with excellent city services of sanitation, snow - removal, leaf - removal, garage pick - up, etc. The hospitals and clinics in the Milwaukee area are world - class: second - to - none. The city itself is very, very beautiful, with one of the most extensive and gorgeous park systems in the country. The parks are clean and huge. The lakefront is lovely and extends north and southward for hundreds of miles. There are many very nice neighborhoods in the city with old, charming homes which go quickly if they are on the market.
The city has had a rennaisance in the past 20 years because living in the suburbs has become so expensive. The city is filled with churches everywhere. The MIlwaukee Symphony Orchestra and( Milwaukee Symphony Chorus )is a world - class resident orchestra which you can go to see without any parking problems at all, like you would have in the dirty, crime - ridden city of CHicago. Milwaukee has a century - plus old department of forestry which plants trees everywhere and which plants beautiful flower gardens throughout the city boulevards in the summer.
The downtown area has many beautiful historic buildings which include businesses and residences. There is a historic mansion which serves as a music conservatory ( Wi Conservatory of Music.) The downtown is very clean and safe.
There are tons of ethnic restaurants throughout the city. We are lucky to have the beautiful Calatrava Art museum in Milwaukee. This is one of the most beautiful buildings in the world. The Art Museum curators get world - class exhibits of Renior, Rembrandt, Monet, etc., to come to the city. People come from all over the world to see these exhibits that we have here in Milwaukee.
Yes ... Milwaukee can get very cold...!
Yes... There are problems of crime but they tend to be in the African - American neighborhoods of the northside or in the Hispanic areas where there are gangs. There are many nice neighborhoods with no gangs. The African - American community leaders are working with others to help the situation but the community itself needs to repair itself. Because Milwaukee was a welfare magnet for so many years, problems with teen births and poverty have persisted even post - welfare.
There are some good schools (K - 12) in the Milwaukee area - both public and private. You have to talk to others to know which schools to send your kids to.
Yes ... Taxes in Milwaukee are too high... but because the city had residency requirements for all city workers until a few months ago, Milwaukee is not anything like a Detroit. Gov. Walker's Act 10 legislation has saved the state from bankruptcy and has made WI one of only 5 states in the USA that is "in the black."
There is a lot of community activism in Milwaukee and people continue to invest in homes and infrastructure of this old, historic city. Milwaukee is one of the most international cities on the planet. It has the most extensive bilingual and language - immersion schools in the nation. It was the first city to have school - choice ( vouchers) as an alternative to public - school education.
Miller Park is an incredible stadium which hosts the Milwaukee Brewers in their home - town. The Milwaukee Bucks play in the city downtown; there is an ice - skating facility ( Petit Center) which trains olympic atheletes.
Milwaukee has benefitted greatly from the philanthropy of several wealthy families.
Hey... I lived in other parts of the world, including NYC. If you want a noisy, dirty, expensive , over- populated city with all sorts of problems, go to NYC. The quality of living is MUCH higher in Milwaukee than it is in NYC or Chicago. Chicago is a noisy, dirty, over- populated concrete jungle which looks nothing like Milwaukee. ( It is only 90 miles from Milwaukee if you want to visit.) There are no trees on the streets in Chicago. The streets in Milwaukee are covered in trees everywhere. It is a totally green city.
I had a friend from Israel who came here to visit. He could not stop raving about how beautiful Milwaukee was.
I've lived in other cities in the US and in Europe. Believe me... I know a good city when I see it and Milwaukee fits the bill.
A happy Milwaukeean
There are some 14 or more universities in the city; Marquette and UW - Milwaukee are the 2 largest.
Crime is a problem in certain areas, but the crime rate of Milwaukee is still far below that of other major American cities.
Climate - 3/16/2013
Very Cold!!! BBBBBBBRRRRRRRRRRRRR[read more...]
Big City Living at Small Town Prices - 12/28/2012
Milwaukee is a reasonably priced place to live where there is a value on the quality of living. [read more...]
Climate - 12/13/2012
Cold & Snowy[read more...]
Parking Nazis - 8/4/2012
Watch out! Parking Nazis will make you feel very unwelcome if you move here,,,[read more...]
2 high security deposits - 6/1/2012
I just dont understand why our sec. dep. here are the same as rent !?!?!? Lots of other states i've noticed only charge $100 or $200 for sec. dep. !!!!!!!! Not fair[read more...]
Great Arts & Culture town - 1/25/2012
Lots of theatre, music and art venues.[read more...]
Cost - 1/16/2012
Too high. Looking at other cities, the comparison is amazing[read more...]
Still an underappreciated gem - 11/8/2011
When over half a million people live in a city it may be hard to call it underappreciated, but I think Milwaukee fits that bill. We lived in MIlwaukee 30 years ago, first in St Francis and then in the North Avenue/Farwell area. Recently we revisited, and marveled both at the improvements to the downtown and at the overall availability of parks, shops, good restaurants, and on and on. Good job, Milwaukee.[read more...]
cold - 8/22/2011
im a black man that has lived in wiscosin all my life and the weather here the best where else can you get four season in one day no where and fall is the best time around here i love snow im ready to relocate and the reason for that is becasue im board ive been to every thing here but im almost willing to stay if i cant find a place with the weather we have [read more...]
Specifics? - 1/8/2011
I tried posting this as a reply, but Sperling's seems to have a website problem. Regarding the two vociferously critical comments in Dec 2010: Two such hateful reviews make it very hard to take what you're saying to heart. In particular, could you give specific examples or links to stories to which you're referring when you mention the "child abuse" in public schools? We've lived in a fairly difficult city (Brooklyn, NY) for almost 20 years, and having been in Milwaukee twice in the past three years, I can't honestly say I've seen the things you talk about. I also know Madison pretty well, and it's always seemed, well, rather self-satisfied and overly idealistic. Bigots are everywhere--e.g., your comment about "insufferable yuppies"--but open minds may change the places they live. I appreciate other comments, however, that give specific feedback on specific issues--like the woman who talks about how difficult it was for her to meet an appropriate partner, or reasonable comparisons of the crime and long-term living compared to other American cities. [read more...]
Milwaukee: Don't Even Think About It - 12/28/2010
Perhaps the happiest moment I had in Milwaukee was the day I left and realized I would never have to return. Yes, it's that bad, and since our new governor is the former County Executive of this hole, we can expect him to drag the rest of Wisconsin down to Milwaukee's level.
First of all, the taxes in Milwaukee are so high they're crippling, and you don't get anywhere near what you pay for: the streets are in awful condition, snow removal is so-so, police often don't respond to calls, and the schools aren't schools in any sense of the word;, they actually border on child abuse. As for things like sewers, during heavy rains Lake Michigan is used as a septic tank. In fact, about all your taxes get you in Milwaukee are an army of parking checkers that nickle and dime people handing out tickets for some of the most arcane parking regulations in the nation. I understand that taxes are the price we pay for civilization, but Milwaukee rips off its residents
As for jobs, you can forget that too, unless you consider working as a temp for $10.50 a great opportunity. Bettering and educating yourself is almost frowned upon and won't be appreciated by your employer.
In sum, this is what we have in Milwaukee: a miserable, overpriced, crime-ridden city surrounded by dull, bigoted suburbs. I wouldn't send my worst enemy or an unwanted dog to this city.[read more...]
Don't Even Consider Milwaukee - 12/28/2010
As a former resident of Milwaukee, I cringed when I saw that my two choices for governor were two Milwaukee politicians becuase I fled that huge bucket of FAIL years ago.
Why am I so hard on Milwaukee? I think the question should be why am I not harder on the place? As the years went by, I pretty much discovered that even when I got a degree my job prospects would more or less consist of working as a temp for $11 an hour out in New Berlin. And even if I got a decent paying job that allowed me to utilize my skills, my housing choices would consist of a) enclaves on the far eastern end of the city populated by insufferable yuppies, b) dysfunctional crime ridden neighborhoods, or c) dull, overpriced suburbs full of bigots.
Making matters worse are the taxes. I understand that taxes are the price one pays for civilization, and though Milwaukee's are some of the highest in the nation you don't get anything approaching civilization. While the city is begging for money to fix its useless schools and can't answer police calls in a timely fashion, they have plenty of money to hire parking checkers to nickle and dime people enforcing some of the most arcane, useless parking regulations in the nation. In fact, if they put the same energy in crime prevention and economic development they do in handing out parking tickets, Milwaukee could be a decent place. But they won't, becuase they only care about shaking the residents down and hoping they don't find a decent city to live in.
And the suburbs? The taxes aren't much better, and they're populated by frightened soccer moms and whimpering bigots.
Living in Madison, which is admitedly somewhat overrated at times, we at least have the hope of better times and elected officials that care about the people that they serve. Milwaukee has none of those things. And now that one of their fearless leaders is governor, I fear for the future of this state.[read more...]
Going to church twice per week - 11/7/2010
I have four non-denom Christians in my household, all with different backgrounds[read more...]
LIVING IN THE CITY! - 9/18/2010
Milwaukee is a not a wonderful place to live, the crime here is treacherous, dangerous and outstanding, racial profiling plays a lot of part to it, jobs are scarce, and every big company is leaving Milwaukee, even Harley Davidson.[read more...]
The people - 9/13/2010
Midwestern, blue collar attitudes prevail here in Milwaukee. Hard to break in and get to know people if you are not from here. Milwaukee people definitely work hard and enjoy beer and cheese. The city has a lot of potential with many cultural opportunities. . . just think the city would benefit from a more welcoming attitude towards newcomers---it lacks energy and enthusiasm as a whole. [read more...]
PRICEY, DUMPY HOUSING, BEIRUT-LIKE STREETS; GORGEO - 8/23/2010
After 22 years of living in various parts of Milwaukee, last but not least, the ever-expensive village of Shorewood, I felt I had no other reasonable financial choice but to leave and move south. The downtown is gorgeous and happening; the city is situated idyllically on the gorgeous lake, BUT, this all comes at a huge price tag, in my opinion. Expect to easily be charged $1100 per month to live in a 2 bedroom run-down dump, not including heating costs. Should you be fortunate enough, or shall I say, ignorant enough, to pay $2,000 per month and up, you will then be one of the few privileged to live in a decent home. And no good and honest review would leave out the road and street conditions, and let me say from many years of personal experience and a very large dent in my bank account, not to mention my vehicle; BEWARE, and stash away loads of cash to shell out each year for the wear and tear that the Beirut-like street conditions will do to your vehicle, should you not be lucky enough to be married to a mechanic. You won't believe it until you drive it. And for that matter, if you're a bicyclist as I am, these degraded street conditions apply to that mode of transportation as well. Even walking, my foot has been caught in a pothole, sometimes twisting my ankle. I swear, no matter what mode of transportation I enlisted, I consumed more time concerned with looking down at the ground than looking upon the view ahead. You really must wonder why an area with CRIPPLING property taxes have streets that will literally eat your mode of transport alive. What is the money being used for? On another depressing note, be prepared to have to drive through the start, or end, however you want to look at it, ghetto in order to access the expressway; such joys, or should I say horrors. I cannot tell you how many lawbreaking ghetto inhabitants almost smashed my car to bits as I was simply just trying to drive down the street to the expressway. IF you've got a lot of money, and I mean a lot, and you don't mind paying excessive amounts of rent, mortgage, and/or property taxes, and a combination thereof, because let's face the truth, even we renters are paying the property owner's taxes, then you'll probably live a great life there, because it really is a gorgeous place. I miss it there, maybe always will, because it was my home, but at the end of the day and at age 41, I had to face the reality that I could have SO much more when it came to housing and clean roads if I just moved south. I have voted for the Democratic Party my entire life, and intend to always (or a third party), but I must admit, after a century with Milwaukee being dominated by Democrats, I really am angry and disillusioned at the rather egotistical attitude of this decaying city forcing its residents no choice but to be charged luxury prices for substandard housing. I feel the place took far more from me than it gave back. And on a final note, if you're a woman in your 30's and interested in finding a significant other, whatever you do, steer clear of Milwaukee. It's a town built on the transient college crowd; they come then leave; good luck finding intelligent and good looking marriage material. I am an attractive, intellectual female, and take it from me, don't waste your time with blinders on as I did; settle elsewhere. [read more...]
cost of living - 8/9/2010
amazing cost of living in a city not far from chicago. easy access to chicago and madison. lots of safe areas. not much in the way of a singles nightlife compared to nyc or chicago, but plenty to do nonetheless.[read more...]
Milwaukee is just fine - 7/21/2010
I am an African-American who lived in Milwaukee and continues to visit family in Milwaukee.
In response to criticisms about the housing in Milwaukee:
There are many beautiful and decent homes throughout the entire city-you do not need to leave the city to find a beautiful or decent home. Milwaukee has a lot of homes with their own character and style. There is not a lot of cookie-cutter homes in Milwaukee.
In response to the complaints about violence in the community:
What mid-size or major city doesn't struggle with violence and crime? If you want to live in an urban area, that is a given no matter where you go in the U.S. To add, Milwaukee has many residential areas within city limits that are not crime ridden and violent. Do your homework and you will find out.
In response to the segregation commentary:
I have lived and visited many cities--I can say, with confidence, that absolutely no city is immune to segregation and racism. All cities and towns have a serious problem with it. It is ridiculous to nit-pick.
To add, Milwaukee is one of the few cities that has many grassroots community leaders who are people of color who work tirelessly to improve the economic, political, social, and educational situation of their people. Also, the people of color in Milwaukee make a real effort to celebrate their respective cultures.
Furthermore, unlike some people who commented on this board. I do not rate my quality of life as an African-American based on being able to socialize, date, or live with White people. I do not use White people as my barometer of success. What is more important to me is making sure that we as African Americans can improve our relations with each other. To make sure that we can come together as one to empower ourselves economically, politically, and socially. That should be are number one concern. Look, White people are human beings just like everyone else. They eat, sleep, have sex, use the bathroom, and die just like everyone else. They have their faults and own issues that permeate throughout their communities. I do not care what their opinion is of me. As long as they treat me with respect and stay out of my way of accomplishing my dreams and goals, I am good.
By the way, I do have friends from Milwaukee, who are White, and we have a good time. This leads me to inform many of you that there are a considerable amount of White people in Milwaukee who are very socially conscious and work to improve the quality of life of all people in the city and who are environmental activists. As a matter of fact, the city itself could be viewed as a liberal and democratic city. Contrary to popular belief, there are mixed income and culturally mixed neighborhoods in Milwaukee. There is even inter ethnic couplings.
Other good points about Milwaukee
1. Beautiful natural spaces; a lot of parks
2. Many plays and concerts you can go to
3. The summers are spectacular with many free community events, street
festivals, and, of course, the Summerfest and all the other ethnic fests.
4. For African-Americans are the following:
1. The Black Pages (Black version of the Yellow pages)
2. Black Newspaper
3. Dance company
4. Business and Political Associations
5. Celebration of Juneteenth Day
6. African-World Festival
7. African and African centered schools for Black children
8. Revitalization of the Black business district known as Bronzeville
The list goes on.
Whew! I'm tired. Just do your research and make the decision for yourself.
I will admit that the weather sucks. This is not a place for people who love a mild climate. Hate the snow.[read more...]