According to OnMilwaukee.com, the many-acre site that was once home to one of Milwaukee’s biggest breweries is now becoming a veritable neighborhood. There’s a lot of adjectival phrases that are easy to circumscribe this site with, most of which include the word “abandoned.” For that’s what the former Pabst Brewery site once was. When the brewing company moved in 1996 from its original home here in Milwaukee to wherever they went (I don’t drink Pabst, nor do I know to where), the site sat vacant, a relic of a bygone era, literally bypassed by the sprawling I-94 freeway, forgotton by most of the suburban night-dwellers that crawl past it every day as they leave work.
But now, thanks in large part to the work of property developer and Milwaukee philanthropist Joseph J. Zilber, the former brewery will now be known as the Brewery Neighborhood. I sincerely hope that the incoming residential and business tenants are able to make this new neighborhood shine, and that it breathes life into the heart of Milwaukee, our city of neighborhoods.