Visiting the lovely city of Boulder, Colorado this weekend, i was struck at how alive the pedestrian mall on Pearl Street feels. Especially on this Friday evening, it seemed to have thrice the number of showmen and passers-by all striving to see or be seen, or just to take in the fair air. Naturally, this made me wonder, where in Milwaukee could we have an open air pedestrian mall? Perhaps one that was a street, but has since been reclaimed and remade into an area for people to walk, not drive. Some possible places that leap to mind:
1) Mitchell Street, in the heart of the Polish-Hispanic neighborhood.
2) A street near to KK in Bay View.
3) W. Hopkins Street between Chambers and Locust Streets.
4) Walnut, MLK, and 6th Streets.
The area would obviously be a massive B.I.D. (Business Improvement District) and many changes of infrastructure would be needed to make it accessible to people, appealing to artists and performers, etc. But it’s a great way to revive an otherwise comatose part of a city. What do you say? Why not?