JS: “UWM drops plan to put freshwater school at lakefront site”

Though I disagree with UWM Chancellor Santiago’s vision of a widely dispersed university, parts of which lay outside of Milwaukee, I have to agree that a school of freshwater studies should be by our Great Lake. However, I had a problem with the proposed location of the site of the former Pieces of Eight restaurant. UWM recently withdrew its proposal to build the school at that location. My main concern was having that particular location as a major stopping point for traffic. It strikes me as a poor idea to have any great amount of traffic trying to turn off the road right at the intersection of major highways. The traffic there doesn’t like to stop unless it has to.

May politely suggest that the abundant lakefront land on the south edge of the Milwaukee Bay be thoroughly explored as a possible location? The area between National Ave. and Greenfield Ave and east of S. First St. would be a terrific spot. The area needs cleanup and redevelopment, but it would enliven a sleepy part of Milwaukee’s near south side, and could be beautified to make it a desirable place to visit. No, it would not be next to the Discovery World Museum or the breathtaking Calatrava. But it’s a much more approachable, and probably available area. UWM has nothing to lose by focusing on what is better in the long run.

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Author: Jason Haas

Jason is an elected member of the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors, occasionally moonlights as an amateur gardener, and is a proud father of two, or three, depending on how you do the math.