UWM Master Plan presentation: Buzzword compliance at its finest

While listening to the presentation from Hammel, Green and Abrahamson, Inc. about the latest iteration of UWM’s master plan, I was struck by their masterful use of language to thoughtfully evade any semblance of providing an effective answer to questions from the audience. It reminded me of an ideologically reversed version of my “communist revolutionary” shtick that had been given a giant dose of Valium and a lesson in the synergization of antipolemic conversation nodules. And so on.

Their presentation emphasized using the city’s grid design, city and county transit, and urban restoration. Having the university in the city was a big point as well. All of these would combine to sweep the future UWM students through social learning environments and re-envision the urban diorama to channel student enthusiasm for their environment…

It all sounded fine. But when it came time for the brief Q&A, an overwhelming theme was, Why are you going to buy the county grounds when there’s so much space and real need for development in the city?

Alas, their committee was not prepared to answer that.

Nor are they the ones making the final decisions on these matters. Who is that, exactly? Who’s driving the push to have an engineering grad school in Wauwatosa? Who would benefit from it? The city would not. Is there someone who would gain monetarily from it? We don’t know. We need to know.

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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.

4 thoughts on “UWM Master Plan presentation: Buzzword compliance at its finest”

  1. I Googled “conversation nodules” and this post, this actual post, was the only hit.

    So, could you break down “synergization of antipolemic conversation nodules” for those of us with withering brain cells?

    Meanwhile, and maybe this is just my undereducated brain, do these grad students only take engineering classes? Would this restrict them from taking other classes that would be located where they are now? What about social life? Part time jobs?

    1. Hi Kay,

      Sorry for the slow reply! The “synergization of antipolemic conversation nodules” is a term of my own invention that is designed to needlessly obfuscate otherwise useful and relevant commentary.

      er, right, sorry. Let’s break it down bit by bit.

      Synergization: Creating a commonality between two objects or forces.

      Antipolemic: A polemic, according tothefreedictionary.com, is “A controversial argument, especially one refuting or attacking a specific opinion or doctrine.” So an antipolemic would be something intended to defuse such a statement or argument. In other words, cooling someone’s jets. Or deflecting them in such a way that they can’t tell what the heck you just said.

      Last, “conversation nodules” is my ringing whopper… it’s a saccharine-coated term for people speaking and asking questions. May be suitable for use by consulting companies!

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