100 things that suck about Milwaukee
We're a glass half full group of folks over here at OnMilwaukee.com. We love Milwaukee and we rarely have any trouble telling you why. Check out our multiple 100 things to do in Milwaukee lists for proof of that.
But we live and work and play here, too -- just like you -- and so it's only natural that we have our pet peeves about our beloved hometown.
That being said, here are some of those gripes -- in no particular order -- and we know we don't have to tell you that you oughta comment on them and add your own using the Talkback feature at the bottom.
- Only three domes
- Winter weather
- Complaining about winter weather
- Too many Milwaukeeans affected by poverty
- Only second most relaxed city
- 9 p.m. booze buying cutoff time
- Sinkhole ate my SUV
- Housing market crash hampered Downtown housing boom
- Edison Street red light district replaced by condos and parking
- Seemingly arbitrary parking rules appear designed as back door route to revenue
- No Downtown movie theaters
- Smoking outside a bar in January
- We want our Downer Avenue popcorn wagon back!
- Bronze Fonz just stands there; not animatronic
- Milwaukee Packers games now a distant memory
- Decline of Grand Avenue mall
- O'Donnell Park catastrophe
- Lack of light rail
- One of the most segregated cities
- Little Park East development
- Aging Hoan Bridge
- Only 11 days of Summerfest
- Absence of World Series trophies
- Failure of the Pabst City entertainment district plan
- Slow to embrace new ideas
- No city-wide Oktoberfest
- One-way streets Downtown
- One company owns newspaper, two radio stations and one TV station
- Speed limit too low on Lake Parkway
- Too few indie bookshops
- No more winter equivalent of Summerfest
- Two hour drive to IKEA
- Water quality of local rivers
- Overcoverage of Packers, weather
- No Guinness at Irish Fest
- Freeway on-ramps that quickly become off-ramps
- Little county/city cooperation
- Inferiority complex to Chicago and other cities
- Bernie's chalet has no beer
- No political balance on talk radio
- Dustin Diamond among our biggest local celebrities
- Too many surface parking lots Downtown
- No Major League Soccer franchise
- Still not bike friendly enough
- Property taxes too high
- Too few record shops
- City magazines run by or aimed at aged suburbanites
- Limited recycling program
- No subway, though plenty of Subways (which don't suck)
- Not enough venues for local musicians
- No real dim sum experience in town
- Homer Simpson sign keeps getting taken down
- Lack of snow plowing in alleys
- No year-round trolley
- Daily paper's annoying ad drop on our porches
- Nasty smells in the Valley, Bay View and Walker's Point
- No longer world's brewhouse
- Too few vegan options
- Loss of small theater groups
- 100 percent less Pizza Man
- Still hooked on Oriental Drugs, but no way to get fix
- Too much water in our basements
- Sewage releases into the lake
- Budget cuts affecting Milwaukee County Parks
- Polaris has stopped spinning on a regular basis
- Can't hail a cab
- Prospect Mall is an eyesore
- No Chinatown and, therefore, no Chinese New Year parade
- Milwaukeeans overly thrifty
- Lack of multi-lingual signage for international tourists
- Can't shake old stereotypes of Milwaukee
- Seagull poop
- Zoo closes too early
- High drop-out rate among students
- Observation deck closed at US Bank building
- Only a few neighborhoods offer retail and dining amenities
- Too many failed city marketing slogans
- "Urban renewal" erased much of the old Third Ward; new development was slow to come
- Most old movie palaces razed or shuttered
- Have you seen the city flag?!
- Inability to navigate roundabouts
- Airport not especially international
- Too close to keep Cubs fans away, but also too close to get them to stay overnight and pump money into our economy
- Only one local band signed to Sub Pop
- Riverwest currency not legal tender in Halyard Park, Harambee
- Walker's Point rebranded by realtors as Fifth Ward
- 30 mph speed limit on Lincoln Memorial Drive
- Not enough Downtown gas stations
- Smell of dead alewives on the beach
- Replacing all-caps street signs is an expensive pain in the butt
- No Downtown stadium
- Limited library hours
- Local a.m. TV shows lack verve
- Too many uncontrolled intersections
- Great bands often sound bad at some local venues
- Still sad about the closing of the natatoriums
- Where's our Chinese mall, dammit?
- Too many creepy Dick Bacon clones at Bradford Beach
- Still devastated by Al Jarreau's decision to move away
I see a lot of speed limit rants. How about changing one either 1. 99% of people slow down rush hour speeds to either look at crash, a cop car stationary or pulled someone over, or even a car parked on the OTHER side of any HWY. 2. The complete lack of common sense or curtosy to allow people to merge or to get out of the damn right hand lane unless you intend on getting off the HWY. The Marquette interchange is especially bad during rush hour. Two lanes of cars that refuse to let people merge filled with drivers that have no intention of exiting the freeway. I swear you just need to pay the fee to get a DL these days.
You forgot to include the number one thing that sucks... "people who always complain that we have no light rail". I lived in Portland and light rail IS NOT what makes it a great place to live. I am not saying that their light rail is a negative but it is not their silver bullet and even their ridership projections were way too high when it debuted. . The ocean and mountains each being an hour away and mild weather have a lot to do with their quality of life. I go out of town for business 40 weeks of the year and MKE stacks up agaisnt virtually every city of a similar size. It is also no more segregated than most cities I visit. I like MKE and somehow it is a good place to be despite terrible leadership and terrible schools.
You are spot on atomhammer. I just spent time in Portland, a city of similar population size and laid-back attitude. But the difference between MKE and PDX is stark, mainly due to an incredible light rail and streetcar system that completely changes the way people move through the city. You can fly to their airport, hop on light rail, and arrive downtown with plenty of other transit options at your disposal. The trains were routinely packed, a joy to ride, and cheap (Milwaukeeans should love that aspect if nothing else). Our streetcar can't come fast enough. I only wish they could build the extension lines simultaneously. Nice list Onmilwaukee. You raised almost every issue I could think of.
You forgot to mention the Christmas lights in the parks. Spending 5 minutes on throwing a single strand of lights on some tree branches and putting up some cheap looking lighted characters (some of which have nothing to do with the holidays, ex. a unicorn) in the parks should not be something we're proud of. I'm embarassed to say that Dallas does a much beter job with their holiday lights than us...actually most small towns do better than MKE. Maybe instead of setting off fireworks every year to mark turning on the lights, spend that money on some nicer displays and workers who will actually take pride in their work when setting the lights up. Seriously, what a joke MKE.
Milwaukee will never be taken seriously by international business or investors until they invest in a rail system for commuters and regional economic interests. Milwaukee is now TWO generations behind cities all over America, Europe, and East Asia. We will never attract serious international investment as long as we remain separated from the Madison and Chicago and Fox Valley economic regions. Only rail can do this, and it requires us to spend money. As long as conservative suburbanites drive our economic policy, we're screwed.
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