Social Circle: What's your favorite neighborhood?
Welcome to a weekly segment called "Social Circle." It's a group effort between readers, social networkers and the OnMilwaukee.com editors. Every Monday, we ask a question via Facebook and Twitter and then post the responses from our Facebook "likers" and Twitter followers in this column. Well-known Milwaukee movers and shakers will contribute, too.
Neighborhood pride runs deep in Milwaukee, so this week, it was fun to ask the Social Circle which 'hood is their favorite. Interestingly, we did not require that it be a Milwaukee neighborhood, but every responder except one picked a local one.
In general, the responses were many and impassioned. Enjoy. Add your neighborhood of choice via the Talkback feature.
Anthony Garrison: "Brady Street area."
Jim Harris: "Juneau Town. Because it's where we live."
Daniel Hinz: "Oakland Chinatown. So many great chicken and waffle joints."
Juli Kaufmann: "Walker's Point, with all of its warts. It's love, hate, mostly love for me."
Shelly La Londe: "Bay View, the people are great neighbors and supportive of their local businesses."
Claudine Lienau: "Riverwest! It is an old-fashioned neighborhood where we know our neighbors. We shovel each other's sidewalks and borrow a cup of sugar. Art Bar is the best and we have lots of great restaurants and shops. We have an active neighborhood association, diverse people and diverse housing stock. It's a great place to live!"
Lisa Malmarowski: "I love my Vliet Street 'hood, Washington Heights, but I must admit I still miss Shorewood."
Daniel Nathan: "Bay View because I live there. I can walk my dog and play hockey at Humboldt Park, grab a chicken sandwich with gumbo at Palomino, or a bowl of pho at Hue. Grab a beer at Down and Over or Burnhearts. Play shows at Garibaldi. Breakfast burrito and a smoothie at Outpost. Get a haircut at Jose's. Shoot the sh*t at Rush-mor, and they also have the best Target on Chase."
Kathy Nichols: "Bay View. It has all kinds of cute little shops, coffee shops and live music venues and is a relatively safe neighborhood."
Kimberly Rykowski Pedersen: "Cedarburg. Obvious reasons."
Dan Pfeifer: "It used to be the Third Ward until the Milwaukee Ale House did away with swing dancing on Tuesday nights. I give 10 years' worth of weekly business, (and) they kick it to the curb. The one I now miss driving by every day is the Valley, oddly enough, simply because of the ballpark. Since I moved to Greenfield this fall, I don't get to drive by the ballpark as much as I used to. I miss seeing Miller Park every day."
Clive Promhows: "Walker's Point, it's the only place where sh*t is going down."
Elysabeth Reichman: "I love my neighborhood in Tosa, but I have to stay true to my South Side roots and say Bay View."
Ron Renken: "Old World Third (Street). Last bastion of European / German heritage, even if it is pseudo-historic."
Jen Skladanek: "Riverwest! We have a huge sense of community with many goings on throughout the year. And yes! I am biased, also!"
Anna Spankowski: "Bay WOO!"
Chester Steve: "Riverwest. It's the most racially and economically diverse neighborhood in Milwaukee. Co-op incubator. Sunrise. RW24. Gave Gov. Walker such a grand reception last year he won't be back. Flavorcycle. First and last festival every summer. Public House. Currents. Wu-Tang Park. Power Down 4th of July."
Leigh Ann Tatnall: "Tosa Village: a grown-up Brady Street."
Chris Van Meter: "Third Ward. It's all here."
Carrie Wisniewski: "This is a tough one! I'm going with Walker's Point though. WP has grown so significantly in the past six years that I've lived here. And not just in terms of number of businesses, but quality of businesses. Additionally, I feel that as a neighborhood, we do an excellent job of working together to make it safer and more well-rounded. And the businesses in WP work together so often for events, charities and community outreach. I'm definitely biased!"
Matthew Kevin Wytch: "Franklin Place / Brady Street area."
Downer Ave Area. The highest walkability rating in the city. Close to Bradford Beach, Lake Park and The Urban Ecology Center. Home to the to four great restaurants,soon to be five. And though I don't live in one of them, I live close to some of the most beautiful historic homes in the city.
Walker's Point no doubt is the best, not too popular and trendy like Brady st but just the best area in the city!
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