I somehow keep hoping against hope for something wonderful to happen at Grand Avenue, or whatever they are calling it now.Â But my hopes keep getting dashed.
Thursday night, I reviewed "Who Killed Santa" at the Underground Collaborative, a great creative space under T. J. Maxx in the Grand Avenue.
I was early so I pulled into the parking lot around 6 for the 7:30 show. I went to Jake's for a pastrami and swiss on rye. The guy behind the counter stamped my parking ticket.
I went to the show and got out about 9:30. I got to my car and drove out, only to be blocked at the parking gate.
"Pay first," this disembodied voice announced. I looked at the machine. Ten dollars. I mean TEN DOLLARS. On a frigid Thursday night. The attendant showed up and said that my stamp didnâ€™t mean crap since I had been there over three hours.
I paid the TEN DOLLARS and wondered again if they try to make visiting Downtown and the Not-So-Grand Avenue difficult or if it just happens naturally.
TEN FRIGGINâ€™ DOLLARS. On a Thursday night.
PaulK - To answer your question, the few stores left in the Grand Ave don't cater to the people living in high-price apartments and condos in downtown. People living downtown go to the 3rd ward or Bayshore to shop. With the exception of the food court, the entire mall should be over-hauled into something completely new (apartments, Target store, Beer Hall, etc).
Downtown Shoppa: Yes, and people get the message and don't shop there -- at least if they need to park. But what about people living downtown? Why doesn't the Grand Avenue Mall attract more downtown residents? I'd like to hear what people think.
Downtown Shoppa | Jan. 9, 2014 at 8:30 a.m. (report)
Posted or not posted the fees basically say, "thank you for not shopping here."
Everyone will agree that this space is completely underutilized. I think most of the Westown could use an influx of business and foot/car traffic, and cheap parking could help. However, this article hides the fact that you didn't see notices that are plastered all over the place about how the parking fees work. There are signs at the parking ramp, as well as inside the mall.
So, what's the gripe?
Show me the other 2 Talkbacks
7 comments about this article.
Post your comment/review now
Disclaimer: Please note that Facebook comments are posted through Facebook and cannot be approved, edited or declined by OnMilwaukee.com. The opinions expressed in Facebook comments do not necessarily reflect those of OnMilwaukee.com or its staff.
Recent Articles & Blogs by Dave Begel
Published Feb. 26, 2015
After losing a half-million-dollar judgement, the City of Milwaukee is looking at ways to avoid paying the money. One of the solutions being explored is granting Silk a license in exchange for dropping the lawsuit.
Published Feb. 24, 2015
Sports movies are among the greatest films ever made, so what better time to list the top 14 sports movies of all time than right after the Oscars?
Published Feb. 20, 2015
"God of Carnage" is a biting comedy about two couples who turn from civilized to animals before our very eyes. But when two of the actors can't remember their lines, the evening turns out to be a real dud.
Published Feb. 19, 2015
The owners Silk Exotic today won a big victory in federal court as a jury awarded them a judgement of almost half a million dollars for revenue lost because the city would not grant them a license for a Downtown strip club.
Published Feb. 19, 2015
Domestic violence is something that most of us think doesn't touch those close to us. But in fact this familial violence cuts across all economic, social, geographic and ethnic boundaries.
Published Feb. 17, 2015
Bo Ryan has been coaching for 30 years in Wisconsin and he's had success wherever he's been. What's more, he's done it with a unique coaching style that features a deliberate offense and a tenacious defense that has the Badgers ranked among the best teams in the country.
Published Feb. 15, 2015
"Bare: A Pop Opera" is a play that seems to have some potential. But when you actually see it, the story seems so dated that it's hard to grab onto the message.
Published Feb. 14, 2015
"The Amish Project" is a play about a murderous shooting in a one-room schoolhouse that took place in 2006. The message behind the play is the incredible sense of forgiveness of the community that had been so victimized. It makes you wonder how each of us would react.
Published Feb. 12, 2015
Scott Walker is busy running for president and that campaign means he's got to curry favor with rich guys. Sheldon Adelson, the casino emperor, is a rich guy who hates the idea of a casino in Kenosha. And Governor Walker is trying to keep this guy happy.
Published Feb. 10, 2015
He's 39 years old and shot an 82 just a week ago. Tiger Woods seems worn out, by injury, the spotlight, the scandals and the constant coaching changes that resulted in swing changes. It may well be that we have just about seen the last of him.