I beg to differ with its inclusion, but Milwaukee's made another national list. But, oddly CNBC.com putting Milwaukee on its "20 Cities You Don't Want to Live In ... Yet" list has more positive news about our amazing city than negative.
It outlines each entry with bad, good and recovery. Here's what the site said about Milwaukee:
The Bad: Milwaukee made the list because of its poor school performance and above-average crime rates, according to city-data.com. The city has struggled to boost job creation despite tax incentives across the state.
The Good: The city has transformed itself from an industrial center to a diversified city with financial services and healthcare among its biggest industries. It's home to several companies including Northwestern Mutual, Kohl's and Harley-Davidson, and more than a dozen universities. Plus, it's undergone a revitalization and has many cultural and outdoor activities. It's a nice place to live, with "diverse, colorful neighborhoods with strong civic pride," Sperling said, adding that it's also very affordable.
The Recovery: Unemployment is at 7.3 percent, down from 8.4 percent last August, though hiring hasn't picked up significantly and the real estate market remains sluggish. The manufacturing sector is showing signs of recovery and a solar-production facility recently opened up here, which along with the other industries, should help the economy."
Whatever, CNBC. I don't watch your channel, so if you don't want to live in our fine city, no problem. Sure we face some challenges, as all cities do, but all in all Milwaukee rocks. You do state that you don't want to live here "yet," so we'll always welcome you with open arms when you change your mind. We're that kind of city.
Other cities on the list? Baltimore, Detroit, St. Louis, Cleveland, Memphis Indianapolis and more. See the entire list here.
A life-long and passionate community leader and Milwaukeean, Jeff Sherman is a co-founder of OnMilwaukee.
He grew up in Wauwatosa and graduated from Marquette University, as a Warrior. He holds an MBA from Cardinal Stritch University, and is the founding president of Young Professionals of Milwaukee (YPM)/Fuel Milwaukee.
Early in his career, Sherman was one of youngest members of the Greater Milwaukee Committee, and currently is involved in numerous civic and community groups - including board positions at The Wisconsin Center District, Wisconsin Club and Marcus Center for the Performing Arts. He's honored to have been named to The Business Journal's "30 under 30" and Milwaukee Magazine's "35 under 35" lists.
He owns a condo in Downtown and lives in greater Milwaukee with his wife Stephanie, his son, Jake, and daughter Pierce. He's a political, music, sports and news junkie and thinks, for what it's worth, that all new movies should be released in theaters, on demand, online and on DVD simultaneously.
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