By Jeff Sherman Staff Writer Published Jul 02, 2008 at 9:45 PM

If I've heard it once, I've heard it a thousand times, "people outside of Milwaukee love Milwaukee more than many of us who live here."  I don't necessarily subscribe to this overused civic conversation point, but I do love to hear and read what others have to say about the city I love, Milwaukee.

The latest mainstream media example comes from the pages of in a piece called "Hear Harley's vroom in Milwaukee."

"Milwaukee Beer. If that's your first thought after hearing the word ‘Milwaukee,' you haven't been here lately," wrote Los Angeles Times reporter Susan Carpenter on July 1.  She opened,  "In the last decade, the country's 25th largest city has gone through such a massive revitalization that "cosmopolitan" is a more apt description than "blue collar."

Carpenter, the Los Angeles Times' first motorcycle columnist, came to town to check out the new Harley-Davidson museum which she said was "one of the most engaging" museums she has experienced. Along the way she also discovered our greater Downtown neighborhoods and several destinations.   Carpenter states "what I wasn't expecting was to be just as blown away by the city." She adds, "I'm still fantasizing about moving there."

Carpenter, by the way, is a 14-year motorcycle veteran and a former certified motorcycle instructor.  She joined the Times in 1998 as a features writer and has written about rock music, alternative culture and the Los Angeles motorcycle scene.

One of the many things that surprised her was "how easy it was to get around." Carpenter stated that, "in Los Angeles, it takes at least 30 minutes to get anywhere" while "in Milwaukee, it's about five."  Obviously, there's a huge population difference, but point taken.

She goes on to write about the "stylish twentysomethings" and says what I've (and many others) have believed for years that "Milwaukee seemed just as hip, progressive and clean as Seattle."

A UW-Madision graduate, Carpenter dined on Milwaukee Street and openingly wonders where the fat people were?  She writes, "I found dinner just a few doors down (from Hotel Metro) at Cubanitas, another place jammed with chic young 'uns who prefer fried plantains to cheese curds and stiff mojitos to Schlitz. About then, I started to wonder where I really was. Blame it on the mojito, but I didn't feel as though I was in Milwaukee. Where were all the overweight women in appliqued sweaters with bad perms? They certainly weren't downtown." 

She goes on to talk about the Milwaukee Art Museum, Old German Beer Hall and other destinations.  She raves about Milwaukee throughout the entire piece. 

In a second piece, Carpenter discusses just the Harley-Davidson Museum.  A third piece will post soon, it will detail her ride around the region.  


Jeff Sherman Staff Writer

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.

He also thinks you should read OnMilwaukee each and every day.