It wasn't long ago that Milwaukee never made any "top city" lists. Now, there are new lists published nearly every month and Milwaukee usually ranks pretty well.
In July, Forbes.com ranked Milwaukee as the ninth best city in its "Best Cities For Young Professionals" list. City lists have become the backbone of that site as its staff cranks out rankings and lists for about everything and anything.
This month, Forbes.com has another one -- a follow up to its 2006 "Best Places to be Single" rank. Milwaukee, once again, lands in the top 30. But, oddly, we fall 13 spots from our 2006 rank of 17.
"Hotlanta" blazes the trail at No. 1 while San Francisco, Dallas, Minneapolis, Washington D.C., Seattle, Boston, New York City, Orlando, Phoenix and Chicago round out the top 10.
Milwaukee, with nearly 28 percent of our population not married, beat out cities like Cleveland, Memphis and Jacksonville. Brew City scored very well in cost of living but dead last, sadly, in job growth.
The Web site, did a love-based feature blurb for each city. It wrote this about Miltown:
"Elizabeth Plankinton, a wealthy Milwaukee socialite, fell for sculptor Richard Hamilton Park after commissioning him to make a statue. They became engaged, and around 1890 Elizabeth's father built them a magnificent mansion as a wedding gift, on what later became Wisconsin Avenue. Before they could wed, Richard ran away with a dancer. Plankinton was so upset that she never set foot in the house again."
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.