Over the years, many people have remarked that most Milwaukeeans don't dance at live music venues. Is this a Brew City myth or the truth? Do people dance more in other cities?
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Last week's question: What was the best or worst part about moving to Milwaukee?
Take it from a girl from South Bend, Indiana -- there is a lot to do here. I have now lived here a year and still have yet to take in all of what Milwaukee has to offer, like The Bayou" Cajun restaurant on Humboldt, the night life on Brady and Water Streets, Summerfest, beaches, Bay View's farmers' market, shopping, Young Professionals of Milwaukee (YPM), career opportunities, kickball leagues, Miller Brewing tour, "The Knick" breakfasts, the Milwaukee river, the wine and appetizers at Swig on Water Street, the laid back attitude of the city, the Landmark Oriental Theater, and the close proximity to Chicago. Seriously, what's not to like? Well, the weather of course, but that's just geography.
The worst thing about moving to Milwaukee is the general attitude of people here. No one demands better of themselves or others. Establishments with horrible customer service continue to stay in business because people here just accept it. Ideas like Pabst City are quickly shot down by the lazy business owners who know that if the something does come to Milwaukee that "raises the bar" they will have to work to survive. It seems everybody is happy just keeping the status quo. After living in Chicago and Columbus for several years, I have seen how cities and its people work to make their city and lives better. No one has that drive here.
When I first moved to Milwaukee four years ago, I was probably one of the only people living here that was actually STARTLED by the size of our humble M-Town. Coming from a town of 600 people on the West Coast, it seemed absurd that people wouldn't apologize when they oh-so-rudely bump into you on the street. And rarely are you shot the grateful wave when you allow traffic to cut in front of you on 94, and rounds of shots are almost never bought for strangers in a bar. Only in recent months do I realize that people don't apologize on the street because their lips are frozen shut from the cold, people don't wave for allowing them to enter in the lane in front of you because they are too concerned with the car in front of them "brake-checking" and rounds of shots aren't randomly purchased because a single shot costs far more then the small town mentality of $2 each.
I am a "reborn" Milwaukeean. Moving back from Chicago, the biggest obstacle I faced was finding the great bar/restaurant deals. On the flip side, I think that everything about Milwaukee is welcoming. From the ability (gasp) to actually find parking Downtown, to the variety in arts and outdoor activities, to the general laid-back attitude of the residents, Milwaukee is the most welcoming city I have ever been to.
Kristin B. Godfrey
I moved to Milwaukee from Pembroke Pines, Fla. (near Ft. Lauderdale) a little more than three years ago. I have had multiple opportunities to move back home or anywhere else for that matter, but I've stayed. I like Milwaukee for a lot of reasons. It is a small enough "big city." There is plenty to do, and I love the lakefront and all the good local coffee roasters the city offers. My biggest obstacle has also been my greatest success. It is easy to meet people here. Milwaukeeans are friendly and nice, however, I think it's been harder to really make friends. People that are from Milwaukee have lived here their whole or most of their life and are still friends with people they went to grade school with. Being an outsider, it's hard to break into their inner circles. That being said, the people that I have become good friends with are absolutely wonderful and I cherish the friendships I've made with them. On a day like today, when it's 15 degrees outside, I long for some Florida warmth, but overall Milwaukee is great and I don't have any plans to relocate just yet.
Molly Snyder started writing and publishing her work at the age 10, when her community newspaper printed her poem, "The Unicorn.” Since then, she's expanded beyond the subject of mythical creatures and written in many different mediums but, nearest and dearest to her heart, thousands of articles for OnMilwaukee.
Molly is a regular contributor to FOX6 News and numerous radio stations as well as the co-host of "Dandelions: A Podcast For Women.” She's received five Milwaukee Press Club Awards, served as the Pfister Narrator and is the Wisconsin State Fair’s Celebrity Cream Puff Eating Champion of 2019.