A company called Carticulate has created a theoretical Milwaukee subway map and I'm ready to start building!
Unlike the prospect of taking the bus, which would be unworkable for me based on my complicated daily routine, I'm ready to hop on the blue line near my home and take the kids to school across town quickly without even having to change trains.
Then, I can hop back on the blue line or even a yellow train and be at work in mere minutes. I can do the reverse at the end of the day and, voila, the car has never left the garage. Heck, maybe I'll even sell the car!
Trying to make the same moves on the bus would lead to hours of riding and transferring.
The map may be only theoretical, but it's clearly well-thought-out, covering pretty much the entire city in a pretty logical and useful way. (I would argue, however, that the blue line ought to stop at the North Avenue station served by the yellow line, too.)
OK, Milwaukee, put that streetcar on hold and build this instead!
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he lived until he was 17, Bobby received his BA-Mass Communications from UWM in 1989 and has lived in Walker's Point, Bay View, Enderis Park, South Milwaukee and on the East Side.
He has published three non-fiction books in Italy – including one about an event in Milwaukee history, which was published in the U.S. in autumn 2010. Four more books, all about Milwaukee, have been published by The History Press.
With his most recent band, The Yell Leaders, Bobby released four LPs and had a songs featured in episodes of TV's "Party of Five" and "Dawson's Creek," and films in Japan, South America and the U.S. The Yell Leaders were named the best unsigned band in their region by VH-1 as part of its Rock Across America 1998 Tour. Most recently, the band contributed tracks to a UK vinyl/CD tribute to the Redskins and collaborated on a track with Italian novelist Enrico Remmert.
He's produced three installments of the "OMCD" series of local music compilations for OnMilwaukee.com and in 2007 produced a CD of Italian music and poetry.
In 2005, he was awarded the City of Asti's (Italy) Journalism Prize for his work focusing on that area. He has also won awards from the Milwaukee Press Club.
He can be heard weekly on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee talking about his "Urban Spelunking" series of stories.