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Top 10 for Downtown Milwaukee.
Top 10 for Downtown Milwaukee. (Photo: Dan Bishop, via

On new list, Milwaukee's Downtown ranks No. 10

I love lists, especially when Milwaukee ranks.

There's another list out this week, and this time the subject matter is American Downtowns.

Published on, the "Top 10 American Downtowns" list finds our clean and friendly Downtown perched at No. 10. The list is "based on size, vibrancy, architecture, businesses, and general aesthetics," and "focuses only on major metropolitan areas."

Here's what the site has to say about Milwaukee:

"Milwaukee likely has the smallest urban core on this list, a fact that certainly hurts the city's ranking. But this lack of size is also a definite asset: the downtown area boasts upscale river walks, one of the country's most vibrant loft districts, an impressive collection of museums and academic institutions (try The Pabst Theater if you enjoy absorbing plays while supporting one of America's most popular home-grown brews), and, of course, easy access to the Lake Michigan beach. Furthermore, Milwaukee's downtown is clean and easy to naviagte, with a lake-and-river setting that makes it seem like a more relaxed version of Chicago's central core."

The top three? New York City, Washington D.C., and Chicago.

Read the entire list here.  


cgodfrey | Jan. 18, 2012 at 3:57 p.m. (report)

Is the Pabst Theater still associated by the Pabst/Strohs Brewery? I'd verify this on Wikipedia, but... you know...

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