Cream Citizen on 2nd Street Redevelopment
Earlier today I came across a newish website, Cream Citizen, that deals with development and sustainability in Milwaukee. The post I link to mentions some future plans for repaving 2nd Street from St. Paul to National Avenue and floats the idea of narrowing the street to one lane in both directions and incorporating a bike lane. Both are great ideas, but it appears Juli Kaufmann, the main proponent of this plan, is having a little bit of difficulty getting any of her representatives to go along with her plan.
That’s unfortunate because in its current state, 2nd Street feels grossly underutilized for a street as wide as it is. I can half-heartedly understand concerns about limited parking in the area, but considering that the majority of commuters speed along on 1st Street and completely ignore 2nd Street, adding a buffered bike lane would provide a pedestrian-friendly element to an area that has been the scene of horrific accidents involving bikers and pedestrians. It would also make incredible sense to re-establish this section of the Oak Leaf Trail as an urban pedestrian-friendly space on the near south side. Juli’s idea of creating a Business Improvement District seems like the logical first step in effecting greater change on 2nd Street’s redevelopment and I hope Alderman Witkowiak will pay greater attention to the ideas of business owners along this promising street.