Milwaukee - Lake Effect
Milwaukee is situated on the Western shore of Lake Michigan. The Lake Effect definitely is a real effect on the weather. In the Summer the air will get warmer as you move away from the Lake and in the Winter it tends to be a little milder in the city than farther away from the Lake.
Speaking of the lake effect, I was driving from teh Western subrubs to downtown lask week. It went from clear and sunny to cloudy and snowy the closer I got to the lake.
Driving down Wisconsin Avenue
Heading toward the lake, Wisconsin Avenue is one of the main thoroughfares of the central business district here.
The skyscraper at the end of the vista is the 100 E. Wisconsin building, which dates from the late 1980s. Its gabled roof recalls an earlier gabled tower that existed on the site, the 14-story Pabst Building.
I took this picture while driving.
Robert Burns Sculpture - Burns Commons
You may not think of Milwaukee as a particularly Scottish city, but they do have a small urban park and a fine proud statue dedicated to the great bard of Edinburgh. The Burns statue was a gift of Scottish immigrant James Andersonb Bryden, and was dedicated in 1909.
Burns Commons is located on the East Side, where N. Prospect runs into Franklin Place.
The Inferiority Complex
We have an inferiority complex. Every Milwaukeean will verify this. This "aw shucks, I'm only from Milwaukee" thing has been with us a long time. One could read this as modesty, but this inferiority complex really gets in the way of progress sometimes. But that's changing.
Probably the most likely cause for our inferiority complex is the mere presence of our friend and neighbor, the third largest city in the country, what some of us call "the southernmost suburb of Milwaukee." This is of course Chicago, a great American city if there ever was one. Milwaukee to Chicago is kind of like Canada to the United States -- we feel overshadowed, overpowered, pretty much over-everythinged by our neighbor. But like Canada we've learned to hold our heads high and be damn proud of what we've got, of course fully aware that everything we've got they've also got, and probably got better. But if Canada is a kinder, gentler version of the United States, then damn it, Milwaukee is a kinder and gentler Chicago. Smaller, less brash and "noticable." Less traffic, crime, corruption, pollution. We could be like Canada and get over our inferiority complex by changing our flag or trying to host the Olympics or something. But instead we've just tried to build a better city. Eventually we may get recognition, but, as any Milwaukeean will tell you, that will be a long, long time from today.
Pettit National Ice Center
The Pettit National Ice Center is a U.S. Olympic Training Facility that provides ice sporting fun for the entire family. The facility is huge and very well maintained. It opened in 1992 and was the training facility for 2 gold medalists from the 1994 Winter Olympics... Bonnie Blair and Dan Jansen (both speedskaters.) Since then it has maintained it's importance as a training and competing center for Speedskating. If you're in town during a competition be sure to check it out!
If you're not quite at the Olympic level however, the Pettit can provide a fun place to practice your figure skating or hockey skills! They also just opened up a track that can be used for walking or running. Whether you go just for fun or want to join a club that practices there, the Petit is definitely state of the art. You can also have parties and events at the center.
I'm a horrible skater (you know the type, must slam into wall to stop) and while I haven't been there in a couple of years I always had fun here and people seeing it for the first time are always in awe of the facility. You can bring your own skates or you can easily rent them for a fee. There are lockers inside the building to hold your valuables and a food stall for after you burn all those calories. Remember to dress warmly though... obviously the building is kept cool! Check out the website for free skating time.