All posts tagged: Waukesha

Wisconsin residents call on Governor Walker to oppose highway expansions

Tuesday morning, a group of Milwaukee residents gather in the parking lot of the Tripoli Shrine Center near 27th and Wisconsin, Fuel Cafe coffee and signs in hand, to depart for Madison. Some are from the Coalition for More Responsible Transportation, others are simply there to have their voices heard. But everyone boards the yellow school bus united in their goal: call on the governor to support a more strategic approach to transit spending. After giving interviews to one of the local stations and devising chants appropriate for the occasion, they set off. The conversation consists of media cycles and sign ideas; the intermittent stench of manure, invariably, reminds you that you’re still in Wisconsin. They make a stop in Waukesha and are meeting supporters from La Crosse, as well – the mood drips of optimism and resolve. Though there is a lingering feeling that the governor will simply continue to turn a deaf ear, it just doesn’t seem in their nature to not keep trying.

“No one else is gonna look out for you”

On a Wednesday afternoon, Alex Nelson paints a white picket fence between Hubbard and Palmer Streets in Brewer’s Hill. He stops to have a cigarette. Nelson, who grew up in Waukesha and attended Mukwonago High School, moved to Milwaukee because his boyfriend lives in the neighborhood. “Milwaukee’s definitely a big change from where I grew up,” he said. “The only reason that I’ve actually come out here is for the people that I’ve dated.”