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Living only 2 hours from this vibrantly diverse city I chose to vacation here for a brief trip and pack in as much activity along the way as possible. I succeeded! In a mere 24 hours I thoroughly enjoyed the downtown area of this developing city.
It was surprising to me just how little I knew about this great city. I had not spent much time downtown in recent years and it has progressed nicely! The city planners have come together to create an interesting, mature, organized downtown with various regions along the water that can keep even the most skeptical traveler entertained for days. With artistic sculptures, tiles, flowers, and lightscaping, the Third Ward and Old World add elegance and charm to this historic city. I appreciate the old architecture that has been preserved here and the use of the existing buildings.
The lakefront area is also making great progress. The Calatrava museum creates the perfect anchor for the lakeshore, now other developments continue to spring forth to create a long stretch of museums, harbors, and public gathering places. It is lovely in summertime!
While so many urban and suburban areas have been hit hard by the deflation of the economy, I noticed that there is a lot of construction still happening in downtown. I am happy to see that new skyscrapers are being built, roads are being upgraded, and beautiful landscaping is popping up in places where falling fences once stood.
So easy to get around in downtown Milwaukee. Street parking is plentiful unless a specific event is occuring. Electronic parking meters are convenient - I don't have to carry a pocket full of quarters anymore! It's also hard to believe what great deals for lodging are out there in this city! If you know where to look you can stay in a 4* hotel here for about $40 a night on the weekends. Now THAT's a bargain.