Sunday, July 23, 2006

Citizens challenge sprawl; JS pumps water sale

Grassroots citizen groups are springing up to question and challlenge urban sprawl developments planned for their communities, Jim Rowen reports in a Journal Sentinel op ed.

Meanwhile, the newspaper continues to beat the drums for selling Lake Michigan water to Waukesha County, with another "news" story on what a financial windfall it would be for Milwaukee ("a liquid gold mine") if it sold water to thirsty suburbs like Waukesha and New Berlin. What was the point of the story? Money talks?

UPDATE: Gretchen Schuldt discovers the Journal Sentinel has a serious factual error in its New Berlin water coverage -- a "fact" the paper has used to argue for the water sale.

4 Comments:

At 12:12 AM, Blogger vita said...

WOW...$1.7 million, that sure sounds like a gold mine to me. The JS really picked a winner when it came time to trump up the "regional cooperation" argument. Where are they on sharing the load for county attractions, mass transit,sprawl and P-mac's assertion today that perhaps we re-visit toll roads? It takes a great op ed by Rowan to document the grass roots efforts occuring across the region. I bet if CRG was involved in something we would have seen a JS story leading the metro section.

 
At 1:56 AM, Blogger XOut said...

Yeah - citizens are really fighting sprawl.

By my count you and Jimmy Rowen have fewer citizens to combat it and more that would love to flee.

Even more funny is the coming glut of rat infested condo's in Milwaukee's Downtown.

People are leaving the city and heading out. Sprawl is purely a supply and demand issue.

I also found it funny that Milwaukee's Mayor was out in the burbs of Waukesha County a few weeks ago giving us advice on purchasing development rights from farmers.

Thanks Mayor, oooh - hey, someone else just got shot in your town, are you sure you should be spending your time lecturing about farms?

Maybe it's time for Xoff to start working for MoveOut.org instead of the usual suspects.

 
At 2:04 PM, Blogger Other Side said...

Xout = Coward.

 
At 8:23 PM, Blogger Sherman said...

Milwaukee's future is to the south not the west. We can, will and are working with Racine and Kenosha on all the issues that are critical to the region's growth.

I say let the shortsighted folks from Waukesha County pave their farm fields and drink their radium water.

 

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