As someone who grew up in Milwaukee in the 1970s and 1980s, the Brawler admits he scratches his head when people muse whether opposition to workforce housing in New Berlin's failed City Center might be attributable to fear of black and brown folks moving in.
Why does the Brawler scratch his head? Because New Berlin was a destination of many of the white families leaving the city, more than a few of whom were not shy about why they were leaving. Hint: the reasons were not always high-minded.
But don't take the Brawler's word for it that New Berlin was a white flight suburb so it's utterly obvious that its overwhelmingly white population would have an issue with the possibility of black or brown folks moving in. Let's check out the Web site of a prominent real-estate firm:
New Berlin was largely developed in the 1960's and 70's, although it continues to see impressive growth. The city was incorporated in 1959 and grew as a result of white flight from the City of Milwaukee and the migration of rural Wisconsinites to Metropolitan Milwaukee. New Berlin contains several office parks and subdivisions. The city continues to attract new business and residents away from neighboring Milwaukee.
Race has everything to do with the depth of controversy around the creation of 80 apartments for households earning in the low-to-mid 30s in a supposed City Center that currently is a business void and anyone who suggests otherwised can't be taken seriously.