Patrick McIlheran is willfully obtuse when it comes to looking at relations between Milwaukee and the suburbs (i.e., it's Milwaukee that's always mean to the suburbs) and the history of race and the suburbs (i.e., there was no such thing as racially motivated white flight to the suburbs, pay no mind to what John Gurda says).
So as one might expect, he has little of value to say in the whole controversy over workforce housing going into the derelict New Berlin City Center.
But let's unpack anyway!
"So who's leaping to such conclusions about New Berlin anyway?" he sprightly asks, one of the conclusions apparently being that New Berlin has its share of bigots who don't want black and brown folks interrupting their "traditional cosmopolitan living" experience. Well, there was the mayor, who suggested his town was full of bigots (before backstepping) and that's the only honest interpretation of some comments following up on various JSOnline stories. And of course the experience of anyone who's lived in Milwaukee in the past 30 years. Apart from that, nothing.
This made me LOL:
So, no, New Berlin isn’t exactly Snobville. It’s got people who seem legitimately ticked off over congestion and parking issues. The workforce housing is “really not the problem,” said Laura Karvala, head of the impromptu Concerned Citizens of New Berlin, when I tried getting her to say it was all about poor people. She wouldn’t -- because, I suspect, for her it isn't.
“It’s the quantity of people moving through here,” she said of the nearby National Ave. and Coffee Road intersection, right by her subdivision. The plan got changed, she said, in a way that adds much more traffic, and it got changed in what she saw as a sneaky way.
OK, let me get this straight: You want galleries, you want restaurants, you want shops. DOn't you think that would involve some fucking traffic? Seriously, think this stuff through. Not everyone is as gullible or as eager to believe you as Patrick McIlheran.
Also amusing is that Patrick McIlheran puts this development, which again is aimed at blue-collar folks, in the same category as Cabrini Green. No fearmongering there. (Did the Brawler ever tell you about the time he waltzed, unharmed, through Cabrini Green at night? It's true?)