The New Year is a time associated with change and positive updates to your personal life. Our great city of Milwaukee has also seen some amazing recent advancements. As personal injury lawyers in Milwaukee for more than 30 years, we have seen the city go through many transformations, and 2016 is looking like a year of incredible improvements.
From upgraded cultural resources, to a greater commitment to educating the children in our community, here are six of the local developments to check out in the New Year.
1. Masterful Museum Updates
If you have been to the Milwaukee Art Museum recently, you might have been surprised to see the permanent collection closed off. This was due to the $34 million renovation to the museum that was revealed late in 2015. The biggest project since the 2001 Calatrava-designed Quadracci Pavilion, this update offers 20% more space, and a better layout that allows the museum to display up to a thousand more permanent collection artworks at one time.
At the Milwaukee Public Museum, the venerable Streets of Old Milwaukee exhibit got a $1 million update late in 2015. With an exciting entrance mimicking a streetcar journey back in time, and more interactive elements, this popular exhibit is now a whole new experience.
2. New Ways To Get Around
In 2014, Milwaukee joined cities like New York City, Chicago, Minneapolis, Madison, Denver, Houston, San Francisco and Phoenix when the Bublr bike share system was created. Bike sharing allows people to rent bikes for a short period of time from stations located throughout the city. Great for both tourists and locals alike, the system will expand in 2016 with help from a federal grant. Possible locations include Bradford Beach, Cudahy Tower, the Pabst Theater, Milwaukee Public Museum and Milwaukee Area Technical College.
If you want to get out of downtown on a bike, 2016 will be a great year for you. 2015 saw the completion of several major trail projects, including a link between the Oak Leaf Trail and the Ozaukee Interurban Trail. You can now ride 50 miles, from downtown Milwaukee to Oostburg -- all on bike trails. Improvements were also made to bike trails in the Menomonee River Valley, parks along the Lake Michigan shore, and on the Beerline trail. Get out and ride a new route in 2016!
3. Expanded Help For Milwaukee’s Youngest Readers
Marquette University’s Milwaukee Summer Reading Project helps local kids upgrade their reading skills by teaching phonics, phonemic awareness (the understanding of word structure and sounds), spelling, vocabulary and comprehension. This program, which trains both students and teachers, will expand in 2016 with a $1.1 million grant from the state of Wisconsin. Whether your kids benefit from this program or not, picking up some new books is always a great idea - check out the Milwaukee Public Library’s newly remodeled branches on the East Side and at Tippecanoe.
4. An Upgraded Neighborhood
An area of urban Milwaukee that is getting a lot of attention lately is West Wisconsin Avenue. With the Marquette Campus, Central Library, and the Grand Avenue Mall, this neighborhood has a huge amount of unrealized potential. Student involvement, design competitions, and changes to transit may help this area return to the popularity it enjoyed in the past.
5. Natural Growth in the Parks - and Your Own Garden
Have you explored everything that the Milwaukee County Parks have to offer? Discover different scenery while enjoying the natural beauty of Wisconsin: Pick up the brand new first edition of the Milwaukee County Park Trails Map. This extensive map and guide covers the Oak Leaf Trail, Hank Aaron State Trail, municipal off-road trails, and the corridors of the Oak Leaf Discovery Tour. Locations are included for other land and water trails, plus park facilities like beaches, pools, dog exercise areas, and even new beer gardens.
How about some outdoor updates in the landscape around your home? Boerner Botanical Gardens is offering a two part series covering different annuals, perennials, landscape plants, and even vegetables. This series on new and exciting plants for 2016 will be taught by Boerner Botanical Gardens horticulturist Jessica Cloninger and horticulturist Nick Ternes. This April series will introduce you to the latest plants and trends for the 2016 gardening season.
6. The Dynamic World of Dining in Milwaukee
Milwaukee has an amazing and ever-evolving restaurant scene. The OnMilwaukee dining section is a great way to stay up-to-date on Milwaukee’s restaurant world in 2016. New restaurant openings, location changes and other updates to old favorites, and even the occasional sad closing are all documented here. From the SafeHouse rebrand to the new look at LaFuente, OnMilwaukee has the scoop on changes and new restaurants before the menus are even printed.
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