My staff thinks it's funny when I come back to the office grumbling about those stupid new "Luke" digital parking meters in Downtown Milwaukee.
Aside from the facts that they can't be read when the sun is shining, they often reject perfectly good coins, they require twice as much time as the regular meters, they waste paper and they do not account for the extra time the guy ahead of you already paid for, they're perfectly fine.
But I digress. Again.
The City of Milwaukee seeks your input on more important measures as it prepares to update its Downtown Master Plan, which was first devised in 1999. You can tell the city all about your downtown priorities and your dreams by taking the 2008 Downtown Plan Community Survey here.
The 57-question survey asks you about your usage of downtown amenities, your transportation preferences, your shopping habits and the like. It asks if you think there's enough parking Downtown. It asks you to rank your priorities for future improvements. It asks whether or not you approve of using public subsidies for various things.
But there's one very important thing that is missing from the city's survey. The words "Bradley Center" do not appear anywhere in the survey.
Furthermore, and maybe even more disturbing, the Bradley Center also is not mentioned in the Milwaukee Department of City Development's Downtown Plan Update Report that was presented to the Zoning, Neighborhoods & Development Committee of the Milwaukee Common Council in January.
Go ahead and search that document for the word "Bradley." You won't find it. Zilch. Bupkus. No mention whatsoever.
The Bradley Center is a glaring omission on the city's radar.
Milwaukee, we've got a problem. As I'm sure you've heard by now, only three NBA facilities are older than the Bradley Center. Within the next 10 years -- at the most -- the Bradley Center will need to be replaced with a new arena, or the Milwaukee Bucks will leave town.
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