I have the sad duty of reporting, after walking through both suburbs in the last two days, that South Milwaukee has a vastly smaller ratio of empty storefronts than Whitefish Bay. One of the things that struck me most about the former is the seemingly robust local economy, chock full with small, local businesses--modest though they be. Bursting with enthusiasm, I reported on Facebook yesterday that I was pondering a move to South Milwaukee (you know, right after the freeway construction is finished...five years, maybe?) "Not progressive" was--paraphrased just a little--the answer.
Unfortunately, "progressive" is pricing me out. I wonder if the business owners who couldn't keep their shops open on E. Silver Spring Drive, for example, agree. South Milwaukee's main grocery store? A nice, clean, moderately priced Pick & Save. During my visit on Sunday afternoon, the power actually cut out for a minute or two, during which the customers stood calmly before the lights went back on.