In light of Tuesday's Aldermanic elections, it seems fitting to rerun this article now. It had its origin in a letter to Ald. Michael D'Amato that I started but never finished (fancy that!).
For such a left-leaning area, it's hard to imagine a neighborhood with an uglier carbon footprint than Milwaukee's East Side. Especially now that the academic year has begun, a parade of diesel-spouting buses—most half-empty—brings in students and faculty from outlying areas and shuttles them out again. Day and night, almost as many Jimmy John's delivery cars (invariably beaters) screech up and down the streets, presumably bearing one overpriced sandwich each. Why? One possible answer: students have to park blocks away from where they live, so better to pay extra than to lose an hour making a food run.
Here's what I propose: tear it all down and start over again. Failing that, here are two things I believe desperately need to happen: