10 Reasons Why Milwaukee Is Amazing

10 Reasons Why Milwaukee Is Amazing

From the history and culture to food and nightlife, Milwaukee is the place to be.
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Being born and raised right outside of Milwaukee, I may be slightly biased as to why I believe Milwaukee truly is the most amazing city. Young and old alike, there is something to do at every corner. Whether you're interested in culture or history, food or bar hopping, there is something in this city for everyone. Here are just a few reasons why I see this to be true.

1. Surrounded by History

Milwaukee is full of history and culture every corner you turn. Whether it's the themed restaurants, museums, art galleries, or even just the architecture, history is everywhere. Milwaukee is both a modern and classic city. You can do a day trip and visit the art museum along the lakefront, then go across town and visit the Milwaukee Public Museum and learn even more about the city and state's great history.

2. Festivals

When I say Milwaukee has a festival nearly every weekend, I'm not kidding. Especially in summer, weekends are filled with cultural festivals, music festivals, street festivals, and so much more. There is something for everyone, whether you enjoy food, culture, music, art, shopping, every weekend is an adventure, you just have to be on the lookout for those low-key events.

3. Summerfest

Summerfest, the largest music festival in the world. Eleven days filled with drinks, food, music, and entertainment. Eleven-day passes are typically $80 (the prices may change). Performers include anyone from Luke Bryan to Red Hot Chili Peppers to Imagine Dragons to Ludacris and so much more. With multiple stages along the lakefront, there are hours of entertainment to fill even a single day.

4. The Nightlife

Milwaukee's nightlife is quite possibly the best you'll ever experience. There are streets in Milwaukee dedicated to bars, pubs, clubs, and more. You can bar hop all through the hours of bar close. There are even themed bars for everyone's style: country, rock, Irish pub, and so much more. One of my personal favorites: Line Water Street in Downtown Milwaukee. The nightlife is not trashy or filled with drunks, it is filled with people socializing and loving life and laughing together. It truly is a great experience.

5. Lake Michigan

To me, Lake Michigan is an ocean. It is so large and vast that it is amazing. Marinas and piers line the lake. You can even go surfing in Lake Michigan if the waves are big enough! Just remember a wetsuit. Wisconsin also has beaches, believe it or not. Bradford Beach, in Milwaukee, has sand volleyball tournaments, spikeball tournaments, a concession stand, a bar, and the water. It's the perfect place to relax in the summer or during those spring semester finals.

6. The Food

Milwaukee is FILLED with food! Whether you want some homemade cheese curds or even craving a burger, you can walk down a street and find tons and tons of food options. Like I said before, there is a lot of themes in downtown Milwaukee, whether it be an Irish pub or a Korean Restaurant, there is food from all over the world in this city.

7. Hidden Spots

I considered myself a bit of an adventurer throughout high school and found some quite interesting spots throughout the city. There are hidden abandoned warehouses perfect for the up and coming photographer. There are old schools that are no longer in use. Even just around an alley could be a hidden world that nobody knows about. You just have to keep your eyes peeled and do some research. Who knows, you may stumble upon some hidden history in the city itself.

8. The People Are So Friendly

People say Southern Hospitality is the thing, but have you ever been around people from the Midwest? Walking the street, people will say "hello" and ask how you're doing, and no, they are not trying to sell you things. I have never been around a group of more genuine and real people than I have in the Midwest.

9. The Job Opportunities

Milwaukee has always been an up and coming city, growing nearly every day. Companies such as Harley Davidson were founded and grew in the Heart of Milwaukee. Whether you're interested in business, engineering, healthcare, there is a job for you in Milwaukee.

10. You're Never Bored

When I say there is something to do for everyone, I mean it. Milwaukee is a hustle and bustle type city, lost in the business work day but down for a couple of beers with coworkers once the work day is over. With festivals on the weekends and street fairs at night, there is always something to do in this amazing city.

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7 Signs You're From the 732

Only the best part of New Jersey.
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If you're from New Jersey, you know how badly the state's looked down upon by outsiders (thanks a lot, Jersey Shore). But you know that all of those false accusations aren't true- the Garden State is your home and only you're allowed to make fun of it. Although Jersey's small, there are different regions and everyone thinks that their's is the best. Here are seven signs you're from the 732, AKA the best part of Jersey:

1. You know that Central Jersey is a place.

One of the biggest arguments is whether or not Central Jersey exists. I live in the middle of New Jersey, so it's pretty funny when people say it's not a real place. I'm not from South Jersey, and definitely not from North Jersey. Also, it's close to both Philadelphia and New York, not just one or the other. Perfect location.

2. Everywhere you go, you see a Wawa.

Legit everywhere, and you go there 24/7. All hail the holy grail.

3. Surf Taco means a lot to you.

Every time I come home from being away at school the first place I go to eat with my friends is Surf Taco. Even when I am home, Surf Taco's always on my mind. Who doesn't love a good taco with chips? P.S. I highly recommend their Teriyaki Chicken Taco, you won't regret it.

4. You go to all the summer concerts.

There's really nothing more fun than summer shows outside, and you already know that PNC Bank Arts Center and Stone Pony Summer Stage are the hot-spots. 'Tis the season of tailgating and enjoying a good show with your friends.

5. Two words: Pork. Roll.

I don't care what Chris Christie has to say, it's pork roll. Quite honestly, Taylor Ham just doesn't sound right. And what's better than a pork roll egg n' cheese on your favorite bagel? Nothing.

6. You live close to the beach...

Spring Lake, Manasquan, Asbury, you name it. You know these areas and where all of the good food spots are in each of them. Living so close to the beach makes for the perfect summers, but with summer comes the bennies.

7. ...So you can easily spot a benny.

If you're from Jersey and you don't know what a benny is, you most likely are one. Bennies usually come in packs; they bring lawn chairs and tents to the beach, wear socks and sandals, and have the "Jersey accent" because they're either from New York or close to.


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Tempe City Council Makes An Effort To Hear The Public's Concerns

The rising number of homeless in Tempe is concerning for many residents and here's why.

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Many concerned Tempe residents voiced that it is not the homeless people trying to get back on their feet that concern them. It is the rising group of homeless drug addicts causing havoc and endangering their neighborhoods does.

Randy Keating and Robin Arredondo-Savage, two members of the Tempe City Council, met with concerned residents on Tuesday at the Multigenerational Center to discuss the rise of homelessness in the area.

Tempe police chief Sylvia Moir assured the public that the police department is doing all it can to make sure their opinions are heard.

"We have to recognize that sleeping is a basic human right, even when it comes to our parks. If the shelters don't have space, the person still needs to sleep somewhere. With that being said, the homeless will have a curfew enforced and will be held accountable for their actions," Moir said.

Suzanne Orarke, a Tempe resident and mother voiced her opinion on why the rising number of drug addicted and mentally unstable homeless people concerns her.

"I have an 8-year-old son and he rides his bike to school every day. I don't want to be a helicopter parent, but at the same time, I also don't want to lose my child to something stupid," Orarke said.

Keating and Arredondo-Savage assured the public that the City Council works with the police department and the Homeless Outreach Prevention Effort team, also known as the HOPE team to find solutions to the homelessness in Tempe. The Councilmembers informed the audience that Tempe spends the most money of any Arizona city on human services.

The Councilmembers reminded the public that homelessness is not a crime and that they are doing their best to accommodate to the rising number of homeless people, which has gone up 60 percent in Maricopa County the last two years.

Another homeless related issue that many residents have noticed is the dangerous use of Lime scooters in their neighborhoods. Lime is a California-based company known for its easily accessible scooters.

The scooters, which run for 15 cents per minute, have increasingly made their way into the East Valley. The scooters have made it easier for the homeless to travel with little to no cost. Many residents believe this is attracting them to their neighborhoods.

When asked about scooter regulations, Keating said, "There is not much regulation for these scooters yet, but there is a working group striving to regulate those as we recognize this is an issue. We are looking over the list of recommendations next Thursday. As of right now, the only regulation is that the scooters cannot be on sidewalks."

The last major issue the public spoke on is the lack of helpful and respectful assistance from the police department and their non-emergency hotline. Many residents recalled their experiences when calling the non-emergency hotline and each resident had a negative outcome.

Steve Geiogamah, a concerned Tempe resident, relived his experience with the non-emergency hotline as he explained what took place a few nights ago.

"I've started to see a rise in drug activity among the homeless in Tempe. One night, I saw a transient in the neighborhood, who looked like they were up to no good. I called the non-emergency line and asked them to send an officer," Geiogamah said. "The next morning, I saw nothing had been done. I called dispatch again and they said that they could not send an officer even though I was concerned about the issue taking place."

Moir took responsibility for the hotlines wrongdoings and ended the meeting by saying, "If there are behaviors that you observe among the homeless, that rise to the level where you need a police officer, call the non-emergency number. Or, if it's immediate or a real serious issue, call 911. Describe the person and request an officer. The expectation is that we trace the call and that an officer responds."

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