Our beautiful, threatened Lakefront
Alarmed by the number of building projects once planned for Milwaukee's lakefront, POP spearheaded opposition and succeeded in quashing several of them. The projects lacked coordination and there was myopia about the paving, parking, car congestion and visual mishmash they'd produce -- not to mention loss of green space and lake views.
Our position: If a project can be sited elsewhere than the lakefront, build it elsewhere! With the lakefront and other concerns in mind, a POP delegation visited the County Executive a few years ago and proposed that he create a task force to evaluate and coordinate lakefront projects and to provide for public review and comment. What eventually resulted was the Lakefront Development Advisory Commission, established to ensure public input and to make recommendations on proposed developments on the downtown lakefront. The County Board expanded it to include the entire Milwaukee County shoreline.