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Opinion essays and letters from our readers.

“What’s Not to Like About That?”

Whitney Gould ended a Sunday Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article on Commerce Street housing development with the above line. This editorial is for those of you who are not “diverse” enough to afford an entry-level model home at $250,000 or the $350,000 “family” home or the $500,000 deluxe model. The Journal Sentinel and the developers seem […]

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Strong Families

Strong families are an essential part of strong communities. Whether your family fits into the traditional model or not, neighborhoods thrive best when their families — groups of people who support each other with love — have the support they need. Along with adding two new regular columns on pet health and the natural world, […]

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An Agenda to Build Neighborhood Commerce

“In a healthy community, people will be richer in . . . the health and pleasure of neighborhood than in their bank accounts.” -Wendell Berry From the essay, “Conservation is Good Work,” published 1991, appearing in Sex, Economy, Freedom & Community by Wendell Berry, Pantheon, 1993, pp. 40-41. If we think of this task of […]

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Introducing the Riverwest Currents

Riverwest Currents has been published as a neighborhood newsletter over the past three years. It was started by Vince Bushell, a community planner, and Jeanne Geraci, a community organizer for the YMCA. Now in monthly newspaper form, Riverwest Currents is supported by a grant from H.O.M.E. (Housing Opportunities Made Equal). Part of our mission is […]

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Programs Can Assist First-Time Homebuyers

by Vince Bushell I asked Riverwest residents in 1999 what they liked about living here. The most common answers: the neighborhood is affordable, diverse, and it offers a city life-style. They also wanted to keep it that way. One way to help stabilize the housing market is to increase the number of homeowners, especially those […]

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