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Facing Gentrification

When my family moved into this neighborhood almost two years ago, it was to escape the high rent on the East Side and get out of apartment living. We were tired of living in a noisy building full of college students, and we wanted a bigger space for our growing family. We found a little […]

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Working Toward Consensus in RNA

Last September, the RNA held an informational meeting concerning the request for a liquor license for Jewel Osco (JO) on Capitol Drive. After discussion, the group empowered a committee to draft a position paper and a proposed covenant with JO. During the process of discussion, held on RNA e-mail, in small groups, and at subsequent […]

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“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 […]