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In little ol' Shorewood.

Urban design in small communities. Today's economic effect on community development.

Urban design?   What about the economy? 


 

Viewing the intersection of Oakland Avenue and Kensington Boulevard, one can now feel what it would be like if buildings over 3-stories were to line up on both sides of the Oakland Avenue.


 

The other two corners on Kensington are still  low rise and have become rather strange in appearance. I suppose both these properties would now seek making appropriate use of their land values and look toward these higher type developments too.


 

Four of these buildings without urban design consideration regardless of the beautiful architectural design of each of the buildings are going to give a strange and erroneous impression as to what Shorewood real is.


 

In addition to the urban design problem which can be handled if Shorewood would begin considering the urban design effects of their new developments, we now have an economic situation which is probably going to leave this as a strange looking intersection for some time.


 

I believe that even Shorewood is now beginning to feel the long term effects of our national and international economic situation.


 

Private enterprise is not going to be able to put to work the 20 million and the additional number coming onto the market in this country during the next decade regardless of which party is in control, whether it's economic stimulus or the freeing those with money of all their taxation.


 

For the present time, it seems that business will have to make do with the 90% or 80% of the employed that seem still to be employed.  Does supply and demand have anything to do with a 90% employment rate, with all of those on Social Security helping to  keep the grocery stores going?


 

Is this why we're in a recession instead of a depression?


 

However, this is off the point, a subject to be left for another time. Perhaps more readers would be interested in this than the design and development appropriateness of an intersection in little ol' Shorewood.


 

I would think that there's plenty of interest in JOBS, RECESSION, THE MIXING OF OIL AND WATER, 2 OR MORE WARS, NATIONAL DEBT, SOCIAL SECURITY AND WHICH OF THE TWO PARTIES HAVE THE REAL ANSWERS TO THESE PROBLELMS.


 

None of these problems are going to answer themselves. But what can politicians do? They are good at raising funds for upcoming elections and not adequately explaining what they are doing in office.   Fortunately not much fund raising is needed for running in communities like Shorewood and Whitefish Bay.

What do people of Shorewood think?  I'd like to hear from you?

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