Pabst Theater to host public presentation on Milwaukee streetcar project
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The proposed Milwaukee streetcar project has long been a contentious and hotly debated issue. Proponents of the $64.6 million project believe that the time has come for Milwaukee to embrace the future with a modern public transportation system that alleviates traffic and provides downtown denizens an environmentally sound way to get to work. (What, are you going to walk all the way from Juneau Ave. to Wisconsin Ave?) Critics—including the normally calm and collected Ald. Bob Donovan—claim that the project is a dreaded “boondoggle,” and will cost the city untold millions in upkeep and hidden costs. Controversy aside, the project is moving forward, with a tentative launch date of 2016.
Both friends and foes of the streetcar will be able to learn more about the project Tuesday, Oct. 30, when the Pabst Theater Pub hosts a free public presentation entitled “The Milwaukee Streetcar: Facts And Future.” Commissioner of Public Works Ghassan Korban and City Engineer Jeff Polenske will be on hand to update the public on the project and answer any questions. Check-in is at 5:30 p.m., with the actual presentation starting at 6:00 p.m. Camera-friendly yelling matches will take place later in the darkened bar or city hall of your choice.