Ray McInerny, Sr., and his wife Jean, have lived in New Berlin for 32 years. A retired graphic artist, he now paints for his own enjoyment. This blog will attempt to present items of general interest to his New Berlin neighbors.
Although I opposed the Plan Commission decision of May, 2010, on use of the City Center in its latest vote, isn’t a sign I hate or dislike those who made the decision. If reasonable people cannot disagree and find a common ground to solve the problems of this proposed project chaos will reign
I personally find the architecture along National Avenue on the tacky side. And the design for foot and auto traffic is less than useful. The emptiness of the units that once occupied businesses is testimony to that statement. This was established long before the present administration and Plan Commission of 2010. All the finger pointing in the world won’t solve a thing at this point.
In order for the City Center to become a vital centerpiece for New Berlin a vibrant atmosphere must prevail in that area. Valid criticism is useful if directed toward a positive solution. And, how is that accomplished? By bringing ideas to the Plan Commission meeting (Monday evening, 6:00 P.M., council chambers) or the Common Council instead of loud rhetoric. Possibly a better solution than we now face will be the result..
I would prefer seeking an urban architect to re-evaluate, make alterations, or suggestions, and get the Ciy Center moving ahead. Provided with a comprehensive sketch from an expert such as this may lay the groundwork for an exciting Center. There has to be a unified system of integrating the architectural units within this area so that the whole area doesn’t look as tacky as National Avenue. A proper facelift (in my opinion) on National Avenue would encourage more renters, and better development. It is our city culture that is at stake more than our property values. If the culture is destroyed the values won’t be maintained, regardless of what you do.
As much as this is important to our city we also have to keep an eye on the federal government. There is a petition circulating around the internet asking President Obama to veto the Senate vote that will allow "aliens" to receive Social Security benefits. Lets solve our problem here in New Berlin, but at the same time, get on the President to veto this poor legislation.