At our June Sticky City Swap Meets last week, we spent some time hearing from Dave Reid, who represents a group of citizens in Milwaukee (UWM Downtown) who are fighting the planned expansion of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) to the suburbs of Milwaukee, and urging UWM to do its expanding downtown. He spoke to GLUE about the situation with UWM, and his efforts trying to open up UWM’s decision-making to public review.
Many of our cities benefit from relationships with our urban universities, and the situation with UWM is a great primer in what those relationships offer. Dave and his group also provide a primer in citizen action. Check out their website for updates, and be sure to look at the smart citizen-produced White Paper on why UWM would be wiser to stay downtown.
You can watch the video of Dave’s presentation here (first 15 minutes are his presentation, and the last 15 minutes are questions from GLUEsters meeting in Milwaukee and St. Louis).