Category

Poverty
Memorial
Alex and I put out a podcast asking the question if our neighborhood was violent and crime ridden on the same day Mae and I rode our bikes by a new memorial of another death in our neighborhood. There were balloons on a tree and candles below them which symbolizes that someone most likely was...
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Alex and I have been talking about how people ask us if we are afraid of getting shot where we live on the 53206 Podcast and the truth is that before I moved into the inner city of Milwaukee, I was afraid of getting shot even driving through the area.  But then I moved into my...
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There are few times when someone says something and it penetrates me.  This was one of those times.  On Saturday, there was a celebration of life at the We Got This garden for 4 boys who died.  A woman started speaking on the stage and I was immediately drawn into her words.  She talked about...
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First rental demo
In 2015 we were getting frustrated with the people that lived behind us.  There was trash everywhere around their house and they weren’t being respectful of the neighbors and neighborhood.  We talked with the home owner a few times and it became clear that she didn’t have the capacity to handle the home or be...
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Are some neighborhoods designed to fail the people that live in them?  My neighborhood produces many excellent people but it also produces a lot of people the world would call failures.  People who are in jail, people who don’t graduate high school, people who don’t make above the poverty threshold.  Who’s responsibility is it that...
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broken car
Our car broke this weekend.  The wheel was bent in a crazy direction and it reminded me of  seeing this same thing on 8th Street to many cars that just happened to be driving by and hit an unfortunate bump in the road. Many of those cars were stranded for hours, with kids just sitting...
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Meg and Alex give an update on how virtual school is going for their kids in Milwaukee Public Schools and talk about how/why some of the people from the neighborhood won’t be able to engage with learning in at the same level as their own kids.
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I love living in our neighborhood, because there is always something new to learn. Yesterday, Meg found out some background information on someone we have known for years. Obviously being super vague on purpose, but it totally reframed why the person is the way that they are. The information changed at least my mindset but...
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8th Street Milwaukee
In the car this morning Dex asked me if it was legal for someone to sleep in their cars.  I told him I was not totally sure but I thought it was illegal.  I then I went on to tell him a few months ago we had someone in front of our house that slept...
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Alley in 53206
We have many neighbors that have liven on 8th Street for decades and it is always sad when they leave.  Recently, a neighbor of ours lived who lived her home for over 50 years recently got sick and moved into elder care.  Her family helped her decide that the home should go up for sale...
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