A break from Milwaukee, Winter, Wisconsin, Snow, Wandering…
This weekend, I was introduced to director Terence Davie’s film “Distant Voices, Still Lives”. Described to me as a film worth watching because it is focused on the depiction of a place (working class industrial Liverpool) that no longer exists but is still physically there. Thinking in those terms, I cannot help but feel that when I walk through the streets of Milwaukee in mid-winter, I’m walking through a similar shell of place.
Earlier this week I was able to sneak away from Milwaukee to participate in and observe the protests of the proposed “right to work” legislation that is now up for vote in Madison. I’d just like to tip my hat to Gov. Walker and say, if you are able to piss off people that drive this vehicle AND folks who drive a Prius… you truly are a terrible leader.
The Wisconsin Supreme Court normally sits in its main hearing room in the East Wing of the Wisconsin State Capitol building in Madison, Wisconsin. Since 1993, the court has also traveled, once or twice a year, to another part of the state to hear several cases as part of its “Justice on Wheels” program. The purpose of this program is to give the people of Wisconsin a better opportunity to understand the operations of the state supreme court and the court system. via Wikipedia
“Justice on Wheels”. I’m just going to leave that there for you to mull over the potential film franchises that could stem from such a beautiful concept.
The 800,000-square foot former shopping center on the corner of 76th St. and Brown Deer Road sits just 10 minutes from River Hills, one of Milwaukee’s most affluent suburbs. Built by Herb Kohl and his partners, it opened in 1973, a virtual carbon copy of Southridge. And after a slow decline, it finally shut its doors 30 years later in 2003.