What a great gift you offered
On that cold, windy, and rainy
Three months of
Meeting the people
“Here to organize leaders!”
“Let us build a New City Public Forum,” a wisdom pit, Grange Hall, an Agora, to revitalize public life for reconciliation and the building of a new city paradigm for America.”
“Let us create a public sensibility outraged at murders in our city. Why should not the city bells ring in mourning and strengthening resolve when one of us takes a bullet!”
“We will build an International Institute for Peace and Reconciliation, patterned after the Gamaliel Chair, where the world’s peacemakers teach peace and models for alternatives to violence and war.”
“Let us build local global industries, drawing upon the artistic skills, resources, and traditions of our cultural strands, a multi-weave designer salon where artists and textile workers create bedspreads, tablecloths, liturgical supplies for the world.”
“Let’s sweeten the downtown air with a Milwaukee Culinary Institute, a restaurant, a chocolate factory.”
“Let’s help create Growing Power demonstration projects for organic city farming and the freshest, tastiest food in town for the restaurant and neighborhood grocery.”
“Let’s develop scholarships and teach trades at Pabst Village: interior design, landscaping, carpentry, restoration. But we must also aspire to develop a core of workers to build parks, bridges, and affordable housing.”
“Let us offer people communication tools: a newspaper, film company, performance artists official city poet and bard.”
“And let’s imagine a hotel, dormitory, and hostels, so house the people of the Pabst New City Center.”
Mayor Intrigued with Eastvold Concept for Pabst Village
It is my understanding that the Mayor is seriously looking into June Eastvold’s concept paper for Pabst Village and is asking his “economic czar” Frank Cumberbatch to attend this Tuesday’s Pabst Village gathering at Bucketworks to learn more. That’s November 15, 6:30 p.m., at Bucketworks, 1319 N. MLK Dr.
Here are some pieces from June Eastsvold’s vision for Pabst City, which she has introduced to many people who will become new friends to the MPA community. — Godsil
Significant decisions are about to be made regarding the reclamation of the Pabst Brewery property and the Old Soldiers Home here in Milwaukee. We have a proposal we think surpasses plans that are currently on the drawing board. We invite you to hear it, respond to it, and help us make it happen. It is our belief, that by sharing our experience and vision we create a synergism, the total effect of which is greater than we can accomplish independently.
Your input will be keenly appreciated. You will be meeting people you may not have crossed paths with before. We are not asking for money. We are asking for feedback, growing power, and hope for Milwaukee’s future.
We wish to honor you by including you as one of our invitees
DATE: Tuesday , November 15, 2005
TIME: 6:30 p.m.
PLACE: Bucketworks, 1319 N. Martin Luther King Drive, Milwaukee
Light refreshments will be served
James Carlson •#•#• James Godsil •#•#• June (Nilssen) Eastvold
RSVP (414) 305–1324
PROPOSAL FOR USE OF PABST PROPERTY and Old Soldiers Home
With the defeat of a proposal to develop the Pabst Brewery site into a commercial entertainment center, planners returned to ground zero and have asked for alternative visions. With the table open I submit a skeletal proposal for your review and serious consideration.
It is the month of October, 2005. Since the first of this year there have been 100 homicides in the city of Milwaukee. Leaders have called for the surrender of guns and a stop to the violence; youth have demonstrated in Kilbourn Park imploring that the killing stop; churches have held prayer vigils and victims’ families have wept in the streets, yet the violence continues. As violence accelerates, the city responds by training more armed police, thereby demonstrating that violence breeds more violence and power comes through force. This model deepens the rift and wins the reputation that Milwaukee is one of the most racially segregated cities in America.
It was my pleasure earlier this summer to tour Will Allen’s organic food industry, Growing Power, which is housed in reclaimed greenhouses on Silver Springs. His construction materials are simple, you could buy them at the local hardware store. His concept is also simple. Waste converted into nutrients grows healthy food in the middle of urban society. His livestock is worms. Thousands of worms! Unseen, the worms are playing, making love, wiggling and energizing once toxic soil so it is transformed into a rich bed to produce magnificent vegetables. Will is totally absorbed in the process. Once one level is attained he begins to ask how he can take it one step further. It is the IDEA that fuels his passion and the joy of seeing results that can feed many people.
It occurs to me that we cannot grow a healthy society from poisoned soil fertilized by the blood of our young. Nor can a neighborhood survive without all the worms in every block finding that deep down joy of converting wasted lives into productive, healthy participants in the good life. That means the city must turn within, invest in itself, find its future and power in the resources and experiences of the wealth of a diversified population.
Milwaukee aspires to be a world class city. It imitates Chicago with high- priced high-rise condos on the Eastside over the Lake. It copies San Antonio’s Riverwalk, NewYork’s warehouse lofts, Seattle’s Pike Place Market. It negotiates with the entertainment world and gambling casinos to lure out-of-state investors, supply jobs, raise the city’s tax base, and appeal to young professionals with the glitz of a Midwest Las Vegas environment. It seeks European architectural genius Calatrava to design the new wing of the Art Museum, and in order to keep in line with big league baseball, constructs a multi-million dollar stadium while watching Minneapolis expand as Mecca in the upper Midwest.
Observing the signs of our times, the cataclysmic shifts in weather patterns, the rapid decline of fossil fuels, the enormous debt from the war in Iraq, the disappearance of agriculture in southeastern Wisconsin, threats of Aids, flu epidemics , racial and religious conflicts, and millions of people wandering the planet without a home, it would seem a far more excellent way for Milwaukee to take leadership in developing a new paradigm for the American city.
COMPONENTS OF THE PLAN
It is important that a number of developers participate, in a phased, complimentary manner, one section of the building at a time, coordinated in design and reaching for the overriding theme of reconciliation and peace. It is important to link into already existing activities that flourish around the city and see the center as a place for synergism, problem solving, training and the ferment of ideas. Each of these programs has a financial return. Each has an educational goal. Each stresses communal values and participation in change. Each offers opportunity for cross pollination between age, race, section of the city, and hope for the future. Each opens the door for Milwaukee to shape a new vision for urban America. Allocation of public tax money is a good signal to Milwaukee’s poor that this administration is aware of them, caring for them, and intent on leaving a legacy that builds hope not despair, participation not apathy, and vision not blind conformity.
As I said in the beginning, this is a skeletal proposition. The bones need flesh and many more realistic thinkers and the voice of the people. But I wanted it to be among the propositions you requested and ask that you think it through. I am interested in talking to you personally about the concept.
June (Nilssen) Eastvold