These are notes from meetings I have had with Pieter Godfrey at his great live work recycle husband center on the east bank of the Milwaukee River, just to the West of the Urban Ecology Center, across the bike trail.

Here’s a great December, 2005 article on Pieter by Crocker Stephenson of the “Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.”

Pieter has renewed a 100′ x 100′ factory building of cream city brick and filled it with a spectacular collection of wood that he has salvaged these past 25 years from various historic buildings Milwaukee has lost for the ages.

Peter was one of the first restoration architects of the Midwest, perhaps the entire country, degreed from Madison and Minnesota about 25 years ago.

He then apprenticed under a 3rd generation demolition family that dismantled some of Milwaukee’s most significant buildings.

Then Peter restored a 100 ft. by 100 ft. factory for storing this treasure from our collective past.

Pieter has a powerful and wide ranging mind and enormous energy. My notes will not do justice to his discourse. They are intended to inspire my readers to visit Peter or attend some of the tours I hope to plan over the years, starting this January 7, from about 1 p.m. to about 2:30 or 3 p.m.

Some of my notes will simply be concepts for future development. Perhaps some others will help me expand upon some of the themes Peter touched upon.

Dec. 7

  • River Revilization Foundation

  • Stewardship Pledge

  • DNR Land Trust

  • Milwaukee River Valley Corridor: Conservation of and Public Access to

(clean, maintain, manage for the generations)

(for fishing, sports, recreation, nature walks, picnics, bird watching, and more)

  • Milwaukee PC Relationsihp with the River Valley Near Capital

  • Shorewood Stewardship Law Perhaps a First in the State

  • River Development North of the Dam

  • Community Linkage Park, Unique Natural Setting, River Valley as Natural Corridor

  • Ken Linebach Pioneer in Environmental Education

  • Milwaukee, “Where the Waters Meet,” Shows the World Purifying Nature in City Setting, blessed with nation’s largest concentration of River Corridor Park Lands: Menomonee, KK, and Milwaukee Rivers. Twenty five species of fish have returned.

  • River Corridors as Parks Needing Little Upkeep Expense, in the tradition of Whitnal,Olmstead, and Wahl. A place for people without privilege to get away and become part of nature. Parks that don’t need to be managed.

  • Close By Amenities for Historic Working Class Neighborhoods

  • Partnerships of Parks Department, Sewage District, Nature Center, Milwaukee River Fund and Foundation, River Revitalization Group
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