John Manke is an active former Bay View resident who is involved in numerous neighborhood organizations, including the Bay View Historical Society, the Humboldt Park Fourth of July Association and the Shore Shore Farmers Market. He believes Bay View has a fine tradition in its past that we do not want to lose in the future.
It seems to me that Milwaukee hates to admit that Bay View exists. While it is a part of Milwaukee, It used to be a village on its own and once was part of Town of Lake. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel always calls Bay View the south side of Milwaukee. When Bay View news happens, it seems that it is ignored by the newspaper, unless it is bad news. Bay View has a very good crime record for being part of Milwaukee. It compares to our suburbs in its statistics. Because of its low crime record, police are not seen as often as other areas of the city. When it comes to local news, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel seems to ignore the area. In their South Shore Now newspaper, it is rare to find much local news on Bay View. Bay View has a very strong historical backround. It had the first social center in the United States. It once had the largest Rolling Steel mill in the area. One of its leaders appointed Douglas MacArthur to West Point, was rolling mill attorney and village attorney at the same time, was first alderman from Bay View to Milwaukee, and was the father of Great Lakes Naval Base in Illinois. When Bay View joined Milwaukee, the latter gained its main industrial base. Many companies started in the Bay View area. Its diversity is greater than most parts of Milwaukee. It had a train station in 1855. It has several parks for the people to use. If the Village of Bay View could have established its own water and sewerage district, it never would have joined the City of Milwaukee. Come visit Bay View and see what we have to offer here. You will easily see that it is different from the rest of Milwaukee. It even has its own historical society which is one of the largest in the State of Wisconsin. Where else in Milwaukee can you walk on the street and still be safe most of the time. Where else do people help each other out as much as here. Please support the Bay View community.