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.
I can imagine an ambulence taking I-794 over the new lower Hoan Bridge to get to a person on the southeast are of Milwaukee. The bridge goes up because a yacht is coming into Milwaukee Harbor. The entire new Hoan Bridge, including the ambulence that has its red lights flashing, must wait for them to raise and then lower the bridge on I-794. Traffic will be bottled up for quite a while due to this boat coming in. This event will repeat itself many times a day, even during rush hour. There will be signs advertising the new condos that were built on Jones Island. When the wind is right, the people in the condos will have to evacuate the area, or else breathe in the fresh smell of manure from the nearby sewerage plant. Building built on a former sand bar will be very unstable in wet weather. Nobody living near the new highway will be able to hang their clothes out to dry or to create small vegetable gardens. Clothes pins will become uniform of the day to these people. These people will be as welcome in other people's houses as a skunk is inside of your house. Everthing that they own will smell like fresh manure. Milorganite, the main product made in the area will leave its effects on all that you own. You almost might be able to keep skunks as pets, since this is a better smell than nearby areas. Gas masks will become a necessity if you live in these proposed condos.
Please consider contacting your political leaders to prevent them from tearing down the present Hoan Bridge and replacing it with a lower bridge with a bridge tender to raise the bridge every few minutes for a passing boat. The story above could become a reality if you do nothing about saving the present Hoan Bridge. You might be the person assigned to live in low rent housing near the sewerage plant. This is your future that we are talking about. Act now to prevent them from razing the present Hoan Bridge as it stands now. You also are the one to elect our political leaders. Act wisely in that matter.