What Would You Improve in Waukesha in 2013?

If you could make a New Year's resolution for Waukesha, what would it be?


More than 45 percent of Americans make a resolution every year, according to statisticbrain.com. Some people vow to live a healthier lifestyle, others promise to spend more time with family, and many say they will try to save money.

As millions of Americans make resolutions to improve their lives, what could we do right here in Waukesha to make it an even better place to live?

Is a solution to the city's water quality most important? Is there a shopping shortcoming that should be addressed?

Tell us in the comment section below or blog about why you love living here!

Scott L January 14, 2013 at 11:56 PM
Great question Viviana Buzo! I believe that for the majority Waukesha is a great place to live and have fun. The downtown is becoming a huge attraction, with more and more people visiting, shopping and dining. If I could change ONE (1) single thing about Waukesha it would be the removal of certain individuals and the Common Council members who act on the dictates of these individuals by attempting to thwart and/or otherwise create roadblocks for the advancement of downtown "street" activities throughout the summer. i.e., the ridiculous fee proposal for street closures and sidewalk vendors.
Steve Edlund January 15, 2013 at 04:02 AM
Focusing and funding the Waukesha Parks and Recreation programs to the level they were 15 years ago. My children loved to spend summer at Horeb Park with the junior park leaders. It was an affordable bargain for $15. The children met new friends and there was a strong sense of community. Ever since the skate boarding park was located at Horeb, the park has gone down hill. Unfortunately Horeb has become known as a place of fighting, drug dealing, and bullying. No parent will let their child go there unsupervised if at all. We need to reverse this trend.
Jason J January 15, 2013 at 01:42 PM
Both of the above are great ideas. One change I would love to see is focusing on the removal of some of the copious amounts of rooming houses and conversion of them, especially the downtown ones additional shops or galleries on the second floor. Talk about a revival.
Tracy Craft January 15, 2013 at 05:10 PM
Fix this water problem. I am getting tired of the arguing that goes on in our city politics too.
Jaime Lannister January 15, 2013 at 05:53 PM
-Start burying the phone and electric underground - no more telephone poles and wires mucking up the view. -Improve the roads -Fix the water problem
Mainstreet TheShaw January 15, 2013 at 07:23 PM
Remove Jeff Scrima from office. Turn Mayor's job to part tme.
Marti January 15, 2013 at 11:37 PM
Get rid of the 2 hr parking. With all the new shops how can you put a time limit on parking . Food / shopping / knitting Etc.
Scott L January 15, 2013 at 11:51 PM
@Mainstreet TheShaw I knew that when I commented on this thread I would soon hear that same ole resounding, annoying cry of redundancy. Thanks for not letting me down ;-) Truly, if you think that removing one single person from city government can solve all the purported problems that you perceive, why not run for office yourself? Oh, that's right. You hide behind the cloak anonymity... Too bad you don't come out of the closet and actually provide some valid input/insight from your infinite knowledge - and RUN FOR MAYOR already!
fromjanesville2waukesha January 16, 2013 at 03:46 AM
I do agree with Scott L. on the downtown festivities. I would love to see adults be able to walk around with a beer downtown on Friday nights. I take my wife and her friend downtown many Friday night and as the designated driver I would prefer to walk around in the whole blocked off area and check out all of the performers. To those of us travelers, it would much more resemble Beale St in Memphis than Bourbon St in New Orleans. We have a beautiful downtown which is begging for the opportunity.
fromjanesville2waukesha January 16, 2013 at 03:48 AM
Also, I feel that the lot next to Ace should be 24 hour parking, at least on Friday and Saturday night. Let folks who have one too many call a cab without worrying about a ticket on their car.


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