America's Best River Towns? Milwaukee Makes the List!
Outside Magazine asked its readers to vote for the cities in America that are most serious about water recreation and environmental stewardship. The results are in and our very own Milwaukee, Wisconsin was chosen as one of the best places to live in the country!
Here's what Outside Magazine had to say about "a city reinvented as the Silicon Valley of water":
As nearly every voting resident noted, the Milwaukee and Menomonee rivers are now home to greenways bustling with boaters, fishermen, runners, walkers, and bikers. Even the beleaguered Kinnikinnick, which in 2007 was listed by American Rivers as the seventh most endangered in the country, is being nurtured back to life, thanks in part to a $2 million clean-up project.
The other upside to all that water: the trails that border it. “You can run for miles along Lake Michigan without ever hitting a stoplight,” says personal trainer Sara Bayer. The biking’s not bad, either. Some 50 miles of bike trails lace the city and surrounding areas. So many, notes Valerie Tergerson, who volunteers at Vulture Space, a free DIY-bike-repair shop, that “you can practically ride to Chicago,” 90 miles to the south. Of course, “sipping a beer at the pubs along the river” is perfectly acceptable, too, as native Jim Harings notes. And this might be what Milwaukee does best. Several voters simply wrote “BEER.” But the most common response by far was “summer.” Which makes sense. Because while winter here can be brutally cold and dreary, there’s nothing better than whooping it up in the sun with a bunch of Milwaukeeans.
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