Milwaukee is not a perfect city.
Milwaukee is a city of extremes. There are brutal winters and sticky, sweltering summers. There are shiny new arenas and condos. There are racial wounds — some of which are healing, some of which are still fresh. There are revitalized neighborhoods bustling with fresh energy, and there are specters of shuttered factories looming over zip codes and generations.
In other words, Milwaukee is a lot like every other city in America: complicated.
But while most cities actively try to smooth over and brush aside their complications, Milwaukee is doing something revolutionary: owning the flaws, acknowledging the complexities, and inviting new and lifelong residents to work together to create the city’s future.