Powering the MCRC

I’ve been mightily impressed and encouraged by the organized opposition to the plans to erect towers for the power lines needed at the Milwaukee County Research Complex.

While it’s clear that the the institution requires more power, it’s also clear that Wauwatosa’s attractiveness to residents and businesses  would suffer by turning our community into an industrial park.

I am persuaded that the extra cost of burying the lines — particularly when we look at the lifetime of the installation — is well worth the preservation of our parkways and the overall aesthetic of our community.

Economic development need not and must not openly conflict with the qualities of our city that we are not necessarily able to quantify in dollars and cents (and sense).

My congratulations to the citizens and officials who have come together to stand for livability in Wauwatosa.