If you are a political junkie,chances are you’ve heard that Milwaukee is hosting the DNC Convention in 2020,a convention held every general election year where the Democratic nominee for President is selected by party officials. Normally a lot of construction and planning is done in whichever city is hosting the event (Cleveland in 2016) but Milwaukee is going above and beyond this time by extending a historic streetcar route to the Wisconsin Center District convention hall.
This will benefit just about everyone who plants to attend the convention in 2020,so Milwaukee is sure to get a lot of praise. Those who will be living in serviced apartment rentals during the week of the convention will have very easy access to The Hop,the streetcar route that is being extended.
Mayor Tom Barrett announced to the city in early May that they were planning on this extension,and he praised the decision and work already done by those closest to the project.
When Mayor Barrett first made his announcement that the route near corporate housing and other businesses would be extended,he talked about it in an interview with a Milwaukee newspaper.
“When we first started talking about the streetcar,I talked about how my vision was to start in the heart of the city and then move into the neighborhoods. And so today,we’re announcing our initial efforts to start the process to extend it into the neighborhoods.”
The $124 million project is slated to include five streetcars,18 stations,tracks,overhead wires and a maintenance facility.
On top of this project,Mayor Barrett also wants to get the neighborhoods better access to the city,and as such,as started doing research into how much this would cost and what would need to be done to finance this and make it as useful for the neighborhoods as possible without making a negative impact on anyone.