Driving through the city of Milwaukee you never really notice the number of parking lots at every corner. In Jason McDowell's article, “These buildings were demolished for soulless surface parking spaces”, you can imagine each desolate concrete field and can hear the slight resentment in McDowell's voice as he mentions the old historic buildings that at one time took up these spaces. He refers to these buildings as ghosts, long gone, but their presence remains in the other architectural elements. Parking lots add nothing to the environment around us besides the convenience of parking. While he mentions how many of these buildings were removed for a number of reasons he also mentions many remedies to take their place; such as parks, seasonal activities, and other creative uses for the land. The erasure of history and personality from the city is quite sad and will continue until one day the entire city is concrete fields and newfangled condos.
"A parking lot is nobody’s territory" - Arijit Sen
The news. Love it or hate it can't live without it. From reading the newspaper to scrolling on your phone the news has taken many forms throughout the years. Today, there is an endless internet supply of articles, journals, and guides to whatever your specific needs and interests are. So, I get the majority of my news from twitter. I never said it was the most reliable source but the humor intertwined within makes it the most enjoyable for me. Tone is a very important part of reading for me and everybody likes something a little different. I instantly know whether or not I’ll love it based on the tone. Some are a lot more serious, strictly business, while others are filled with personality and flavor. From the list of Milwaukee based websites some stood out more than others.
OnMilwaukee had a plethora of guides and lists about Milwaukee. I would definitely look at this site to figure out where to get brunch next or how summerfest went. The tone is very friendly and inviting while getting straight to the point. The layout and web design add to the friendly tone with bright colors and user friendly layout. There isn't much fluff which is nice and the reads are enjoyable and entertaining. Overall kind of generic, but it’s effective in what it does.
MilwaukeeMag seems very current and with the times. Sleek design, minimal color, and noticeable tabs make it easy to navigate. The tone of some of the articles are fun and fresh and like OnMilwaukee very straight to the point. I enjoy how queer artists are involved allowing there to be different approaches within the writing. The one written by Dear Ruthie had a great personality and I love when there is humor involved.
Looking at these sources gives a great overview of professional writing and how it works. Each writer has their own voice and style and now it's time to find mine.