What Does Muskego Need?

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BK from Muskego

Milwaukee, WI

#1 Mar 20, 2010
First off, I found this site on Suzi Link's link on MyMuskegoNOW.com . This is my first visit to this site, and most of you have come off cold and rude in my opinion. The Facebook group "You Know You Live in Muskego if..." has many teens, current residents, and former residents, and they are nicer and less rude than the adults of the city. But since it is Muskego's only forum page, I guess I have to stay.

So here's my question: In terms of businesses, stores, restaurants, and other things (NOT new government), what does Muskego need?
BK from Muskego

Milwaukee, WI

#2 Mar 20, 2010
***That should say "than the adults of the city in this forum group." Not all Muskego citizens are rude. In fact, most are kind, caring, and respectful.
Suzi Link

Germantown, WI

#3 Mar 21, 2010
BK from Muskego:

Welscome. I just recently found out about TOPIX myself. I find it informative. Having never seen FACEBOOK, I have no basis for comparison.

I agree that some of the exchanges have been, for lack of a better term, heated, but you have to remind yourself that people can become very passionate about home, which includes more than the house they live in.

You will find that "What Muskego Needs" will depend on who you talk to (not a big surprize). If you want my "answer", we need jobs that pay a living wage (defined as a full-time job with benefits which pays enough to support a family of 2 above the poverty level). Right now we are on the verge of losing almost 60 of these "above minimum wage, full-time" jobs if Salentine Buick does not get its Buick franchise reinstated.

As a rule of thumb (including the businesses I founded with my husband) stores and restaurants use mostly low-paid, part-time employees with few or no benifits (medical, dental, etc.).

So, I guess my answer to your question would have to be light- to medium- industrial commercial businesses.

Again, welcome to this Fourum. I look forward to hearing your observations and suggestions.
BK from Muskego

Milwaukee, WI

#4 Mar 21, 2010
Suzi,

May I ask what business you own? Is it in the city?

Also, I heard that Salentine has been chosen to get their franchise back from GM. Is this true?
Suzi Link

Germantown, WI

#5 Mar 21, 2010
BK

My husband and I own three laundromats, one gift shop and a tanning salon.(I am disabled and am no longer able to participate in the operation if the businesses.) He is also a real estate broker specializing in assisting homeowners in difficulty.

His real estate business includes part of Muskego, but none of our shops are in Muskego. Before you ask, this is primarily because the Muskego market was already oversaturated in our core businesses based on demographics and trends before we opened our first shop.

For your second question, the best information I have is Salentine had been placed on a list of approximately 600 "suspended" franchises nationally which were being "CONSIDERED FOR REINSTATEMENT".

You might have more current information than I do, but that was the status when I checked this past week to see if there was anything we could do to help tip the scales in their favor (e-mails to legislators, visits to offices, etc.).

I promise that, if there is anything we can do to help them regain the franchise, I WILL START A NEW THREAD HERE to rally troups.

And, for the record, I am thrilled that a high schooler is interested in community issues. I know how many different directions you guys are pulled in (between course-work, jobs, sports, potential college, etc) I applaud you for adding this to your plate.
Mark

Milwaukee, WI

#6 Mar 23, 2010
Muskego needs sensible retail and restaurant businesses. Moorland Road is the most sensible location for these. As for the downtown area, I would prefer no more strip malls. Actually, a restaurant on the lake would be great.
Terry

Kenosha, WI

#7 Apr 6, 2010
Muskego needs better planning and an actual downtown area. Also someone needs to stand up to that guy who is holding the land across from Pick & Save hostage. That is prime land the city could use to enhance the city! Is there not an Eminent Domain law in Muskego? The land is used for absolutely nothing worthwhile and the guy uses the flimsy, disingenuous excuse that he is growing trees to somehow prevent the city from acquiring the land. This is ridiculous!
Picks

Saint Petersburg, FL

#8 Apr 20, 2010
"Downtown" needs to be razed and rebuilt. No more tanning salons, nail salons and banks. What's the message Muskego is trying to send? You'd at least think most of the soccer mom's in town would be tanned and well manicured.

I'd like to see Racine Ave between Janesville and Woods get a bike path and drop the speed limit. That's probably the most realistic thing available without killing the budget.

Looking forward to seeing what the city will do with the proposed park on Little Muskego. Nice lake, no restaurants? Never understood that.

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