Sunday Sound-off: What do you think of Bayshore Town Center?
Bayshore Town Center opened on Thursday, and since then, thousands of Milwaukeeans have flocked to the scene. A number of shops are yet to open, including the much-anticipated Trader Joe's and Apple Store, but there is still plenty of shopping to be had. So, what do you think? Does the new Bayshore live up to your expectations -- or are you disappointed?
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Last week's question: Should Milwaukee trick or treat at night?
I think Halloween trick or treating should be at night, perhaps from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. on HALLOWEEN night. I see no reason not to. I don't think the safety is that great, and it certainly isn't as fun. After all, we don't celebrate every Christmas on a Sunday, do we?Clark Willis
I actually like Milwaukee's trick or treating schedule. It is at a time where you can sleep in late or go to bed early. I am a happy camper when giving out candy because it is at a mellow time frame.Catina Cole
I think it should be at night. I hate how cutesy Halloween has gotten over the years, thanks to places like Target. Halloween is supposed to be spooky, ghoulish and down-right frightening. Halloween these days is missing the suspense and magic that makes the holiday unique.Meredith Smythe
I've lived near Bayshore all my life and enjoyed the ease of shopping that the mall offered. I could drive to Banana Republic, swiftly park close, do my shopping and be on my way. Now things have drastically changed for the worse. I really don't want to park on level 3, 4 blocks from where I want to shop-and then try to find your car- not fun. I really don't want to dodge cars and horse drawn carriages. Am I at universal studios? I rally don't want to go in and out and take my coat off and put it on. No fun. Maybe I would have enjoyed it if there would have been more stores. But it seems that there are stores and then a lot of vacant space! It reminds me of the Grove in LA, but someone at the Mall must have forgotten what the weather's like in Milwaukee - and they even forgot covered walkways! The sad thing is that I drove out to Mayfair and was able to park quicker and get into Banana Republic faster than Bayshore. Too bad I have to drive to Mayfair now to shop.
Shaun(a) said: Hank I think that was well said! This discussion is wayyyyyyyy out of control, and for what? Are we really fighting this hard over the design of a mall? Some of you have become way too jaded. Oh and since when is soda edible?
Tabitha said: Originally, I said BTC was “nice”. It was the usual Milwaukee area defenders that harold it as “the best thing that ever happened to us” as they look through rose colored glasses. To so many in our area “even a little” improvement is grandiose. I don’t HATE it (or everything in Milwaukee). It’s just that things like the BTC are, in my humble opinion, just pretty average—even if they are new and improved. While I support the things that are nice in the Milwaukee area, I still see so many things here are done on a mediocre scale, and once they are, so many people think that it is ENOUGH since they at least did something. But, in convincing us that this is a new way to bake bread, the amount of hype used to sell us a new concept is over-rated. It often does not live up to the “every 20 minute update” weeks before an opening that our morning news shows say its going to be. Its like, “we need this because, and this will cure the blahs, and it’s the greatest thing to ever happen to us” but oftentimes its like a bottle of soda water that’s flat when you open it.... It’s still edible…but it’s just not what we expected when it was sold to us. Some of the same people on here that now are saying “STOP CRITIZING” the BTC and “stop comparing it to” other places, miss the point. Some are the same one’s who tried to convince us last year that the new MILWAUKEE MARKET was what we needed, and it was “just like” those in other cities, and that it will be a “tourist magnet.” Well, surprise surprise. It wasn’t, and it isn’t, and now several news sources have reported its problems, it’s poor sales and its changeovers in only one year. In the middle of the fall harvest season, there were only 5-6 outdoor vendors selling. And even some of those I frequented told me that they were struggling. Yet if I ask half of the readers on here, or condo owners in the ‘Ward, so many will say it is perfect…and still the management refuses to make it what is “just like” in other cities and expand its food court beyond 20% to boost sales. The media--and especially the developers--all hyped these things as “the best” and why it will be so grandiose and such a destination for all to come see. The money and the upscale communities of the North Shore were the target for BTC, with a unigue blend of working class employees needing jobs so close at hand to stock the shelves and serve us our food. Let’s wait a year and see and THEN redo this string.
Tammy said: I'm not a Chain hater... I'm often a voice for supporting local business, but I'm not a chain hater. I just don't understand the mentality of 'gee, Milwaukee's finally made it' when we get another chain in our city. "Oh finally!! A Trader Joe's - there hasn't been a place to shop until this international chain owned by Aldi's finally deemed lowly ole Milwaukee grand enough to grace us with it's cookie cutter presence!" - Or insert any other chain you like - I feel the same. Go to Indianapolis... go to a suburb of Chicago.. go to Brookfield - you can't even tell what city in you're in anymore. And that's why I advocate for supporting local business - it keeps Milwaukee, Milwaukee and not just another cog in the united retail states of America. People who really care about preserving the city or town they call home support local business and yes, sometimes demand that those same businesses improve. I think Bay Shore,er, Glendale Town Center is not a bad thing, but it's a mall - NOT a town or city. I'll keep calling it what it is and fight like hell every chance I get to keep Milwaukee the unique city I love. Sure there's room for chains, but not at the expense of looking like every other place. What people forget is that chains are a double edge sword - it feels like they're expanding options and selection, but in fact they control our access to many unique products buy carefully editing the selections they offer. Think about it.
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