Milwaukee's Riverwest neighborhood was recently ranked one of top neighborhoods in the country for living well.
Milwaukee's Riverwest neighborhood was recently ranked one of top neighborhoods in the country for living well.

Riverwest named one of the best neighborhoods to live in the United States

Milwaukee has no shortage of great neighborhoods – one of them being Riverwest. The area just west of the Milwaukee River is an eclectic neighborhood of families, artists, professionals and one of the most diverse ones as well. 

Lifehacker took note of the neighborhood yesterday when it shared new maps from Trulia ranking neighborhoods by how well you can live there. Trulia, a real estate website, analyzed neighborhoods across the U.S. to see which ones had: "low traffic, places to play (including parks, trails and indoor bounce houses for the little ones), and places for health and day care (such as hospitals, pharmacies, and day care locations)."

While these are not the only criteria for people on considering where to live, they certainly are important ones.

Trulia took the data above and then broke down the neighborhoods by city size and ranked them in small, mid-size and large metros. Riverwest came in fifth in mid-sized metros behind Outer Sunset, San Francisco; West Riverside, New Orleans; Crestview, Austin; and Driftwood, Fort Lauderdale. You can read the full story here

While the Riverwest ranking is fantastic – and I am a Riverwester – I have to be curious how it would have changed had other things – such as crime or poverty levels – been taken into account. These are certainly issues that may be a deal breaker for others, though the positives for Riverwest much out-weigh the negative. That's why I choose to live here. 

What do you think, Milwaukee? Is Riverwest finally getting the accolades it deserves? 

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The Shamrock Club of Wisconsin and Westown Association can't wait to see you next Saturday.
The Shamrock Club of Wisconsin and Westown Association can't wait to see you next Saturday.

6 reasons to catch the St. Patrick's Day Parade

One of my favorite events of the season is coming up next weekend -- and this year it will be bigger and better than ever. The Shamrock Club (in partnership with Westown Association) will kick off its 50th annual St. Patrick's Day Parade at noon on Saturday, March 12, and you should be there.

Here are six reasons why: 

1. 50th anniversary

Milwaukee’s first St. Patrick’s Day parade dates back to 1843, making it the seventh oldest in the nation. Our big Downtown parade predates the incorporation of the State of Wisconsin and the City of Milwaukee. The current iteration celebrates five decades this year.

2. Irish dancers

Milwaukee now boasts six schools of Irish dance: Cashel-Dennehy, Glencastle, Kinsella,
McMenamin, Beglan Academy of Irish Dance, and Trinity, all of which will appear in the parade, plus the O’Dell Irish Dancers from Central Wisconsin. That is a lot of ringlet curls and legs flailing about. 

3. Bagpipers

Slainte! #milwaukee

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My favorite are the bagpipers. How can you not enjoy the heritage and joy emitting from them? 

4. Green beer or Jamo at a local watering hole

Nothing but #irish pride at The Harp. #Milwaukee #stpatricksday

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The bars along the route will have beer ready for you to imbibe, no doubt. You could partake in some, or just be really smart and get a Guinness, Harp or a Jameson cocktail. My favorite spot to take in after is at The Harp. Keep in mind this isn't amateur day – please make me proud, Milwaukee. 

5. Leprechauns

The leprechauns will be out in full force and they don't get much cuter than this. Seriously. 

6. Wolfhounds

Sure, you might think an Irish Setter is prettier, but I love the wolfhounds. Their shaggy hair is just waiting for you to pet it, and they will always be sure to give you a sweet, wet, nose nudge. …

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