If the design wasn't good, this flag would have died. But now it's more popular than ever.
Last year, college student Joe Franke and founder of ActivakeMKE, put together a team to renovate the two ragged basketball courts at Tiefenthaler Park in the Midtown neighborhood. We went back to take a look now that the "floor" of one of the two courts has been painted, following a design by Steve Kodis.
It's your last chance to voice your opinion on the People's Flag of Milwaukee. Maybe for real this time.
"The simplicity of the design and rich symbolism got our gears spinning, and it was only natural for us to express our support the best way we knew how, to design a bike around it."
After more than 6,000 votes, the winner of the People's Flag of Milwaukee has been chosen by its citizens. The winning flag design was announced on June 14 at the 88.9 RadioMilwaukee headquarters. Find out why this design won and what happens next.
Thoughts passed through my head like: This design is striking. Do these colors mean Milwaukee to me? What was this person thinking? How is this related to the city? I never would have picked these colors, but it's bold, so I think I like it. This one is bold but it misses the mark. I wonder if the final five can be as good as this one.
As OnMilwaukee prepares to toss its hat into the ring - that is, into the contest to redesign the Milwaukee flag - we asked the guru of Brew City history, who is a judge in the contest, about the history of the flag, what came before it and what ought to come next.
It took 50 years for Milwaukee's citizenry to gather enough interest to attempt to tackle the project once more, but the design, which currently flies on our flag today also helped illustrate the definition of "Design by Committee."