By Terry Kovarik
One downtown Sturgeon Bay business owner believes improved connectivity with neighborhoods and pedestrians can make the downtown thrive. Such an approach is working in some Milwaukee neighborhoods and drawing people to downtown businesses. Kate Shepard Utziner, co-owner of Kick Coffee in Sturgeon Bay, says more people took notice of 3rd Avenue businesses when traffic was detoured downtown during reconstruction work on the Bayview Bridge.
Milwaukee successfully adopted concepts of the “Complete Streets” movement, which makes it easier for pedestrains, bikers and mass transit riders to get around in urban areas.