Empower Wisconsin | Dec. 12, 2019
By M.D. Kittle
Late last year, Milwaukee city officials sounded almost helpless about what to do with scores of homeless living in a “tent city” beneath the Interstate 794 overpass at North 6th and West Clybourn streets.
Of course, their pretense of assertiveness melted when city officials brought in two Porta-A-Johns to the encampment.
Truth is, the city and the state did little to take care of the homeless problem for years. That is, Milwaukee was selected as host of the the 2020 Democratic National Convention.
Then the homeless had to go.
Before that, their anaemic efforts to “fix” the problem repeatedly failed — for lack of enforcement and lack of interest.
The police directives ordering the removal of the encampments from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation-owned property and the “no trespassing” signs did nothing to stop the ebb and flow of the homeless. The warnings were never heeded and never enforced.
“The evictions never materialized, and the number of occupants began to multiply. Their visibility increased when makeshift cardboard and wood structures were replaced through donations of tents by average citizens and grassroots volunteer groups like the Street Angels,” the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.
For a city committed to cleaning up the health hazard that was the homeless encampments, it sure made a comfortable campsite under the overpass.
As conservative talk show host Dan O’Donnell noted earlier this year, it’s obvious Gov. Tony Evers and Mayor Tom Barrett don’t want the “Tent City eyesore around as Democratic National Committee members” prepare for July’s convention — taking place just a few blocks away at the Fiserve Forum.
City officials have said as much.
“We’ve got to have this conversation,” Ald. Mark Borkowski said at a recent Common Council meeting. “The world’s going to be looking at us in July.”
Conveniently, the city has come up with a reason to get rid of it’s public-relations nightmare — a green infrastructure project” under the freeway that will make their DNC climate change alarmist pals green with envy.
Milwaukee’s leaders could have confronted the problem head on years ago. They found their courage when they realized that the world was about to witness generations of liberal failure a couple blocks away from the liberal party of the year.
The plan will “help Milwaukee adapt to climate change while creating a healthier and more resilient city,” states the executive summary for the plan, approved by the Common Council and Barrett last year. Its next phase could also include an “unusual urban mountain bike course” — every homeless person’s dream.
Why now? It’s rather obvious that neither the Governor nor the Mayor want the Tent City eyesore around as Democratic National Committee members make more frequent visits to town in advance of next July’s Democratic National Convention, which will take place just a few blocks away at the Fiserv Forum.
Milwaukee government officials, like those in other liberal-run cities, have reaped what they have sown in the homeless crisis. Their failure to act with approval of the city, the Hunger Task Force deployed two Porta-A-Johns at “Tent City.”
North 6th and West Clybourn Streets tent city of homeless people isn’t the kind of image self-congratulatory liberal Milwaukee leaders like Mayor Tom Barrett want to showcase to the world when Wisconsin’s biggest city welcomes the Democratic National Convention in July.
Thankfully, the host community may not have to worry about the public-relations blemish — thanks to a plan that displaces the homeless in the name of tackling climate change.
Gov. Tony Evers’ state Department of Transportation in October ordered scores of homeless residents off the property it owns beneath the Interstate 794 overpass at North 6th and West Clybourn Streets.
All Of A Sudden … Interesting, before Milwaukee shooed its homeless, it gave them portapotties.
The site began gaining media attention almost two years ago when it and other encampments were targeted for removal by the city, which said they had become health hazards.
Police placed signs at the sites ordering the removal of property within 10 days, and the DOT placed “no trespassing” signs warning that violators would be subject to municipal citations.
The evictions never materialized, and the number of occupants began to multiply. Their visibility increased when makeshift cardboard and wood structures were replaced through donations of tents by average citizens and grassroots volunteer groups like the Street Angels.
“The State DOT, County DOT and City of Milwaukee (Department of Public Works) have been incredibly understanding and patient regarding the encampment situation and have allowed the bathrooms to remain up to this point, without a permit,” Collins-Dyke said.