Saturday, December 27, 2008

Everybody's going downtown

The lights are much brighter there
You can forget all your troubles, forget all your cares
So go downtown, things'll be great when you're
Downtown - no finer place, for sure
Downtown - everything's waiting for you

I know I talk about it a lot, but downtown Waukesha is open for business. Pete Kennedy takes a mini-tour of the downtown restaurants and bumps into our mayor in his snow Crocs (okay, Pete doesn't mention the Crocs). My only caution to Waukesha residents is that we shouldn't get discouraged if a few of these new ventures fail. As much as I would like to see them all succeed, I know the probabilities when it comes to new businesses failing. Still, many of them should succeed, and with any luck we'll finally put an end to the city that closes up at 6:00 PM.

I can't help but note the irony that we're building the downtown with the kind of restaurants and bars that are higher end in quality, while Pabst Farms (the planned upscale development in Waukesha County) is dead in the water. Not one big development engineered by the county in the middle of nowhere, but a city embracing a bunch of small developments. Perhaps the unique and high-end stores will follow the crowd and come... downtown.

Jerry: The song Downtown? You mean the Petula Clark song?
George: Yeah.
Jerry: You sure he didn't just mention it because you happened to be going downtown?
George: I think he was trying to tell me something, like it had some sort of a meaning.
Jerry: Okay, so how does it go?
George: 'When you're alone, and life is making you lonely, you can always go...'
Jerry: '... downtown.'
George: 'Maybe you know some little places to go, where they never close...'
Jerry: '...downtown.'
George: Wait a second. 'Little places to go, where they never close.' What's a little place that never closes?
Jerry: Seven-eleven?
George: 'Just listen to the music of the traffic, in the city. Linger on the sidewalk, where the neon lights are pretty.' Where the neon lights are pretty. The Broadway area?
Jerry: No, that's midtown.
George: 'The lights are much brighter there. You can forget all your troubles, forget all your cares, just go...'
Jerry: '...downtown.'
George: 'Things'll be great, when you're...'
Jerry: '...downtown.'