Filed under: Action, Capitalism, Gentrification, Graffiti, Midwest
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The following report and photo was sent to It’s Going Down anonymously, which we reprint below.
Milwaukee’s upcoming opening of the trolley—known locally as “the hop”—served as a good time to remind the city that we know who they’re looking out for and who they neglect. As articulated on the posters that were wheat pasted to the glass shelters at two stops,
“THIS TROLLEY WAS BUILT TO BENEFIT THE RICH WHO LIVE DOWNTOWN, THE COMPANIES LOCATED THERE AND THE TOURISTS WHO SUPPORT THEM
THIS ALLOCATION OF FUNDS CONFIRMS THE IDEA THAT THE CITY CARES MORE ABOUT THE COMFORTABLE LIFESTYLE OF THE RICH THAN THE LIVES OF THE CITIZENS WHO ARE STRUGGLING. FAILING INFRASTRUCTURE THROUGHOUT MILWAUKEE SIGNIFICANTLY LIMITS OPTIONS FOR HOUSING AND WORK FOR THE PEOPLE WHO NEED IT MOST
THIS TROLLEY SUPPORTS THE DIVIDE BETWEEN THE RICH AND THE POOR IN THE CITY OF MILWAUKEE—MAINTAINING THAT IT’S A PLACE WHERE THE RICH ARE EMBRACED AND THE POOR ARE DISPLACED”
The trolley is scheduled to open on November 2nd and will connect a minimal portion of the downtown & lower east side neighborhoods, stretching only from the Amtrak station to Burns Commons Park, passing tourist hot spots like the Milwaukee Public Market and the Pfister hotel, as well as stretches of bars and shops. Their intentions are clear.
Using refillable condiment bottles and a 12” paint roller, our pasters were able to move quickly to and from the spot, as well as not creating a mess on themselves. As the lookouts warned of approaching cars, they were able to step away without leaving any materials behind that would draw the attention of whoever was passing by.