ON-Lion Letter
"There's a little-known refuge from the hustle and bustle of Milwaukee’s downtown, where a weary soul can escape the cacophony of traffic and pounding jackhammers," begins Dan Benson's article in the Spring 2016 issue of Wisconsin Interest, published by the Wisconsin Policy Research Institute (WPRI) in Milwaukee.

"The atmosphere inside the Downtown Transit Center [DTC], 909 E. Michigan St., is cathedral-like, with its soaring ceilings and light shafting through the high windows across the floor of the 140-seat waiting room," continues Benson, WPRI's 21st Century Federalism editor.  "Other than the occasional bus driver or construction worker passing through to use the restrooms or vending machines, or a sleeping homeless person being rousted by the on-site manager, a soul can read quietly or sit in general contemplation undisturbed.

"It wasn't supposed to be that way -- and won't be for much longer," Benson writes.

"The Downtown Transit Center, which was financed mostly with a $10 million federal grant and opened in October 1992 with a fair amount of hoopla, will be torn down in the coming months to make way for the Couture, a high-rise, lakefront luxury apartment complex," according to Benson.

Milwaukee's Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation substantially supports WPRI, including Benson's work there.

"So far," his article says, "taxpayers have poured more than $19 million into the transit center.

"According to a development agreement for the Couture project presented in 2014, 'Although called the Downtown Transit Center, currently there are no connections to transit.  The DTC site is used only as a terminal point for buses,' basically a $19 million spot for them to turn around."
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