Stairs at Buchner Pool.
I like that the City has preserved the limestone stairs around this park instead of replacing them with concrete ones. Its a nice reminder of the history and age of the park. However, the asphalt walkway around the pool and near the volleyball court is out of place and tacky.
Recognize this sign? If you’ve ever traveled down Main Street west of downtown near The Strand chances are the answer is yes. You also may have wondered why there was no actual street there, just what appears to be a driveway or alley. I foolishly assumed it was just one of those custom made signs that people order from the back of a catalog but I decided to use the Google machine to see if there was more to the story. Indeed there is. According to the book Latinos in Waukesha, in 2006 the alley was named in honor of the Melendes family, who were the first Latino immigrants to Waukesha and the first to own a home here.
The book also noted that some in the Latino community thought that it was kind of shitty of Waukesha to only name an alley and not an actual road after this important family. I thought the same thing. However it was the Melendes family that requested that the alley bear the family name because of what it represented. The alley ran led right to the doorstep of the Melendes home and represented a path to a new life for Hispanic immigrants. It also was the gateway to the cultural neighborhood around The Strand, which itself has quite the history, but that’s for another post.
For more about the Melendes family, The Strand, or the history of Latinos in the City, check out Latinos in Waukesha by Walter Sava Ph.D. and Anselmo Villarreal. I know the Library has several copies and you might be able to find it (or special order it at Martha Merrell’s) You can also look at the book via Google Books. I have skimmed through the Google Books version and it looks like a fascinating read.
This is a pretty interesting video showing what businesses used to be in different locations around town. The loss of all those grocery stores is kind of a bummer, the loss of a bunch of shitty fast food chains, on the other hand, is actually progress in my opinion.
Gone from Waukesha’s “inner core” (by russmon1204)
Erik Endres shares some nice pics of the anticipated rooftop bar at Peoples Park. Looks like it might be the best place to drink in Waukesha since the Springhouse!
Of all the artists selected for Guitar Town, Tom Knoll seems to be the best fit. He’s known for his electrifying paintings of guitarists and musicians. Follow his progress on his 10-foot Gibson over at his website.
Latinos in Waukesha (WI) (Images of America)
WaukeshaÃ‚Â’s Latino community continues to keep pace with the growth that has characterized Latino demographics in the last 20 years. About 15,000 Latinos are now Waukesha County residents, and there are very unique qualities ascribed to this…