Friday, October 7, 2011

Some downtown dynamics

1st Congregational UCC, 100 E. Broadway, Waukesha
gets new roof. Involved first ripping off the ancient slate shingles.
Prior to that, tuckpointing and exterior painting took place
as the church prepares strong further life in the downtown its inhabited since

Vacant storefront next to Dave's Restaurant prepares to welcome the new Chamber of Commerce office, we hear.

D-Mo's restaurant in the Clark Hotel at the five points (across from the raccoon news' headquarters,) according to The Freeman is 'belly up'.
Optimistic sign in window says "Re-opening soon. SORRY FOR THE INCONVENIENCE".

Taylor's PEOPLE'S PARK RESTAURANT at Clinton and Main is busy rebuilding after a tragic fire. They are hoping for a Thanksgiving 2011 re-opening.

The ephemeral construction dust from Taylor's is regularly-swept at the side door next to the Healing Forest art studio, 807 Clinton St.

The downtown limestone of which many of the buildings are constructed 'came to be' in the Silurian Age, from 417 - 37 million years ago. Here a piece of temporal feather boa in pink rests on gone-soon weeds at the base of a Silurian chunk of facade limestone.

The irony and beauty of downtown Waukesha is hard to miss.

A cat across the street from us on South St. holds forth regularly from a second floor apartment window.

The old post office under which, in delightful catacombs, is located the alleged central meeting hall of the sewer raccoons. It is the hub of all the sewer pathways in the sewer raccoon district.

A maple tree on a hillside behind the Putney building, where we reside currently, is photographed fuzzily from the parking structure roof down the street, across from the old post office. (Now known in this incarnation as The Rotunda.)

The Odd Fellows emblem appears in the roof-line of the Putney, as seen in the picture. It includes three forged links of a chain and an all-seeing eye.

The passage-way to our front door at the Putney is right above the silver car, above.

Many youths reside here.

A honey locust tree out our windows is currently golden, offering a counterpoint to the leaded glass Waukesha seal in our window.

If you come visit us soon, you will see another downtown temporary manifestation on our otherwise unmarked front door, down at the end of the long 3rd floor hallway. One (1) Chinese Lantern. They are usually seen in rich clusters, aren't they?

If you are coming, or want to -
contact us first: Ph 262-547-1427; Email
308 South St., 311, Waukesha 53186


Many people have worked hard with their imaginations, money and sweat to create the ever-evolving downtown that we enjoy. We thank them!


In Waukesha

We don’t think about it very much anymore

but the ghosts of native Indians might;

we walk, or alas, drive their ancient trading trails

paved many times over;

even our later inter-urban streetcar tracks

are now out of sight,

buried like their lightly-beaten paths

by time and poured concrete

and newcomers can’t get the gist of traveling downtown,

can’t figure these streets out because so many diagonals

cut through strangely, they say.

But it was all so simple then

for the woodland people

to follow their converging spoke-like paths

to the now downtown five points trading posts

No doubt

going through thick woods

from their outlying settlements,

intending to live forever in their homeland

upon which they trod so gently

Pioneers built great improvements

on their sacred burial grounds

and cannons stand in the library park

passing time’s additions, tentatively,

muddying the purer water of days

dim to us, unknown;

But not to the ghosts

who watched flowing streams

clear away many other silty stirrings

only for a moment hiding customary clarity

We are being watched by these patient spirits

these spector ‘savages’ who knew so much.

Their way to our downtown

is abiding.