LETTER: Art and entertainment would enrich life in downtown Port

To Ozaukee Press:

I’ve lived most of my life in Ozaukee County, but I’m new to Port Washington. And I’m crazy-happy to be here! I chose Port because of what I perceived as “fresh energy.” A town that’s closed to new ideas quickly becomes tired, the old guard not leaving room for the new, leaving “for sale” signs in their wake.

My dad, Bob Monnot, was a Grafton banker, responsible for developing new business. I inherited his entrepreneurial spirit and respect for fiscal responsibility. From this vantage point, I look at my new town. Although I don’t pretend to have answers, I can’t help imagining how Port might grow as it broadens its economic base.

I left Cedarburg largely because I was ready to downsize to a condo, and Cedarburg didn’t have what I wanted.  I wanted my new home to be close to shops and entertainment, something beautiful and soundly built, and chose Harbor Lights. I have lots of creative energy to spend on my new city, as do many who live in condos in downtown Port. We love carrying our shopping bags to the dry cleaners, beauty salons, butcher shop and bakery. We love dining here. The future Port I imagine embraces these downtown condos and the sustained economy they bring.

The next step? An entertainment venue! This gives residents a local place to spend our money, broadens our outlook and draws visitors year round, strengthening our economic base. And if I can dream further, I might hope for a sculpture trail, one that draws visitors all times of the year to view beauty and moves them around this amazing city, offering photo ops for posting—giving us free marketing (think of The Fonz in Milwaukee).

Port has a fascinating history and unique flavor. How can we keep what we love, while broadening our economic, year round base? I don’t yet know what makes the Blues Factory controversial.  But from my new vantage point, it seems like a good idea, a forward-thinking trade for parking, which needs to be addressed anyway.

Barbara Joosse 

Port Washington

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