Archives for May 2013

Walking Tour Brochure of 20 North Point Historic Buildings Available

A wonderful brochure is now available to lead you on a self-guided tour of 20 of HWTN’s most significant historic buildings. Print out and use the brochure as you explore the neighborhood’s fascinating historical treasures by foot, bike or car. You’ll learn fascinating facts about these buildings that will help you enjoy and appreciate our area even more.

East Side Trains: Take A Pictorial Tour at HWTN’s June 5 Meeting

When the wind is right, train whistles still echo across the East Side, including the Historic Water Tower Neighborhood, but they’re always coming from another part of town.

Chicago & North Western’s “Peninsula 400” train from Green Bay easing south down the hill from Lafayette Place and about to rumble under the former Brady Street footbridge on its way to the downtown lakefront depot in the summer of 1954. The site no longer has tracks and is part of the paved recreational Oak Leaf Trail. Jim Scribbins photo.

Before the 1980s, however, the neighborhood had its own railroad scene, and an auspicious one at that. Whether it was the luxury passenger trains of the Chicago & North Western on the lakefront, or the workaday freight trains of the Milwaukee Road’s “Beer Line,” there was plenty of railroading within earshot of Prospect and North.

Kevin P. Keefe

Kevin P. Keefe

Local journalist and HWTN member Kevin P. Keefe takes us on a pictorial tour of the trains of the East Side, including such memorial subjects as the late, lamented North Western depot; the Twin Cities 400 passenger trains; and the Humboldt Yards.

Kevin is former editor of Kalmbach Publishing Co.‘s Trains Magazine and currently vice president-editorial, publisher of Kalmbach.

His talk takes place at 7 p.m. Wednesday June 5 in Lake Park Pavilion’s Marcia Coles Community Room, below Bartolotta’s Lake Park Bistro. It’s free and open to the public. HWTN’s regular monthly meeting will follow Kevin’s talk. We start gathering around 6:45 for conversation and Bartolotta coffee and cookies.


HWTN 2013 Spring Parks Clean-Up Another Big Success

When you’re out enjoying beautiful Back Bay Park and Water Tower Park this summer, be aware of the work of about a dozen HWTN members, including several children, who spent the morning of April 20 filling around 25 bags with bottles, cans, glass, plastic, paper and a lot of unimaginable yuck to make these scenic green spaces even more enjoyable and beautiful.

IMG_4358As part HWTN’s 2rd Annual Parks Spring Clean-Up, our hearty and hard-working volunteers filled 14 28-gallon bags with garbage and 12 13-gallon bags with recycleables. In addition to cleaning the main areas of the parks, we picked up garbage all the way to the bottom of the hill in Back Pay Park and off of about 80% of the bluff near Water Tower Park.

Parts of the parks haven’t been cleaned in years — among the older items we uncovered was an 8-track tape! Check out a photo album of our team, refreshments and garbage from the fulfilling morning. Special thanks to VP of Events Lise Sadagopan for bringing morning treats and organizing the event. Others who rolled up their sleeves and pitched in included Jeff Bentoff, Linda Gaalaas, Thea Kovac, Jeff Loss, Rich Russell, Ava Viohl, Bridget Viohl, Adrian Zilvetti, Antonio Zilvetti and Nicco Zilvetti.

Hope to see you in HWTN parks this summer, and at our 3rd annual clean-up in 2014!

June 5 meeting features history of trains on Milwaukee’s East Side

Mark your calendar for Wednesday June 5 and a fascinating talk on how trains affected the development of the HWTN neighborhood. It’ll be presented by Kevin Keefe, vice president-editorial and publisher of Kalmbach Publishing Co. and former editor of its Trains Magazine (and an HWTN member).

The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. in Lake Park Pavilion’s Marcia Coles Community Room. Watch this space, our Facebook page and member emails for more details.

Assessments in HWTN drop slightly, mirroring overall city decrease

Disappointing news for some HWTN homeowners: The average assessment of homes in our area has dropped slightly in the last year, according to city figures just released.

HousesThe average home value in the city assessment “neighborhood” that includes HWTN dropped from $460,882 last year to $450,367 in the latest revaluation of city properties. That change in our area’s average translates into an average home value drop of 2.28%, close to the average citywide decrease of 2.94%. Our area’s median home value dropped from $409,600 to $397,300.

A special section on the assessor’s office website provides details about the recently released revaluation. (HWTN is within assessment neighborhood 3060.)