Streetcar MKE Streetcar "The Hop": Overview

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Highlights of the Route
Overview of Areas
  • The Third Ward Mixed Use: From the corner of N Broadway and E St Paul Ave, you can explore a unique architectural, historical, and cultural setting that is unparalleled in the entire state of Wisconsin in terms of walkability, mixed uses, and a largely intact cluster of repurposed historic buildings. The Historic Third Ward is home to businesses, an art school, restaurants, bars, coffeeshops, spas, theaters, galleries, boutiques, apartments, condos, dorms for the art school, and more. Area: Public Market.
  • Cathedral Square Entertainment: Near the corner of N Jefferson St and and E Wells St, you'll find lively restaurants and bars; major festivals including Bastille Days, Jazz in the Park, a farmers market, and more. This is part of the East Town neighborhood. Areas: Cathedral Square and Wells Street
  • N Jackson St and E Ogden St Practicality: you'll find two full-service grocery stores plus familiar chain eateries. At Jackson at Juneau, you can go to the Metro Market grocery or stop near Jackson and Ogden and go to the East Pointe Marketplace for the Pick N Save grocery store plus familiar quick-service eateries. Areas: Juneau Avenue and East Pointe
  • Wisconsin Avenue Businesses: Within two blocks of the streetcar stops on Wisconsin Avenue (at Broadway and at Milwaukee), you have everything from the 37-floor 100 East Building to the 30-floor 411 building, the historic Milwaukee Club, the US Federal Courthouse, the 250 Building, the historic Wells Building, the historic Railway Exchange Building, and the historic Iron Block Building. See MilwaukeeDowntown.com. Areas: Wisconsin Avenue and Wells Street
  • Generally residential: The blocks along North Jackson and along East Ogden contains thousands of apartments and condos--from large apartment and condo complexes to small buildings with studio apartments. The area around the steeple of All Saints Cathedral is called "Yankee Hill" (not to be confused with the apartment and condo towers called Yankee Hill on Jackson and State) and is an area of historic mansions, hotels, churches, and smaller apartment buildings. Of course, there are hundreds of other places to live throughout the area along the route, but this area has a larger proportion of residential population than other segments of the route. Areas: Juneau Avenue, East Pointe, and Burns Commons
  • The most empty area: Aside from the fantastic Milwaukee Intermodal Station, Stone Creek Factory cafe, the streetcar barn itself, and the intruiging Pritzlaff Building, the streetcar route west of the Milwaukee River along St Paul is remarkably empty. Further to the north, Westown offers the convention center complex, the former "Shops of Grand Avenue," offices, apartments, and considerable amounts of car storage. The US Post office on St Paul still occupies its bunker-like building straddling the railroad tracks; and there are empty lots along the Milwaukee River along Plankinton Avenue. Areas: Plankinton Avenue and Intermodal Station
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Burns Commons

Hop Stop: Burns Commons (terminus)

MKE Photo Album Album

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