[Updated, 10:45] Here's something that people in Milwaukee fully understand and the rest of the state ignores or undervalues: Milwaukee County leads the state in tourism spending, the Journal Sentinel reports.
But the Walker administration, politically hostile to Milwaukee and all things urban, posts and features many non-City of Milwaukee, non-urban images, destinations and specific businesses on the state's official tourism web page - - except for a photo of a Milwaukee-area Interstate Highway and directional sign, I kid you not (click on it and it takes you to a WisDOT travel safe/road conditions' website) - - with this main text block:
Welcome to Wisconsin!
Throughout the year, the state of Wisconsin welcomes visitors from far and wide with countless exciting travel options. Visit extraordinary natural wonders such as Cave of the Mounds or the Apostle Islands. See the landscape in a whole new way with a thrilling zip line adventure. If you’re all about the great outdoors, Wisconsin is a paradise for hunters, fishermen, and campers. Foodies, wine, and beer lovers will delight in discovering Wisconsin’s artisan cheese makers, wineries, and breweries; as well as farmers markets and award-winning restaurants. Great places like Wisconsin Dells, Door County, and Lake Geneva offer tons of options for family fun as well as resorts for romantic getaways. Golfing, boating, skiing, shopping, and sightseeing are just some of the activities you’ll find during a trip to Wisconsin. Whatever it is you like to do; Travel Wisconsin has something special in store for you!
I don't see a single City of Milwaukee upcoming event listed in "Things To Do," nor a single restaurant, sub and sandwich shop, Bed & Breakfast, pub, tavern, fast food joint, hotel or motel - - not even a coffee shop - - on the site's featured lists.
What? Milwaukee residents and businesses don't pay taxes to the state which puts up this website and sends commerce elsewhere?
Why does the state sell a single recreational culture to potential visitors? Cabins and kayaking and waterfalls and off-road vehicles - - not that there's anything wrong with that - - but what about the rest of the state?
And, really: Hiking Wisconsin trails is promoted with a photo that takes you to "Walk with Walker" - - which is a list of walks with Tonette Walker, pictured? In an election year?
A tab takes you to South Central Wisconsin, where The Dells gets the lede and as much text as Madison.
The Southeast Wisconsin tab give Milwaukee four lines (and, wow, finally a photo of the Calatrava is thrown up, but Lake Geneva and its fancy homes belonging to Chicago owners is in the same paragraph.
Why isn't the Milwaukee business community raising holy hell over this? They put Walker in office; where's the reciprocity?
I don't see a feature or obvious photo with a person of color.
Why does this administration's anti-urban bias - - remember when Walker, seeking gubernatorial votes against Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, warned against Barrett turning Wisconsin into "another Milwaukee" - - have to infect so much of what it does in our names?