Allison grew up on the east side of Wauwatosa, and now is a musician and piano teacher who lives on the west side of Tosa with her husband Nick. She enjoys listening to live music, attending local arts events, baking and good wine.
I'll try to keep this short and sweet.
I read this article a couple weeks ago, and have been meaning to respond. If the Wauwatosa Women's Club wants to be any sort of community center, it has got to find more parking. I was disappointed to read that the neighbors of the club are so opposed. And I was surprised to read that the club only hosts 24 rental events each year.
If you have ever been inside the building, you know what a gorgeous facility it is. It is very versatile - I happened to be playing their with a chamber ensemble I am a part of, for an art auction (great stage, by the way!). This was a rental event. I'm aware that wedding receptions occur there, as well as other private events.
What I learned as a musician coming in for the event was that I need to spend significantly more time bulking up at the Wiscosin Athletic Club if I ever want to load things in to the Tosa Women's Club again. Not only did I have to park a number of blocks away, but in doing so I really only wanted to make one trip in with my things, so very awkwardly struggled along with my instrument, music stand, and over-sized bag of music while in concert dress. I don't think I've ever had to walk that far for a gig.
Next time I'll have to hire a roadie to carry my French horn (can I bill the city for that?). I can only imagine what older visitors to the club experience.
It is such a great building that could have so much potential for our community - if we allowed it to. Come on, people - help us help you.
Oh, and by the way - my husband and I are both long-time Tosa residents. When we got married a couple years back we held our reception at the Elm Grove Women's Club. They have an excellent parking situation there.