Here at Milwaukee Record, we employ a sentient machine known as the Great Job, Milwaukee!-Bot (similar to OnMilwaukee’s Jeff Sherman-Bot 8000) to keep track of the city’s many appearances on dopey online lists. “11 Cities You Wouldn’t Expect For Tech,” “America’s Manliest Cities,” and, of course, “Top 10 Cities For Trick Or Treating” have all been identified by our ’bot in the past, who then glumly shares said lists on Facebook and Twitter, sighs, gently places its cyborg head on its cyborg desk, and cries cyborg tears. Better it than us.
And so it goes for today’s Great Job, Milwaukee! installment, which finds Milwaukee randomly lumped into an incredibly stupid, incredibly shrug-worthy Yahoo! Travel list, “7 Underrated but Intriguing U.S. Cities You Need to Visit.” Underrated and intriguing?! Holy shit! So what makes our fair U.S. city kind of lame but vaguely meh, and worthy of a list that also includes Northwest Arkansas? How about our annual “Summer Fest,” as well as the “hotbed of culturally rich happenings” known as the Milwaukee Theatre? And, um, our dining and, er, some more fests. Or something. With dead-on assessments like that, it’s easy to believe that author Anne Roderique-Jones is a lifelong Milwaukeean who whistles her way past the Bronze Fonz every morning while sipping a Colectivo coffee from an Official Stainless Steel MilwaukeeHome Water Bottle (yours for $12!), and not, say, a New York-based freelance travel writer with no knowledge of Milwaukee at all and who would just like to cash this check, please. Great job, Milwaukee! We guess. [h/t Claire Hanan]