Every Wednesday at noon, Ryan Schleicher, Evan Rytlewski, and Matt Wild take to the WMSE airwaves to discuss all things Milwaukee. This half-hour fun-fest is called The Disclaimer, so named because none of the oft-ridiculous views expressed on the show necessarily reflect the views of the hosts’ employers. Milwaukee music, Milwaukee art, Milwaukee events, and D.I.Y. lawn care tips are frequently discussed—and rarely agreed upon. The Disclaimer: Talk radio for the sane.
If you haven’t been keeping up with the increasingly heated and hilariously passive-aggressive fight over the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts’ suddenly controversial grove of chestnut trees, well, you’re not alone. But there are folks who care passionately about this fight, so here we go. Evan fills Ryan and Matt in on the whole ordeal, from the Marcus Center’s initial redevelopment plans to the Historic Preservation Committee’s decision to “award” the site permanent historic designation. Are preservation advocates trying to preserve a history that’s already lost, as Evan claims? What about the Marcus Center’s clear disdain for the chestnut grove? What about accessibility issues? And why is there suddenly a chain link fence surrounding an area that, six months ago, no one thought twice about?