Milwaukee, apparently, is the last major U.S. city that does NOT have light rail being built.
Imagine! It's only 2008, and already we're talking about the Last city to get light rail !
The Milwaukee mayor wants light rail. The County Executive, Scott Walker, who represents the suburbs around Milwaukee, wants buses. They can't agree.
NineShift co-author Julie Coates discovered why the big bus-rail disagreement. Mr. Walker is trying to save suburbia. Suburban businesses, corporate campuses, malls, tax base, the wealthiest citizens, swimming pools - - you name it, the suburbs got the best life in all the world. Walker doesn't want to lose that to dense neighborhoods clustered around light rail.
But no one can save the suburbs. The only viable response is to build light rail, or heavy rail stations, in "downtown" suburbs (define or determine 'downtown' any way you-they want) and restructure suburbs around dense neighborhoods, just like urban neighborhoods are doing. You'll see lots more attempts to save suburbia, you just won't see any success.