A group supporting Brady Street businesses and sponsoring a study to potentially ban cars on parts of the street has a new executive director.
Michael Sander replaces Rachel Taylor, who resigned from the Brady Street Business Improvement District in November.
Sander previously served as executive director of Kids from Wisconsin, a nonprofit youth music program.
“I believe in the power of collaboration and community-driven initiatives, and I am committed to working with Brady Street businesses and residents to continue building a thriving and inclusive neighborhood,” Sander said. .
Sander's vision for Brady Street includes “implementing innovative strategies, promoting cultural events, and strengthening partnerships with neighboring communities,” the borough said in a statement.
Sander “will bring a fresh perspective and dynamic leadership to the Brady Street BID,” said Leroy Barth, district board president.
“His passion for community development and dedication to creating vibrant and welcoming communities make him the perfect fit for this role,” Bues said in a statement.
Sander told the Journal Sentinel he is gathering input from neighbors and businesses about the district's 2023 study, which will recommend road changes that would improve safety.
The study, released in June, recommended closing portions of Brady Street to motor vehicle traffic, which would require approval from the City Council and Mayor Cavalier Johnson.
The district's board has not voted on whether to support the study's proposal.
In August, the Department of Public Works created new lane striping on a portion of Brady Street near the North Arlington Place intersection that uses curves instead of straight lines. It is designed to slow down the car.
Additionally, four parking spaces (two of which were temporarily used as loading zones) in front of two restaurants, Dorsia and La Masa, were removed.
The zoning board said the change made the street less safe by “bringing high-speed vehicles closer to the curb.” The board also said the change hurt businesses on that portion of Brady Street.
Over the past year or so, several high-profile crashes on Brady Street have garnered attention, including a fatal hit-and-run in September 2022 and a hit-and-run that seriously injured people last summer.
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