Jason Stuewe

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Where do you work and what makes your role awesome?
I work at Summerfest as an Architectural Designer and Project Manager. What makes my role awesome? We throw the biggest party in the world, so working for Summerfest makes my role pretty awesome. On top of that I get to plan, build, and help shape the future of this festival. The epic party and unforgettable live music is just a bonus I guess.

How long have you lived in MKE & what brought you here?
I’ve lived here for 15 years. I came to town for college at UWM and just couldn’t bring myself to leave. I was lucky enough to land this gig at Summerfest out of college and have been living here ever since.

What do you love most about MKE?
Summer! Nothing beat’s Milwaukee’s parks, beer gardens, street cafés or summer festivals. Summers in Milwaukee are second to none!

What is something that is missing from our community that you would love to see implemented?
I miss the Packers. Let the packers play a couple of games in Milwaukee again.

What is one word that you would use to describe MKE?
Beer!

Where do you see MKE in 5 years?
I think we’ll see the impact of all of this urban development. The city’s tough industrial nature combined with the thriving construction industry will help move this city forward. Businesses will continue to come downtown and thrive with all of the infrastructure, live-work housing, arts and entertainment. We’ll be a stronger community than ever.

If you could create one thing in MKE, what would it be?
A strategic social and economic plan to de-segregate our neighborhoods while bringing social and economic stability to every corner of Milwaukee.

What local restaurant is at the top of your list?
Saz’s. Great food, beer, and a free shuttle to the Brewer games. Beats dealing with Miller Park lots every time.

What is your biggest hope for this city?
Social and economic de-segregation of our neighborhoods.

What is your favorite MKE tradition?
Summerfest followed by Brewers opening day.

What does your ideal MKE weekend look like?
Grilling out, going for a bike ride on the Oak Leaf trail to the Estabrook Beer Garden capped off with a great Brewer game, or some time on the river.

What neighborhood do you live in and why do you love it?
Since I spend more time in the Third Ward than I do at home, it feels like I live there. The third ward has the best food, beer, and character unlike any other neighborhood. On any given night you can find a quiet corner in a park, go shopping at the market, find some live music in a bar, or chill with a drink on the water. There’s so much variety in such a small neighborhood.

What’s your favorite hidden gem or secret fact about the city?
Barnacle buds isn’t really a hidden gem anymore, but it is one of my favorite hangout spots.

What do you think is going to be a game changer for the city in the year of 2017?
Exposure: Summerfest’s 50th year! No music festival in the US has ever hit this milestone! City development: The light rail project. People can hate, but this is step 1 in a major urban infrastructure improvement that this city needed to complete. The opportunities that this project creates are endless.