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Takin' the Blog for a Walk discovered a new route to work this week. Every few weeks I ride the bus a couple extra blocks east for the next month's supply of Wisconsin Coach tickets from a little shop on Water Street. Instead of taking the sidewalk south past boutiques, salons, cafe's, galleries and restaurants, I decided to follow the boardwalk next to the Milwaukee River to see where it would lead me. I enjoyed it so much that I tried it again the next day -- on the other side.
I've been on the Milwaukee Riverwalk a few times. I enjoy the sculpture but never felt as enthused about the walk as I probably should have. It has variety and it's nice and wide with plenty of places to relax over the lunch hour. There's so much to see and, in summer with RiverSplash and other events, there's a lot to do. But it's still cement. It feels like a continuation of the street or sidewalk instead of a continuation of the river.
That's why I was thrilled to discover the Third Ward Riverwalk Tuesday. It begins at an interesting plaza across Water Street from the Milwaukee Public Market.
The wooden walkway meanders south past bistros and condos. It has a much warmer feel than cement and I get a much different perspective of the river. It feels closer to the water and there's natural plantings and beefy wooden benches along the way. It seems quieter than downtown even though it's only a couple blocks from there.