Dick Steinberg has resided in the city of Brookfield for 35 years. He served 34 years as municipal judge and has been an attorney for 50 years. He enjoys tennis, golf, biking and creative writing, which includes legal issues, sports, government and people.
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Having lived in the City of Brookfield for nearly one-half of my life my thoughts reflect on Days
My immediate reaction when I bought a vacant lot almost 37 years ago was the vast open space in a natural environment away from the big city. I grew up at 2019 W. State St. in a lower flat with a perfect view of the street car tracks and the traffic.
My new neighbors upon moving in were quick to offer a friendly welcome and the atmosphere in the city was likewise friendly. There were no computers, cell phones or other high speed technology so most communication was either in person or by telephone.
When Mayor Wirth retired a major issue was a proposal to build retirement condominiums and residents were concerned that it would affect their property values and lifestyle.
There were local gathering places like Judge' Beyond The Reef (a restaurant),Phillips Pharmacy (now Walgreens), Karters Restaurant and Pilgrim Square, now a vacant restaurant. You could go to any of them and always see someone you knew or met for the first time.
Brookfield Square had a movie theater and it was a favorite entertainment place where you could shop and see a good movie.
Not to mention the popcorn and a low ticket price.
There was not much hard core crime to worry about and you always felt safe from personal intrusion. Mini-bikes were popular and traffic was moderate.
These are only some of my memories of my life in the City of Brookfield, the best place to be.