I am a mama, student, and wannabe writer with a passion for community development and organizing. I want to explore and help build the narrative of the City of Cudahy.
On a sunny Monday morning, I met with Heidi Dauer over coffee at Fixx Cafe in Saint Francis. It was likely the quietest part of her day--her daughters in school and work not yet started, but she generously gave me an hour of her time in which she shared her experiences and thoughts.
Heidi lives in a quiet neighborhood near Ladish with her husband Mike, a master plumber, and her daughters Clara and Natalie. Her family did not originally intend to end up in Cudahy, but found the house while driving through the city and fell in love with the amount of space the property offered, the cost, closeness to Lake Michigan, and the small-town feel while still being close enough to Milwaukee. Living on a large property has given the Dauers the opportunity to expand the garage, Mike’s favorite part of the house.
Good morning, Cudahy!
I am embarking upon a new project to map the assets of the city--this is a part of my senior project at Alverno College, but also can be useful and applicable to future development. Asset mapping consists of surveying residents to see what people like the most about their community. Assets can include individuals, groups, businesses, charities, churches, geographical locations, or anything you feel makes Cudahy a good place to live.
The results will be posted on a website that I have created for this project, in roughly six weeks. I am trying to up my web design skills to the point where I can create an actual overhead map of the city that links to each contribution. If I can’t do that, items will be listed.
The second part of this project is identifying what talents or skills our residents have to share. Taking stock of a community’s abilities and willingness to contribute is a good step towards creating an identity.
If you would like to contribute to this project, you can find the survey here: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/M6BFWXX
Thanks for your time, take care, and stay warm!