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Streetfilms: Going Car-Free in Milwaukee

8:25 AM PDT on August 21, 2008

New York has its Summer Streets Series, Los Angeles has Car Free Wilshire on Earth Day, but for the Livable Streets movement it will need to catch on in places that aren't some of the largest streets in America.

On a recent visit to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Streetfilms contributor Nick Whitaker captured two car-free events happening at once.

First, the Brady Street Festival, which has roots going back to the1970s, was recently revived. Brady Street Festival is a car-free eventfeaturing delicious fare from award winning Wisconsin cheese makers andorganic seasonal treats, live music, crafts, beer, and a camel ride!

A short distance away is the Downer Ave Race, celebrating its 40thanniversary. Bicycle racers have chosen it frequently as one of the topraces in the U.S., according to VeloNews. More than 12,000 people attendthe race each year to enjoy the music, food, and fun that make thisevent a great neighborhood party that lasts long after the races areover.

(First paragraph edited by Damien Newton)

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