“We have a dangerous situation,” Soglin said in an interview. “What am I going to do when some child playing on the Square or State Street picks up a needle and is infected? This is about health, safety and crime.”
Flashback to July 22, 1990, and this excerpt from "State Street -- a road less traveled," an article in the Wisconsin State Journal.
The State Street championed by then-and-now Mayor Paul Soglin achieved one goal: to transform a deteriorating, congested shopping district into a distinctive, culturally vibrant area of shops, sidewalk cafes, street musicians and horse-drawn surreys.
UPDATE: State Street stalwarts, 6 years later. (2/1/2015)