Continuing to muck around in the eastern end of the Menomonee Valley....
This was Teweles Seed Company in 2003 -- a grungy-looking, ragged old industrial tower from 1918, in brawny concrete and battered brick and glass. The grounds were deserted, home to liittle more than ancient abandoned trucks and dumped tires.
This is the Teweles building today - remarkably renovated into rental apartments, with a shiney modern penthouse addition up top.
It's way too easy to romanticize decay, to lament the passing of the old industrial face of Milwaukee and bemoan the coming of the dreaded condominiums. Don't fall for it. The City Needs More People -- this is the infallible mantra of the savvy urbanist, and will be for many, many years to come. This part of the 5th Ward is a frontier now, but check back in five to ten years and by rights it should be bustling.
(All that said, they seem to be having quite a few management problems.)
More before and after shots may be seen here.