MILWAUKEE (WITI) -- A dozen huddled in the back stage bowels of the Pabst Theater -- but no one took to the stage to share a song. All shared their uncensored visions of Milwaukee's future.
Monday, March 11th marked the third time "Envisioning the Seen" has brought together some of the city's best and brightest over a few drinks.
They discussed their take on issues from leadership to politics.
"It's the easiest thing in the world to do, is gripe about your politician," one person said.
"Complaining about leadership is a waste of time," another participant said.
"What you guys are saying is people have to step up. Be your own leader," one Milwaukeean said.
Some praised Monday's announcement of a multi-million dollar Lakefront development plan. Others asked, why just the Lakefront?
"How do we do something as incredible and significant on North Avenue in the central city?" one participant said.
Economic hardships were not overlooked. Tough issues surfaced, without simple answers.
"We're talking about unemployment in the inner city. We're talking about how to fix it," one participant said.
"Foreclosures are serious. We've got 8,000, 10,000 homes," another person said.
It was a night of discussion on center stage with the hope more progress will follow.
The speakers Monday night ranged in expertise from real estate, to sports, to the arts.