This square of downtown Milwaukee encompasses The Public Museum, the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena, Froedtert Hospital and obviously Fiserv Forum, where the main convention is taking place. Visit Milwaukee’s map is a helpful guide to the zone. Security starts the weekend before the DNC rolls into town on the 11th and 12th, and ends right when the convention does on the 16th.
It’s important to note that this security zone is not the official perimeter, where security checks will take place and you will need all-important credentials to join the party. The formal perimeter will be announced on a later date. What police released today was what they called a “security footprint,” which mostly means there will be heightened security in the area.
None of the businesses within the boundary of the footprint will be asked to close. If you work there, you’ll be able to get into your office (apologies to anyone hoping for a DNC vacation). And, of course, if you live there, you’ll still be able to get home. We’re not being cut off from the buzz and activity of the convention, so if you’re looking forward to hanging around, getting lunch and soaking in the politically-charged atmosphere, there are still plentiful opportunities to do so.
But there are still some announcements left to look out for — specifically road closures. When the convention arrives, roads within the zone are going to close and traffic will be affected — you might be sitting there awhile. And access into the heart of DNC action will obviously have restrictions in place, for those of you who were hoping to high-five Elizabeth Warren or tell Mayor Pete about the genius 20-point plan to save America you’ve been cooking up in your basement.
Other than that, the security zone is far from shut down. There will be plentiful activity, businesses will be open and likely thriving, and your life won’t be put on hold.
All right, that’s it. Take a deep breath — it’s going to be a wild week.