Milwaukee Is Up Against New York City in a City Showdown

You have 24 hours to vote for Milwaukee!

On Oct. 25, Nolan Gray, a city planner and housing researcher at UCLA, created a bracket pitting 64 United States cities against each other.

He tweeted out the bracket under the title “The 2021 Gray Invitational” and invited everyone to vote for each matchup to determine the greatest city. Milwaukee was given a 10 seed and faced off against No. 7 seed Austin, Texas, in the first round.

That first round, Gray said that the Milwaukee poll had the biggest audience. We beat out Austin, and the bracket started to gain steam around local tweeters intent on bringing Milwaukee to the championship.

Buoyed by civic pride, Milwaukee got on a hot streak.

In the next round, we beat 2-seeded Miami, and then 3-seeded San Francisco, and then took down our neighbors 4-seeded Minneapolis. In the final four, we were face-to-face with the No. 1 seed, Chicago, and like a neglected sibling finally snapping after years of abuse, we leapt brutally upon the city to our south and beat them into submission.

That brings us to the final round of the 2021 Gray Invitational – Milwaukee vs. New York City. The showdown went live midday Friday and voting remains open for 24 hours. Cast your vote on Twitter, here:



Archer is the managing editor at Milwaukee Magazine. Some say he is a great warrior and prophet, a man of boundless sight in a world gone blind, a denizen of truth and goodness, a beacon of hope shining bright in this dark world. Others say he smells like cheese.