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East Tosa Alliance Looks Forward with Redevelopment Plan in Place

By Jim Price  | July 10, 2011

Resident architect draws on his interest in urban planning to promote investment in North Avenue district.

When Ed Haydin, as a young architect, bought his home in Tosa’s East Town, he imagined it as a stopover, just as many others have. He planned to stay about four years in the neighborhood of mostly modest properties, building his professional credentials and salary, and then move up and possibly out – to one of Tosa’s tonier areas, or maybe Brookfield.

That was 15 years ago. Not only has Haydin stayed put in the East Tosa/North Avenue corridor, he has become one of its most impassioned promoters.

Haydin, fellow East Tosan Meg Miller and a handful of other concerned residents orchestrated a volunteer, grass-roots movement, now known as the East Tosa Alliance, to revitalize the stretch of North Avenue from 60th to 76th streets.

On Tuesday, they won a significant victory when the Wauwatosa Common Council adopted a $5.4 million, 15-year redevelopment plan for the business corridor into the city’s master plan.

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