my family and I (husband, 2 year old son, and dog) will be moving to the city of Milwaukee at the end of this month. We're currently living in the state of Oregon, and so we're researching the city as much as possible from afar.
We'll be living IN the city, since that's a requirement of my husband's future employer. I've come across many suggestions for family-friendly and dog-friendly communities outside of the city limits, but want suggestions from moms regarding safe, family-friendly communities WITHIN the city.
As for me, I'm currently a SAHM and am eventually hoping to return to work part-time but only after my 2 year old makes the transition. Despite my Washington, DC upbringing, I must share that the population of Milwaukee feels very daunting at the moment, since I know no one there and we've been living in a very small town (pop. 10,000) these last three years. Therefore, I'd love to find a neighborhood that feels more like a small community. Not leaning towards one ethnic community or another -- just want to know what other moms feel good about. :)
Suggestions? Any ideas are welcome!