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What is your story? How did you end up in Milwaukee?Ian Abston

I actually grew up in Milwaukee, but my family moved to Oak Creek when I was in 6th grade. When I was younger, I didn't realize how cool the city was. I moved to Green Bay for college and to Madison for law school, but I came back to Milwaukee often to visit friends - it was then that I fell in love with the city. There was always something to do and the people were fantastic, so I targeted Milwaukee when I was searching for legal jobs, and luckily, I was able to find one here.

What keeps you in Milwaukee/What do you like best about Milwaukee?

I love Milwaukee because there's always something to do here. There are festivals and concerts constantly, Brewers and Bucks games to attend, and there's always a new bar, restaurant or brewery to check out. It also doesn’t hurt that my parents and twin sister live really close - so I always have people to do all of these activities with.

Favorite spot in the city?

The Third Ward. There are just so many fun things to do there.

Milwaukee festival you are eager to attend each year?

Bastille Days. It's one of the smaller Milwaukee festivals, but it's a ton of fun. Every year the festival is kicked off with a 5k "storm the bastille" run, where thousands of people storm through the streets of downtown Milwaukee after dark. It's incredible.

What drew you to Echelon?

I moved to Milwaukee pretty recently, so I was drawn by the fact that Echelon would give me the opportunity to help make my new city a better place to live. I'm also excited to meet more people in the city.

What struggles do you see our city dealing with? What can our generation do to help?

I think Milwaukee's biggest issue is the segregation the city still faces. Milwaukee is one of the most segregated cities in the entire country. I love this city, but it saddens me to know that a lot of the people who live here have not, and might not ever, have the same kind of experience that I've had here. Our generation can help by not turning a blind eye and facing the issue head on.