Without digging too deeply, I wanted to find some cities with some basic similarities to West Allis. People in those cities might be interested in a tale about the famed Milwaukee suburb. Here's my criteria for finding these cities: 50,000 to 75,000 population. 4,000 to 6,000 people per square mile. Suburb of a larger city. That's it. Nothing about demographics, crime, income, or whatever. Let's just see what we come up with.

Florissant, Missouri (St. Louis)

Cupertino, California (San Jose)

West Haven, CT (New Haven)

Euclid, OH (Cleveland)

Shoreline, WA (Seattle)

Arcadia, CA (Los Angeles)

White Plains, NY (NYC)

Margate, FL (Miami)

National City, CA (San Diego)

La Mesa, CA (San Diego)

Tamarac, FL (Miami)

Medford, MA (Boston)

Mount Prospect, IL (Chicago)

Taylorsville, UT (Salt Lake City)

Dearborn Heights, MI (Detroit)

Des Plaines, IL (Chicago)

Waltham, MA  (Boston)

Royal Oak, MI (Detroit)

Schenectady, NY (Albany)

Milpitas, CA (San Jose)

St Clair Shores, MI (Detroit)

Skokie, IL (Chicago)

Palatine, IL (Chicago)

Clovis, CA (Fresno)

Largo, FL (Tampa)

Kenner, LA (New Orleans)

Mountain View, CA (San Jose)

New Britain, CT (Hartford)

Schaumburg, IL (Chicago)

Arlington Heights, IL (Chicago)

Beaverton, OR (Portland)


I've never been to any of these cities, at least not that I can remember, so I don't know if there are any similarities to West Allis. Perhaps they are all as uniquely odd as West Allis, with their above-average population density and proximity to a larger city. I'm not sure if the Florida or California ones will mirror West Allis, since many of them were near the beach, so not single-family homes stacked side-by-side.

Anyhow, if you live in one of these towns and noticed something strange in the air, read our tales of West Allis to see if it's spreading.