Dustin Cuhel moved into the Ludwig Von Baumbach Residence with his partner, a young son, and their cat, Stinky. A bit of adventurer, Cuhel moved from the Lake Superior area to Minneapolis, then to Green Bay, and, finally to Milwaukee in 2005. He describes himself as having a passion for "the old, the odd, and the unusual things in life." He collects and resells items from rummage sales and other such venues. He also works on small motorcycles and mopeds. Storage space was, thus, a key criterion in his house search, and he found this house on the internet using 'barn' as a keyword.
Cuhel sees himself as a newcomer with respect to Washington Park, venturing out in the neighborhood with hopes of finding rich cultural activities in the Washington Park area. He believes that the neighborhood has great potential for small businesses and hopes to contribute positively to the economy of the neighborhood.
Home prices are low in the Washington Park, making a home affordable in this neighborhood. Cuhel acknowledges that of the media image of Washington Park may be negative due to the prevalent perception of crime. He hopes that such perceptions will change as more and more people actually visit this neighborhood and participate in cultural events. He hopes to contribute to the cultural life of this neighborhood and although he hasn't yet been able to find a suitable neighborhood association he has plans to seek them out as he settles in.
The Cuhel household is beginning to get enchanted with the house, its history and how it looks and feels, as well as the neighborhood and the Park. He loves to drive around the neighborhood and walk around the Park in front of his new home with his son.
Dustin Cuhel, interview by Leonardo Moises and Salman Hussain, June 2014.
Dustin talks about how he found the Von Baumbach house.
Dustin explains how the neighborhood's image changes.
Dustin shares his first impressions of Washington Park and counters people's perceptions of this neighborhood.