We Hate You Steve Smith

No, reporters at the Journal Sentinel are not happy about all the layoffs. And they clearly blame the company’s CEO.

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East Town and Second Courthouse, 1875

The modest skyline at the time was also dominated by St. John's Cathedral, before its first tower was replaced.

Jefferson Street, 1873

The dirt street where the new courthouse was located was mostly residential or empty. That would change quickly.

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Can Milwaukee Upgrade to Gold Ranking?

City officials pledge to work towards upgrading the city's national, bicycle-friendly ranking from bronze to gold.

Santa Cycle Rampage Goes National

Milwaukee had as many as 1,000 cycling Santas, and cities like Boston, Chicago, Kansas City and Minneapolis also had rampages.

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Dohmen Moves to Historic Third Ward

The consulting company relocates to neighborhood where it all began 156 years ago.

Walker’s Landing Coming to Commerce Street

The $19.5 million, 133-unit apartment complex along the river will fill in one of the last developable pieces of land on the Beerline.

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Forest Home Library Replacement Decided, Mill Road Deferred

New library on Mitchell St. could bring "Third Ward-caliber energy" to the south side neighborhood, John Gurda predicts.

Mystery of the Curve’s Urinal

Russ Klisch and I set out to rescue a massive old urinal from a tavern about to be torn down. Then things got complicated.

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Why the Swing Park Failed

It became a comedy of errors, but raises serious questions about the city’s strategy for “creative placemaking.”

Paving the Lakefront with Concrete

WisDOT deal with city will create a 10-lane roadway along the lake.

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“I have no trust in the judicial system.”

Lu Ann Will's mentally-ill son was shot by police answering her call for help. She still doesn't understand how it happened.

Alex Lasry

"Marc, Wes, Jamie and the Bucks are determined to help rejuvenate the city."

“The one thing that can make us come together”

Emanuel Coe, 21, has suffered the deaths of four members of his extended family. He didn't even cry at the last funeral.

Maurice Thomas

"I believe we can change the life outcomes for students in our community..."

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How a Gun Club Pollutes Lake Michigan

The Cudahy Gun Club’s shooters add one ton of lead to the lake per year. So why does the county board allow this?

Cops in Shootings Should Be Promptly Named

Police Chief Flynn waited more than five months to identify officer who shot Dontre Hamilton. The public deserves better.

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Fendt Fired by Southside Organizing Committee

Had led group 22 years, board members vague on reasons for dumping him.

County Mental Health Board’s Slow Start Prompts Questions

Volunteer board and emphasis on community-based care has worked in other cities but going slow here.

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Foundation Helps Herb Kohl Get $20 Million Windfall

His “$100 million gift” to Greater Milwaukee Foundation will gain him huge tax break for supporting new NBA arena.

Walker’s Battle Against Birth Control

State audit that could shut down family planning clinics may be latest of his anti-contraception efforts.

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Council Delays Streetcar Until January

Minority of aldermen were able to use city charter provision to delay project for one month, but a majority seems poised to approve it.

Committee Takes No Action on Streetcar

Public Works Committee votes to send streetcar proposal to full council, setting up a showdown Dec. 16th.

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Dohmen Moves to Historic Third Ward

The consulting company relocates to neighborhood where it all began 156 years ago.

Walker’s Landing Coming to Commerce Street

The $19.5 million, 133-unit apartment complex along the river will fill in one of the last developable pieces of land on the Beerline.

Rep. Brostoff’s Historic East Side Condo

The new assemblyman lives in an 1870s building once used for rooming houses, but now elegantly refurbished, like most of the neighborhood.

Construction Underway at The North End

Mandel Group is building the third phase of their "neighborhood by design" -- to plug "the doughnut hole in Downtown."

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Bicycle Shop Invests in Lincoln Avenue

Ben's Cycle owner also bought an old movie theater, and next will redevelop former bakery into mixed-use building.

We Hate You Steve Smith

No, reporters at the Journal Sentinel are not happy about all the layoffs. And they clearly blame the company’s CEO.

The Rise in Income Inequality

The problem is national, but choices made by Walker and the Republicans may widen or reduce it in Wisconsin

The Hen House

Brass Rooster has opened a second hat shop, this one for the ladies.

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Wisconsin Taxes and Inequality

Have Walker’s tax changes increased or decreased inequality in the state?

Foundation Helps Herb Kohl Get $20 Million Windfall

His “$100 million gift” to Greater Milwaukee Foundation will gain him huge tax break for supporting new NBA arena.

How a Gun Club Pollutes Lake Michigan

The Cudahy Gun Club’s shooters add one ton of lead to the lake per year. So why does the county board allow this?

State Fights Plan to Cut Carbon Emissions

Plan would cut emissions by 34% and costs for state, Walker administration figures show. So why the resistance?

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The Whole Cityscape

Call it a bonus round: an assemblage of photos taken in my tour of many great vantage points in Milwaukee.

From The Pfister Hotel

At dusk, the 23rd floor of the Pfister Hotel tower offers beautiful views of a changing city

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Street Safety Lags in America

America is failing at improving road safety, but how is Wisconsin doing?

The Physical Benefits of Biking and Walking Paths

Study shows people living near trails get more exercise, leading to better health.

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