Yesterday's Milwaukee

Interior of Academy of Music, 1876

Advertised as the best opera house west of New York, it was indeed an elegant hall.

Academy of Music, 1860s

Built where the new Marriott Hotel now stands, it was the city's most prestigious opera house.


Bike Czar

Will Supreme Court Ruling Close Bike Trails?

Decision on ownership of railroad right of ways could affect bike trails in Wisconsin and nationally.

The Growth in Air Travelers Arriving by Bike

They laughed when a bike rack was installed at Mitchell Airport, but on some days it's nearly full.


Photo Galleries

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

From the Sheriff to Irish dancers, it was all smiles in the parade.

Riverwest Apartments Going Up

Three of the four buildings in the RowHouse 31 project on Humboldt Ave are nearly finished.


The State of Politics

New Champion of the City

New council president Michael Murphy is bluntly honest about state politicians in an interview.

Walker Delays On Three Tough Issues

No decision before election on new Bucks arena, proposed Kenosha casino and how to fund new highway construction.


Plenty of Horne

Wisconsin Center’s Leadership Adrift?

Many of the board's seats are either vacant or held by legally unqualified individuals.

The Transit Agenda

Supporters headed to the State Capitol for "Public Transportation Day," meeting with legislators, promoting their agenda, and handing out awards.



Highbury Pub Is For Soccer Lovers

The Bay View bar has become world famous for its crazed fans.

Sabbatic, a Neighborhood Bar with Punk Blood

The Walker’s Point’s spot also boasts some of the town’s longest happy hours.


Bruce Murphy

The New Paul Ryan

In his efforts to separate himself from Mitt Romney, Ryan has provided some scary insights into his politics.

Who Is Mary Burke?

After meeting and interviewing her, I still find Burke something of an enigma.


Eyes on Milwaukee

Taxi Cab Lottery Has Light Turnout

Though there were 1,706 applications for 100 new licenses, only about 200 showed up for the lottery. But the show must go on! -- and did.

North End Phase Gets $2 Million in Funding

And the Pedal Tavern gets approved, with caveats, in Common Council actions.


House Confidential

Louis Armstrong Slept Here

Palmer St. residence of Dorothy Greer was once a hotel for black stars of jazz.

David Hatch’s Little Hideaway

The Hatco owner has a city hideaway above a 6-car garage (built in 1907) that was the scene of a lurid, alleged assault.


Neighborhood News

Program Gives Renters Chance to Buy Foreclosed Homes

South Side non-profit rehabs vacant homes and sets up rent-to-own deals.

City Unveils Design Ideas for Bronzeville

Six architectural firms helped with ideas, centered around west North Avenue.


City Business


The downtown co-working space aims to build -- one entrepreneur at a time -- a new Milwaukee economy.

Outpost Natural Foods

How a tiny co-op on Kane Place grew into an organic colossus.


Bill Lueders

Why Open Records Are Important

Moves to make government records less accessible are well-meant -- but wrong.

Bill Requiring Background Check On Gun Buyers Won’t Pass

92% of poll respondents favor it, but a high percentage of Wisconsin legislators disagree.