Jeramey Jannene

Jeramey Jannene

President, and co-founder, Urban Milwaukee, Inc.

Jeramey covers real estate, politics, transportation and urban quality-of-life issues for Urban Milwaukee. In addition, Jannene leads the firm’s website development efforts and manages the firm’s internship program.

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Recent Articles

Eyes on Milwaukee: Sherman Park Project Moves Forward
Eyes on Milwaukee

Sherman Park Project Moves Forward

Sherman Phoenix project will rise from ashes of old bank with small city grant.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Commission Approves 27-Story Tower
Eyes on Milwaukee

Commission Approves 27-Story Tower

Madison developer revives 27-story proposal on Prospect next to Goll House.

Friday Photos: Mercantile Building’s Glassy Addition
Friday Photos

Mercantile Building’s Glassy Addition

New addition to historic building is poised to open soon.

Friday Photos: Farwell Tower Emerges
Friday Photos

Farwell Tower Emerges

Core of 13-story apartment building emerges on Lower East Side.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Council Approves Millions of Dollars of Development
Eyes on Milwaukee

Council Approves Millions of Dollars of Development

New construction for Downtown, East Side, Bay View, Menomonee Valley and more.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Council Approves BRT Route Restrictions
Eyes on Milwaukee

Council Approves BRT Route Restrictions

Learn more about what alderman Bauman claims is a route worth studying

Eyes on Milwaukee: Bay View Gateway Approved
Eyes on Milwaukee

Bay View Gateway Approved

But not before Zielinski introduced an amendment that some claim would have derailed project.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Council Still Upset with Chief Flynn
Eyes on Milwaukee

Council Still Upset with Chief Flynn

"Damn right hold it again" proclaims alderman Bob Donovan. Council wants more control of chief.

Friday Photos: NM’s 777 Now Known As 7Seventy7
Friday Photos

NM’s 777 Now Known As 7Seventy7

Apartment tower continues to climb up the city's skyline.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Foxconn Loves Wisconsin, Walker
Eyes on Milwaukee

Foxconn Loves Wisconsin, Walker

Gou says governor is top reason Foxconn coming. Abele has county site in play.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Committee Approves Raft of Projects
Eyes on Milwaukee

Committee Approves Raft of Projects

New construction for Downtown, East Side, Bay View, Menomonee Valley and more.

Eyes on Milwaukee: MKE Brewing Co. Celebrates New Brewery
Eyes on Milwaukee

MKE Brewing Co. Celebrates New Brewery

Breaks ground on new brewery with twice the capacity and rooftop beer garden.

Eyes on Milwaukee: New Apartments for Oak and Loc
Eyes on Milwaukee

New Apartments for Oak and Loc

Neighbors react to 5-story, 55-unit apartment complex for East Side corner.

Friday Photos: Marquette’s Wild Rise
Friday Photos

Marquette’s Wild Rise

New residence hall named after former chancellor is getting taller.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Trestle Park Will Cost $1.2 Million
Eyes on Milwaukee

Trestle Park Will Cost $1.2 Million

Highly-anticipated Third Ward park won't be cheap, but city says costs are reasonable.

Eyes on Milwaukee: City Fighting County on Rapid Transit
Eyes on Milwaukee

City Fighting County on Rapid Transit

Council committee puts restrictions on BRT project, charges county acted in bad faith.

Eyes on Milwaukee: City Panel Okays Second Casino Tower
Eyes on Milwaukee

City Panel Okays Second Casino Tower

New 19-story hotel tower plus expanded convention space gets its first approval.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Row of Condos Planned for Bay View
Eyes on Milwaukee

Row of Condos Planned for Bay View

Ald. Zielinski wanted change from 45-unit complex to 5 single-family condos.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Judge’s Tavern Will Convert to Apartments
Eyes on Milwaukee

Judge’s Tavern Will Convert to Apartments

E. North Ave. tavern and next door duplex replaced by 5-story, 44-unit complex.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Flying on Fat Albert
Eyes on Milwaukee

Flying on Fat Albert

Massive cargo plane supports the Blue Angels and puts on quite the show.

Friday Photos: The Hopping Brewery
Friday Photos

The Hopping Brewery

Four apartment buildings, two new breweries and a hotel coming to former Pabst brewery.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Ice Cream Factory Will Become Apartments
Eyes on Milwaukee

Ice Cream Factory Will Become Apartments

Council okays 64 apartments in converted factory and new connected building on 15th and North.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Council Members Blast Chief Flynn
Eyes on Milwaukee

Council Members Blast Chief Flynn

Demanding more input into Flynn's decision making, they refuse to allocate federal funds.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Stone Creek Approved for Downer Ave.
Eyes on Milwaukee

Stone Creek Approved for Downer Ave.

Historic Preservation Commission approves Stone Creek's new cafe.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Foxconn Lands in Milwaukee
Eyes on Milwaukee

Foxconn Lands in Milwaukee

Foxconn plane at General Mitchell, closed-door meetings scheduled in Racine County.

Friday Photos: An 18th Century Building Made of Steel
Friday Photos

An 18th Century Building Made of Steel

Hammes' new downtown HQ is Jeffersonian-throwback with modern materials.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Forgotten River Will Get a Walkway
Eyes on Milwaukee

Forgotten River Will Get a Walkway

City committee approves two-mile long Menomonee Riverwalk linked to Third Ward.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Inside New Bucks Arena
Eyes on Milwaukee

Inside New Bucks Arena

There's already a lot to see inside the biggest construction site in town.

Photo Gallery: Northwestern Mutual Raises The Flag
Photo Gallery

Northwestern Mutual Raises The Flag

New tower, new flagpoles and a ceremony honoring veterans.

Friday Photos: Streetcar Tracks Getting Road Tested
Friday Photos

Streetcar Tracks Getting Road Tested

Cars, trucks, buses, bikes and pedestrians are all crossing the tracks regularly now.

Eyes on Milwaukee: How To Spend All Day at Summerfest
Eyes on Milwaukee

How To Spend All Day at Summerfest

It ain't easy but we fested from gates open to gates closed.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Mini Version of the High Line?
Eyes on Milwaukee

Mini Version of the High Line?

New Third Ward park inspired by New York also honors early Milwaukee history.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Ice Cream Factory Redevelopment Advances
Eyes on Milwaukee

Ice Cream Factory Redevelopment Advances

64 apartments coming to W. North Ave. in Lindsay Heights.

Friday Photos: NM’s Tower is “Substantially Complete”
Friday Photos

NM’s Tower is “Substantially Complete”

And the new downtown high-rise makes for some dramatic photos.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Council Okays 6 Projects, 346 Apartments
Eyes on Milwaukee

Council Okays 6 Projects, 346 Apartments

Millions of dollars in new development in five neighborhoods.

Eyes on Milwaukee: 11 Best Things About Tour of America’s Dairyland
Eyes on Milwaukee

11 Best Things About Tour of America’s Dairyland

All about the unique bicycle races held in Milwaukee this week.

Friday Photos: Bronzeville Rising
Friday Photos

Bronzeville Rising

New apartment complex, new Black Holocaust Museum.

Photo Gallery: 2017 NEWaukee Night Market
Photo Gallery

2017 NEWaukee Night Market

A little rain couldn't shut down the first of four night markets.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Foreclosed Homes to Become Artist Havens
Eyes on Milwaukee

Foreclosed Homes to Become Artist Havens

City aims to cultivate artistic community instead of demolishing homes.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Arena Apartments Receive Design Approval
Eyes on Milwaukee

Arena Apartments Receive Design Approval

Building with green bays gets approval to be built near Milwaukee Bucks arena.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Brewers Hill Apartments Approved
Eyes on Milwaukee

Brewers Hill Apartments Approved

Luxury Commons development moves forward after another public meeting.

Eyes on Milwaukee: New Apartments Approved for Halyard Park
Eyes on Milwaukee

New Apartments Approved for Halyard Park

Kalan Haywood's City Place project north of arena moves forward.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Inside the DoMUS Apartments
Eyes on Milwaukee

Inside the DoMUS Apartments

New Third Ward building takes high-end apartments to another level.

Photo Gallery: 2017 Milwaukee Pride Parade
Photo Gallery

2017 Milwaukee Pride Parade

See Milwaukee's most colorful, straightest parade.

Photo Gallery: 2017 Locust Street Festival
Photo Gallery

2017 Locust Street Festival

Beer running, food eating and people watching come together in Riverwest.

Friday Photos: The Lower East Side’s Rhythm
Friday Photos

The Lower East Side’s Rhythm

140-unit building recently opened, to be joined by a 33-unit sister building.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Give Your Input on BRT Project
Eyes on Milwaukee

Give Your Input on BRT Project

County will hold two open houses on Bus Rapid Transit line.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Brewers’ Hill Condos Move Forward
Eyes on Milwaukee

Brewers’ Hill Condos Move Forward

Plan Commission okays seven "beautifully proportioned" townhomes.

Friday Photos: Keystone on Brady Nears Completion
Friday Photos

Keystone on Brady Nears Completion

Developer of Brady Street apartment building is already planning another.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Inside the Westin Hotel
Eyes on Milwaukee

Inside the Westin Hotel

New high-end lakefront hotel opens today. Take a tour with us.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Open House for Downtown Condos
Eyes on Milwaukee

Open House for Downtown Condos

Downtown Diggs gives you a chance to tour more than 25 condos on Saturday.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Sculpture Milwaukee Opens to Public
Eyes on Milwaukee

Sculpture Milwaukee Opens to Public

City now has a world-class sculpture exhibition on its main street.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Sparks Fly Over Hamilton Settlement
Eyes on Milwaukee

Sparks Fly Over Hamilton Settlement

Council approves $2.3 million settlement, but black aldermen debate Donovan.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Council Okays Couture Sewer Subsidy
Eyes on Milwaukee

Council Okays Couture Sewer Subsidy

But this won't be a precedent for future deals, a city official says.

Eyes on Milwaukee: City Moves Forward on Highway 175
Eyes on Milwaukee

City Moves Forward on Highway 175

70 trees planted at Lisbon Ave. terminus of old Highway 41.

Friday Photos: Vignette’s Final Touches
Friday Photos

Vignette’s Final Touches

New apartment building is days away from being "unboxed"

Eyes on Milwaukee: Marquette Updating Inflatable Dome
Eyes on Milwaukee

Marquette Updating Inflatable Dome

City panel approves design changes, despite snarking about Minnesota Vikings.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Charette to Plan Harambee’s Future
Eyes on Milwaukee

Charette to Plan Harambee’s Future

Five Points area is the focus of city's ninth visioning session.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Couture’s Surprise Sewer Being Moved
Eyes on Milwaukee

Couture’s Surprise Sewer Being Moved

Previously unknown sewer will cost city $2 million to move

Eyes on Milwaukee: MillerCoors Expands 10th Street Brewery
Eyes on Milwaukee

MillerCoors Expands 10th Street Brewery

Walker, Barrett hail expanded facility, which will grow ten-fold.

Friday Photos: Hyatt Place Hotel Coming
Friday Photos

Hyatt Place Hotel Coming

Construction starts on hotel on 8th St. west of Bucks' arena.

Eyes on Milwaukee: $30 Million Spent on Streetcar
Eyes on Milwaukee

$30 Million Spent on Streetcar

Streetcar project on track, literally -- and financially.

Eyes on Milwaukee: New Bank for Sherman Park
Eyes on Milwaukee

New Bank for Sherman Park

BMO Harris "smart branch" will replace bank damaged in August unrest.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Inside the New Bader Rutter
Eyes on Milwaukee

Inside the New Bader Rutter

Company has moved its headquarters from suburbs to Downtown.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Gettelman Buildings Saved for Now
Eyes on Milwaukee

Gettelman Buildings Saved for Now

But demolition of old brewery buildings could get council approval.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Downtown Sculpture Project Being Installed
Eyes on Milwaukee

Downtown Sculpture Project Being Installed

Massive sculptures being installed on Milwaukee's main street.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Arena Apartments Advance
Eyes on Milwaukee

Arena Apartments Advance

City Plan Commission has concerns, but advances Royal Capital's project design.

Friday Photos: The Deer District Rises
Friday Photos

The Deer District Rises

New arena, parking garage and training facility reshape Park East.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Streetcar Track Getting Installed
Eyes on Milwaukee

Streetcar Track Getting Installed

Tracks getting installed on St. Paul Ave.; other streets soon to come.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Masonic Hotel Inches Forward
Eyes on Milwaukee

Masonic Hotel Inches Forward

Approval depends on 20 well-hidden stained glass windows.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Downtown Strip Club Approved
Eyes on Milwaukee

Downtown Strip Club Approved

Lawsuit settled. "Everyone and their brother" can now open a club.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Bader Breaks Ground on New Central City HQ
Eyes on Milwaukee

Bader Breaks Ground on New Central City HQ

One of Milwaukee's largest foundations is moving to neighborhood it hopes to improve.

Friday Photos: Downtown’s New Apartment Tower Rises
Friday Photos

Downtown’s New Apartment Tower Rises

Northwestern Mutual's 34-floor apartment tower is quickly climbing.

Eyes on Milwaukee: How to Make a Pedestrian Friendly City
Eyes on Milwaukee

How to Make a Pedestrian Friendly City

New district-by-district reports on improving city for bicycling and walking.

Photo Gallery: Lake Express Launches 14th Season
Photo Gallery

Lake Express Launches 14th Season

See inside the high-speed ferry that connects Milwaukee to Michigan.

Eyes on Milwaukee: New Apartment Building For East Side
Eyes on Milwaukee

New Apartment Building For East Side

City committee approves "adventuresome," five-story, 96-unit building.

Friday Photos: Booming Bay View
Friday Photos

Booming Bay View

Three projects will reshape the north end of the neighborhood.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Goodbye to MCTS Free Ride
Eyes on Milwaukee

Goodbye to MCTS Free Ride

County begins charging for controversial GO Pass program in June.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Gettelman Brewery Buildings Saved
Eyes on Milwaukee

Gettelman Brewery Buildings Saved

At least for now. City HPC grants temporary historic designation.

Friday Photos: Bader Rutter’s New Downtown Digs
Friday Photos

Bader Rutter’s New Downtown Digs

Will its new office building be joined by a 24-story tower?

Eyes on Milwaukee: Why Strip Club Deal Fell Apart
Eyes on Milwaukee

Why Strip Club Deal Fell Apart

Deal would have ended suits against city if council okayed new club.

Eyes on Milwaukee: City Approves The Couture
Eyes on Milwaukee

City Approves The Couture

December groundbreaking likely; Barrett says second tower could be built.

Eyes on Milwaukee: County Gets Waiver on Streetcar
Eyes on Milwaukee

County Gets Waiver on Streetcar

Still in running to operate city's streetcar, but a long shot to win.

Friday Photos: DoMUS Heads for Finish Line
Friday Photos

DoMUS Heads for Finish Line

132 new Third Ward apartments will open in July.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Bublr Opens New Downtown Office
Eyes on Milwaukee

Bublr Opens New Downtown Office

Officials celebrate first office tenant to move into Grand Avenue Mall.

Photo Gallery: Good City Brewing Beer Bash
Photo Gallery

Good City Brewing Beer Bash

Urban Milwaukee members toured brewery, learned about expansion plans.

Friday Photos: New Units in Old Pabst Buildings
Friday Photos

New Units in Old Pabst Buildings

118 new apartments. Plus, see the church-turned-brewery before it opens.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Streetcar Rails Being Welded
Eyes on Milwaukee

Streetcar Rails Being Welded

Mayor, MPS students on-hand to see the work

Eyes on Milwaukee: 7 Election Winners and Losers
Eyes on Milwaukee

7 Election Winners and Losers

Unions, Hmong community and county infighters were among the winners.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Vote Tuesday
Eyes on Milwaukee

Vote Tuesday

Learn more about the many races and candidates for this overlooked election

Friday Photos: Northwestern Mutual’s Second Tower Rises
Friday Photos

Northwestern Mutual’s Second Tower Rises

Massive apartment tower will be one of tallest buildings downtown.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Inside Mitchell on Water Apartments
Eyes on Milwaukee

Inside Mitchell on Water Apartments

See the Third Ward's newest "large luxury units" in a historic building.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Milwaukee County Fixes GO Pass
Eyes on Milwaukee

Milwaukee County Fixes GO Pass

Fees and new requirements for free ride program with huge cost overruns.

Photo Gallery: Retro Fashion Show A Winner
Photo Gallery

Retro Fashion Show A Winner

Designers from many cities. Funds raised for program honoring veterans.

Eyes on Milwaukee: City Won’t Delay Streetcar for County
Eyes on Milwaukee

City Won’t Delay Streetcar for County

Ald Zielinski's attempt to delay streetcar for county only gets his own vote.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Food Trucks Banned On Brady Street
Eyes on Milwaukee

Food Trucks Banned On Brady Street

Council okays ban request by business improvement district. Mayor must approve.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Bay View Land Gets Protection
Eyes on Milwaukee

Bay View Land Gets Protection

Council approves purchasing, protecting Bay View land near Lake Parkway.

Friday Photos: A Brady Street Trio
Friday Photos

A Brady Street Trio

Qdoba, Glorioso's and an apartment building reshape East Side main street.

Eyes on Milwaukee: County Board Okays Bid for Streetcar
Eyes on Milwaukee

County Board Okays Bid for Streetcar

Despite long odds against winning, county will submit bid to the city.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Will County Give Pension to State?
Eyes on Milwaukee

Will County Give Pension to State?

Board approves work group to study state takeover of pension system.

Eyes on Milwaukee: City To Buy Bay View Land
Eyes on Milwaukee

City To Buy Bay View Land

Port of Milwaukee would buy 3-acres from state, open to public in perpetuity.

Eyes on Milwaukee: City To Sell Land for Adams Garden Park
Eyes on Milwaukee

City To Sell Land for Adams Garden Park

Former Walnut Way leaders moving forward on bold Lindsay Heights project.

Eyes on Milwaukee: New Tavern Planned for Downtown
Eyes on Milwaukee

New Tavern Planned for Downtown

1885 building near Bradley Center will convert to lounge and beer garden.

Friday Photos: Mercantile Building Redefines Water Street
Friday Photos

Mercantile Building Redefines Water Street

Historic Third Ward building from 1909 getting modern, glassy addition.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Streetcar Track Steel Has Arrived
Eyes on Milwaukee

Streetcar Track Steel Has Arrived

City receives first of 474 80-foot long segments, soon to be installed on streets.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Design Fugitives Has Seen The Light
Eyes on Milwaukee

Design Fugitives Has Seen The Light

Young firm changes how we think about the intersection of art and architecture.

Eyes on Milwaukee: 70 New Apartments for Fifth Ward
Eyes on Milwaukee

70 New Apartments for Fifth Ward

"The Quin," a 5-story, 70-unit apartment complex with retail in booming Walker's Point.

Eyes on Milwaukee: City Plan Members Love Couture
Eyes on Milwaukee

City Plan Members Love Couture

Commissioners laud the project, but possible second tower raises concerns.

Photo Gallery: 2017 St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Photo Gallery

2017 St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Cold weather didn't keep revelers away from the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade

Eyes on Milwaukee: Inside the New Pabst Brewery
Eyes on Milwaukee

Inside the New Pabst Brewery

See inside the church-turned-brewery at the Pabst complex.

Friday Photos: Density Meets Bay View
Friday Photos

Density Meets Bay View

First building in the massive Stitchweld complex will open next month

Eyes on Milwaukee: Last Phase of North End Starting
Eyes on Milwaukee

Last Phase of North End Starting

Fifth phase adds 89 units to massive Mandel project filling the "doughnut hole."

Eyes on Milwaukee: Should County Operate Streetcar?
Eyes on Milwaukee

Should County Operate Streetcar?

Board members push -- belatedly -- for county transit to operate streetcar.

Friday Photos: Bucks Arena Taking Shape
Friday Photos

Bucks Arena Taking Shape

Distinctive design of arena's facade now clearly visible

Eyes on Milwaukee: Second Lakefront Tower Coming?
Eyes on Milwaukee

Second Lakefront Tower Coming?

Barrett-Lo has made plans for second tower next to The Couture.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Council Approves Arena, Hammes Design Changes
Eyes on Milwaukee

Council Approves Arena, Hammes Design Changes

Full speed ahead on arena, office building, more downtown changes.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Felons Can Now Buy City Homes
Eyes on Milwaukee

Felons Can Now Buy City Homes

Council agrees: pay debt to society and you can buy city-owned homes.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Hammes HQ Starts Construction
Eyes on Milwaukee

Hammes HQ Starts Construction

Brookfield firm moves downtown next year into classical-styled building.

Friday Photos: Church Becoming Brewery
Friday Photos

Church Becoming Brewery

Pabst coming back to where it all began.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Bucks Select Apartment Developer
Eyes on Milwaukee

Bucks Select Apartment Developer

Up-and-coming development firm will build 90-unit building

Eyes on Milwaukee: Committee Okays Two Downtown Designs
Eyes on Milwaukee

Committee Okays Two Downtown Designs

Plus: What will the Bucks big announcement on Friday be?

Eyes on Milwaukee: 5 Election Takeaways
Eyes on Milwaukee

5 Election Takeaways

A horrible turnout, a big night for Evers, and who the heck is William Crowley?

Eyes on Milwaukee: Vote Tuesday
Eyes on Milwaukee

Vote Tuesday

Learn more about the races and candidates for this overlooked election

Friday Photos: Bay View’s New Vue
Friday Photos

Bay View’s New Vue

A new gateway for the south side neighborhood is taking shape.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Streetcar Track Construction Starts in April
Eyes on Milwaukee

Streetcar Track Construction Starts in April

System on track to start service in late 2018, project is on-budget

Eyes on Milwaukee: Inside the River House Apartments
Eyes on Milwaukee

Inside the River House Apartments

See the newest luxury apartment complex, located just north of Downtown.

Eyes on Milwaukee: My 5 Milwaukee Valentines
Eyes on Milwaukee

My 5 Milwaukee Valentines

From rising stars to an angry sheriff, the Milwaukeeans who most deserve some love.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Bucks Unveil New Signs for Arena
Eyes on Milwaukee

Bucks Unveil New Signs for Arena

Two huge signs will add life to arena, but will trees grow on concrete plaza?

Eyes on Milwaukee: Masonic Hotel Gets Key Approval
Eyes on Milwaukee

Masonic Hotel Gets Key Approval

Historic Preservation Commission clears downtown hotel tower to move forward

Eyes on Milwaukee: Hammes Revises Controversial Design
Eyes on Milwaukee

Hammes Revises Controversial Design

City panel approves a shorter, stouter building. Will that stop the complaints?

Friday Photos: The Artistry in Walker’s Point
Friday Photos

The Artistry in Walker’s Point

38 new apartments and commercial space in three buildings, a former artists' haven.

Friday Photos: Marquette’s Wild New Residence Hall
Friday Photos

Marquette’s Wild New Residence Hall

Concrete pour underway on Marquette's new student housing complex

Eyes on Milwaukee: Clarke Square Apartments Advance
Eyes on Milwaukee

Clarke Square Apartments Advance

Unique apartment project, high-growth internet company and grocery move forward.

Friday Photos: Bader Rutter’s Riverside Digs
Friday Photos

Bader Rutter’s Riverside Digs

New building, dubbed 1433 Water, will be anchored by marketing firm.

Eyes on Milwaukee: More Views of Masonic Hotel
Eyes on Milwaukee

More Views of Masonic Hotel

See the rooftop beer garden and how the new tower connects to the building.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Clarke Square Gets Wantable, Sendiks?
Eyes on Milwaukee

Clarke Square Gets Wantable, Sendiks?

Fast-growing Wantable will move there, Nehring's Sendik's grocery may join it.

Friday Photos: The Inauguration of DoMUS
Friday Photos

The Inauguration of DoMUS

Luxury digs and new residents coming to the Historic Third Ward.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Report Finds Wealth of Historic Buildings
Eyes on Milwaukee

Report Finds Wealth of Historic Buildings

New guide for redeveloping historic Milwaukee aims to foster growth.

Eyes on Milwaukee: The Milwaukee Streetcar is Hiring
Eyes on Milwaukee

The Milwaukee Streetcar is Hiring

The contractor needs workers and city residents get preference.

Eyes on Milwaukee: The Masonic Hotel Moves Forward
Eyes on Milwaukee

The Masonic Hotel Moves Forward

14-story tower would be built atop historic three-story building. Will it be opposed?

Friday Photos: Say Hello To “Vignette”
Friday Photos

Say Hello To “Vignette”

Fourth phase of The North End project has a jazzy name and May 2017 opening.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Inside the Welford Sanders Lofts
Eyes on Milwaukee

Inside the Welford Sanders Lofts

Former shoe factory becoming apartments and offices, will help revive MLK Drive.

Photo Gallery: Transit Center Tower Demolition
Photo Gallery

Transit Center Tower Demolition

Five-story clock tower knocked down to make way for 44-floor apartment tower.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Milwaukee’s Most Schizophrenic Developer?
Eyes on Milwaukee

Milwaukee’s Most Schizophrenic Developer?

Joshua Jeffers is spending millions to redevelop the Mackie Building and famed Grain Exchange.

Friday Photos: The New Mercantile Building
Friday Photos

The New Mercantile Building

Historic Third Ward building from 1909 getting modern, glassy addition.

Friday Photos: Goodbye Downtown Transit Center
Friday Photos

Goodbye Downtown Transit Center

Bus barn is coming down for 44-floor, lakefront high rise, The Couture.

Friday Photos: Northwestern Mutual Writes Name in Sky
Friday Photos

Northwestern Mutual Writes Name in Sky

No more 'quiet company,' its name written atop the towering high-rise.

Friday Photos: Arena Rises from Frozen Tundra
Friday Photos

Arena Rises from Frozen Tundra

Snow and freezing weather didn't delay construction of the new Milwaukee Bucks arena.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Council Approves Help For Lead Pipes
Eyes on Milwaukee

Council Approves Help For Lead Pipes

But not a lot. Program will replace 300 lead laterals a year, with help for homeowners.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Nomad World Pub’s Expansion Approved
Eyes on Milwaukee

Nomad World Pub’s Expansion Approved

East Side soccer bar will get one heck of a beer garden under a major expansion plan.

Friday Photos: A Brady Street Two-Fer
Friday Photos

A Brady Street Two-Fer

Two projects are rising from the ground, but will they upset the street's character?

Eyes on Milwaukee: BMO Harris to Build New High-Rise
Eyes on Milwaukee

BMO Harris to Build New High-Rise

The story behind Milwaukee's newest tower and oldest bank, and how deal was done.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Unique Apartments for Clarke Square
Eyes on Milwaukee

Unique Apartments for Clarke Square

Unusual partnership will build "affordable, quality housing" for those raised in foster care.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Bucks Live Block is a Slam Dunk
Eyes on Milwaukee

Bucks Live Block is a Slam Dunk

Final design gets first approval today, poised for quick council approval.

Friday Photos: Rhythm Nears Completion
Friday Photos

Rhythm Nears Completion

This stretch of N. Water St. has to be Milwaukee's fastest growing corridor.

Friday Photos: Northwestern Mutual’s Second Downtown Tower
Friday Photos

Northwestern Mutual’s Second Downtown Tower

Amenities include ninth-floor swimming pool, outdoor fire pit, 34th-floor party room.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Millennials Flocking to Milwaukee
Eyes on Milwaukee

Millennials Flocking to Milwaukee

Data shows Milwaukee ranks second in the Midwest in attracting millennials.

Eyes on Milwaukee: “Mini Earthquake” On Farwell Avenue?
Eyes on Milwaukee

“Mini Earthquake” On Farwell Avenue?

Building's deconstruction spills into street. Over $2,000 in citations issued.

Friday Photos: The Westin Tops Off
Friday Photos

The Westin Tops Off

New downtown project, the Westin Hotel, has reached its maximum height.

Friday Photos: Stitching Together Stitchweld
Friday Photos

Stitching Together Stitchweld

Massive apartment complex with 288 units quickly rising in Bay View.

Eyes on Milwaukee: 15 Election Winners and Losers
Eyes on Milwaukee

15 Election Winners and Losers

Clarke to the cabinet? Should pollsters be fired? RoJo trumps Trump. And much more.

Friday Photos: Pete’s Fruit Market
Friday Photos

Pete’s Fruit Market

New grocery store will be the community hub of Bronzeville

Eyes on Milwaukee: Inside Jury Duty in Milwaukee
Eyes on Milwaukee

Inside Jury Duty in Milwaukee

A day in the life of a Milwaukee County juror.

Book Club: The Cosmopolitan Canopy
Book Club

The Cosmopolitan Canopy

How can cities like Milwaukee break down ethnic and racial barriers? Our book club considers.

Friday Photos: DoMUS Rising
Friday Photos

DoMUS Rising

Mandel's newest building targeted at empty nesters, not Millennials.

Eyes on Milwaukee: How To Fill Those Empty Storefronts
Eyes on Milwaukee

How To Fill Those Empty Storefronts

NEWaukee Hosts 2nd Empty Storefronts Conference in Madison and the ideas flow.

Eyes on Milwaukee: How Bad (or Good) is Hammes HQ Design?
Eyes on Milwaukee

How Bad (or Good) is Hammes HQ Design?

Is it urban or suburban, Jeffersonian or Reaganesque? The debate has already begun.

Friday Photos: New Apartments at The Brewery
Friday Photos

New Apartments at The Brewery

Florida developer creating 118 apartments; Pabst opening a micro-brewery.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Hammes Moving Downtown in 2018
Eyes on Milwaukee

Hammes Moving Downtown in 2018

Another company moving from suburbs to Downtown and with unusual architectural style.

Gallery Night at Urban Milwaukee Store

Gallery Night at Urban Milwaukee Store

New exhibit features artistic melding of Milwaukee's past and future

Friday Photos: East Side Deconstruction
Friday Photos

East Side Deconstruction

Building at 1840 N. Farwell Ave. coming down for 13-floor apartment building.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Streetcar Project Receives Federal Grant
Eyes on Milwaukee

Streetcar Project Receives Federal Grant

City will use funding to study extension of streetcar to Bronzeville and Walker's Point.

Friday Photos: New Bucks Arena From Above
Friday Photos

New Bucks Arena From Above

Take a look at Milwaukee's biggest construction project.

Milwaukee Film Festival: Umrika
Milwaukee Film Festival

Umrika

How far will someone go to make it from rural India to America?

Milwaukee Film Festival: Morris from America
Milwaukee Film Festival

Morris from America

Closing night film is a crowd pleaser.

Milwaukee Film Festival: REVZA | Naneek
Milwaukee Film Festival

REVZA | Naneek

Two heartfelt stories for the price of one ticket.

Milwaukee Film Festival: There Are Jews Here
Milwaukee Film Festival

There Are Jews Here

Milwaukee filmmakers explore declining Jewish communities across America.

Friday Photos: Brady Street’s New Qdoba
Friday Photos

Brady Street’s New Qdoba

Chain restaurant will open in new building that fits the eclectic street.

Milwaukee Film Festival: Christopher Darling
Milwaukee Film Festival

Christopher Darling

Watch a rock band hit the rocks.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Chris Abele Unveils Plan to Save Transportation
Eyes on Milwaukee

Chris Abele Unveils Plan to Save Transportation

Annual fee would provide $27 million for county transit and roads. One supervisor already opposed.

Milwaukee Film Festival: From Mass to the Mountain
Milwaukee Film Festival

From Mass to the Mountain

UWM graduate's film has already sold out once, don't miss the remaining showings.

Milwaukee Film Festival: The Milwaukee Show (I & II)
Milwaukee Film Festival

The Milwaukee Show (I & II)

See what local filmmakers have been cooking up.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Talgo Coming Back to Milwaukee
Eyes on Milwaukee

Talgo Coming Back to Milwaukee

Spanish train manufacturer will overhaul Los Angeles subway cars in Century City.

Friday Photos: Bader Rutter’s New Downtown Digs
Friday Photos

Bader Rutter’s New Downtown Digs

New office building quickly rising on site of former Laacke & Joys complex.

Milwaukee Film Festival: The Milwaukee Music Video Show
Milwaukee Film Festival

The Milwaukee Music Video Show

See the convergence of Milwaukee's film and music scenes. First in a series of previews.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Cincinnati Streetcar Opens
Eyes on Milwaukee

Cincinnati Streetcar Opens

New system, similar to Milwaukee project, drawing 3,000 daily riders.

Friday Photos: Greenwich Park Nearly Complete
Friday Photos

Greenwich Park Nearly Complete

First phase of East Side affordable housing complex is almost finished, comes with free parking for neighborhood.

Eyes on Milwaukee: 11 Doors Open Milwaukee Sites for Insiders
Eyes on Milwaukee

11 Doors Open Milwaukee Sites for Insiders

A guide for regulars to branch out beyond Downtown.

Eyes on Milwaukee: The Contour is Coming to Prospect
Eyes on Milwaukee

The Contour is Coming to Prospect

Construction will start in next 60 days on East Side apartment building.

Friday Photos: New Tower Scrapes The Sky
Friday Photos

New Tower Scrapes The Sky

Glass facade on Northwestern Mutual's new tower is nearly complete.

Friday Photos: River House Takes Shape
Friday Photos

River House Takes Shape

243 apartments coming to Lower East Side along the river in December.

Friday Photos: North End Phase IV Is Rising
Friday Photos

North End Phase IV Is Rising

Apartment complex will have six floors, 155 units, first new downtown pool in years.

Friday Photos: Brady Street’s Keystone Apartments
Friday Photos

Brady Street’s Keystone Apartments

Work is underway on new, four-floor, 22-unit complex that will the anchor the busy street.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Inside Walker’s Landing Apartments
Eyes on Milwaukee

Inside Walker’s Landing Apartments

Final residential development on Beerline adds 114 apartments and great views.

Eyes on Milwaukee: How to Create Central City Jobs
Eyes on Milwaukee

How to Create Central City Jobs

Northwestern Mutual's new tower is a shining example of how to create jobs in city.

Friday Photos: Westin Hotel Rising
Friday Photos

Westin Hotel Rising

It will add 220 high-end hotel rooms to complex anchored by state's tallest building.

Eyes on Milwaukee: The Couture is Finally Happening
Eyes on Milwaukee

The Couture is Finally Happening

County to move bus routes off site at end of month, demolition of building imminent.

Friday Photos: Freshwater Plaza Tops Off
Friday Photos

Freshwater Plaza Tops Off

Going foundry to fountain, Freshwater Plaza will change Walker's Point.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Black Husky Brewing Opens
Eyes on Milwaukee

Black Husky Brewing Opens

See inside the new Riverwest brewery.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Apartment Hunting in Milwaukee
Eyes on Milwaukee

Apartment Hunting in Milwaukee

A close-up look at eight new apartment buildings in Milwaukee.

Book Club: Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus
Book Club

Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus

What is the systemic problem that sets the rich against the poor and the technologists against everybody else?

Photo Gallery: 2016 Brady Street Festival
Photo Gallery

2016 Brady Street Festival

The crowds showed up early and stayed late for the East Side gathering.

2016 Riverwest 24 Live Blog

2016 Riverwest 24 Live Blog

Following the action of "the people's holiday."

Friday Photos: New Apartments for the East Side
Friday Photos

New Apartments for the East Side

First phase of Greenwich Park Apartments, with six floors, 53 units, is nearly complete.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Rocky Marcoux Keeps His Job
Eyes on Milwaukee

Rocky Marcoux Keeps His Job

In a dramatic turnabout, the once-dead DCD head gains 11 of 15 council member votes.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Council Kills Prospect Ave High Rise
Eyes on Milwaukee

Council Kills Prospect Ave High Rise

Impressive 27-story, $55 million project is dead, due to opposition of neighbors.

Eyes on Milwaukee: City Approves Bus Rapid Transit
Eyes on Milwaukee

City Approves Bus Rapid Transit

Nine-mile BRT project rolls forward, but not without strategic modifications.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Climb Inside the Belay Apartments
Eyes on Milwaukee

Climb Inside the Belay Apartments

Mandel's "coolest project ever"? It includes unlimited access to a rock-climbing gym.

Friday Photos: Zurn HQ Rising in Reed Street Yards
Friday Photos

Zurn HQ Rising in Reed Street Yards

First new building in city's water technology park nearly complete.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Inside Trio Apartments in Walker’s Point
Eyes on Milwaukee

Inside Trio Apartments in Walker’s Point

The 120 unit, three-building complex boasts ingeniously efficient, space saving apartments.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Committee Again Says Yes to Rocky
Eyes on Milwaukee

Committee Again Says Yes to Rocky

DCD head Rocky Marcoux once again endorsed at committee, but his fate is still uncertain.

Eyes on Milwaukee: City Committee Approves Prospect Tower
Eyes on Milwaukee

City Committee Approves Prospect Tower

5-0 vote in favor, but project may face significant challenge before full council.

Eyes on Milwaukee: A New Tower for Prospect Ave
Eyes on Milwaukee

A New Tower for Prospect Ave

Will the council allow a 27 floor apartment tower on Prospect Ave?

Friday Photos: S. 5th St. Grows By Dieting
Friday Photos

S. 5th St. Grows By Dieting

City will narrow the road and triple size of sidewalks. Business is booming in response.

Eyes on Milwaukee: How Juli Kaufmann Is Fixing Milwaukee
Eyes on Milwaukee

How Juli Kaufmann Is Fixing Milwaukee

Her Fix Development takes on high-risk developments in transitional neighborhoods.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Inside the New Mercantile Lofts
Eyes on Milwaukee

Inside the New Mercantile Lofts

Former International Building now has 36 apartments. View the units and restored mural.

Eyes on Milwaukee: City Panel Approves Bus Rapid Transit
Eyes on Milwaukee

City Panel Approves Bus Rapid Transit

BRT line linking Downtown and Tosa moves forward, though some decry "the rush."

Eyes on Milwaukee: Postman Square, City’s Newest Park
Eyes on Milwaukee

Postman Square, City’s Newest Park

But it does have a long history. The park's roots trace back to 1889.

Friday Photos: Rhythm Rises To a New Beat
Friday Photos

Rhythm Rises To a New Beat

New apartment building is part of a completely transformed Lower East Side neighborhood.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Bike Sharing for Low-Income Riders
Eyes on Milwaukee

Bike Sharing for Low-Income Riders

Bublr Bikes and city win grant to help build a truly inclusive system.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Council Okays Streetcar to Bucks Arena
Eyes on Milwaukee

Council Okays Streetcar to Bucks Arena

$40 million extension would add .75 miles to route, also connect convention center.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Rocky Marcoux’s Job in Jeopardy
Eyes on Milwaukee

Rocky Marcoux’s Job in Jeopardy

Council majority votes no, but decision will get reconsidered. His chances look slim.

Friday Photos: The North End Grows Yet Again
Friday Photos

The North End Grows Yet Again

Phase four of project will have 155 apartments on six floors. But no name as yet.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Kick-Off for Brady St. Apartment Complex
Eyes on Milwaukee

Kick-Off for Brady St. Apartment Complex

Gold sledgehammers celebrate groundbreaking for new 22-unit building.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Inside the King Lofts
Eyes on Milwaukee

Inside the King Lofts

Tattoo shop and laundromat becomes 14 high-end apartments in Bay View conversion.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Rocky Marcoux Wins Committee Approval
Eyes on Milwaukee

Rocky Marcoux Wins Committee Approval

DCD leader was thought to be in trouble, but city committee votes 4-0 to reconfirm.

Photo Gallery: East Side’s Busy Weekend
Photo Gallery

East Side’s Busy Weekend

Our photos capture the fun from Summer Soulstice, Downer Classic and Nomad's party.

Friday Photos: Walker’s Point Boomtown
Friday Photos

Walker’s Point Boomtown

The south side neighborhood is seeing big changes, anchored by a brownfield-to-mixed-use development.

Dairyland Tour: Brent Emery
Dairyland Tour

Brent Emery

Local cyclist first competed in the 1984 Olympics, now still competing at a high-level at ToAD.

Eyes on Milwaukee: New $22 Million Rail Concourse Opens
Eyes on Milwaukee

New $22 Million Rail Concourse Opens

Intermodal Station's dark and dingy concourse for boarding trains finally replaced.

Eyes on Milwaukee: How to Bike from Milwaukee to Waukesha
Eyes on Milwaukee

How to Bike from Milwaukee to Waukesha

A downtown-to-downtown trek is an easy ride, a lot of fun and surprisingly interesting.

Dairyland Tour: Conor Mullervy
Dairyland Tour

Conor Mullervy

Tour's first races here are on Tuesday and Mullervy will race with Australian team.

Photo Gallery: 2016 Juneteenth Parade and Festival
Photo Gallery

2016 Juneteenth Parade and Festival

Dancers, politicians, BBQ, at one of nation's oldest celebrations of the end of slavery.

Friday Photos: River House Rising
Friday Photos

River House Rising

Massive project will redefine the Milwaukee River and N. Water St.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Inside Good City Brewing
Eyes on Milwaukee

Inside Good City Brewing

Take a virtual tour of the city's newest brewery, the first on the Lower East Side.

Dairyland Tour: Kristen Arnold
Dairyland Tour

Kristen Arnold

Wisconsin's best bicycle races are back for another year. Arnold is here from Ohio.

Eyes on Milwaukee: First 2016 NEWaukee Night Market on Wednesday
Eyes on Milwaukee

First 2016 NEWaukee Night Market on Wednesday

Popular series returns to W. Wisconsin Ave. on June 15th

Photo Gallery: 2016 Pride Parade in Pictures
Photo Gallery

2016 Pride Parade in Pictures

LGBTQ community celebrates despite the tragic mass shooting in Florida.

Friday Photos: Northwestern Mutual Tower Gets Glassy
Friday Photos

Northwestern Mutual Tower Gets Glassy

But brace yourself, the skywalks are coming.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Fresh Thyme Opens Downtown
Eyes on Milwaukee

Fresh Thyme Opens Downtown

See inside Milwaukee's newest grocery store, with the "spirit of a farmer's market."

Eyes on Milwaukee: 5 Things Milwaukee Should Steal from Detroit
Eyes on Milwaukee

5 Things Milwaukee Should Steal from Detroit

Yes, Detroit has huge problems, but also some creative innovations worth considering.

Friday Photos: Big Changes at The Brewery
Friday Photos

Big Changes at The Brewery

Once-abandoned Pabst brewery has become active neighborhood

Friday Photos: Bucks Arena Work Prep
Friday Photos

Bucks Arena Work Prep

Sewer relocation has this stretch of the Park East seeing activity for the first time in ten years.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Why SafeNet Moved Downtown
Eyes on Milwaukee

Why SafeNet Moved Downtown

A location in The Brewery and near Bucks arena attracted consulting company.

Book Club: The Smartest Places on Earth
Book Club

The Smartest Places on Earth

Rust belt cities might be the real emerging markets, but is Milwaukee one of them?

Eyes on Milwaukee: Inside Bray Architects in Walker’s Point
Eyes on Milwaukee

Inside Bray Architects in Walker’s Point

Growing company's new office space will help transform changing neighborhood.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Bucks Arena Design Approved
Eyes on Milwaukee

Bucks Arena Design Approved

There were few objections other than by Ald. Kovac. Arena on track for June 18th groundbreaking.

Friday Photos: Martin Building Becoming Apartments
Friday Photos

Martin Building Becoming Apartments

Booming Third Ward adds apartment complex created from 1904 Eschweiler building.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Masonic Lodge Could Become Hotel
Eyes on Milwaukee

Masonic Lodge Could Become Hotel

Plan would build addition atop historic building, but will preservation advocates block it?

Eyes on Milwaukee: Mandel’s Baby Boomer Tower
Eyes on Milwaukee

Mandel’s Baby Boomer Tower

Proposal will develop last remaining site in the original "Park East." But is it needed?

Friday Photos: Gokhman’s Transit-Oriented Apartments
Friday Photos

Gokhman’s Transit-Oriented Apartments

Walker's Point project is another example of new, transit-friendly apartments.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Inside the MKE Lofts
Eyes on Milwaukee

Inside the MKE Lofts

Historic downtown building transformed from vacant offices to 105 stunning apartments

Friday Photos: See The Rhythm Rising
Friday Photos

See The Rhythm Rising

140-unit project will fill the Downtown's doughnut hole.

Eyes on Milwaukee: City Hall’s Game of Thrones
Eyes on Milwaukee

City Hall’s Game of Thrones

Hail Ashanti! Ald. Hamilton's route to the Iron Throne laid bare.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Meet the New Grand Avenue
Eyes on Milwaukee

Meet the New Grand Avenue

From dead mall to vibrant city center, see the plan for Grand Avenue Mall

Eyes on Milwaukee: Who’s Renting All Those New Apartments?
Eyes on Milwaukee

Who’s Renting All Those New Apartments?

Millennials or aging baby boomers? Experts disagree on why the building boom.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Meet the New Boss
Eyes on Milwaukee

Meet the New Boss

Ashanti Hamilton is new Common Council president, but how did he get the votes?

Friday Photos: Sage On Prospect
Friday Photos

Sage On Prospect

Work on super-green project moving right along.

Gallery Night at Urban Milwaukee Store

Gallery Night at Urban Milwaukee Store

New exhibit features unique images of Milwaukee's abandoned breweries.

Book Club: The Urban Revolutionary
Book Club

The Urban Revolutionary

New York City's transportation visionary offers a guidebook on how to build great cities.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Bus Rapid Transit Meetings This Week
Eyes on Milwaukee

Bus Rapid Transit Meetings This Week

Help shape the future of Milwaukee -- and city transit -- with your feedback.

Friday Photos: Freshwater Plaza Rises
Friday Photos

Freshwater Plaza Rises

Walker's Point finally gets a grocery store, plus more apartments, and surface parking galore.

Eyes on Milwaukee: 10 Images of a Changing City
Eyes on Milwaukee

10 Images of a Changing City

Think Milwaukee moves slowly? These dramatic interactive images will change your mind.

Eyes on Milwaukee: 10 Election Takeaways
Eyes on Milwaukee

10 Election Takeaways

The many surprises and oddities including thousands who skipped voting in local races.

Friday Photos: Northwestern Mutual’s Tower Hits the Heights
Friday Photos

Northwestern Mutual’s Tower Hits the Heights

The 32-story tower is nearly at its maximum height.

Eyes on Milwaukee: How Urban is Bucks New Arena?
Eyes on Milwaukee

How Urban is Bucks New Arena?

Not so much. The biggest problem with the new Bucks arena design is the ground floor.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Designing a New Grand Avenue
Eyes on Milwaukee

Designing a New Grand Avenue

Downtown mall's new owners select design & management team that hints at its future.

Photo Gallery: St. Patrick’s Day Parade Turns 50
Photo Gallery

St. Patrick’s Day Parade Turns 50

Green beer, green gear and green cheer will enliven Downtown on Saturday afternoon.

Friday Photos: Walker’s Landing Reshaping Beerline
Friday Photos

Walker’s Landing Reshaping Beerline

Third Ward style, Walker's Point name and Riverwest location, with 133 apartments.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Donovan the Demolisher
Eyes on Milwaukee

Donovan the Demolisher

Ald. Bob Donovan claims he's pushing city to demolish dilapidated homes. True or false?

Eyes on Milwaukee: MAM Offers To Buy O’Donnell Park, War Memorial
Eyes on Milwaukee

MAM Offers To Buy O’Donnell Park, War Memorial

County taxpayers will save at least $9 million in non-cash transaction.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Northwestern Mutual Updates Tower Design
Eyes on Milwaukee

Northwestern Mutual Updates Tower Design

Apartment tower gets an additional floor and other changes.

Eyes On Milwaukee: Is Free Pass Bleeding County Transit?
Eyes On Milwaukee

Is Free Pass Bleeding County Transit?

Controversial free GO Pass for seniors and disabled costs millions, awaits new report.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Construction Costs Will Rise Slightly
Eyes on Milwaukee

Construction Costs Will Rise Slightly

Report also says Milwaukee building boom should continue through 2016.

Eyes on Milwaukee: $6.5 Million in Streetcar Savings
Eyes on Milwaukee

$6.5 Million in Streetcar Savings

Agreement with We Energies reduces utility relocation costs.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Inside the Aperture Apartments
Eyes on Milwaukee

Inside the Aperture Apartments

Mandel Group's latest building in The North End may be the last word in amenities.

Book Club: “Evicted” in Milwaukee
Book Club

“Evicted” in Milwaukee

Go inside the world of poverty and evictions.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Construction Starts on Westin Hotel
Eyes on Milwaukee

Construction Starts on Westin Hotel

220-room hotel will be the closest hotel in the city to the lakefront.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Bublr Bikes Touts Big Expansion Plan
Eyes on Milwaukee

Bublr Bikes Touts Big Expansion Plan

New stations coming in 2016 to Bay View, East Side, Walker's Point, Harambee.

Eyes on Milwaukee: 9 Election Takeaways
Eyes on Milwaukee

9 Election Takeaways

Tom Barrett might be in trouble, Chris Abele definitely is. So is Puente.

Where Are Tonight’s Candidate Parties?

Where Are Tonight’s Candidate Parties?

Win or lose, today's primary candidates will be partying. But where? Here's the details.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Donovan Lies About Streetcar Suit
Eyes on Milwaukee

Donovan Lies About Streetcar Suit

City loses challenge to state law making it pay for utilities, Donovan lies about impact.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Greenwich Park Apartments Taking Shape
Eyes on Milwaukee

Greenwich Park Apartments Taking Shape

Six-story building with 53 apartments on Farwell is first of two buildings in complex.

Eyes on Milwaukee: 26-Story Tower for Prospect Avenue
Eyes on Milwaukee

26-Story Tower for Prospect Avenue

Here are all the details on proposed $55 million project: renderings, floor plans, diagrams.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Inside 833 East
Eyes on Milwaukee

Inside 833 East

Step inside the new 18-story office tower that will help transform the lakefront.

Friday Photos: Ingram Place Nearly Complete
Friday Photos

Ingram Place Nearly Complete

It took years, but finally the north end of Holton Street Bridge is getting developed.

Eyes on Milwaukee: New High Rise for East Side
Eyes on Milwaukee

New High Rise for East Side

It's a 13-story, 153-unit apartment building and neighbors seem to love the idea!

Eyes on Milwaukee: City Sells Another Foreclosed Home
Eyes on Milwaukee

City Sells Another Foreclosed Home

Graphic designer buys what may be the 531st home sold by city. It needs work.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Downtown Building Grows Apartments
Eyes on Milwaukee

Downtown Building Grows Apartments

Century Building would (mostly) convert from offices to 50 low-income residential units.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Mandel Starts Third Ward Apartments
Eyes on Milwaukee

Mandel Starts Third Ward Apartments

DoMUS, a six-story, 132-unit apartment complex, is on one of area's last riverfront lots.

Friday Photos: The Greening of Sage on Prospect
Friday Photos

The Greening of Sage on Prospect

Super green, 34-apartment complex on Lower East Side nearly completed.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Apartment Vacancies Hit 10-Year Low
Eyes on Milwaukee

Apartment Vacancies Hit 10-Year Low

Nationally there's a boom for apartments and Milwaukee is helping to lead the way.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Inside The Buckler Apartments
Eyes on Milwaukee

Inside The Buckler Apartments

11 stories, 207 units and countless styles, shapes and price points for apartments.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Phase Four of North End Underway
Eyes on Milwaukee

Phase Four of North End Underway

Fourth phase of $175 million project adds 155 apartments to booming Lower East Side.

Eyes on Milwaukee: 18-Story Tower on River Proposed
Eyes on Milwaukee

18-Story Tower on River Proposed

57-unit apartment tower would replace 1880s-era, two-story building on Wells St.

Eyes on Milwaukee: New NM Apartment Tower Moves Forward
Eyes on Milwaukee

New NM Apartment Tower Moves Forward

Its less-discussed project, a 33-story residential and parking tower, is quietly continuing.

Book Club: How to Build a “Happy City”
Book Club

How to Build a “Happy City”

Our book club is back. Next up is Charles Montgomery's book on designing better cities.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Inside the Brix Apartments
Eyes on Milwaukee

Inside the Brix Apartments

Rehabbed, century-old Walker's Point candy factory now a cool apartment complex.

Eyes on Milwaukee: BID Sells Streetcar-Related Development
Eyes on Milwaukee

BID Sells Streetcar-Related Development

Downtown BID guide shows business support, sells vacant land along streetcar route.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Joe Davis Receives Hot Endorsement
Eyes on Milwaukee

Joe Davis Receives Hot Endorsement

The firefighters endorse Davis, not Donovan, and Joe is "pumped up!"

Eyes on Milwaukee: Bus System Will Go Paperless
Eyes on Milwaukee

Bus System Will Go Paperless

Paper transfers and tickets are gone, but the union is still upset.

Eyes on Milwaukee: The Impact of New Development
Eyes on Milwaukee

The Impact of New Development

Study of 7 new buildings shows big revenue, big return for local government.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Unplowed Snow Reveals Overbuilt Streets
Eyes on Milwaukee

Unplowed Snow Reveals Overbuilt Streets

"Sneckdowns," or snow neck downs, show how to redesign city streets to benefit all.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Ten Predictions for 2016
Eyes on Milwaukee

Ten Predictions for 2016

A new downtown strip club, less crime, more Sheriff Clarke. It's all coming… we think.

Friday Photos: 2015 in Review
Friday Photos

2015 in Review

Talk about a building boom: We covered more than 25 projects, almost all including apartments.

Friday Photos: New NM Tower Keeps on Rising
Friday Photos

New NM Tower Keeps on Rising

Northwestern Mutual's tower is taking its place in city's skyline.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Pennsylvania Company Wins Streetcar Contract
Eyes on Milwaukee

Pennsylvania Company Wins Streetcar Contract

Brookville Equipment wins city bid over 3 companies, will charge $18.6 million for 4 streetcar vehicles.

Hard Hat Tour: Inside Tippecanoe Library
Hard Hat Tour

Inside Tippecanoe Library

Renovated library set to reopen Dec. 12th, looks drastically improved.

Friday Photos: Behold the Belay Apartments
Friday Photos

Behold the Belay Apartments

E. North Ave. project has 46 apartments and climbing gym you can see in 45-foot-tall windows.

Join John Norquist at Our Annual Party

Join John Norquist at Our Annual Party

With drinks, appetizers, good talk and great view of the city. And news about our plans to expand.

Milwaukee Film Festival: Raiders!
Milwaukee Film Festival

Raiders!

Documentary about the kids who spent seven summers remaking the first Indiana Jones movie.

Milwaukee Film Festival: 26 Films From Best to Worst
Milwaukee Film Festival

26 Films From Best to Worst

Update of my ranking of all films seen. Audiences, I confess, didn't necessarily agree.

Milwaukee Film Festival: Power Rankings
Milwaukee Film Festival

Power Rankings

My favorite -- and un-favorite -- films so far.

Milwaukee Film Festival: British Arrows Awards
Milwaukee Film Festival

British Arrows Awards

Strangely fun to watch a hour of TV commercials for products you can't even buy.

Milwaukee Film Festival: Most Likely to Succeed
Milwaukee Film Festival

Most Likely to Succeed

Our education is ripe for improvement, what can be done?

Milwaukee Film Festival: I Can Quit Whenever I Want
Milwaukee Film Festival

I Can Quit Whenever I Want

Italian comedy is part Breaking Bad, part Ocean's Eleven.

Milwaukee Film Festival: 33 Films To See
Milwaukee Film Festival

33 Films To See

How many times can you call in sick to work in the next 15 days?

Milwaukee Film Festival: Beatles
Milwaukee Film Festival

Beatles

Film captures the experience of discovering the Beatles and growing up.

Eyes on Milwaukee: New Bucks Arena Approved
Eyes on Milwaukee

New Bucks Arena Approved

City completes final step of financing puzzle for new Bucks arena.

Milwaukee Film Festival: The Great Alone
Milwaukee Film Festival

The Great Alone

Film follows the trail of the Iditarod race through Alaska.

Milwaukee Film Festival: 7 Chinese Brothers
Milwaukee Film Festival

7 Chinese Brothers

Jason Schwartzman attempts to put it all together in this slacker comedy.

Milwaukee Film Festival: Peace Officer
Milwaukee Film Festival

Peace Officer

The centerpiece of the 2015 Milwaukee Film Festival is an award-winning documentary.

Milwaukee Film Festival: Youth
Milwaukee Film Festival

Youth

Milwaukee Film Festival to open with a likely award winner. First in a series of previews.

Eyes on Milwaukee: New Apartments for Prospect Ave.
Eyes on Milwaukee

New Apartments for Prospect Ave.

Qdoba and surface parking lot would be converted to 80-unit building under plan.

Friday Photos: Taxi Parking to Urban Living
Friday Photos

Taxi Parking to Urban Living

Deregulating taxicabs will pour at least $172,000 into government coffers annually.

Friday Photos: Ripping the Top Off
Friday Photos

Ripping the Top Off

East Side building loses one floor, is gaining two more, as Sage on Prospect is created.

Friday Photos: Milwaukee’s New Rooftop Bar
Friday Photos

Milwaukee’s New Rooftop Bar

It will be located atop the New Kimpton Hotel in the Third Ward.

Riverwest 24 Bike Race Live Blog – 2015

Riverwest 24 Bike Race Live Blog – 2015

Follow the action on (and off) the race course.

Friday Photos: Walker’s Landing Takes Shape
Friday Photos

Walker’s Landing Takes Shape

It might be misnamed, but it's rising along the river, as our photos show.

Photo Gallery: Garfield Avenue Festival
Photo Gallery

Garfield Avenue Festival

Festival packs the street with blues and barbecue and beer. Our photos capture the easy-going vibe.

Eyes on Milwaukee: The Man Behind Bob Donovan
Eyes on Milwaukee

The Man Behind Bob Donovan

Steve Schumacher handles all social media for mayoral hopeful. He also has a criminal record.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Locations of Next 35 Bike Stations Announced
Eyes on Milwaukee

Locations of Next 35 Bike Stations Announced

New Bublr stations will blanket East Side with other locations in 12 neighborhoods. Here is complete list.

Friday Photos: Third Ward’s Hotel Takes Shape
Friday Photos

Third Ward’s Hotel Takes Shape

The 158-room Kimpton Hotel has reached about half its height and will be completed next year. Our photos capture its progress.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Bucks Arena Winners and Losers
Eyes on Milwaukee

Bucks Arena Winners and Losers

We count 33 winners, from strip clubs to Scott Walker to the streetcar, and 12 losers, including Frank Gimbel, the Brewers and Seattle.

Eyes on Milwaukee: The Return of Pabst Brewing
Eyes on Milwaukee

The Return of Pabst Brewing

The city's famed beer maker, long absent from Milwaukee, will return to the Pabst Brewery complex.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Scott Walker Aids Milwaukee Streetcar
Eyes on Milwaukee

Scott Walker Aids Milwaukee Streetcar

In an unexpected move, Walker helps avoid messy situation between city and county.

Friday Photos: 833 East Redefines the Skyline
Friday Photos

833 East Redefines the Skyline

It's not flashy, but it's becoming highly visible near the lakefront.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Streetcar Construction Starts in October
Eyes on Milwaukee

Streetcar Construction Starts in October

On-going engineering work continues to save millions of dollars. And anti-streetcar group has given up trying to stop the starter line.

Photo Gallery: Suburbs’ Day in Milwaukee
Photo Gallery

Suburbs’ Day in Milwaukee

Who are all those people that camp out 36 hours in advance for the July 3rd fireworks show? We decided to find out, and took some photos along the way.

Update: Buses Running, But Union Might Strike Again
Update

Buses Running, But Union Might Strike Again

Bus service continuing, but union president references more potential work stoppages. What else did he say?

Friday Photos: Milwaukee’s Biggest Building Rises
Friday Photos

Milwaukee’s Biggest Building Rises

Northwestern Mutual's 32-floor building will be the state's biggest and its basic structure has been mostly framed out.

Update: 15 Myths About The Bus Strike (and More)
Update

15 Myths About The Bus Strike (and More)

UPDATE #4: Two new myths emerge plus photos from the picket line.

Eyes on Milwaukee: 15 Myths About The Bus Strike (and More)
Eyes on Milwaukee

15 Myths About The Bus Strike (and More)

Bus service continuing, but union president references more potential work stoppages. What else did he say?

Dairyland Tour: Daniel Holloway
Dairyland Tour

Daniel Holloway

We're down to the final three races of the Tour of America's Dairyland.

Dairyland Tour: Justin Williams
Dairyland Tour

Justin Williams

The third in a series on racers in the Tour of America's Dairyland, the nation's largest competitive cycling event.

Make Your Voice Heard on Bucks Arena

Make Your Voice Heard on Bucks Arena

Our simple, easy-to-use contact form lets you reach officials in Madison on the arena deal and frankly communicate your views.

Dairyland Tour: Jadon Jaeger
Dairyland Tour

Jadon Jaeger

The second in a series on racers in the Tour of America's Dairyland, the nation's largest competitive cycling event.

Dairyland Tour: Nathan Labecki
Dairyland Tour

Nathan Labecki

The first in a series on racers in the Tour of America's Dairyland, the nation's largest competitive cycling event, which kicks off today.

Photo Gallery: Summerfest Rock ‘n’ Sole Run
Photo Gallery

Summerfest Rock ‘n’ Sole Run

Thousands ran through drizzling rain and fog. Our photos capture the action, from the lakefront and city streets to the summit of Hoan Bridge.

Friday Photos: Milwaukee’s New Train Shed
Friday Photos

Milwaukee’s New Train Shed

It's 50 years old and serves nearly 600,000 people annually, and its long-awaited replacement is finally being built.

Marcus Center Unveils Free Summer Lineup

Marcus Center Unveils Free Summer Lineup

Band concerts, dance concerts, movies and more will be offered at Marcus Center's Peck Pavilion.

Friday Photos: North End Redefines Water Street
Friday Photos

North End Redefines Water Street

Third phase of transformational project fills the gap between Downtown and the Lower East Side.

Pabst Announces 2015 Fish Fry & Flick Lineup

Pabst Announces 2015 Fish Fry & Flick Lineup

Free lakefront movie series is back for a 7th year with a great lineup.

Empty Storefronts: Meet Emily Robbins
Empty Storefronts

Meet Emily Robbins

National League of Cities associate will speak about her findings on how cities can support small businesses and use data to make city services more efficient.

Empty Storefronts: Meet June Williamson
Empty Storefronts

Meet June Williamson

New York professor who focuses on retrofitting the suburbs in an urban way will speak at Empty Storefronts conference Monday.

How to Fill Those Empty Storefronts

How to Fill Those Empty Storefronts

Inaugural event will bring national leaders to Milwaukee to discuss long-term solutions for commercial corridors with empty storefronts.

Urban Milwaukee Wins Press Club Awards

Urban Milwaukee Wins Press Club Awards

Publication claims two of three awards for criticism and Michael Horne wins for House Confidential column.

Friday Photos: Presenting the Posner Building Apartments
Friday Photos

Presenting the Posner Building Apartments

Huge, almost entirely vacant building transforming into 105 apartments on key downtown corner

Friday Photos: The Brewery’s 100-Unit Frederick Lofts
Friday Photos

The Brewery’s 100-Unit Frederick Lofts

Photos of this major residential project, another addition to a virtual mini-city replacing the old Pabst Brewery.

Friday Photos: East Side Apartments Nearly Complete
Friday Photos

East Side Apartments Nearly Complete

Chicago developer's project will add 36 apartments just off Brady Street. And a huge increase in city tax revenue.

Photo Gallery: St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2015
Photo Gallery

St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2015

The warm weather drew a large crowd, including Mayor Tom Barrett and the Wacky Wheeler.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Milwaukee Streetcar Approved
Eyes on Milwaukee

Milwaukee Streetcar Approved

After years of debate, streetcar will finally move forward. Final engineering will begin immediately, and construction by the end of the year.

Friday Photos: 700 Lofts Takes Shape in Westown
Friday Photos

700 Lofts Takes Shape in Westown

49 new apartments are slated to open in June 2015 on the west side of Downtown.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Streetcar Responses Shows Wide Support
Eyes on Milwaukee

Streetcar Responses Shows Wide Support

Eleven out of 15 aldermanic districts, and 76 percent of all respondents support the proposed streetcar starter system.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Streetcar Approved, but Held
Eyes on Milwaukee

Streetcar Approved, but Held

Large majority votes to approve streetcar, but parliamentary maneuver puts issue on hold until February 10th meeting.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Streetcar Backers Say They Have the Votes
Eyes on Milwaukee

Streetcar Backers Say They Have the Votes

Aldermen Witkowski and Perez now favor it, and touted plan to extend the line into their south-side districts.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Four New Bus Routes Start Sunday
Eyes on Milwaukee

Four New Bus Routes Start Sunday

MCTS will include three more express lines, offering better service for high-demand routes.

Friday Photos: Dohmen Moves to Historic Third Ward
Friday Photos

Dohmen Moves to Historic Third Ward

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

Eyes on Milwaukee: Council Delays Streetcar Until January
Eyes on Milwaukee

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.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Committee Takes No Action on Streetcar
Eyes on Milwaukee

Committee Takes No Action on Streetcar

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

Eyes on Milwaukee: Committee Approves Milwaukee Streetcar
Eyes on Milwaukee

Committee Approves Milwaukee Streetcar

Mayor offers historic address to council committee on streetcar and it gains their approval. Only one person speaks in opposition.

Friday Photos: Construction Underway at The North End
Friday Photos

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."

Eyes on Milwaukee: New Express Bus Routes Start in January
Eyes on Milwaukee

New Express Bus Routes Start in January

The good news: Three new express routes will move riders more quickly across the county. The bad: transit system running out of money.

Photo Gallery: 2014 Holiday Parade
Photo Gallery

2014 Holiday Parade

The 88th annual downtown parade lit up a gloomy weekend, as our photos attest.

Eyes on Milwaukee: New East Library is a Jewel
Eyes on Milwaukee

New East Library is a Jewel

Wow, what an improvement. Our photos capture the technology-rich and architecturally impressive new library

Eyes on Milwaukee: Barrett Moving Forward With Streetcar
Eyes on Milwaukee

Barrett Moving Forward With Streetcar

If Common Council approves at December 16 meeting, construction would start in late 2015, and Milwaukee would follow in footsteps of many other cities.

Friday Photos: 1809 Cambridge Apartments
Friday Photos

1809 Cambridge Apartments

New 36-unit apartment building rising quickly on the East Side, as our photos show.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Another Bad Transit Plan By County Board
Eyes on Milwaukee

Another Bad Transit Plan By County Board

Amendment slipped into budget has had no public review and could leave system $1 million short (or worse) by end of 2015.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Return of The Avalon Theater
Eyes on Milwaukee

Return of The Avalon Theater

Everything you need to know, including behind-the-scenes photos, about Bay View's historic movie theater and its $2.5 million renovation.

Eyes on Milwaukee: New Apartment Building Approved at Pabst
Eyes on Milwaukee

New Apartment Building Approved at Pabst

Florida developer willing to undertake a project that no local developers will. The result will be 118 market-rate apartments, with no city financing.

Milwaukee Film Festival: Hitting the Home Stretch
Milwaukee Film Festival

Hitting the Home Stretch

More from film fan Jeramey on which movies you should catch, and which to skip.

Eyes on Milwaukee: 700 E. Kilbourn High-Rise Wins Key Approval
Eyes on Milwaukee

700 E. Kilbourn High-Rise Wins Key Approval

Proposed high-rise would add up to 275 "ultra luxury" apartments to downtown Milwaukee -- with no public financing.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Germania Building to Become Apartments
Eyes on Milwaukee

Germania Building to Become Apartments

118-year-old building would be converted to 74 apartments at prominent downtown corner.

Friday Photos: Bay View ArtStop Opens
Friday Photos

Bay View ArtStop Opens

It's a bus stop, art work, and urban island. Grand opening is tonight, but we've already got photos of the new amenity.

Milwaukee Film Festival: Jeramey’s Weekend Recap
Milwaukee Film Festival

Jeramey’s Weekend Recap

Reporting on a great opening weekend and five films I saw. Which are worth your time?

Friday Photos: The Pizza Man Apartments
Friday Photos

The Pizza Man Apartments

New East Side apartment building is bringing good urban form back to prominent corner.

Milwaukee Film Festival: What’s Jeramey Watching?
Milwaukee Film Festival

What’s Jeramey Watching?

19 films in 15 days. Do they sell all you can eat popcorn?

Eyes On Milwaukee: How To Fix O’Donnell Park
Eyes On Milwaukee

How To Fix O’Donnell Park

It's a complete failure of a park, here is how to fix it.

Eyes on Milwaukee: New Apartment Building Coming to the Third Ward
Eyes on Milwaukee

New Apartment Building Coming to the Third Ward

Two developers partner up for a new building that is going to have a very odd shape.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Chicago Firm Unveils Designs for 35-Story Tower
Eyes on Milwaukee

Chicago Firm Unveils Designs for 35-Story Tower

New skyscraper would contain up to 275 apartments in downtown Milwaukee.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Doors Open Milwaukee Top 10
Eyes on Milwaukee

Doors Open Milwaukee Top 10

Cancel your weekend plans, here are 10 can't miss buildings to visit.

Photo Gallery: East Side Tomato Romp
Photo Gallery

East Side Tomato Romp

8,000 pounds of tomatoes go flying as contestants play dodgeball with tomatoes.

Friday Photos: The Brand New UWM School of Freshwater Sciences
Friday Photos

The Brand New UWM School of Freshwater Sciences

New freshwater school is the centerpiece of the burgeoning water cluster.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Milwaukee’s New Bus System
Eyes on Milwaukee

Milwaukee’s New Bus System

MCTS is adding express service to more routes.

Photo Gallery: Milwaukee’s International Kite Festival
Photo Gallery

Milwaukee’s International Kite Festival

Free, family-friendly fun is a welcome change of pace from many lakefront events.

Friday Photos: 833 East, the Unsung Hero of Office Towers
Friday Photos

833 East, the Unsung Hero of Office Towers

New high rise office building has no city subsidy and will add to the property tax base immediately.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Developer Slays NIMBY Objectors
Eyes on Milwaukee

Developer Slays NIMBY Objectors

Why East Side development can move so slowly. And when developers can bypass the neighbors.

Eyes on Milwaukee: MIAD Opens New Residence Hall, Celebrates 40 Years
Eyes on Milwaukee

MIAD Opens New Residence Hall, Celebrates 40 Years

Half-birthday bash, half-ribbon cutting, the ceremony unveiled MIAD's new six-story, Third Ward building.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Milwaukee’s Biggest Building Breaks Ground
Eyes on Milwaukee

Milwaukee’s Biggest Building Breaks Ground

"A beautiful day in Milwaukee" and for assembled power brokers as Northwestern Mutual's new skyscraper gets underway.

Photo Gallery: Urban Vancouver, a Model for Milwaukee?
Photo Gallery

Urban Vancouver, a Model for Milwaukee?

Lacking the back-to-back skyscrapers of New York of Chicago, its smaller-scale urbanity is a marvel that Milwaukee could emulate.

Friday Photos: Bublr Bikes Everywhere
Friday Photos

Bublr Bikes Everywhere

Nine of the ten new stations have been installed -- and are getting plenty of ridership, as our photos show.

Photo Gallery: Discovering Urban Seattle
Photo Gallery

Discovering Urban Seattle

Our photo gallery captures many of the urban highlights one can see on a three-day trip to Seattle.

Friday Photos: Oregon at South Water Works
Friday Photos

Oregon at South Water Works

Foreclosed warehouse becoming 77 apartments in Walker's Point.

Photo Gallery: 2014 Wisconsin State Fair
Photo Gallery

2014 Wisconsin State Fair

Our photos capture everything the fair has to offer, including pig races, cream puffs and plenty of people.

Friday Photos: Dohmen’s New Third Ward HQ
Friday Photos

Dohmen’s New Third Ward HQ

Firm that started in Third Ward is returning there from suburbs, relocating 110 employees and overhauling a boring 1960's building.

Photo Gallery: German Fest 2014
Photo Gallery

German Fest 2014

Red, white and blue becomes black, red, and yellow as Milwaukee celebrates its German heritage.

Photo Gallery: Brady Street Festival
Photo Gallery

Brady Street Festival

With music, food, art, fashion shows, pro wrestling and camel rides, it was all happening on Brady Street.

Riverwest 24 Live Blog – 2014

Riverwest 24 Live Blog – 2014

Updates from a team involved in the 24-hour bicycle race.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Riverwest 24 Preview
Eyes on Milwaukee

Riverwest 24 Preview

Milwaukee's best bicycle race, as our photos prove, kicks off at 7 p.m.

Eyes on Milwaukee: New Apartment Building Planned for Water St.
Eyes on Milwaukee

New Apartment Building Planned for Water St.

The Rhythm would replace dive bar on Water St. and feature studios and one-bedroom units.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Uber and Lyft Legalized in Milwaukee
Eyes on Milwaukee

Uber and Lyft Legalized in Milwaukee

Taxis for anyone who wants to drive one. Uber and Lyft are legal. And someone will probably sue the city to stop this.

Friday Photos: MIAD’s New Apartment Building
Friday Photos

MIAD’s New Apartment Building

Years in the making and 6 stories high, it's nearly complete. Students will move in this fall.

Photo Gallery: Traveling Beer Garden Hits Downtown
Photo Gallery

Traveling Beer Garden Hits Downtown

Red Arrow Park trades Starbucks for Sprecher

Eyes on Milwaukee: County Further Expands Real-Time Bus Routes
Eyes on Milwaukee

County Further Expands Real-Time Bus Routes

MCTS unveils real-time info for more bus lines, including the only bus route in Ozaukee County.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Visiting Leaders Pitch Pro Stadiums — And Transit!
Eyes on Milwaukee

Visiting Leaders Pitch Pro Stadiums — And Transit!

MMAC organized event to sell NBA arena, but speakers from Cleveland, Denver and OKC said Millenials want transit, too.

Hard Hat Tour: The Standard at East Library
Hard Hat Tour

The Standard at East Library

Our photos take you inside the new library and apartment building on North Ave.

Photo Gallery: South Shore Frolics Parade
Photo Gallery

South Shore Frolics Parade

The politicians were glad handing and the candy was flowing at the 65th annual celebration.

Friday Photos: Night Market Rising
Friday Photos

Night Market Rising

Part public art, part market, new pavilion on W. Wisconsin Ave. replaces surface parking.

Photo Gallery: Storm the Bastille 2014
Photo Gallery

Storm the Bastille 2014

Once more some 5,000 runners and walkers took over the streets of East Town in the late night opening to Bastille Days.

Eyes on Milwaukee: County Transit Doubles Real Time Bus Data
Eyes on Milwaukee

County Transit Doubles Real Time Bus Data

Up-to-the minute arrival times now available on 16 bus routes across Milwaukee County.

Photo Gallery: Downer Classic Bike Races
Photo Gallery

Downer Classic Bike Races

Part of the 11-day Tour of America's Dairyland, Saturday's all day-affair attracted fans of bicycles, beer and festivals.

Photo Gallery: Cedarburg Strawberry Festival
Photo Gallery

Cedarburg Strawberry Festival

World record scoop of ice cream was the desert for the 29th annual festival.

Friday Photos: Easy Parking in Downtown Milwaukee?
Friday Photos

Easy Parking in Downtown Milwaukee?

City unveils sign system to guide drivers to garages with available parking spots.

Eyes on Milwaukee: State Freezes Historic Preservation Tax Credits
Eyes on Milwaukee

State Freezes Historic Preservation Tax Credits

Worried about the cost, Gov. Walker and WEDC have halted program with big benefits for Milwaukee.

Photo Gallery: Garlic Fest Spices Up Walker’s Point
Photo Gallery

Garlic Fest Spices Up Walker’s Point

Third annual celebration had no vampires, and everything you could imagine flavored with garlic. Our photos capture the fun.

Photo Gallery: Summer Soulstice on North Ave.
Photo Gallery

Summer Soulstice on North Ave.

The East Side's first festival of the season keeps getting better and better.

Photo Gallery: Soccer Crowd Shuts Down Brady Street
Photo Gallery

Soccer Crowd Shuts Down Brady Street

As many as 15,000 people pack Brady Street and surround Nomad Bar, while celebrating USA v Portugal game.

Friday Photos: “Sage” Apartment Building Nearly Finished
Friday Photos

“Sage” Apartment Building Nearly Finished

Jackson Street is becoming a nice urban street, now with new, environmentally friendly apartments.

Eyes on Milwaukee: New 18-Story Downtown Building Breaks Ground
Eyes on Milwaukee

New 18-Story Downtown Building Breaks Ground

The $102 million, 18-story tower at 833 E. Michigan is huge development, with no city financing. The full story, with photos and building renderings.

Eyes on Milwaukee: MSOE Renames Soccer Field
Eyes on Milwaukee

MSOE Renames Soccer Field

Kovac wonders why MSOE would name it after its current president. And why an engineering school couldn't dig a deep enough hole for its soccer field.

Eyes on Milwaukee: More Real Time Bus Data Available
Eyes on Milwaukee

More Real Time Bus Data Available

Five more routes now let riders know exactly when the bus will come.

Photo Gallery: CityCenter at 735 Fashion Show
Photo Gallery

CityCenter at 735 Fashion Show

The centennial celebration for CityCenter at 735 featured a fashion show that put 100 years of style on display.

Photo Gallery: 2014 Milwaukee Pride Parade
Photo Gallery

2014 Milwaukee Pride Parade

History in the making. Our photos capture the first Milwaukee Pride Parade to feature "just married" signs.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Finally, a New Park East Plan
Eyes on Milwaukee

Finally, a New Park East Plan

Ten years later, the city and county are finally on the same page. Is development in the area ready to "explode"?

Photo Gallery: 2014 Locust Street Festival
Photo Gallery

2014 Locust Street Festival

The action, the people, the entertainment are all captured in our photos.

Photo Gallery: Bay View Gallery Night
Photo Gallery

Bay View Gallery Night

Compared to Third Ward's Gallery Night, this one has cheaper art and more of a street scene. Our photos capture the event.

Friday Photos: The Deconstruction of Northwestern Mutual
Friday Photos

The Deconstruction of Northwestern Mutual

Floor-by-floor, NML's 1970s office tower is coming down.

Friday Photos: Standard Nears Completion
Friday Photos

Standard Nears Completion

A new, state of the art library, 99 apartments and new retail space will be the result.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Posner Building To Become Apartments
Eyes on Milwaukee

Posner Building To Become Apartments

Highly visible, mostly vacant building in Westown being restored.

Friday Photos: Rebuilding 794 in the Third Ward
Friday Photos

Rebuilding 794 in the Third Ward

It's a beautiful view, but soon enough it will be obstructed again.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Winners & Great Photos of 2014 Mayor’s Design Awards
Eyes on Milwaukee

Winners & Great Photos of 2014 Mayor’s Design Awards

From the new Pizza Man to Radio Milwaukee to Junior House Lofts, the winners span many styles and neighborhoods. Photo Galleries of every winning design.

Hard Hat Tour: Marquette’s New IVY on Fourteenth
Hard Hat Tour

Marquette’s New IVY on Fourteenth

Photographic tour of building nearing completion that will boast 80 apartments and street-level retail.

Friday Photos: Rise of the Avenir
Friday Photos

Rise of the Avenir

The 5-story, $21 million building will have 104 apartment units, 7,000 square-feet of retail space, and a Jimmy Johns.

Friday Photos: Jobs, Jobs, Jobs Coming to Milwaukee
Friday Photos

Jobs, Jobs, Jobs Coming to Milwaukee

Rishi Tea, Lakefront Brewery and Solaris are all building new facilities in the ever-growing Menomonee Valley.

Friday Photos: Pizza Man Gone and Apartments Arise
Friday Photos

Pizza Man Gone and Apartments Arise

Construction of the mixed use building with 39 apartments is proceeding at North and Oakland.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Finally, Transit System Unveils Real-Time Bus Data
Eyes on Milwaukee

Finally, Transit System Unveils Real-Time Bus Data

Long-awaited service improvement is here, sort of. When finished, you'll be able to check exactly when the bus will arrive.

Eyes on Milwaukee: 7 Can’t Miss YP Week Events
Eyes on Milwaukee

7 Can’t Miss YP Week Events

Young Professional Week features some 30 events. Here's our pick of the top seven.

Eyes on Milwaukee: A Night At the MANDIs
Eyes on Milwaukee

A Night At the MANDIs

The once-tiny awards show is now a prestige event that packed the Pfister ballroom while another crowd watched the show streamed.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Historic Preservation Goes Crazy
Eyes on Milwaukee

Historic Preservation Goes Crazy

Bigger state tax credits have tripled applications for historic preservation projects, which is great news for Milwaukee.

Friday Photos: Behold the Halls of Ivy
Friday Photos

Behold the Halls of Ivy

A new 6-floor building on Marquette campus boosts 80 apartments in five different sizes. Our photos capture its progress.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Taxi Cab Lottery Has Light Turnout
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.

Photo Gallery: St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Photo Gallery

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

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

Friday Photos: Riverwest Apartments Going Up
Friday Photos

Riverwest Apartments Going Up

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

The Fun and Frustrations of Eastside Music Tour

The Fun and Frustrations of Eastside Music Tour

More than 80 shows and 30 locations on one street in one day.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Betting on the Common Council
Eyes on Milwaukee

Betting on the Common Council

Haven't got your fix with the Super Bowl? Gamble with friends on who will be the next council president.

Hard Hat Tour: North Avenue Boomtown
Hard Hat Tour

North Avenue Boomtown

Three different projects will together remake E. North Avenue. Our photos capture the progress.

Eyes on Milwaukee: County Transit Applicants Sell Themselves to — Huh?– the City
Eyes on Milwaukee

County Transit Applicants Sell Themselves to — Huh?– the City

Just to further mess up a murky issue, the companies' often sketchy presentations were made to a city committee, not to the county.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Bike Share Launching in 2014
Eyes on Milwaukee

Bike Share Launching in 2014

Phase I of bike share program will have at least 28 stations and 250 bikes, thanks to a federal grant.

Obama Official Lauds City’s Sustainability Programs

Obama Official Lauds City’s Sustainability Programs

Energy Department official visits to praise Milwaukee's green efforts, which now save $500,000 annually. Our photos capture the event.

Friday Photos: MIAD On the Rise
Friday Photos

MIAD On the Rise

Its new 6-story building of student apartments is starting to take shape in Historic Third Ward.

It’s PARK(ing) Day, Let the Celebration Begin

It’s PARK(ing) Day, Let the Celebration Begin

Parking spots will be transformed into public space -- with entertainers performing -- as part of international event today.

Rep. Goyke Commemorates Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance 2013
Press Release

Rep. Goyke Commemorates Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance 2013

Statement from Evan Goyke (D-Milwaukee) on September 11th, 2013

Friday Photos: The Ever-Changing Third Ward
Friday Photos

The Ever-Changing Third Ward

A new pink sculpture, new deli, new Woolen Mills store, and a new dorm rising -- all captured by camera.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Zipcars for the Masses
Eyes on Milwaukee

Zipcars for the Masses

By-the-hour car rental firm unveils huge expansion, adding 29 vehicles to Milwaukee with possibly more to come.

Hard Hat Tour: Radio Milwaukee’s Green Roof Installation
Hard Hat Tour

Radio Milwaukee’s Green Roof Installation

The new green roof was installed with amazing speed and could last for 100 years.

Mandel Plans Lakefront High-Rise

Mandel Plans Lakefront High-Rise

Last empty site in old Park East area would be location for Prospect Ave tower.

Photo Gallery: East Library Groundbreaking
Photo Gallery

East Library Groundbreaking

Photos capture groundbreaking for new mixed-use development combining East Library, retail and apartments. Take that, Bayshore.

Eyes on Milwaukee: A Giant Step for Radio Milwaukee
Eyes on Milwaukee

A Giant Step for Radio Milwaukee

An in-depth look and photo tour of the new 88Nine headquarters, which will transform the station.

Photo Gallery: Bay View “Frolics” Parade
Photo Gallery

Bay View “Frolics” Parade

The 64th South Shore Frolics Parade included a band dressed as rabbits and a Hoan Bridge float.

Photo Gallery: Temporary East Library Opens
Photo Gallery

Temporary East Library Opens

It's just a block and a half away from the old library, and as Mayor Barrett demonstrated at its opening, you can still check out books.

Photo Gallery: All Fun at 2013 Pride Parade
Photo Gallery

All Fun at 2013 Pride Parade

Milwaukee's straightest parade flies its gay flag proudly.

Photo Gallery: Locust Street Festival 2013
Photo Gallery

Locust Street Festival 2013

Beer drinking, people watching, and some non-racing giant sausages. The street festival season is officially on, as our photos show.

Friday Photos: Say Goodbye to East Library
Friday Photos

Say Goodbye to East Library

East Library building closes as new temporary library takes shape around the corner.

Eyes on Milwaukee: $350,000 Grant Funds Art Corridors
Eyes on Milwaukee

$350,000 Grant Funds Art Corridors

GMC lands grant from ArtPlace America to create artistic corridors in Riverwest and Harambee and on West Wisconsin Ave.

Republicans Move to Kill Milwaukee Streetcar

Republicans Move to Kill Milwaukee Streetcar

If the streetcar is killed and federal money for it is lost, it will mean the total amount of federal transit money for Wisconsin rejected by Scott Walker will exceed $1 billion.

Back in the News: More About Iron Mine Controversy
Back in the News

More About Iron Mine Controversy

Cullen wins award for work on legislation as Milwaukee Magazine weighs in with story.

Photo Gallery: Soldiers Home Becomes National Historic Landmark
Photo Gallery

Soldiers Home Becomes National Historic Landmark

The National Park Service honors the Soldiers Home complex, whose classic buildings are the oldest in the nation still standing from Civil War days.

Eyes on Milwaukee: More Taxis for Milwaukee?
Eyes on Milwaukee

More Taxis for Milwaukee?

Bauman's proposal would drastically increase the number of cabs, and a recent court decision makes change more likely.

Data: Richest Public Pensions in State History
Data

Richest Public Pensions in State History

Here are the backdrop payments received by 1,712 county employees. 255 collected anywhere from $255,000 to $1 million -- plus a monthly pension.

Friday Photos: Milwaukee From Atop the Pabst Silos
Friday Photos

Milwaukee From Atop the Pabst Silos

A 360 degree view of the city, including the Brewery redevelopment, from high above.

Pabst Office Building Goes Moderne

Pabst Office Building Goes Moderne

Striking new design for downtown's first new office building in 10 years

Friday Photos: St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Friday Photos

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Downtown Milwaukee was filled with green this past weekend, from politicians to the hoi polloi.

New Front Door for Lakefront

New Front Door for Lakefront

Dramatic plan moves freeway ramps and creates a grand boulevard that connects downtown and the lakefront.

Kimpton Hotel Approved

Kimpton Hotel Approved

Nine-floor, four-star hotel will add drama and 158 rooms to Third Ward; hopes to open in 2015.

Friday Photos: Gutting the Prospect Mall
Friday Photos

Gutting the Prospect Mall

New plan adds 4 floors, 52 apartments and 10,000 square feet of retail. But first the old place must be gutted.

Apartment Complex Coming to Haymarket Neighborhood

Apartment Complex Coming to Haymarket Neighborhood

Commission recommends zoning change for brick warehouse to be converted to 65 apartments.

Back in the News: Sue Black
Back in the News

Sue Black

She was wrongly fired, she insists to Milwaukee Magazine, whose cover story has many community leaders praising her.

Meet the Merchant: Bill Lison and Nate Fried
Press Release

Meet the Merchant: Bill Lison and Nate Fried

Owners of Hybrid Lounge are this month's Meet the Merchant

Book Review: Historic Milwaukee Public Schoolhouses
Book Review

Historic Milwaukee Public Schoolhouses

An enjoyable journey through many of Milwaukee's most attractive public school buildings.

Quiet Company Could Build City’s Tallest Building

Quiet Company Could Build City’s Tallest Building

An examination of the who, what, where, and when of the new Northwestern Mutual office tower.

Chairwoman Dimitrijevic Announces Seven “Chat with the Chair” Events for the Month of December
Press Release

Chairwoman Dimitrijevic Announces Seven “Chat with the Chair” Events for the Month of December

“Chats” set for Whitefish Bay, South Milwaukee, West Milwaukee, Greenfield, Greendale, Hales Corners and Bayside

Friday Photos: Brewery Projects Near Completion
Friday Photos

Brewery Projects Near Completion

An apartment building and a hotel add more excitement to the redevelopment project at the old Pabst brewery.

Home Contest is a Big Winner

Home Contest is a Big Winner

Most Improved Home Contest offers $7,000 in prize money, generates $164,000 in home improvements.

Photo Gallery: Inside The North End
Photo Gallery

Inside The North End

Take a peek at two new apartment buildings under construction just north of Downtown.

County Board Junks Bus Fare Proposal

County Board Junks Bus Fare Proposal

Proposal to kill transfers and cut fares suddenly lost its supporters.

Streetcar Meeting on Tuesday

Streetcar Meeting on Tuesday

Public invited to ask questions about project.

Friday Photos: Small Pleasures
Friday Photos

Small Pleasures

A number of smaller construction projects are underway to improve downtown properties

The County’s Paradoxical Transit Proposal

The County’s Paradoxical Transit Proposal

A proposal to lower cash fares for county buses could actually increase the cost for many riders.

Sydney HiH Gallery Night

Sydney HiH Gallery Night

A Gallery Night send off for the epicenter of Milwaukee's counter-culture movement.

Friday Photos: East Town Unveilings
Friday Photos

East Town Unveilings

New signage and restoration are a change of scenery for downtown.

Urban Milwaukee Night at Film Fest

Urban Milwaukee Night at Film Fest

Join us for the Milwaukee Film Festival's showing of Detropia and post-movie chat and happy hour.

Eyes on Milwaukee: An Action-Packed Weekend
Eyes on Milwaukee

An Action-Packed Weekend

So much to see: A party on a bridge, 120+ open houses, and President Obama's speech.

Photo Gallery: Al’s Run & Walk
Photo Gallery

Al’s Run & Walk

Thousands of people packed downtown streets for a good cause on Saturday.

Wanna Buy Some Park East Land?

Wanna Buy Some Park East Land?

Sensing market interest, Milwaukee County is trying to sell a parcel of land -- for the third time.

Friday Photos: MSOE Parking Garage
Friday Photos

MSOE Parking Garage

Park East Freeway spur land is becoming 780-stall parking garage

Parks Plan Has Problems

Parks Plan Has Problems

Cathedral Square / Juneau Park plan created with little public discussion and no design competition.

Friday Photos: Labor Day Edition
Friday Photos

Labor Day Edition

Two historic buildings are completely covered as their facades are restored.

The Milwaukee Brewery District

The Milwaukee Brewery District

The impact of a semi-successful early 80's plan for a large stretch of downtown.

A Redesign for Cathedral Square

A Redesign for Cathedral Square

A recent UWM master's thesis plans for an improved Cathedral Square

Beer Gardens Back at Pere Marquette

Beer Gardens Back at Pere Marquette

It was off after Sue Black's firing. Now it's back on.

How to Improve Cathedral Square

How to Improve Cathedral Square

What would make Milwaukee's town square better?

Book Club: The Great Inversion
Book Club

The Great Inversion

Next meeting on September 17th, focusing on the future of American cities.

Donovan’s New Anti-Streetcar Allies

Donovan’s New Anti-Streetcar Allies

After three press releases in three days, the alderman holds a news conference with new right-wing allies.

MCTS SERVES IRISH FEST
Press Release

MCTS SERVES IRISH FEST

Traffic and parking are a breeze when you ride the Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) Straight to the Gate of Irish Fest.

Brewery Building Is a Go

Brewery Building Is a Go

The five-story Professional Center building got final approval for construction at the old Pabst Brewery.

Name a Milwaukee Street

Name a Milwaukee Street

The City is holding a contest to rename a Fifth Ward street. What's your suggestion?

Eyes on Milwaukee: The Milwaukee Olympics
Eyes on Milwaukee

The Milwaukee Olympics

Why Milwaukee isn't likely to ever to host the Olympics, and why it would have been nice if Chicago did.

House Confidential: Chris Abele’s Castle
House Confidential

Chris Abele’s Castle

The County Executive calls the largest house in Milwaukee home.

Photo Gallery: 2012 Brady Street Festival
Photo Gallery

2012 Brady Street Festival

A photo gallery of the last major street festival of the summer.

New Building On Tap For Brewery

New Building On Tap For Brewery

Gorman & Company's third building at the former Pabst Brewery will target law firms as tenants.

House Confidential: Barry Mandel’s Penthouse
House Confidential

Barry Mandel’s Penthouse

From his downtown penthouse, the Milwaukee real estate developer may have the best view in town.

County Board Approves Negotiations for The Couture

County Board Approves Negotiations for The Couture

Proposed 44-floor building for lakefront stays on track

Gallery Night at Urban Milwaukee

Gallery Night at Urban Milwaukee

Celebrate the city you love at Urban Milwaukee: The Store tomorrow and Saturday.

House Confidential: Scott Skiles’ McMansion
House Confidential

Scott Skiles’ McMansion

A new column looks inside the homes of notable Milwaukeeans.

Book Review: The Option of Urbanism
Book Review

The Option of Urbanism

More and more Americans are voting with their feet to live, work, and play in urban neighborhoods, but the government and big banks have been slow to respond to this change

Photo Gallery: The Couture Press Conference
Photo Gallery

The Couture Press Conference

Developers and politicians unite behind the podium to unveil 44-story project.

44-Floor Tower Proposed for Lakefront

44-Floor Tower Proposed for Lakefront

A new 44-story tower proposed for Milwaukee.

Book Review: The Seamless City
Book Review

The Seamless City

Mitt Romney's urban policy adviser delivers a surprisingly sane book on his time as a mayor of a major city.

Downtown Milwaukee Farmers’ Markets

Downtown Milwaukee Farmers’ Markets

Milwaukee is blessed with not one, but two weekly farmers' markets that add to the vibrancy of downtown.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Transit System Facing Nearly 30% Service Reduction
Eyes on Milwaukee

Transit System Facing Nearly 30% Service Reduction

Challenges ahead for MCTS, but good news in Westown, Lake Park, Silver City, and the Menomonee Valley

Friday Photos: Lower East Side Construction
Friday Photos

Lower East Side Construction

Friday Photos this week features photography of three Lower East Side construction projects.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Amtrak Accidents and Customer Service
Eyes on Milwaukee

Amtrak Accidents and Customer Service

Also discussion of Downtown Dining Week, some development news, and new tv commercials from MCTS.

Photo Gallery: Summer Soulstice Music Festival – 2012
Photo Gallery

Summer Soulstice Music Festival – 2012

The 12th annual Summer Soulstice Music Festival brought together the best of Milwaukee's East Side under great weather on Saturday night.

Envisioning the Seen: Milwaukee’s Future – Today, June 18th
Envisioning the Seen

Milwaukee’s Future – Today, June 18th

The Pabst Theater plays host to Envisioning the Seen: Milwaukee's Future tonight, June 18th. Ten Milwaukeeans and two moderators will hold an open-ended, fireside-style discussion, followed by an audience question and answer period.

Photo Gallery: Locust Street Festival – 2012
Photo Gallery

Locust Street Festival – 2012

A photo gallery of the great people watching provided by "the best fest in Riverwest."

Commission Recommends Historic Designation for Sydney Hih Building, Fuse Still Lit

Commission Recommends Historic Designation for Sydney Hih Building, Fuse Still Lit

The Historic Preservation Commission recommended approval of interim historic designation for the Sydney Hih building, though the future of the building remains very much in doubt.

Eyes on Milwaukee: The Slow Demise of Sydney Hih
Eyes on Milwaukee

The Slow Demise of Sydney Hih

Sydney Hih could be saved, a witch hunt on North Ave, UWM has a baseball team (?), and Alderman Jose Perez wins a game for the Brewers.

15th Annual Mayor’s Design Award Winners Announced (Photo Gallery)

15th Annual Mayor’s Design Award Winners Announced (Photo Gallery)

The winners of the 15th annual Mayor's Design Awards have been announced with projects ranging from a high-rise housing tower to a complete street redesign taking home awards.

New Zoning Would Allow Taller East Side Buildings

New Zoning Would Allow Taller East Side Buildings

In one of its "shortest meetings ever," the City Plan Commission recommended letting North Avenue rise higher.

Photo Gallery: Downtown Baseball Block Party
Photo Gallery

Downtown Baseball Block Party

Baseball fans converted a downtown parking lot into an outdoor movie theater to watch the Milwaukee Brewers game.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Did Donovan Make Bauman Soil His Pants?
Eyes on Milwaukee

Did Donovan Make Bauman Soil His Pants?

Another week, another Ald. Donovan anti-streetcar press conference. Plus: will the Bucks get a new owner and new arena? And: East Side zoning changes and the return of the Downtown Trolley loop.

East Library Gains Zoning Approval, Rest of District Held

East Library Gains Zoning Approval, Rest of District Held

Residents are still a little restive about it, but the East Side's buildings are likely to get a little higher, to judge by the results of today's City Plan Commission meeting.

Bob vs Bob (Almost)

Bob vs Bob (Almost)

We reached out to Aldermen Bob Bauman and Bob Donovan to get their perspective on the Milwaukee Streetcar project following the press conference "debate"

Battle of the Bobs: Donovan vs Bauman Streetcar Press Conference
Battle of the Bobs

Donovan vs Bauman Streetcar Press Conference

Leave it to Ald. Bob Bauman to upstage Ald. Bob Donovan at his own press conference.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Tour the Talgo Trains You Might Never Ride
Eyes on Milwaukee

Tour the Talgo Trains You Might Never Ride

Downtown block parties are coming, use of bike racks on MCTS buses doubles year-over-year, explore the Historic Concordia neighborhood with HMI, UWM gets a zoning change, The Moderne is meeting hiring requirements, and kids can ride free on the Amtrak Hiawatha this summer.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Herb Kohl’s Arena Commitment, The Second Downtown Strip Club, Northwestern Mutual’s New Downtown Building, and More
Eyes on Milwaukee

Herb Kohl’s Arena Commitment, The Second Downtown Strip Club, Northwestern Mutual’s New Downtown Building, and More

This week's Eyes on Milwaukee column explores Herb Kohl's commitment to a new arena, the idea of another downtown strip club, Northwestern Mutual's potential new downtown building, and a whole lot more.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Regional Bus Service Cuts, Transit Center Redevelopment, Museum Mile, and More
Eyes on Milwaukee

Regional Bus Service Cuts, Transit Center Redevelopment, Museum Mile, and More

The 11th installment of Eyes on Milwaukee focuses on transit, development, and new restaurants. The Downtown Transit Center's redevelopment is inching closer to reality. The Milwaukee Museum Mile is a new marketing effort for some overlooked museums. Service reductions are coming to the Milwaukee-Racine-Kenosha commuter bus service, and the Milwaukee City Clerk is still tweeting, thankfully.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Common Council Committee Appointments, Milwaukee County Attraction Pass, The Moderne Lands a Restaurant, and More
Eyes on Milwaukee

Common Council Committee Appointments, Milwaukee County Attraction Pass, The Moderne Lands a Restaurant, and More

Eyes on Milwaukee this week focuses on the committee appointments by Milwaukee Common Council President Willie Hines, Supervisor Haas' efforts for a Milwaukee County attraction pass, the restaurant coming to The Moderne, and more.

Eyes on Milwaukee: The Impending New Milwaukee Delegation, Free Brewers Tickets for Aldermen, 24 to 1, and More
Eyes on Milwaukee

The Impending New Milwaukee Delegation, Free Brewers Tickets for Aldermen, 24 to 1, and More

Welcome to the ninth installment of Eyes on Milwaukee. This week I examine the coming changes to the Milwaukee Delegation, how another big city gets quite the luxury perk, the difference between the charter meetings of the City and County, Milwaukee's new City Clerk, and more.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Future of Transit Event, Urban Milwaukee Store Grand Opening, and More
Eyes on Milwaukee

Future of Transit Event, Urban Milwaukee Store Grand Opening, and More

Welcome to the eighth installment of Eyes on Milwaukee. This week I invite you to a handful of Urban Milwaukee events, challenge you to name the new river skimmer, and share a fair amount of development news and information about new restaurants in Milwaukee.

Future of Transit Discussion at the top of the US Bank Center

Future of Transit Discussion at the top of the US Bank Center

If you care about transit in Milwaukee, or if you simply want the best view of the city available, come to the 40th floor of the US Bank Center next Monday night, April 16th from 5:30 until 8:00 for a cocktail hour and discussion on the future of transit in Milwaukee and how we move through the city.

Suburbs Overwhelmingly Want to Reduce Size of the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors

Suburbs Overwhelmingly Want to Reduce Size of the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors

Almost all of Milwaukee County's suburbs had a referendum questions that asked for voter's opinions on reducing the size of the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors and reducing the position to part-time during Tuesday's election. In every community it was asked, voters overwhelmingly voted to reduce the number and pay of supervisors, but what would that achieve?

Eyes on Milwaukee: Hines for Mayor, Coggs for Life, Thomas for 34%, and More City Politics
Eyes on Milwaukee

Hines for Mayor, Coggs for Life, Thomas for 34%, and More City Politics

Welcome to the seventh installment of Eyes on Milwaukee. This week the focus is all on City of Milwaukee elected officials following yesterday's election. I explore the likelihood that Willie Hines runs for Mayor, how the new Common Council will resemble the old Common Council, the wide disparity in vote totals between districts, Bob Donovan winning the war, the shocking number of votes Johnny Thomas got, and Spencer Coggs' new job.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Historic Preservation, Miller Park Sales Tax, The War on Bob Donovan, and More
Eyes on Milwaukee

Historic Preservation, Miller Park Sales Tax, The War on Bob Donovan, and More

Welcome to the sixth installment of Eyes on Milwaukee. This week I take an initial look at Alderman Witkowski's attempt to redefine Milwaukee's historic preservation ordinance, the Miller Park sales tax's sunset, the ugly turn Juarez versus Donovan has taken, and more.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Talgos being Mothballed, Bike Corrals Return, YP Week, and More
Eyes on Milwaukee

Talgos being Mothballed, Bike Corrals Return, YP Week, and More

Welcome to the fifth installment of Eyes on Milwaukee. This week we take a look at mothballing the new Talgo trainsets for the Amtrak Hiawatha line, the return of the bike corrals, Young Professional Week, free music from the Milwaukee Public Library, and more.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Free Bus Rides, Moneyball and Renderings, Crime on Buses Way Down, and More
Eyes on Milwaukee

Free Bus Rides, Moneyball and Renderings, Crime on Buses Way Down, and More

Welcome to the fourth installment of Eyes on Milwaukee. This week we take a look at free bus rides for St. Patrick's Day, the idea of applying Moneyball principles to project renderings, how Police Chief Flynn has apparently managed to cut in half the service calls originated from MCTS buses, the notion of a new union for UWM, and more.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Sales Tax, Bradley Center Transportation, The Moderne, and More
Eyes on Milwaukee

Sales Tax, Bradley Center Transportation, The Moderne, and More

Welcome to the third installment of Eyes on Milwaukee. This week we take a look at Milwaukee's sales tax rate compared to other major cities, the Bradley Center's new transportation option, UWM's continued insistence on growing parking subsidies, and a whole lot of development news.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Lake Parkway, Kohl’s and Target, Frontier vs Southwest, and More
Eyes on Milwaukee

Lake Parkway, Kohl’s and Target, Frontier vs Southwest, and More

Welcome to the second weekly installment of Eyes on the Street, a new column running down what’s happening in urban Milwaukee. This week we look at the Lake Parkway extension, Kohl's and Target, Frontier Airlines vs Southwest Airlines, Development News, Openings and Closings, and more.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Taxi Cabs, Elections, and More
Eyes on Milwaukee

Taxi Cabs, Elections, and More

Welcome to the first weekly installment of Eyes on the Street, a new column running down what's happening in urban Milwaukee. This week features taxi cabs, election news, a list of openings and closings, and the photo of the week.

Milwaukee Taxi Cab Medallion Bill Passes Assembly

Milwaukee Taxi Cab Medallion Bill Passes Assembly

The City of Milwaukee is working on state legislation to allow the City to profit from the sale of additional taxi cab permits (to be called medallions) and address the perceived shortage of taxi cabs in the city. Currently under Wisconsin law, permit and license fees can not exceed the cost to issue said permits. This gives the Common Council and Mayor little incentive to raise the cap on the number of permits (currently capped at the seemingly random number of 321 since 1992), despite the fact that the permits are changing hands in the private market for between $80,000 to $150,000.

The North End Phase Two Groundbreaking Photos

The North End Phase Two Groundbreaking Photos

A ceremonial groundbreaking took place at the corner of Pleasant and Water streets today for the Portrait and Silhouette buildings at The North End, collectively known as Phase Two of The North End. A number of public officials were on hand representing the large number of public funding sources required to get the project off the ground (or more aptly, in the ground) with the state of private financing for development.

Alderman Bauman’s Milwaukee Police Department – MacArthur Square Plan Worth Exploring

Alderman Bauman’s Milwaukee Police Department – MacArthur Square Plan Worth Exploring

Alderman Bob Bauman, who represents downtown and the near west side, has put forth a proposal to relocate the Milwaukee Police Department headquarters and municipal courts to southeast corner of 27th Street and Wisconsin Avenue. As part of that proposal the MPD District 1 station would be relocated to W. Wisconsin Avenue between 6th Street and the Milwaukee River and the former MPD headquarters would be redeveloped.

East Library Redevelopment Update and Estimated Schedule

East Library Redevelopment Update and Estimated Schedule

A public meeting was held at Milwaukee Public Library's East Library last night to present updates and answer questions on East Library redevelopment proposal.

MetroEXpress Exact Stops Now Available

MetroEXpress Exact Stops Now Available

The previously announced new express bus service from the Milwaukee County Transit System, MetroEXpress, has likely made its impending arrival to regular riders with signs posted on affected bus stops all over Milwaukee County. MCTS has just recently released the full list of stops for the MetroEXpress routes and other affected routes.

MCTS Announces MetroEXpress – GreenLine, BlueLine, RedLine

MCTS Announces MetroEXpress – GreenLine, BlueLine, RedLine

The Milwaukee County Transit System has unveiled a name for the new express service, and for the three new express routes. The express service will be known as MetroEXpress, and will begin service January 29th, 2012.

Close Wisconsin Avenue Through the Marquette Campus?

Close Wisconsin Avenue Through the Marquette Campus?

In 1992, Marquette proposed closing Wisconsin Avenue to vehicular traffic between North 11th and North 16th streets, as well as North 12th and North 13th streets between Wisconsin Avenue and Wells Street. Closing a section of Wisconsin Avenue was intended to make the campus safer and more attractive, and it certainly would have had a big impact on the university and city, but would it have been positive?

Milwaukee Streetcar Hearing at Frontier Airlines Center

Milwaukee Streetcar Hearing at Frontier Airlines Center

On Wednesday, November 16th, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00, there will be a Public Hearing on the Draft Environmental Assessment Document for the Milwaukee Streetcar. During this meeting attendees will be able to provide a comment on the record regarding the Milwaukee Streetcar project.

HSI/WiRED Properties Proposal Picked for East Library

HSI/WiRED Properties Proposal Picked for East Library

The Milwaukee Public Library Board of Trustee’s Building and Development Committee met at the East Library on Wednesday night to hear final proposals from the three respondents to the East Library Redevelopment RFP. Following a closed session for deliberations, the Building and Development Committee voted to move the proposal from HSI Properties forward to the full Library Board.

Introducing the Bayshore – Airport Express Bus Service

Introducing the Bayshore – Airport Express Bus Service

Due in large part to a reduction in state aid starting in 2012, the Milwaukee County Transit System had planned for a massive reduction in service. Thanks to some last minute creative planning by those at MCTS, the vast majority of those cuts are on track to be avoided thanks to the use of CMAQ funds. The CMAQ funds, allocated out of a competitive bidding process, will provide funding to institute "express service" for two years along a number of key corridors which will replace segments of a number of routes. A public meeting, hosted by Supervisors Marina Dimitrijevic, Jason Haas, and Patricia Jursik, on the proposed Bayshore - Airport Express service was recently held to present the service to the community and answer any questions on the upcoming questions.

Book Review: The Big Roads
Book Review

The Big Roads

The Big Roads, by Earl Swift, tells the story of America's highways. The book begins by exploring the era when a highway was merely a dirt road, and ends with a look at the lasting impact of the Interstate Highway System.

Introducing Urban Milwaukee Book Club

Introducing Urban Milwaukee Book Club

Do you like cities? Can you read a book in a month? If you can answer yes to both questions, you should join us for the first meeting of the Urban Milwaukee Book Club. The first book up is Ed Glaeser's Triumph of the City.

Book Review: The Battle for Gotham
Book Review

The Battle for Gotham

Roberta Brandes Gratz, one of Planetizen's Top 100 Urban Thinkers, explores what makes New York City work in her book The Battle for Gotham New York in the Shadow of Robert Moses and Jane Jacobs. With a title like you would assume the book dealt heavily with details of how Jacobs and Moses operated and their battles over urban renewal, but you would be wrong if you did.

Book Review: The Agile City
Book Review

The Agile City

The Agile City by James S. Russell is an easy to read, pro-city book. Feeling much like a Richard Florida book at points, the author highlights examples of cities getting things right in regard to building wealth and dealing with the effects (and causes) of climate change. It is neither a book about green washing, nor is it filled with pie-in-the-sky "green" plans for how to remake the way we live. The book focuses on practical objectives to build wealth and well-being through cities.

Mixed-Use East Library Proposals Meet the Neighbors

Mixed-Use East Library Proposals Meet the Neighbors

Wednesday night, Alderman Nik Kovac held a public meeting to allow feedback to be voiced regarding the three proposed alternatives for the redevelopment of the one-story East Library into a mixed-use facility. The meeting was a follow-up to a meeting last November discussing the potential of issuing a request-for-proposal (RFP) for the redevelopment of the East Library site. Attendees at the meeting were provided with an update on the process and allowed to ask questions about the process and proposals. The predictable East Side public meeting questions were aired, but which, if any, of the proposals will be selected?

Brighten the Passage Design Charrette

Brighten the Passage Design Charrette

During the lunch hour on Wednesday, there will be a design charrette for the Brighten the Passage project. If you're like to stop by to contribute, the group will be meeting on-street at the corner of Water Street and Wisconsin Avenue.

Better Connecting the Lakefront to Downtown

Better Connecting the Lakefront to Downtown

There is no question that the connection between Milwaukee's lakefront and downtown is underwhelming. Despite the fact that they meet at Lincoln Memorial Drive, there is no grand connection between the two, which is unfortunate as the intersection of Lincoln Memorial Drive and Michigan Street is a gateway to the city.

Milwaukee Streetcar Passes Common Council, Proceeds to Final Engineering

Milwaukee Streetcar Passes Common Council, Proceeds to Final Engineering

The Milwaukee Common Council voted to approved the Milwaukee Streetcar today, moving it forward to Final Engineering.

Keep the Milwaukee Streetcar Moving Forward

Keep the Milwaukee Streetcar Moving Forward

The Milwaukee Streetcar is projected to go before the Steering & Rules Committee of the Milwaukee Common Council next week. If the project is able to pass the Steering & Rules Committee it is widely believed that it will pass the Common Council as a whole. However, passage by the Steering & Rules Committee is far from a sure thing, and now is a critical time to make your voice heard so that the project can move forward.

Building an Aerotropolis in Milwaukee

Building an Aerotropolis in Milwaukee

What would an aerotropolis bring to Milwaukee? What does Milwaukee need to do to get there? Better yet, what is an aerotropolis? I recently completed reading Aerotropolis: The Way We'll Live Next by Greg Lindsay and John Kasarda, and couldn't help but continually think about how the idea of an aerotropolis fits with Milwaukee.

Milwaukee Streetcar at Apex

Milwaukee Streetcar at Apex

The Milwaukee Streetcar is finally poised to move forward. Following last May's approval of a preliminary engineering study by the Milwaukee Connector Study Group, the Milwaukee Streetcar project has progressed to the next step in its development. In late June the Public Works Committee and Steering and Rules Committee will take up the project on subsequent days, followed by the full Milwaukee Common Council in early July.

Book Review: Triumph of the City
Book Review

Triumph of the City

Released February 10th, 2011, Trimuph of the City is the latest book to examine the value of cities. Written by Ed Glaseser, an economist at Harvard, the book explores "How Our Greatest Invention Makes Us Richer, Smarter, Greener, Healthier, and Happier." Dwelling largely on the social aspects of cities, Glaeser walks through the various aspects of city life that enable cities to succeed or fail including public health, public education, and transportation. He walks through evidence-based examples of why cities work to increase their residents wealth and health, examining the spread of ideas and disease as well.

John Norquist Milwaukee Tour – Congress for the New Urbanism

John Norquist Milwaukee Tour – Congress for the New Urbanism

One day before the start of the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) 19th annual conference in Madison, former Mayor and current CNU President & CEO John Norquist returned to Milwaukee with a number of his former deputies to offer a tour of many of the urban projects started during his tenure as mayor.

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele and Transit

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele and Transit

Chris Abele was recently elected to fill the remainder of Governor Scott Walker's term as Milwaukee County Executive. That gives Abele less than one year to accomplish anything as Milwaukee County Executive before he must seek re-election. Given the relatively short time for which Abele is assured to be in office, what can the newly-elected County Executive hope to achieve when it comes to transit?

Brookings Institution Study Doesn’t Match MCTS Ridership

Brookings Institution Study Doesn’t Match MCTS Ridership

The Milwaukee County Transit System lost ridership at more than six times the national average in 2010. The lingering effects of the recession drove down ridership nearly everywhere, but MCTS was hit especially hard and saw record low ridership for the second year in a row. A large part of the reason for the 4.75% decline in ridership was fare increases coupled with the elimination of 3 routes and the elimination of the information call center. In short, the continued funding reductions to the bus system did exactly what one would expect them to do, caused fares to go up, routes to be cut, and ridership to plummet.

Garbage Land – Book Review

Garbage Land – Book Review

Garbage Land, by Elizabeth Royte, is billed as a book about "the secret trail of trash". The author follows her waste streams from her Brooklyn home to their various destinations across the Northeast. This includes ride alongs with "san men", visits to metal scrappers, discussions with composters, tours of MRF plants (materials recovery facility), water treatment plants, and the Fresh Kills landfill.

Target in Downtown Milwaukee

Target in Downtown Milwaukee

With the announcement that Target is opening a CityTarget store on State Street in Chicago's The Loop Neighborhood, the idea of a downtown Milwaukee Target has been generating a considerable amount of buzz in the past few weeks. Unfortunately for those wishing to shop at a downtown Target, none of that buzz has come from Target. Assuming Target was interested though, what location and store format would best match the desires of Target-loving shoppers with the needs of the city to continue to develop a healthy urban core in and around downtown? Let's explore.

Gallun Tannery Site Presents Opportunity and Challenges

Gallun Tannery Site Presents Opportunity and Challenges

Milwaukee is in the process of losing a historic landmark, the remaining tannery buildings of the former A.F. Gallun & Sons Company tannery are being demolished on the city's Lower East Side. The buildings once housed one of the city's many tanning businesses, but in a few weeks all that will remain is the redeveloped office building on the south side of North Water Street.

Can Downtown Milwaukee Support a 24-Hour Gym?

Can Downtown Milwaukee Support a 24-Hour Gym?

Downtown Milwaukee is blessed with four full-service, affordable fitness centers. The Wisconsin Athletic Club, Downtown YMCA, Bally Total Fitness, and newcomer Gold's Gym most of which are located along the Wisconsin Avenue corridor that is the heart of the central business district. They vary in size and services, but all are large gyms that provide personal training services. Given that downtown is well served by three full-service gyms, is there a market for a small, no-frills 24-hour gym?

The Urbanist’s Ideal Milwaukee County Executive Platform

The Urbanist’s Ideal Milwaukee County Executive Platform

The race for Milwaukee County Executive promises to be an intriguing one, if only because in a little over a year Milwaukee County residents will vote for the position four times (two primaries, two general elections). The extra election is caused by Scott Walker heading off to Madison with a year still left on his term.

How are the New MCTS Buses?

How are the New MCTS Buses?

Starting this past summer, new buses hit the streets in Milwaukee County. Now that they have been out on the road for a few months, it's likely that the "new car" (bus) smell has worn off. How do you feel about them now?

Introducing The City Center at 735

Introducing The City Center at 735

Gold's Gym will soon open at 731 N. Water Street, a building that has been empty for 22 years. The gym will occupy five out of eight floors in the building, which was originally built as an annex to the Daniel Burnham designed First Wisconsin National Bank building next door at 735 N. Water Street. As part of the opening of Gold's Gym, both of the First Wisconsin National Bank buildings will be rebranded as The City Center at 735.

How Urban are Marquette, MIAD, MSOE, and UWM?

How Urban are Marquette, MIAD, MSOE, and UWM?

Milwaukee is lucky to have a number of higher education institutions in its most urban neighborhoods.

The Great Reset by Richard Florida – Book Review

The Great Reset by Richard Florida – Book Review

Richard Florida, author of The Rise of the Creative Class, takes a broad look at the current economic crisis in his latest book.

Milwaukee Apartment Update

Milwaukee Apartment Update

What apartment projects are currently proposed, under construction, or have recently opened in Milwaukee? A little over a year ago we did a similar exercise, so it will be good to take a look and see what has changed in the past year.

A Mixed-Use Library to Replace the East Library?

A Mixed-Use Library to Replace the East Library?

Alderman Nik Kovac, whose district includes the East Library on 1910 E. North Avenue, held a public meeting on November 11th to solicit feedback on the proposal of converting the one-story, single-use library into a mixed-use building.The meeting, which was held at the East Library meeting room, attracted a standing-room only crowd, and included representatives from the Library Board (of which Kovac is a member), the Department of City Development, and the Mayor's office

Amtrak Should Innovate with Hiawatha Service Pricing

Amtrak Should Innovate with Hiawatha Service Pricing

With Interstate 94 under construction between the state line and Milwaukee for the next few years, new equipment on the way from Talgo, and a route extension to Madison under construction, it's time for Amtrak, iDot, and WisDOT to explore new pricing models for the state-sponsored rail service to encourage more riders and raise more revenue.

Photo Gallery: Group Unveils Temporary Public Art on Capitol Drive
Photo Gallery

Group Unveils Temporary Public Art on Capitol Drive

To fill the gap between the site's multi-year transformation from brownfield to productive industrial space, the 30th Street Industrial Corridor Corporation and Business Improvement District #37 invited IN:SITE to create art installations that generate interest in the area.

Beerline Trail Open to the Public

Beerline Trail Open to the Public

On Wednesday evening, the Beerline Trail celebrated it's grand opening.

Redesign coming to Gateway Arch in St. Louis

Redesign coming to Gateway Arch in St. Louis

For anyone that's ever been to the iconic Gateway Arch in St. Louis, it's quite apparent that the structure itself is worthy of praise.

Parking Privatization a Non-Starter For Now

Parking Privatization a Non-Starter For Now

Parking privatization has received a lot of attention recently because of nationwide city-budget shortfalls and a high-profile privatization of Chicago's meters.

Does building a park over a freeway in Milwaukee make sense?

Does building a park over a freeway in Milwaukee make sense?

Cities across the country are in the process of constructing or exploring ways to turn freeways into public space. Would it be wise to implement such an idea in Milwaukee?

Construction to start at The Moderne

Construction to start at The Moderne

Following a long-awaited loan guarantee approval from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, construction will soon begin on The Moderne.

Chicago and Milwaukee – Large Public Art and Placemaking

Chicago and Milwaukee – Large Public Art and Placemaking

The latest iteration of Chicago's fascination with large public art is located across the street from the iconic Harold Washington Library in Pritzker Park just northwest of the intersection State Street and Van Buren Street. What is it? A three-story tall eye balll, dubbed the EYE.

Beerline B Apartments Riverwalk Proposed

Beerline B Apartments Riverwalk Proposed

The riverwalk segment for the proposed Beerline B Apartments will go before the Milwaukee City Plan Commission on August 23rd. General Capital Group is bringing the riverwalk segment forward for approval before the entire project. The 140-unit project, which recently was awarded $2,345,310 in WHEDA tax credits for 119 low-income units, will occupy the corner of Commerce St and Pleasant St.

Book Review: Carjacked – The Culture of the Automobile
Book Review

Carjacked – The Culture of the Automobile

Carjacked, The Culture of the Automobile and Its Effects On Our Lives, explores the love, lust, and reality of America's car culture.

Coming to the East Side – More Residents and Customers

Coming to the East Side – More Residents and Customers

Milwaukee's East Side residents and business owners are likely to see the results of such infill development over the course of the next year as a number of new buildings open.

It’s 11 p.m., Clear The Street

It’s 11 p.m., Clear The Street

The party is cut off abruptly at 11 p.m. so the street can be opened for traffic.

Cambridge Commons Tour

Cambridge Commons Tour

In August UW-Milwaukee will begin occupying Cambridge Commons, their new 700-bed residence hall. Owned by the UWM Real Estate Foundation and developed by the Mandel Group, the near-complete residence hall raises the bar for Milwaukee student housing when it comes to quality and ecological sustainability.

MCTS Unveils New Buses

MCTS Unveils New Buses

The Milwaukee County Transit System unveiled one of the 90 buses set to join their fleet in 2010.

Urban Tour Guide: Detroit
Urban Tour Guide

Detroit

Detroit is called the Motor City for a reason.

Urban Tour Guide: St. Louis
Urban Tour Guide

St. Louis

Alex Ihnen of UrbanSTL provides an excellent urban tour guide for St. Louis.

Milwaukee Earthquake

Milwaukee Earthquake

There was an apparent earthquake in Milwaukee today, how far across the city it was felt I haven't been able to figure out at this point. It was felt at our office at Milwaukee and Mason, the Journal Sentinel offices on 4th and Street, the Germania building on Wells and Plankinton, and the Biz Times offices in the Third Ward. At this point it seems that it was confined to downtown Milwaukee.

Urban Tour Guide: Columbus
Urban Tour Guide

Columbus

First things first... welcome to Columbus! If you're like most people who live outside of Ohio, you probably know very little about Columbus. I've found that actually works in our favor when hosting first-time visitors, as their expectations are a blank slate and it's not too hard to leave them with a positive impression of our city. We're home to the Ohio State University, the largest college in the United States, and serve as the capital of Ohio. Despite our location in the heart of the “rust belt”, Columbus was not founded as an industrial town and has managed to continue to grow and thrive. Our citizens are youthful, friendly, humble, creative and welcoming.

Urban Tour Guide: Chicago
Urban Tour Guide

Chicago

Chicago is a summer city. I never understood the desire of some Chicagoans to have a country home or lake home for the summer. A Florida condo in the winter perhaps, but why leave Chicago on the weekends during the short time of the year the weather is nice? Of course, if you're in Milwaukee, you already get this.

Urban Tour Guide: Pittsburgh
Urban Tour Guide

Pittsburgh

In an attempt to broaden our horizons, we reached out to other city-focused blogs across the Midwest. Our goal is to provide a quality tour guide for city-lovers in each large Midwestern city. We asked each of our writers recommend around 10 things that can be done in their city and to orientate the guide around someone staying at a downtown hotel without a car (including transit options if anything was outside of walking distance).Our second profile is of Pittsburgh

Urban Tour Guide: Indianapolis
Urban Tour Guide

Indianapolis

Indianapolis might be one of the most misunderstood Midwestern cities, as most people only associate the City with cars, Colts, and conventions. But dig a little deeper and you’ll discover what makes Indianapolis a true heartland destination: its thriving downtown, unique cultural districts, and beautiful urban neighborhoods

Milwaukee Downtown Dining Week Starts Tomorrow

Milwaukee Downtown Dining Week Starts Tomorrow

The single greatest week of eating in Milwaukee starts tomorrow. The fifth edition of Downtown Dining Week will kick off on June 3rd and run through June 10th. Lunch meals are available for $10, and dinner is available for $20 (or $30 at a handful of places) at numerous downtown restaurants. If you're looking to sample a lot downtown eateries, this is your week. All meals are three courses.

Wisconsin Receives First Block of High-Speed Rail Funds

Wisconsin Receives First Block of High-Speed Rail Funds

On Thursday the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) released nearly $80 million of the $8 billion allocated to fund high-speed rail. This is a historic milestone for the build-out of high-speed rail across America as it's the first time the federal government has released any of the funds to the states.

$1 Bus Fares in Milwaukee – An Idea Worth Exploring

$1 Bus Fares in Milwaukee – An Idea Worth Exploring

Milwaukee County Supervisor Mark Borkowski proposed lowering Milwaukee County Transit System fares to $1.00 from $2.25.

Rethinking and Expanding Milwaukee’s Frontier Airlines Center (Delta Center)

Rethinking and Expanding Milwaukee’s Frontier Airlines Center (Delta Center)

The Frontier Airlines Center performs an important function for the Milwaukee region as a whole, bringing thousands of people to Milwaukee for conventions both big and small. It helps inject life into downtown by filling hotel rooms, restaurants, and bars. The convention center building itself though lacks that vitality.

Tear It Down – US Cellular Arena vs Bradley Center

Tear It Down – US Cellular Arena vs Bradley Center

Fast forward a few years and assume that the Bucks were able to land a new arena in Milwaukee.

A Brand for High-Speed Rail in the Midwest

A Brand for High-Speed Rail in the Midwest

It's time for a clear brand for high-speed rail in the Midwest.

Milwaukee Streetcar Takes Key Step Forward

Milwaukee Streetcar Takes Key Step Forward

The Milwaukee Streetcar project was approved for further study this morning by the Milwaukee Connector Study Group.

RTA – On Hold For Now

RTA – On Hold For Now

Any hope for a regional transit authority in southeastern Wisconsin is on hold, as the Wisconsin State Legislature adjourned without passing a transit bill of any form for southeast Wisconsin. The bill, AB282, was close to passage in the Assembly, but lacked a few key votes from Milwaukee-area Democrats, notably Representatives David Cullen, Peggy Krusick, and Anthony Staskunas.

Alterra Going International

Alterra Going International

Alterra Coffee, through a partnership with Mars Drinks, will now be available worldwide for the Mars FLAVIA single-serve system.

RTA Will Be a Last Minute Decision

RTA Will Be a Last Minute Decision

The vote on the future of regional transit that was scheduled for a vote by the Wisconsin State Assembly on Tuesday didn't actually happen, but a lot of small actions leading up to it did.

The Plan of Chicago – Book Review

The Plan of Chicago – Book Review

The Plan of Chicago is a quick and easy read that's perhaps best described as a launchpad. Carl Smith breaks down key aspects of Burnham's plan in his book and details how they came to be, who influenced them, and how they turned out. For someone who hasn't actually read the actual plan (not required or expected for reading this book), author Carl Smith uses just the right amount of detail to illustrate the concepts.

State Assembly to Vote on RTA Bill

State Assembly to Vote on RTA Bill

The wait is over, the Wisconsin State Assembly is set to vote on Assembly Bill 282 on Tuesday.

Megabus Service Between Milwaukee and Chicago Drastically Cut

Megabus Service Between Milwaukee and Chicago Drastically Cut

The intercity bus service famous for their $1 tickets has substantially scaled back their operations in and out of Milwaukee. Megabus provided a wealth of options to and from Chicago just a few months ago, and their scaling back of a few daily runs in December wasn't cause for much concern. Apparently, we should have viewed it as a sign of bad things to come though, with what used to be six trips each way everyday trimmed first to four, and now down to two.

Gardens for Grand Avenue Mall?

Gardens for Grand Avenue Mall?

Could indoor gardens be in store for The Shops of Grand Avenue future? It could happen if the mall follows in the steps of a similar mall in downtown Cleveland, the Galleria at Erieview.

Free Bus Rides on March 17th in Milwaukee

Free Bus Rides on March 17th in Milwaukee

Starting at 6 P.M. on St. Patrick's Day everyone who rides MCTS rides for free. The annual free rides are again sponsored by MillerCoors, who has been sponsoring the event locally since 1994. If you drink, please think and don't drive.

Waukesha County Will Love High-Speed Rail

Waukesha County Will Love High-Speed Rail

The residents of Waukesha County will love the Madison to Milwaukee high-speed rail line once it's up and running.

Milwaukee To Become Little Madrid?

Milwaukee To Become Little Madrid?

In the past ten years something has changed in Milwaukee. Spain has emerged to have a number of ties to the city.

The Pizza Man Fallout

The Pizza Man Fallout

What you probably haven't given much thought to yet is what will occupy that iconic corner.

New Milwaukee Transit Plan Unveiled

New Milwaukee Transit Plan Unveiled

Eight drafts, and a couple months later, the new regional transit authority plan for southeastern Wisconsin has been unveiled. Governor Jim Doyle introduced the new bill at a press conference at Bucyrus in South Milwaukee with Bucyrus President and CEO Tim Sullivan, Roundy's CEO and Chairman Bob Mariano, Northwestern Mutual CEO Ed Zore, AT&T Wisconsin President Scott VanderSanden, S.C. Johnson & Son Chairman and CEO J. Fisk Johnson, Johnson Controls Chairman, President and CEO Steve Roell, Greater Milwaukee Committee President Julia Taylor, and Racine Mayor John Dickert.

2009 Milwaukee: A Year in Review
2009 Milwaukee

A Year in Review

It's time to look back at all the predictions we made for last year, and see how overly optimistic we were.

Megabus Unveils New Bus Schedules for Milwaukee

Megabus Unveils New Bus Schedules for Milwaukee

Megabus, the no-frills intercity bus company with an intriguing pricing scheme starting at $1, has revised their service schedule between Milwaukee and Chicago. Unfortunately two trips have been eliminated in each direction. One can only assume it's because of the economy and that January through March has always been a down travel period for Megabus (something they compensate for by giving away 100,000 tickets).

Miller Brewing Unevils Annual Holiday Lights

Miller Brewing Unevils Annual Holiday Lights

In what serves as the unofficial start of winter in my book, MillerCoors (still weird to say) unveiled their annual holiday lights display last week. This year's display features 250,000 LED lights and as in years past, the music of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.

Rally for Transit

Rally for Transit

Come join us at the Rally for Transit, Jobs, & Economic Growth! Let’s make our voices heard loud and clear, here and across the state! We can get an RTA and create new jobs and economic growth but our window of opportunity is VERY short. Join us at the Transit Rally! It’s time to get […]

Big Rally for Transit Funding on Saturday

Big Rally for Transit Funding on Saturday

Below is a message from Kerry Thomas of Transit Now, a leading champion of mass transit for the Milwaukee region. There is a rally on Saturday in West Allis for transit funding for MCTS. We'll be there, and we hope to see you there. Milwaukee can't afford to have MCTS in shambles. Milwaukee needs dedicated transit funding.

Have a Happy Urbanist Black Friday!

Have a Happy Urbanist Black Friday!

Black Friday is just around the corner, and we want in with the Wal-Mart's and Best Buy's of the world. No we're not opening a big box store at Pabst Farms, but we are unveiling a new feature on the site. If you're one of those inquisitive types that likes to read books (or even someone that just likes to own books to look smart), please consider buying a book from our list of recommended urbanist books.

Ban Sticker Advertisements on Cars

Ban Sticker Advertisements on Cars

Undoubtedly if you've walked around the East Side of Milwaukee for an extended period of time you've encountered a "Part Time Cash" sticker on the window of a car, or laying next to the curb. And therein lies the problem.

Regionalism is About Place Making

Regionalism is About Place Making

What is regionalism?

The Future of Milwaukee’s Airport

The Future of Milwaukee’s Airport

For General Mitchell International Airport and the citizens of the Milwaukee-area, 2009 will certainly be a year to remember.

Hoan Bridge Newsmaker Luncheon – Wednesday, Oct. 28th

Hoan Bridge Newsmaker Luncheon – Wednesday, Oct. 28th

MILWAUKEE, WI – Milwaukee’s Hoan Bridge soon will need to be repaired or replaced. It will be a once-in-a-half-century decision. Which is the best option? What is at stake? What will the impact be? What are the costs? What are the timetables? The answers to those questions and more will be explored in the next […]

St. Johns on the Lake Under Construction

St. Johns on the Lake Under Construction

On October 15th, Saint John's on the Lake broke ground on "The Expansion", a new 21-story, $83 million tower along Prospect Avenue.

6th Annual Commercial Real Estate and Development Conference

6th Annual Commercial Real Estate and Development Conference

The seventh annual BizTimes Milwaukee Commercial Real Estate & Development Conference, to be held on Nov. 12 at Potawatomi Bingo Casino, will feature a panel discussion with some of the most renowned commercial real estate experts in the nation.

Apartment Development is Strong in Milwaukee

Apartment Development is Strong in Milwaukee

Regardless of what neighborhood it is, the development of new apartments is a growing trend in Milwaukee. Currently there are two prominent projects vying for City of Milwaukee financial support in one form or another, the Bookends and The Moderne. Outside of the two proposed towers there are numerous other projects at various stages around urban Milwaukee.

Milwaukee H1N1 Vaccination Free Clinic

Milwaukee H1N1 Vaccination Free Clinic

The City of Milwaukee Health Department (MHD) will administer H1N1 vaccine to City of Milwaukee residents on Friday, October 23, 2009 from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm at Sara Scott Middle School, located at 1017 N. 12th Street. If vaccine supplies remain, clinics will also be held on Saturday, October 24 at both South Division […]

Remarkable Milwaukee at The Pfister Hotel

Remarkable Milwaukee at The Pfister Hotel

View the PDF Invitation or see below for more details. Registration is required. An Elegant, Historically Inspired Dinner Served in the Grand Ballroom, 7PM Punch, Frivolities Puree of fresh peas, dite saint-germain Filet of Kennebec Salmon – sliced tomatoes, cucumbers, potatoes, anchovy mayonnaise Cutlets of young turkey, cream sauce with green peppercorns; Cauliflower polonaise, asparagus, […]

Roundabouts Saving Lives

Roundabouts Saving Lives

If you picked up a newspaper in Milwaukee in the past month, you would think that roundabouts were a danger to society.

The 200 Empty Units in Park Lafayette Are Not The End of Milwaukee Development

The 200 Empty Units in Park Lafayette Are Not The End of Milwaukee Development

Yesterday it was announced that prominent East Side development Park Lafayette is being foreclosed on by Anglamated Bank of New York, the primary lender on the project. Not surprising to those who have seen the massive towers, Anglamated Bank is claiming they are owed nearly $100 million by Renaissant Lafayette LLC, an affiliate of Renaissant Development Group. Renaissant Development Group is led by prominent Chicago developer Warren Barr. Park Lafayette was Barr's first entry into the Milwaukee market. While the foreclosure is certainly bad news for Barr and the bank, it's not necessarily all bad news for Milwaukee.

Milwaukee Streetcar Meeting This Thursday

Milwaukee Streetcar Meeting This Thursday

Don't forget that this Thursday is the open house for the Milwaukee Connector Downtown Streetcar plan. The open house runs from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Zeidler Municipal Building on the corner of Kilbourn Ave and Broadway. There will be short presentations at 3:30 and 6, come and leave a comment on the proposed system.

City of Milwaukee 2009 Trick or Treat Hours

City of Milwaukee 2009 Trick or Treat Hours

Boo!! City of Milwaukee 2009 Trick or Treat will be held from 1:00 - 4:00pm on Saturday, Oct. 31st.

Milwaukee Leaf Collection

Milwaukee Leaf Collection

Autumn has arrived and the leaves are falling. Milwaukee residents can rake leaves into the curbs starting today, Thursday, Oct. 1st. Dept. of Public Works crews will begin collecting the leaves on Monday, Oct. 12th.

Nearly One Gun Crime Per Household in West Milwaukee

Nearly One Gun Crime Per Household in West Milwaukee

The Village of West Milwaukee has a population of 4,201 people according to the 2000 census, which translates into 2,059 households.

History of the Milwaukee Metropolitan Area Conference – UWM Urban Studies Programs

History of the Milwaukee Metropolitan Area Conference – UWM Urban Studies Programs

This event is free an open to the public. Hefter Center 3271 N. Lake Dr. UW-Milwaukee Conference on History of the Milwaukee Metropolitan Area October 24, 2009 (Schedule as of September 22, 2009) 8:45-9:15 a.m.: Registration and Continental Breakfast 9:15-9:25 a.m.: Introductory Remarks 9:30-11:10 a.m.: Session 1 Approaches to 20th Century Milwaukee History Discussants/Chairs: John […]

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 28. September 2009

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 28. September 2009

Take Back the Streets – Forbes.com Marquette moves $100M engineering school forward – The Business Journal of Milwaukee: Summerfest looks toward an overhaul of the south end – JSOnline Local-preference awards spark debate in Milwaukee « The Daily Reporter Could E. Greenfield Ave. morph from wasteland to water campus? – JSOnline Milwaukee receives grant to […]

State Expands Investment in Freight Railroads

State Expands Investment in Freight Railroads

WisDOT and Governor Doyle announced a substantial rail investment yesterday, it wasn't the oft-discussed KRM commuter rail line, but instead a serious upgrade to the aging railroad infrastructure that Wisconsin's railroads and businesses depend on.

Downtown Streetcar Open House

Downtown Streetcar Open House

Review and comments on the plans for a downtown streetcar. The event will be held in the lobby of the Zielder Municipal Building. More information

Milwaukee Streetcar Routes Unveiled by Mayor Barrett

Milwaukee Streetcar Routes Unveiled by Mayor Barrett

On Friday, Mayor Barrett unveiled three streetcar routes under study to the attendees of UEDA's Community Development Summit. The Mayor walked through the three possible routes and numerous possible future extensions. He broke down how successful systems in cities such as Seattle, Portland, and Tacoma have started with routes similar in length to the proposed for the Milwaukee Streetcar system (2 to 3 miles).

McDonalds Giving Away Free Burgers and Transit Passes

McDonalds Giving Away Free Burgers and Transit Passes

McDonalds is launching a program to give away 75,000 free transit rides and an equivalent number of Angus Third Pounders. The program will be run in Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, and Washington D.C.

The Moderne Likely to Receive Public Financing

The Moderne Likely to Receive Public Financing

The Moderne, the long awaited project on the corner of 3rd and Juneau, is moving ahead. The City, through RACM, is aiming to provide $10,000,000 in financial assistance to the project. A deal that is very likely to be approved. The building is to be largely an apartment building with first floor retail and a few condos at the top three floors. Originally intended to be 80 condos, the project is now 154 apartments and 33 condos spread over 30 floors.

Yesterday Was a Good Day for Transit in Milwaukee

Yesterday Was a Good Day for Transit in Milwaukee

Mass transit in Milwaukee took a step forward yesterday.

UWM Freshwater School a No Go on the Pieces of Eight Site

UWM Freshwater School a No Go on the Pieces of Eight Site

The UWM School of Freshwater Sciences will not continue their plans to build a new headquarters for the school on the lakefront site that formerly housed Pieces of Eight restaurant. We had supported the location choice, but that location choice was certainly controversial. Seeking a less controversial site to house the cornerstone piece of something so valuable to Milwaukee's future is a wise move.

Misconceptions on the Hoan

Misconceptions on the Hoan

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel columnist Patrick McIlheran recently took a swing at my Hoan Bridge article, Hoan Bridge: Tear Down Another Freeway in Milwaukee?. While getting things wrong about the article, such as missing that I would maintain the highway as a spur out of the Marquette Interchange that would land east of the Milwaukee River, he did manage to get one point spot on. "... it reduces the Lake Parkway into a conduit useful only for reaching downtown."

UrbanMilwaukee.com Happy Hour – This Friday

UrbanMilwaukee.com Happy Hour – This Friday

We're throwing a party this Friday to celebrate our first full year of coverage, and we would love for you to join us. The fun starts at 6:00 p.m. this Friday, September 4th at Taylor's.

Park East Art Gallery

Park East Art Gallery

The Park East corridor is temporarily filled with art, and it’s well worth your time to check out. Approved by the Milwaukee Arts Board, the temporary installation draws attention to the history and unique character of the land formerly occupied by a freeway. Alderman Michael Murphy, chair of the Milwaukee Arts Board, held a press conference today to officially open the project to the public.

Weekly Bookmarks – Sunday, 23. August 2009

Weekly Bookmarks – Sunday, 23. August 2009

Hoan Bridge battle heating up – JSOnline Prevailing-wage debate gets new legs « The Daily Reporter OnMilwaukee.com Marketplace: Wheres our Madison farmers market? How to create more Midwest university start-ups: looking to Utah for an example (WTN News) No secret, no disaster in storm sewer system – JSOnline Coakley calls for development cash « The […]

Tony Zielinski to Run for Lieutenant Governor

Tony Zielinski to Run for Lieutenant Governor

Milwaukee Alderman Tony Zielinski will announce his candidacy for the position of Lieutenant Governor on Friday. Zielinski had been rumored to be interested in the Attorney General position, but appears to have loftier goals with the announcement that Jim Doyle will not run again.

Hoan Bridge: Tear Down Another Freeway in Milwaukee?
Hoan Bridge

Tear Down Another Freeway in Milwaukee?

The debate over the reconstruction of the Hoan Bridge is one that has ignited controversy in Milwaukee for almost a full year now. Southsiders under the direction of Supervisor Patricia Jursik have united around the Save the Hoan Coalition. Meanwhile, Milwaukee Alderman Robert Bauman has presented a differing vision for the future of the Hoan with eight principles that should be followed in any reconstruction effort. There is an awful lot of confusion around the issue, and the manner in which WisDOT has handled it is far from their usual course. This article examines the potential source of the debate, and a potential outcome that is a win-win scenario for both the City of Milwaukee taxbase, and southside and suburban commuters.

Where Should The Madison High-Speed Rail Train Station Go?

Where Should The Madison High-Speed Rail Train Station Go?

Things look good for high-speed rail (110mph max speed) to be connecting Milwaukee and Madison courtesy of the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act. The state has actively drafted plans for the route and conducted environmental assessments to put Wisconsin as close to first in line as possible if and when capital funding were to become available. The stimulus package provides just the perfect opportunity.

Solomon Juneau’s Birthday Party

Solomon Juneau’s Birthday Party

You are Invited to a Juneau Park Friends Birthday Celebration! Join members of our organization and neighbors of Juneau Park to celebrate Solomon Juneau’s Birthday Sunday, August 9, 2009 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Meet “Solomon” and Learn About his Historical Impact on Milwaukee Cake, Provided by Metro Market & East Pointe Pick‘n Save, will […]

More Thoughts on Grand Avenue

More Thoughts on Grand Avenue

Milwaukee Talkie, the blog of the Public Policy Forum, examined the urban retail market and how to best utilize the hiring of Deanna Inniss as a business recruiter by BID #21, Milwaukee's Downtown Business Improvement District. They noted that one large thing wasn't on her task list, the inside of Grand Avenue Mall.

Talgo Location Choice a No-Brainer – Milwaukee

Talgo Location Choice a No-Brainer – Milwaukee

Talgo, the train manufacturer that is poised to open a plant in Wisconsin, has a really simple choice to make when it comes to where to locate. Currently the company is debating between Janesville and Milwaukee.

Can’t Beat Milwaukee in the Summer

Can’t Beat Milwaukee in the Summer

Normally we would greet you on Monday with an urban advocacy piece, but we were a little too busy enjoying all that urban Milwaukee had to offer this weekend. While normally just one of these events would pass as a big entertainment attraction across every other Wisconsin city, urban Milwaukee had at least eight organized and noteworthy events going on this weekend.

Milwaukee County Pension Scandal Number 2?

Milwaukee County Pension Scandal Number 2?

Milwaukee County is going ahead with executing a plan for its pension system that involves borrowing money, investing it in the market, and hoping to earn a 2% profit. The plan has garnered support from County Executive Walker, the County Board, and the county's actuary consultant.

Dorm-Oriented Development (The Future of Urban Shopping Centers?)

Dorm-Oriented Development (The Future of Urban Shopping Centers?)

There might be a new development style taking hold in Milwaukee. A lot of focus is put on transit-oriented development, and the power of a station to improve the development of a neighborhood, but what about residence halls? Do they offer similar development when built in an urban setting? At least in one part of Milwaukee's East Side neighborhood, it appears so.

South Shore Listening Session Recap

South Shore Listening Session Recap

Following the veto of Milwaukee County transit sales tax by Governor Doyle, Representative Christine Sinicki, Senate Jeff Plale, and Representative Jon Richards held a listening session at the South Shore Park Pavilion.

Rivianna To Go Before City Plan Commission (Renderings)

Rivianna To Go Before City Plan Commission (Renderings)

Rivianna, proposed by Developer Bob Schultz, will go before the Milwaukee City Plan Commission on July 13th, 2009. Schultz is attempting to gain approval of his detailed plan development as well as an amendment to general planned development and riverwalk design approval. If approved, the development will go before the Zoning, Neighborhoods & Development Committee, and then onto the full Common Council.

Where Do All The Cars Fit?

Where Do All The Cars Fit?

All the cars fit downtown on Suburbs Day, why can't they fit any other day?

Governor Doyle Vetoes Milwaukee County Sales Tax for Transit

Governor Doyle Vetoes Milwaukee County Sales Tax for Transit

When the budget finally made it to his desk, Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle used his extensive veto powers in a lot of ways. The most significant of which was arguably the line-item veto of the Milwaukee Transit Authority and the proposed 0.65% sales tax increase for Milwaukee County. Doyle did not veto SERTA, the authority which is to run the KRM commuter rail line, and the $18 rental car tax. This veto puts back on the drawing board Doyle's proposal for a three-county sales tax to fund the KRM and bus service in Kenosha, Racine, and Milwaukee Counties, while at the same time not delaying the KRM development process.

Gridlock Film Premiere at Transfer Pizzeria & Cafe

Gridlock Film Premiere at Transfer Pizzeria & Cafe

See the premier broadcast of Gridlock: Public Transit in SE Wisconsin this Thursday July 2nd, at 6 PM on WMVS Milwaukee Public TV. Viewing party at Transfer Pizzeria & Cafe.

Grand Avenue Mall Follow-Up – Free Rent

Grand Avenue Mall Follow-Up – Free Rent

In March, I explored the idea of rebuilding Grand Avenue Mall into a self-sustaining retail center. One of the things that I didn't expect to be on the table was simply giving away a retail stall for free. Grand Avenue Mall appears set to do just that now with a business plan competition.

Expect The Hoan Bridge Debate To Heat Up

Expect The Hoan Bridge Debate To Heat Up

Like the temperature outside, the Hoan Bridge reconstruction debate will heat up over the next few weeks. Alderman Robert Bauman, who represents downtown Milwaukee and the north end of the bridge, recently issued a press release that details how the city will likely position itself on the issue with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT).

KRM and RTA Update

KRM and RTA Update

The Wisconsin state budget is now at a point where it will go to a conference committee after the Senate approved their version of the budget yesterday. The conference committee will reconcile the difference between the Assembly and Senate versions, and send the budget off to Governor Doyle. Doyle will then use his line-item veto power on certain language he doesn't like, and Wisconsin have a budget.

Old World Third Street Is A Good Place To Do Business

Old World Third Street Is A Good Place To Do Business

If you haven't had the chance to check out Old World Third Street in Milwaukee's Westown neighborhood in a while, make it a point to do so. The past year has brought a lot of new businesses to the street, including enough new restaurants to feed you for a week. Brick 3 Pizza, Capone's, a greatly expanded Wisconsin Cheese Mart, Notte, Molly Cool's, Bootleggers, Milwaukee Brat House, Suite. All new businesses that opened since the spring of 2008, and all businesses that appear to be thriving.

Humboldt Street Bridge Meeting

Humboldt Street Bridge Meeting

There will be a meeting on Friday, June 12th at 2:00 p.m. at The Good Life, 1935 North Water Street to update businesses in the area on the progress of the Humboldt Bridge project. Please share this information with others that might be interested.

Renewable Energy in the Midwest

Renewable Energy in the Midwest

The production of renewable energy continues to move forward in the Midwest as new projects are proposed and government adjusts to make construction of new developments easier. The most noteworthy is the planned 39 acre urban solar power plant in the City of Chicago's West Pullman neighborhood.

Milwaukee Police District Boundaries Redrawn – Will Affect New UWM Dorm

Milwaukee Police District Boundaries Redrawn – Will Affect New UWM Dorm

Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn has had his new police district boundaries approved by the Common Council Public Safety Committee. The new boundaries will have the most significant effects on the East and South sides of Milwaukee.

Miller Park vs Busch Stadium – Milwaukee vs St. Louis

Miller Park vs Busch Stadium – Milwaukee vs St. Louis

After a recent weekend trip to take in three Milwaukee Brewers games in St. Louis versus the rival St. Louis Cardinals, I spent a significant time reflecting on the differences (and similarities) between the stadiums each team calls home. Miller Park is located 3.2 miles from Milwaukee City Hall, while Busch Stadium is located 1/5th (0.2) of a mile from the iconic Arch. Miller Park has the roof, Busch Stadium has the view. Busch Stadium has the proposed Ballpark Village, Miller Park has its own sales tax. Miller Park has gameday bus service, Busch Stadium is located on a light rail line. And least important for the sake of this analysis, they each have their namesake beer. With all of that considered, which stadium does more for the city?

Downtown Dining Week Starts Today in Milwaukee

Downtown Dining Week Starts Today in Milwaukee

Perhaps the greatest week of eating in Milwaukee, Downtown Dining Week, kicks off today and runs through June 4th. You can eat a $10 three course lunch or $20 three course dinner at some of Milwaukee's best restaurants. If you're looking to get a taste of great restaurants that you haven't been to before, this is your week to branch out.

Milwaukee County Pension Trial Underway

Milwaukee County Pension Trial Underway

The Milwaukee County pension troubles are a serious issue that affect everyone in the Milwaukee area. By eating a significant portion of the county's budget every year in the form of increased pension payments, the pension scandal has forced cuts in county services and tax increases. Milwaukee County has taken Mercer to court over the highly-flawed pension system, and a decision in Milwaukee County's favor could relieve a lot of stress at the county level.

Breaking News: RTA Passes Joint Finance Committee
Breaking News

RTA Passes Joint Finance Committee

The Regional Transit Authority passed the Joint Finance Committee this morning at 2:17 a.m., but not in a very regional way.

Make a Difference, Help the RTA

Make a Difference, Help the RTA

The Regional Transit Authority, a solution to Milwaukee’s transit woes that we’ve advocated before, is coming down to the wire in the halls of the state capitol.  For the plan to move forward it needs to be included in the state budget, and for that to happen it needs to be approved by the Joint […]

Lower East Side Grocery Store To Open

Lower East Side Grocery Store To Open

John and Anne Nehring will open Nehring Family Marketplace in a building owned by New Land Enterprises at the intersection of Brady and Water Streets.

The Politics of Real Estate Development – Park East Edition

The Politics of Real Estate Development – Park East Edition

The tale of the Fair Market Development, LLC Park East development proposal is one already lined with intrigue.

Milwaukee Riverkeeper’s Spring River Cleanup

Milwaukee Riverkeeper’s Spring River Cleanup

If you’re going to go out and enjoy a walk along any of Milwaukee’s rivers, now may be the team to do it. This past Saturday approximately 3,000 volunteers, myself included, descended upon Milwaukee’s river beds to clean up everything we could. This was the second year I had participated in the event, and I […]

Milwaukee Streetcar Round-Up

Milwaukee Streetcar Round-Up

The Milwaukee circulator streetcar is moving forward, but there is still confusion in the mind of many. We've covered the issue in the past, but this article attempts to bring everything together in one place, the history, the frequently asked questions, and the proposed route.

PhotoCampMilwaukee

PhotoCampMilwaukee

PhotoCampMilwaukee is a BarCamp-like event fully focused on photography. It’s an ad-hoc “un-conference” for people who love photography to get together and teach what they know, and learn what they don’t. It’s about sharing in an open environment. Everyone has experience to share, and getting everyone together in one place, for a full day, seems […]

Lake Express Ferry Back In Action

Lake Express Ferry Back In Action

The Lake Express ferry has returned to Lake Michigan in preparation for the first voyage of the season on May 1st. When the ferry was put in its winter berth, the folks at Lake Express created an excellent video of the boat's journey from the port up to the berth in the Menomonee Valley. Well it's not quite as amazing as the original video, they produced another one of the recent reverse trip. Enjoy.

Accents on the Interstate, Lipstick on a Pig

Accents on the Interstate, Lipstick on a Pig

If accent lighting on the interstate isn't the perfect definition of lipstick on a pig, I don't know what is. That said I'm not opposed to it. In fact, I think dressing the Marquette Interchange for the prom was a positive step forward. There is, however, only one thing I wish would have happened differently.

MCTS Adds New Bus Route

MCTS Adds New Bus Route

MCTS, empowered by a veto override by the Milawukee County Board in November, has added (in reality restored) a bus route to their service offerings, offering service from the Downtown Transit Center through downtown and out to 60th Street via Vliet Avenue.

Grand Avenue Mall – A New Implementation

Grand Avenue Mall – A New Implementation

As the retail market struggles nationally and the Shops of Grand Avenue struggles locally, it's time to ask what retail should be in downtown Milwaukee in the next five years. Is it worth investing public dollars in the form of a TIF in Grand Avenue or other mall-like projects downtown, as has been done in the past? Or should the standard be that all retail must interact with the street?

Vote For Your Favorite Milwaukee Streetcar Route

Vote For Your Favorite Milwaukee Streetcar Route

The submissions are in, and it's time to pick your favorite.

Design Your Own Streetcar Route

Design Your Own Streetcar Route

UrbanMilwaukee would like to issue you a challenge.  With the announcement that Mayor Tom Barrett with the help of Congressman David Obey and Senator Herb Kohl managed to get 60% of the $91.5 million for his streetcar vision, it’s time to think about what the final route may be. There is a simple reality any […]

Milwaukee Skywalk Map

Milwaukee Skywalk Map

We attempted to create a map of all the skywalk connections in Milwaukee, including the longest line that runs through The Shops of Grand Avenue.

While from an urbanist's perspective we still would prefer you choose the sidewalk, here's a map for those of you looking for other connections. Next up is mapping the empty retail spaces that are on roads paralleling a skywalk route.

Milwaukee Streetcar Map

Milwaukee Streetcar Map

We've unveiled a Google Maps implmentation of Mayor's Tom Barrett's proposed streetcar system for downtown Milwaukee. Take a look yourself, we think it's a little more exciting than a PDF. The route is likely to change as the planning process continues, and we'll track those changes on our map.

Five Reasons to Look Forward to Summer in Milwaukee
Hard Hat Tour: The North End – ONE
Hard Hat Tour

The North End – ONE

UrbanMilwaukee.com was recently taken behind the construction fence for a tour of the first building, ONE, to be complete in Mandel Group's The North End project.

Chicago Doesn’t Always Beat Milwaukee

Chicago Doesn’t Always Beat Milwaukee

Too often we, as Milwaukeeans, are too quick to assume all the good ideas in Milwaukee are trickling up from Chicago.

What’s Going On Everywhere Else?

What’s Going On Everywhere Else?

As the RTA inches closer and closer to reality in Milwaukee, what else is going on in transit elsewhere in the country?

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Historic Milwaukee, Inc

SPONSORED POST: Tomorrow is the second of HMI’s events, Public Involvement in the Planning Process PANELISTS: Jim Draeger – Architectural Historian for the Wisconsin Historical Society Michael D’Amato – Former Alderman of Milwaukee’s 3rd District Daina Penkiunas – National Register Coordinator for the Wisconsin Historical Society The relationship between Developers and Preservationists has never been […]

Milwaukee Snow Videos

Milwaukee Snow Videos

Just about everyone in Milwaukee is ready for spring, right? Well in the event that you're not, we have two pretty impressive videos to share with you that have a lot of snow (and Milwaukee) in them.

RTA Likely To Be Included in Governor’s Budget

RTA Likely To Be Included in Governor’s Budget

When Governor Jim Doyle unveils his budget proposal later today, one thing that is likely to be included in it is the recommendations of the Southeastern Wisconsin RTA. While this certainly doesn't mean the RTA is a done deal, it's a large step forward towards fixing transit funding issues in the Milwaukee region.

Milwaukee Brewers Offer Amtrak Promotion

Milwaukee Brewers Offer Amtrak Promotion

The Milwaukee Brewers, in an attempt to fight back against the Chicago Cubs fans and their Wrigley Field North signs and shirts, are offering a promotion to send Brewer fans to Wrigley Field in September via Amtrak in hopes of turning it into Miller Park South.

Who Lives in Milwaukee’s Condos?

Who Lives in Milwaukee’s Condos?

The UWM Center for Urban Initiatives and Research (CUIR) undertook the first comprehensive study on Milwaukee's "condo boom" to understand who was actually living in the condos stretching from the northern part of Walker's Point up to North Avenue on the East Side.

BreakWater Fiasco

BreakWater Fiasco

A column in Milwaukee Magazine criticizing the design of Renner Architect's soon-to-be completed BreakWater Condominiums spurred a response from Renner's firm that was in very poor form.

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Historic Milwaukee, Inc.

SPONSORED POST: Tonight is the first of HMI’s events, Milwaukee Comprehensive Plan. What is Milwaukee’s Comprehensive Plan? How will Smart Growth change the way American cities are organized? PANELISTS: Robert Greenstreet, PhD, Dean and Professor in UW-Milwaukee’s Department of Architecture Vanessa Koster – Assistant Planning Director, Department of City Development Gregory Patin – Strategic Development […]

East Town Shoots Itself In The Foot

East Town Shoots Itself In The Foot

We had originally speculated about the origins of the ban on carry-ins at Jazz in the Park. Our speculation was that it was really a money issue, but that we thought the East Town Association had the right to and should attempt to generate money from the event. Today we received just about all we needed to confirm our suspicions, a couple of great quotes from the Milwaukee Chief of Police Edward Flynn courtesy of the Journal Sentinel article Jazz in the Park fans have a whine and cheese party.

Palomar or Streetcar?

Palomar or Streetcar?

Tom Daykin did some digging and was able to uncover that the final request from Gatehouse Capital Corp. was $18 million in public money for the Palomar.

RedPrairie to Delafield No More

RedPrairie to Delafield No More

Tom Daykin of the Journal Sentinel is reporting that RedPrairie is no longer moving to Delafield. The company had just recently announced that they were putting their plans on hold.

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Historic Milwaukee, Inc.

SPONSORED POST: The following sponsored post comes from Historic Milwaukee, Inc.  Registration for the event is available on Urban Milwaukee.  For more information on advertising with Urban Milwaukee please visit our advertising page. Historic Milwaukee Inc. invites you to join us for A View of Our City in Four Acts:  HMI’S 2009 Panel Discussion Series. […]

Jazz in the Park Carry-In Ban Update

Jazz in the Park Carry-In Ban Update

The East Town Association has posted a question and answer response to their recent policy change banning carry-ins. Check it out, and let us know what you think.

Jazz in the Park To Ban Carry-Ins

Jazz in the Park To Ban Carry-Ins

In a stunning announcement today, OMC reports that Jazz in the Park will no longer allow carry-ins of alcohol.

The Park East Park?  Absolutely Not

The Park East Park? Absolutely Not

In response to the announcement of the failing of The Residences of Palomar, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ran an editorial talking about the idea of building a temporary park in the Park East land reclaimed from the former freeway spur. The idea is a bad one.

Palomar Canceled?

Palomar Canceled?

Haven't seen any official announcement yet, but we've heard from a credible source close to the project that the The Residences at Palomar project has been canceled. We'll update this post as we learn more. At the moment, calls in to the project are going unanswered.

WisDOT Open House on Future Parking Lots, Parks, or ?

WisDOT Open House on Future Parking Lots, Parks, or ?

WisDOT is taking the steps to prepare to issue an RFP for airspace leases underneath the Marquette Interchange and Interstate 794. They're looking for public input on what should be included, and this is our chance to really say we want something better underneath the freeway that separates the Third Ward and the Milwaukee Intermodal Station from the rest of downtown.

Walker Administration Defends Vote Against RTA

Walker Administration Defends Vote Against RTA

The Milwaukee County Board Task Force on the Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Transit Authority Recommendations, chaired by Supervisor Patricia Jursik, met for the first time on Monday December 29th, 2008. Other members of the task force present at the meeting included Supervisor Chris Larson, Supervisor John Thomas (who arrived late), Thomas Kujawa (formerly of MCTS), and Lloyd Grant (attending on behalf of Ms. Anita Gulotta-Connelly). The goal of the task force is to present recommendations to the Transportation Committee, which will then be presented to the full Milwaukee County Board on February 5th, 2009.

Our 2009 Top Ten Lists

Our 2009 Top Ten Lists

It's time to look forward to what we can hope for and plan on in 2009.

Company To Supply KRM Train Sets Closes Doors

Company To Supply KRM Train Sets Closes Doors

Colorado Railcar Manufacturing, the company slated to provide the train sets for the potential Kenosha-Racine-Milwaukee (KRM) commuter rail line, has closed its doors due to a liquidity problem. The company was the only supplier of diesel multiple unit (DMU) trains that met FRA standards to operate on the same tracks as freight trains. So the battle over a recently released (and highly-flawed in our opinion) cost report might have to be tabled at this point.

Free Bus Rides on New Year’s Eve

Free Bus Rides on New Year’s Eve

MillerCoors is stepping up to the plate again this year and offering free rides for any MCTS bus after 8 p.m. on New Year's Eve. Service on 13 routes will also run every half hour until 4 a.m. Think, don't drive.

Photo Gallery: Snow is Not Good for Buses
Photo Gallery

Snow is Not Good for Buses

The massive amount of snow that fell on Milwaukee on Thursday night wrecked some serious havoc on the MCTS 10 bus route on Friday.

Biking Santas Invade Milwaukee

Biking Santas Invade Milwaukee

Meghan Arnold, one of the many biking santas you may have been lucky to see in downtown on Saturday, has an excellent write-up of the event complete with photos.  The story comes complete with details of a rendevous with the police and enough mentions of Diablos Rojos restaurants to make Mike Eitel blush.  Oh, and […]

Ogden Avenue Corridor Development

Ogden Avenue Corridor Development

Ogden Street between N. Van Buren Street and Milwaukee Street has numerous retail establishments, but how well do they work together? Quite poorly. The groupings of stores work fairly well amongst themselves, but as an Ogden Street retail corridor they turn their backs on one another.

Watch The Lake Express High Speed Ferry Dock

Watch The Lake Express High Speed Ferry Dock

While the title may not sound that exciting, the Lake Express High-Speed Ferry docks in the Menomonee River valley for the winter. So to get there, it must travel in from Lake Michigan. They created a time-lapse photography video to show the journey and published it online. If you've got two minutes, it's interesting to watch the bridges rise and see what your view would be like if owned a yacht (or coal barge).

RTA Meets the Milwaukee County Board – Meeting Recap

RTA Meets the Milwaukee County Board – Meeting Recap

The Milwaukee County Board's Transportation, Public Works, and Transit Committee, chaired by Supervisor Michael Mayo, held a meeting on Wednesday morning to discuss the recommendations approved by the Southeast Wisconsin Regional Transit Authority. Julia Taylor, the Governor's Appointee on the RTA, was on hand to answer questions along with Carl Mueller, the RTA's PR consultant, and Ken Yunker, who has worked closely with the RTA in his role at SEWRPC.

Potential Changes to the RFP Process

Potential Changes to the RFP Process

Milwaukee should explore how land sales are managed in order to achieve the highest and best use. If Milwaukee can become better at converting land from public and vacant to private and developed it will only be a benefit to the entire city by building a better urban fabric and raising the city tax base.

City Business: IT Gallery
City Business

IT Gallery

IT Gallery, the latest art gallery to open in Milwaukee, is situated on the corner of Ogden and Jackson in the 601 Lofts building.

Hard Hat Tour: South Water Works Tour Photos
Hard Hat Tour

South Water Works Tour Photos

Tom DeMuth of Lighthouse Development gave Urban Milwaukee a tour of his company's redevelopment of the former Transpak facility in Milwaukee's Walker's Point neighborhood.

Milwaukee Transit: The Solution – Update
Milwaukee Transit

The Solution – Update

Recently, we advocated for the formation of a regional transit authority that has a dedicated funding source as a solution to the transit issues facing the Milwaukee region. Following that editorial we wrote an open letter to Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett encouraging him to vote on the morning of November 10th for the sales tax proposal.

Open Letter to Mayor Barrett Concerning Transit

Open Letter to Mayor Barrett Concerning Transit

On Monday, November 10th, your representative to the Regional Transit Authority (RTA), Sharon Robinson, will cast an important vote for the future of transit in our city and region. We write to you to encourage her to vote "yes" to any sales tax funding proposals. While we have recently outlined why we think RTA's are an efficient way to deliver regional services, we have a few more things we think you should consider.

Milwaukee Transit: The Solution
Milwaukee Transit

The Solution

A regional transit authority with a dedicated funding source is the solution to the Milwaukee regional transit woes. The use of an authority represents the most efficient and reliable way to deliver a service to a region. A dedicated and reliable funding source is essential to empowering an authority to deliver the services for which it is tasked. While Milwaukee's freeway system was designed and built to serve the region, the Milwaukee region's multiple transit systems stop and start at invisible lines. The various transit systems have different fares, operating hours, vehicles, and branding. As they are now, the systems simply aren't designed to work together to ensure a high quality of service to the region.

New Land Proposes New Development on Kenilworth

New Land Proposes New Development on Kenilworth

New Land Enterprises has proposed a development for the southeast corner of Farwell Avenue and Kenilworth Avenue. The proposal is a five-story mixed-use apartment building with first floor retail.

Goll Mansion Project Now Called Transera

Goll Mansion Project Now Called Transera

New Land Enterprises’ Goll Mansion Project has a new website and a new name, The Transera.  The company recently unveiled their new website.  Floor plans of units are now available, as well as a proposed amenities list.  The project recently gained approval from the Milwaukee Common Council.    

City Business: Blatz Market & Liquor Depot
City Business

Blatz Market & Liquor Depot

Blatz Market & Liquor Depot, located in the former Blatz brewery on Broadway, isn't your regular liquor store.

Transit As A Means To Combat Poverty  (Blog Action Day 2008 – Poverty)

Transit As A Means To Combat Poverty (Blog Action Day 2008 – Poverty)

Poverty as defined by Princeton's Wordnet is "the state of having little or no money and few or no material possessions." Too often people believe poverty means unemployment. It does not. Those that are unemployed likely do live in poverty, but there are a significant number of people that live in poverty and have jobs. In 2006 Milwaukee had the eighth-highest rate of poverty of large US cities, with 26.2% of people living below the federal poverty line. To put that percentage to an actual headcount, 26.2% of the city of Milwaukee's population is 143,000 people. By comparison, Wisconsin's poverty rate is 11% accounting for 581,000 residents, nearly 200,000 of which are children. How does transit play a role in poverty?

Photo Gallery: Hometown Gas Station Demolished
Photo Gallery

Hometown Gas Station Demolished

The Hometown Gas Station on North Avenue has been almost completely demolished.

Fullhouse Moving to Walker’s Point

Fullhouse Moving to Walker’s Point

Fullhouse, a growing interactive marketing agency, is leaving their crowded Third Ward office space for 23,500 square feet across the river in Walker's Point.

Hard Hat Tour: A Closer Look at The Flatiron Condominiums
Hard Hat Tour

A Closer Look at The Flatiron Condominiums

The Flatiron Condominiums, the first development to take place in the former Park East Freeway corridor, is a five-story, 38-unit condominium.

A Closer Look at The BreakWater Condominiums

A Closer Look at The BreakWater Condominiums

The BreakWater Condominiums development consists of 101 condominiums in a 20-story tower.

UWM Dorm Site Faces Little Opposition

UWM Dorm Site Faces Little Opposition

Last Thursday night, residents of Milwaukee's lower east side gathered at Holy Rosary Church to discuss the final of three proposals selected by the UWM Real Estate Foundation. The meeting began much like the two previous had, with the developer (Phelan Development) making a presentation on the plan, followed by a short bit by the architect (Jim Shields in this case), and representatives from UWM talking over some basic logistics and facts. After which Vice Chancellor for University Relations and Communications Tom Luljak straps on his bullet proof vest, and questions from the audience are allowed.

Photos From Top of US Bank Center

Photos From Top of US Bank Center

Yesterday, Dave Reid and myself were invited to the Brownfields Study Group 10th Anniversary Celebration. Now brownfield redevelopment is wonderful, and Milwaukee has some wonderful examples including the nationally-recognized Menomonee Valley, but we were a little distracted by the view from the event. The event was held on the 40th floor of the US Bank Center in the offices of Foley & Lardner.

UWM Prospect Mall Parking Lot Dorm Renderings

UWM Prospect Mall Parking Lot Dorm Renderings

Boulder Ventures provided us with a rendering of their proposed dorm for the Prospect Mall parking lot on the east side of Prospect Avenue.

Hot Meeting About Potential UWM Dorm Site

Hot Meeting About Potential UWM Dorm Site

The Maryland Avenue School played host to a tension-filled meeting to discuss one of three proposals for the location of the new UWM dorm. The proposal on the table was the nearby Prospect Mall parking lot location proposed by Boulder Ventures.

Seven Reasons To Replace The Hoan Bridge

Seven Reasons To Replace The Hoan Bridge

Both the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and The Business Journal of Milwaukee have covered the Wisconsin Department of Transportation's announcement that they're examining options for the future of the Hoan Bridge as the day nears when it will need costly repairs. We thought it was time to weigh in.

Senator Russ Feingold to Address Milwaukee Common Council

Senator Russ Feingold to Address Milwaukee Common Council

As part of the President's Speaker Series, Council President Willie Hines Jr has invited Senator Russ Feingold to address the Common Council on September 2nd. There is a reception before the meeting at 8:30 a.m., followed by the meeting at 9:00 a.m. The meeting and reception are both open to the public.

Public Meetings On Final Sites For New UWM Dorm

Public Meetings On Final Sites For New UWM Dorm

Public meetings for each dorm site have been announced. At each meeting the development teams will explain the proposal. The developer of the proposed site and UWM representives will be available for questions at each meeting. As a refresher we have included our opinion on each of the sites as described (we have not see the proposals yet).

Oshkosh Truck Looking At Leasing Janesville General Motors Plant

Oshkosh Truck Looking At Leasing Janesville General Motors Plant

Our previous article on Janesville's coming problems might not be as big of a problem as previously thought. Sources have confirmed that Oshkosh Truck has discussed with General Motors the possibility of leasing the Janesville plant along with utilizing the soon-to-be unemployed GM workforce.

RedPrairie Moves Further Away From Talent Sources

RedPrairie Moves Further Away From Talent Sources

Red Praire's relocation story has been funny, especially now that they've finally decided to move to Delafield. To understand what's going on it appears you don't have to read between the lines, you just have to read the lines.

Goll Mansion Project Renderings

Goll Mansion Project Renderings

New Land Development has made renderings available of their Goll Mansion project. We've reposted them here to continue discussion on the proposed development.

UWM Picks Our Three Favorite Dorm Sites As Finalists

UWM Picks Our Three Favorite Dorm Sites As Finalists

The University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee Real Estate Foundation announced the final three sites (narrowed from a field of eight) for the new 500 to 700 bed dorm to be built.

Kohl’s Continues To Lead Retail Store Solar Power Field

Kohl’s Continues To Lead Retail Store Solar Power Field

Kudos to Kohl's for continuing to push the envelope by powering more and more stores with solar power.

Does Downtown Milwaukee Need More Street Trees?

Does Downtown Milwaukee Need More Street Trees?

Ask yourself what's missing along most of Wisconsin Avenue as it crosses through downtown. Then take a look at Milwaukee's lower east side. There is one key piece missing.

Barack Obama on High Speed Rail

Barack Obama on High Speed Rail

Barack Obama seems to have his head in the right place when thinking about the need for mobility in a regional sense. He doesn't advocate New York to Chicago high speed rail or other long routes, something that a plane does and will probably always do better. He doesn't talk about cost inefficient monorail technology or other fancy, whiz-bang technologies. Obama recognizes that high speed rail is the perfect mode of transit for regional connectivity and that the Midwest is a good place for that implementation.

Where Is The New UWM Dorm Going?

Where Is The New UWM Dorm Going?

To be honest, we don't know exactly. But we do know that they've proposed 8 sites, and we'll break down each one to determine which one we think might be the best.

An Insider Perspective On What’s Wrong In The Airline Industry

An Insider Perspective On What’s Wrong In The Airline Industry

So how did the airline industry end up stuck with a massive number of old, less efficient planes flying regular service? According to an anonymous insider, it all goes back to the dot com boom (and bust).

Photo Gallery: North Powerhouse Demolition
Photo Gallery

North Powerhouse Demolition

The Urban Milwaukee authors have been closely following the destruction of the North Powerhouse along the Milwaukee River. We've accumulated a nice collection of photos tracking the demolition progress. The building was built in the late 1920s and used by the city to help distribute steam throughout downtown Milwaukee.

What’s The Cost of Parking in Downtown Milwaukee?

What’s The Cost of Parking in Downtown Milwaukee?

What's the cost of parking in downtown Milwaukee? It might just be more than the cost of plugging the meter. The low cost of parking in Milwaukee might actually be preventing new development from happening downtown.

Milwaukee Transit: The Technologies
Milwaukee Transit

The Technologies

It's absolutely critical to understand the different transit technologies available if one is to understand and evaluate the merits of the various transit proposals for Milwaukee. Technologies include Bus-Rapid Transit (BRT), Express Bus Transit, Electric-Guided Bus, Standard Bus, Street Car, Light Rail and Heavy Rail. This article examines the technologies, largely with regard to how they would be implemented here in Milwaukee.

The Economic Value of Immigration

The Economic Value of Immigration

Often times when discussing the economic value of immigration, people consider the impact of having immigrants accept low wages for jobs “ordinary” Americans wish not to do. But what about the dream jobs we all wish for? I’m not talking about professional basketball player and former Milwaukee Buck Yi Jianlian (nor Australian Andrew Bogut). I’m talking about CEOs of growing and profitable companies. CEOs of technology companies.

Milwaukee Transit: The Game and The Players
Milwaukee Transit

The Game and The Players

Understanding the discussion around Milwaukee transit requires an understanding of who has the keys to unlock the federal funds to improve and expand the existing system. We need to lay some groundwork before any discussion on the actual proposals can start.

Milwaukee Transit: The Series
Milwaukee Transit

The Series

I had promised a series on transit this week, and it’s still coming.  I’ve done a substantial amount more fact checking and research than earlier anticipated, but the first article detailing “The Players” in Milwaukee transit will run Wednesday evening. Thanks for waiting.

Transit-Oriented Development: Not Just A Myth
Transit-Oriented Development

Not Just A Myth

In the coming week, I’ll be taking a close look at transit issues. The issues facing transit systems (both existing and potential) in Milwaukee (and the surrounding counties) are rather complex, and I’ll attempt to break every issue down as best as I can. Before diving in to local issues, it’ll be best to understand […]

Bergstrom Automotive Innovating

Bergstrom Automotive Innovating

It is genuinely encouraging to see the Bergstrom Automotive Group deciding to stay in-tune with market trends (read: increasingly high fuel prices) and downsize their Hummer dealership into being part of an existing dealership, instead of a stand-alone unit. What are they replacing the highly-visible dealership with? A GM-certified user-car dealership.

Pabst Farms Now Encouraging Retail and Industrial Sprawl

Pabst Farms Now Encouraging Retail and Industrial Sprawl

Oconomowoc-based Pabst Farms, yet another development named after what the bulldozers destroy, is not limiting itself to simply encouraging commercial and residential sprawl anymore. In a move that I can only interpret as desperation (in the face of the growing trend of industrial firms relocating to the Menomonee Valley), Pabst Farms developers Developers Diversified Realty Corp of Cleveland is set to begin the construction on the first of three speculative industrial buildings.

Residents of Janesville Flock to Milwaukee and Chicago

Residents of Janesville Flock to Milwaukee and Chicago

The title of this post is purely fiction at this point, but is what this writer believes should happen.

Could Robert Ruvin Have Saved RiverSplash?

Could Robert Ruvin Have Saved RiverSplash?

While it certainly sounds ridiculous, I think it's a distinct possibility that Robert Ruvin could have prevented most, if not all of the trouble stemming from the Saturday night fiasco at RiverSplash on Old World Third Street and Water Street.

Nik Kovac Getting First Test From Riverwest Resident Group

Nik Kovac Getting First Test From Riverwest Resident Group

The Riverwest Neighborhood Association is going to test Alderman Nik Kovac early in his term.

Milwaukee Pollutes Less Than Madison

Milwaukee Pollutes Less Than Madison

The Milwaukee metro area produces less carbon per person than Madison

Whitney Gould Day (May 29th, 2008)

Whitney Gould Day (May 29th, 2008)

Mayor Tom Barrett today utilized his power of mayoral proclamation to declare it Whitney M. Gould Day in honor of the long-time Milwaukee Journal Sentinel urban landscape and architecture columnist who recently accepted a buy-out from Journal Communications and now serves as a Commissioner on the Historic Preservation Committee.

Milwaukee Post Office To Move Next Door To Airport

Milwaukee Post Office To Move Next Door To Airport

In one of the worst kept secrets surrounding the future of downtown Milwaukee, an announcement finally arrived today that the out-of-place and severely dated United States Post Office located on St. Paul Ave, next to the brand spanking new, gorgeous Milwaukee Intermodal Station, is moving south to be closer to the airport in a new, […]

Pabst Brewery Redevelopment Update

Pabst Brewery Redevelopment Update

Over the past couple of years I have followed the redevelopment of the former Pabst Brewery intently.

Bike To Work Week

Bike To Work Week

Bike to Work Week runs from Sunday, May 11th to Friday, May 16th.  If you’re not already biking to work, here is a great chance to give it a go.  If you haven’t experienced urban biking in Milwaukee before, I suggest you take a look at the city-provided map indicating the good streets to ride […]

Friday, 02. May 2008 Photos

Friday, 02. May 2008 Photos

301 N. Broadway Park East Square The North End

Bicycle Drive-Thru In Portland, Would It Work In Milwaukee?

Bicycle Drive-Thru In Portland, Would It Work In Milwaukee?

Okay, I must confess, I was about to write a blog post about this very thing.  I was going to state how given the right building, someone like Alterra could pull this off (because biking with coffee would be fun!).  Then I came back to reality and realized that the idea was fundamentally flawed. Drive-thrus […]

Wind Power in Lake Michigan

Wind Power in Lake Michigan

Wind Energy – A New Kind of Power Generation in Panama Originally uploaded by thinkpanama Ryan Horton of the Public Policy Forum took a look at the possibility of wind turbines being built in Lake Michigan about 18 miles from Milwaukee. Horton examines the dollars and cents of the issue and briefly addresses the economic […]

Friday, 25. April 2008 Photos

Friday, 25. April 2008 Photos

Park East Square The North End The Edge

The Alterra Story

The Alterra Story

What makes urban Milwaukee special?  One of those things is certainly committed local businesses.  Alterra Coffee Roasters is certainly one of those companies. Recently the Small Business Times sat down with Alterra’s founders Ward Fowler, Paul Miller, Lincoln Fowler to discuss where the company is headed and how the new Riverwest location on Humboldt fits […]

Green Vendor in Wisconsin?

Green Vendor in Wisconsin?

If you have a “green” product or service in Wisconsin, now may be your time to shine.  Walmart as part of their sustainability program is looking for Wisconsin-based green products or services including things like organic produce, landscaping services, or recycling services. Definitely worth your time to check out if you’re a producer of any […]

Milwaukee Vodka Maker Moving to Walker’s Point

Milwaukee Vodka Maker Moving to Walker’s Point

FO BEVERAGES A HOBBY Originally uploaded by strobist Great Lakes Distillery, Milwaukee’s local vodka distiller, is moving their operations from Capital and Holton to 616 W Virginia St in The Tannery complex of buildings. This has been picked up by a lot of other sources (including the JS, The Daily Reporter, RNN, and the Business […]

What’s New at Milwaukee City Hall?

What’s New at Milwaukee City Hall?

City Hall Originally uploaded by compujeramey What’s new at Milwaukee City Hall? JP Cullen & Sons, the company responsible for most of the work in the restoration project, has proposed to the city a series of changes designed at saving the city time and money long-term. At the top of the $1.3 million list is […]

Evidence Towards Future Urban Growth?

Evidence Towards Future Urban Growth?

Life in suburbia Originally uploaded by Michael Burns Besides the obvious of actually stepping foot in urban Milwaukee, what statistical evidence exists to point to trends of increasing urbanization? Menomonee Falls resident, blogger, and friend Mike Rohde found a good article from the Atlantic that examines trends in housing that indicate urban living is the […]

New Park East Request for Proposals

New Park East Request for Proposals

Milwaukee Skyline Originally uploaded by compujeramey Milwaukee County intends to issue a request for proposals (RFP) for a Park East corridor plot of land on the western end of the reclaimed land, near the former Pabst brewery. With developments finally getting off the ground on formerly RFP’ed plots on the eastern end of the corridor, […]

Dump Kovac Before He Gets Started

Dump Kovac Before He Gets Started

100_5801 Originally uploaded by RNA Official Photo Site Dan Knauss wrote up an excellent analysis of the 3rd District Alderman race, which after the primary is down to Patrick Flaherty and Nik Kovac. If you’re a 3rd district resident or interested in Milwaukee politics, Dan’s article is definitely worth your time to read. Vote Patrick […]

Richard Longworth to speak at UWM

Richard Longworth to speak at UWM

My Kinda Town Originally uploaded by Stuck in Customs Announcing a special guest lecture coming to UWM that is worthy to attend for anyone interested in economic development. The UWM Department of Urban Planning is pleased to announce details regarding its 2008 Charles Causier Memorial Lecture. Mr. Richard C. Longworth will present a lecture at […]

Status of Kinnickinnic River Dredging

Status of Kinnickinnic River Dredging

Abandoned Wreck Originally uploaded by Retinal Fetish Previously, I had mentioned that a Kinnickinnic River Trail is in the works that would link up areas south and west of the Port of Milwaukee that don’t have good non-car access to downtown and the rest of urban Milwaukee. A key part of making that trail more […]

Pabst Office Redevelopment Moves Along

Pabst Office Redevelopment Moves Along

The Pabst Brewing Complex Originally uploaded by compujeramey Jim Haertel, president of Brew City Redevelopment Group LLC, is excited to finally see his dream coming to fruition. Haertel, who I’ve mentioned before owns a group of former Pabst brewery office buildings that are part of the complex that Joseph Zilber is redeveloping. Haertel is a […]

Milwaukee is a Rising Tech City

Milwaukee is a Rising Tech City

Barcamp Milwaukee 2007 Originally uploaded by marcusnelson According to Forbes, Milwaukee is an up-and-coming tech city. They tout the strength of some of the biggest companies in the area, Rockwell Automation and Johnson Controls. What did they overlook? The strength of business brewing activities afoot in the city. BarCampMilwaukee, DrupalCampWisconsin, MilwaukeeDevHouse, Web414, and the KEEN […]

Update on Pabst Farms

Update on Pabst Farms

Pabst Farm Sunset Originally uploaded by obrazu Loyal readers, I apologize on not keeping you up-to-date with the latest in white flight trends… that being the development of Pabst Farms. The last time I reported on Pabst Farms, they (Pabst Farms Development Inc) were announcing that a new developer, Developers Diversified Realty, to create the […]

Senator Dick Durbin Standing Up For Quality

Senator Dick Durbin Standing Up For Quality

Milwaukee Intermodal Station Originally uploaded by compujeramey It’s good to see Senator Dick Durbin demanding better service from Union Pacific on the Amtrak route that runs from St. Louis to Chicago. What does this have to do with urban Milwaukee? The expansion and improvement of Amtrak (greater frequency of runs, faster service, ultimately lower prices) […]

Milwaukee.Gov E-Notification – City Cleanup

Milwaukee.Gov E-Notification – City Cleanup

I’m happy to see the city planning to take action before this becomes an issue that drags on.  Please read the message below to learn of Milwaukee’s cleanup plan as we enter the spring season, and learn how you can be a good citizen by keeping Milwaukee clean. The 2007-08 Winter has not had periodic […]

I’m Voting For Sam

I’m Voting For Sam

I’ve been fielding a lot of questions as to who I’m voting for 3rd District Alderman in tomorrow’s primary election. The answer? I’m voting for Sam McGovern-Rowen. There are a lot of quality candidates out there, and they all (with few exceptions) are fighting for virtually the same thing. In my opinion I think the […]

Pothole Patrols Starting Early

Pothole Patrols Starting Early

Worried about all kinds of potholes you’re seeing (and feeling) on the road?  The Milwaukee Department of Public Works is starting early this year to repair potholes with seasonal workers.  Cyclists and motorists alike rejoice. As a side note, it’ll cost $120,000 out of the city’s contingency fund.  I don’t drive (read: ride) enough, and […]

Smart Cars Selling Like Hot Cakes

Smart Cars Selling Like Hot Cakes

The Smart Car already has a year waiting list in Milwaukee, with over 400 orders being placed by February 1st. The first dealership was opened by Bergstrom next to their Hummer dealership at 11330 West Metro Boulevard near the intersection of Good Hope Road, Highway 145, Highway 45 North. You may laugh at the irony […]

County Looking To Add Bike Racks To Buses

County Looking To Add Bike Racks To Buses

milw_city_bus Originally uploaded by mechanikat Despite Scott Walker‘s consistent insistence that the Milwaukee County Transit System is just a step short of going completely broke, Milwaukee County is proposing to add bicycle racks to the front of the bus fleet. The announcement comes in wake of a proposed settlement for releasing asbestos during the destruction […]

Pfister & Vogel Concrete Crushing

Pfister & Vogel Concrete Crushing

Building Rubble Originally uploaded by compujeramey The remains of the concrete from the Pfister & Vogel Tannery are being ground up over the next month. The resulting rubble will be reused and recycled to build the foundation for the North End development on the site. To accomplish the task the Mandel Group has brought in […]

Broadway vs Broadway Street

Broadway vs Broadway Street

View From My Room Originally uploaded by compujeramey OnMilwaukee.com’s Bobby Tanzilo took a peak at the story behind the naming of Broadway. The street, which a long long time ago used to be known as Main Street, technically has no suffix. Broadway, one of downtown Milwaukee’s main arteries, is not legally followed by Street, Avenue, […]

The Future of the Milwaukee Coast Guard Station

The Future of the Milwaukee Coast Guard Station

DSC00669 Originally uploaded by benditlikebecker13 The Daily Reporter has an article that takes a look at the recent events surrounding the proposed demolition of the Milwaukee Coast Guard Station near McKinley Pier. It’s sad to see a landmark go, but the building is reportedly past the state of cost-effective repair. Most importantly, it’s essential that […]

A Word of Warning About Skybus

A Word of Warning About Skybus

I had previously hyped up the new low-cost airline Skybus since they started offering service out of Milwaukee.  Turns out everything isn’t perfect in Skybus land (or airbus).  Consumerist.com brings us a consumer horror story about Skybus.

Thank You For Shoveling

Thank You For Shoveling

Kit Hodge emailed me to let me know about a new service called Thank You For Shoveling. As Kit explained to me… As you well know, snow both adds to the charm and creates a lot of frustration in Milwaukee. And by snow, I mean snow removal. Now that it’s the snow season, your readers […]

What’s Going On In The Third Ward?

What’s Going On In The Third Ward?

OnMilwaukee.com’s Julie Lawrence has a good review of some of the retail and tavern activity in the Third Ward.

It’s Official, Fonz Funding Complete

It’s Official, Fonz Funding Complete

Milwaukee is the talk of the internet today, as the major news outlets announce the Fonz statue to the world.  Visit Milwaukee has officially raised the $85,000 needed to build the statue. I’ve been in support of the statue since I first learned of it because it encourages visitors (who come to Milwaukee for completely […]

Smart Cars Hitting The Street

Smart Cars Hitting The Street

The Smart Car fortwo, arguably the smallest car on the market at 8-feet-long (the Prius is 14.6-feet-long), has hit the US market for the first time this month.  Streetsblog has a shot of one parked sideways amongst the rest of the cars on the street in NYC. While I’m in no way in favor of […]

Job Openings at Miller Park

Job Openings at Miller Park

When new stadiums are built we hear rumors of all these jobs they’re going to bring to a community.  Often enough it’s hard to tell if those jobs are actually created. On Friday afternoon, you’ll be able to actually apply for those jobs in a job fair at Miller Park from 4 – 7.  They’ll […]

Fonz Wins, Brenner Leaving Town

Fonz Wins, Brenner Leaving Town

My sources, namely Twitter, tell me that Mike Brenner and his Hotcakes Gallery will soon be a part of Milwaukee history.  The eccentric gallery owner promised to close his gallery and leave Milwaukee if the Fonz statue was fully funded.  Well I haven’t heard for sure that that has happened yet other than from Brenner, […]

Lake Michigan Under Fire

Lake Michigan Under Fire

Our beloved Lake Michigan is in trouble.  In the last year alone “the small fish” that sustain the big salmon and trout had their numbers cut in half.  Thanks to a growing number of mussels that are able to live at deep depths and rob the water of energy (the plankton), the ecosystem is under […]

Three Unrelated Persons Per Residence

Three Unrelated Persons Per Residence

One of the often-overlooked rules for residences in Milwaukee is that no more than three unrelated persons may live together. I’ve never heard a good reason for why the rule is in place or how one can get around the rule (outside of simply ignoring it like many landlords do). DailyReporter.com finally gave me an […]

Old World 3rd Street Getting New Facelift

Old World 3rd Street Getting New Facelift

Old World 3rd St just west of the Milwaukee River is going to be home to a new restaurant or two and another tavern.  I’ll break them down location by location. Robert Ruvin, who has yet to start construction on any of his nearby developments, will have a new high-end restaurant opening in his Third […]

Bowling Congress Leaving Milwaukee

Bowling Congress Leaving Milwaukee

The United States Bowling Congress (USBC) is leaving Greendale for Texas, so that it can be next to the Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America (BPAA). I have absolutely zero knowledge of what their current offices are like, how many people they employ, or when I last went bowling, but I’m still sad to see them […]

Questions for Aldermanic Questions

Questions for Aldermanic Questions

Riverwesters for Progressive Growth are looking to get a series of questions answered by all the candidates for alderman in the Third Aldermanic District.  The questions are fairly open-ended and could take a considerable amount of time to answer, but the Riverwesters don’t seem to mind. Should be interesting to see what answers they get.

Cream City Brick

Cream City Brick

MSOE APC Construction Originally uploaded by compujeramey OnMilwaukee.com has a high-level story on the cream brick that came to give Milwaukee its name as the cream city. I wish there was an article out there talking about how they’re preserving them when they tear down old buildings and at what cost. english essay writing helper […]

Kinnickinnic River Trail

Kinnickinnic River Trail

Kinnickinnic River Spillway Originally uploaded by Retinal Fetish Julie Lawrence at OnMilwaukee.com drew my attention to this excellent community development taking place along the Kinnickinnic River on the south side of urban Milwaukee, the Kinnickinnic River Trail. The trail is in the early stages of development and will have a southern terminus at the river […]

2 Mile Challenge

2 Mile Challenge

SANY0005 Originally uploaded by ClifBar&Co The 2 Mile Challenge is an excellent idea that I happened to stumble across on the internets. As the site states “40% of United States urban travel is 2 miles or less. Ride your bike to fight global warming.” Their site draws a two-mile circle around your house using Google […]

Merry Christmas Milwaukeeans

Merry Christmas Milwaukeeans

Milwaukee County (and the City of Milwaukee) got what it wanted for Christmas with the official sale of the first plot of land in the Park East neighborhood. Did you?

Word on the Street (12.24.2007)

Word on the Street (12.24.2007)

Random tidbits found on the internets… Milwaukee Development Update brings us news and insight of a building going up at 1530 North Jackson just north of the Pick ‘N’ Save parking lot and Lyon St.  Despite living just around the corner from it, I have yet to make it over to take pictures, but look […]

Park East Square Moving Forward

Park East Square Moving Forward

Park East Square sign Originally uploaded by repowers The first phase of the development of Park East Square appears ready to begin. On Friday, Milwaukee County announced that they had completed the sale (read: RSC & Associates LLC exercised their option to purchase) of a 2.1 acre parcel of land at the western edge of […]

Gould Takes Journal Buyout, Rips Grohmann Museum One More Time

Gould Takes Journal Buyout, Rips Grohmann Museum One More Time

Whitney Gould took an early retirement buyout from Journal Communications a little over a month ago.  Her send off column was titled “Retiring, not tiring of quality design.” Ever since moving to Milwaukee three years ago I’ve enjoyed her reporting on issues involving building design. My views began to disagree with hers when she started […]

Word on the Street (12.21.2007)

Word on the Street (12.21.2007)

Information from the infosphere… Seattle mayor Greg Nickels is working on a plan that will encourage all city employees to use public transportation, by giving the free transit passes.  Milwaukee should get behind this. The Daily Reporter has a good look at the issues affecting the 27th Street ramp off of Interstate 94. Thrivent Financial […]

Photo Gallery: Photos of The Residences on Water Construction
Photo Gallery

Photos of The Residences on Water Construction

The View Down Water Street Originally uploaded by compujeramey There are a lot of photos of the construction of the Residences on Water being taken. Dave Reid of the Milwaukee Development Update has done an excellent job snagging images of the construction to-date. I recently was over there to snag a few pictures between classes […]

Word on the Street (12.17.2007)

Word on the Street (12.17.2007)

Links from the Milwaukee-informationsphere Mary Louise Schumacher is yet another art person doesn’t think it’s a good idea to build a recognizable landmark that will increase pedestrian traffic in downtown Milwaukee. Hofbrauhaus Milwaukee, a proposed German beer hall and restaurant, is likely coming next The Brewery development at the old Pabst brewery in Blue Ribbon […]

The Valley Is Linking Up With The Silver City Neighborhood

The Valley Is Linking Up With The Silver City Neighborhood

Hank Aaron State Trail 5K Run/Walk Originally uploaded by carrier Yet another sign that logic is prevailing and the city of Milwaukee is improving, the Menomonee Valley Partners have announced the construction of a pedestrian tunnel and bridge to link up the Menomonee Valley with the bordering Silver City neighborhood to the south. While the […]

New Alterra Opening

New Alterra Opening

Alterra Spring Originally uploaded by MilwaukeeMark A new Alterra Coffee Roasters is opening today at 2999 N. Humboldt Blvd. near the intersection of Humboldt and Locust just over the river into Riverwest. According to Alterra… On Saturday, December 15th, the Alterra café on Humboldt Boulevard will open its doors, joining neighbors Loop Yarn Shop and […]

Cramer-Krasselt Moving To Third Ward

Cramer-Krasselt Moving To Third Ward

Milwaukee Ale House, Water Buffalo, etc, etc. Originally uploaded by compujeramey The nation’s third largest independent advertising firm Cramer-Krasselt, who as you may remember was supposed to move to a Robert Ruvin-development in the Park East neighborhood, has announced that they’re moving from Van Buren Street to the Third Ward. The firm will move to […]

More on Skybus

More on Skybus

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has a good article on how the economics of Skybus play out.  If you were intrigued by my previous report, I suggest you give the JS article a read.

Metropolitan Areas Ranked for Walkability

Metropolitan Areas Ranked for Walkability

Marsupial Bridge Originally uploaded by compujeramey The Brookings Institution recently ranked America’s most walkable big cities. Milwaukee didn’t crack the top 25 unfortunately, but consider this… However, the Brookings report itself has some major flaws. I know I’m going to sound like a major hater here, but somehow out of 30 metropolitan regions nationwide, the […]

Say Hello To Skybus

Say Hello To Skybus

Discount airline Skybus entered the Milwaukee market on Wednesday.  The airline offers $10 flights to Columbus, Ohio once a day and from there to a lot of other destinations (again starting at $10). The ticket prices work on a sliding scale where the first few tickets are sold for $10 and eventually sliding up to […]

Word On The Street (12.8.2007)

Word On The Street (12.8.2007)

A random collection of links from the internets. St. John’s plans 20-story senior apartment tower.  The building will be a welcome addition to the lakefront on Prospect Avenue.  Move-in is expected to occur in late 2009 or early 2010. Haven’t heard word on this biodiesel refinery lately, is it under construction? UWM is unveiling a […]

Milwaukee’s Biodiesel Co-op Has Winterized Biofuel

Milwaukee’s Biodiesel Co-op Has Winterized Biofuel

Biodiesel Originally uploaded by GrammarGirl OnMilwaukee.com points to a little known gem in Milwaukee, we have a biodiesel co-op. Not only that, but they have winterized gas for sale. Sadly, my bike does not need gas, but maybe you do? Check on out the Milwaukee Biodiesel Co-op.

The Word On The Street (12.6.2007)

The Word On The Street (12.6.2007)

From time to time Urban Milwaukee will feature a collection of links we think are worth your time to read. “Neighbors fed up with vandals, lack of patrols” – A story of chaos and vandalism ensuing in a northwestern Milwaukee neighborhood that the police don’t seem to care to fix.  If I lived there I […]

Photo Gallery: Last Days of the Pfister & Vogel Tannery
Photo Gallery

Last Days of the Pfister & Vogel Tannery

Last Days of the Pfister & Vogel Tannery Originally uploaded by compujeramey I updated my Flickr set of photos of the Pfister & Vogel Tannery decontruction/The North End construction. They’re older images, and I still have more to add, but they’re a start for those of you that can’t see it in person. In case […]

Portland To Have “Sunday Parkways”, Can Milwaukee Join The Party?

Portland To Have “Sunday Parkways”, Can Milwaukee Join The Party?

Powells Originally uploaded by compujeramey Portland, Oregon is getting on-board with a program I would love to see Milwaukee jump on in the near future. Slated to happen on June 22 (in conjunction with the International Carfree Conference), Sunday Parkways will offer Portlanders a chance to stroll, pedal, and play on a six-mile loop of […]

Bronze the Fonz

Bronze the Fonz

Henry Winkler Originally uploaded by chelsea tobe Urban Milwaukee and Fresh Coast Ventures, LLC would like to throw their support behind the “Bronze the Fonz” campaign. The urban, pedestrian-friendly location of the statue on the riverwalk will only give Milwaukee visitors one more reason to stay downtown, walk downtown, and spend their money downtown. A […]

Solar Powered Bus Stops As Power Centers?

Solar Powered Bus Stops As Power Centers?

As a follow-up to my post on Chicago’s Green Alley Program, I did some reading on rubber sidewalks they’re building. That led me to how they’re making their bus stops solar powered (we’re talking the three-sided ones, not the poles in the ground). About 100 solar shelters will be installed next year by the company […]

Chicago Leading The Way in Green Alleys

Chicago Leading The Way in Green Alleys

The city of Chicago, in its continual quest to be at the forefront of the implementation of green features, has launched the Green Alley Program.  In a city with almost 2,000 miles of alleyways, this is a huge step.  Nearly 50 alleys have already been built, with many more to come.  The pavement allows water […]

Photo Gallery: Milwaukee Intermodal Station
Photo Gallery

Milwaukee Intermodal Station

Milwaukee Intermodal Station Originally uploaded by compujeramey I walked down to the new Intermodal Station (in the rain mind you) to snag some photos. The results can be found on my Flickr set tracking construction of the station. The power with which the building lights up the area is super impressive and ultra important to […]

Milwaukee Intermodal Station To Open November 26th

Milwaukee Intermodal Station To Open November 26th

Milwaukee Intermodal Station Originally uploaded by pear52 The Milwaukee Intermodal Station grand opening will be Monday, November 26th. While you probably have visited the station during the reconstruction phase, the 26th will mark the first day that the station will be free of construction equipment. If you haven’t stopped by Milwaukee’s newest and nicest gateway […]

100 Things To Be Thankful For in Milwaukee

100 Things To Be Thankful For in Milwaukee

Miller Park Originally uploaded by compujeramey In honor of Thanksgiving, OnMilwaukee.com has released a list of 100 Reasons For Milwaukeeans To Give Thanks. My favorites… 17. Bratwurst from Usinger’s and Klement’s. 89. Speaking of transportation, we’re thankful that Michael Cudahy continues to fight for innovative rail in Milwaukee.

Could The Potawatomi Casino Help Pay For Light Rail in Milwaukee?

Could The Potawatomi Casino Help Pay For Light Rail in Milwaukee?

My new Palace Expansion Originally uploaded by marcosparco Here’s a radical thought, let’s leverage casinos to build a transit system in Milwaukee. According to the Philadelphia Inquirer (as reposted by the biglittler blog here), Atlantic City casinos are getting together to fund the operating deficit of express train service between New York City and their […]

Grohmann Museum: Free Public Showing
Grohmann Museum

Free Public Showing

Rooftop figure Originally uploaded by johndecember MSOE’s new Grohmann Museum will be open to the public for free on Saturday, December 1st from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. I had class in the building all last trimester (there are a couple classrooms in the building), and would recommend you stop in to check it out […]

Cream City November Photowalk A Success

Cream City November Photowalk A Success

Federal Building Photographers Originally uploaded by compujeramey I attended my first Cream City Photowalk this past Saturday with a bunch of other members of the Cream City (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) photo group on Flickr. If there a measure of photowalking success, where when photos get taken things are a success and when photos don’t it’s not, […]

Urban Outfitters To Open December 14th

Urban Outfitters To Open December 14th

Kenilworth Originally uploaded by Volá Berlín OnMilwaukee.com reports that Urban Outfitters will open on the east side of Milwaukee on December 14th. The store is located in the bottom of the Kenilworth Square Apartments (one UWM’s new dorm buildings) on the corner of Prospect and Kenilworth. This should help give UWM students yet another excuse […]

The Brewery Kickoff Video

The Brewery Kickoff Video

Old Machines Originally uploaded by compujeramey I was poking around The Brewery website after writing the last post on Mark Chmura and friends purchasing Building 14 and found that Towne Realty has released a video synopsis of the coverage surrounding the initial groundbreaking of the development. It’s a neat little video to watch about the […]

Mark Chmura and Company Buy Building at Pabst

Mark Chmura and Company Buy Building at Pabst

Pabst Brewery Originally uploaded by compujeramey Former Green Bay Packer Mark Chmura, his brother and real estate broker Matt Chmura, and, developer and son of former Milwaukee Brewer Sal Bando, Sonny Bando through their development firm BC Pabst Holdings have purchased a three-story, 28,000 square foot building at the former Pabst Brewery on the edge […]

Hats Off To The Shepherd Express

Hats Off To The Shepherd Express

Run (literally, it’s cold outside) and pick up the Shepherd Express before the next issue comes out, because the current issues takes an excellent look back at the past 25 years. If you’re geographically or mobility challenged, everything is available online, but you’ll miss out on the great advertisements. The main article is “Still Crazy […]

Friend of Milwaukee’s Rivers To Sue Heartland Development Group, Ltd

Friend of Milwaukee’s Rivers To Sue Heartland Development Group, Ltd

From a Riverkeeper News email I received… Last Thursday, Friends of Milwaukee’s Rivers, through its attorneys at Midwest Environmental Advocates, sent a notice of intent to sue under the Clean Water Act to Heartland Development Group, Ltd. and their contractor, ACT Planning and Development, LLC for their recent clear-cut of approximately five acres of vegetation […]

No Interchange Until Developer Is Lined Up

No Interchange Until Developer Is Lined Up

Heading East on I94 Originally uploaded by compujeramey The project I love to hate, the Pabst Farms development, won’t be the recipient of a new interchange with Interstate 94 anytime soon. The state won’t be building a new interchange until there is a new developer lined up. This is a positive sign of some restraint […]

Thoughts on Milwaukee University Crime

Thoughts on Milwaukee University Crime

Yield For Pedestrians ? Originally uploaded by slowpokeiv Public perception of Milwaukee’s university campuses is that they’re a step shy of being a war zone at night. Unfortunately for fear mongers everywhere, they’re not.  The latest shooting on the UWM campus has again brought about discussion about how dangerous Milwaukee’s urban college campuses are compared […]

The Residences on Water Are Rising Fast

The Residences on Water Are Rising Fast

The Residences on Water Originally uploaded by compujeramey The Residences on Water are rising fast, leading me to believe that the building actually will make its spring 2008 opening date. I walked by the building tonight on the way home from dollar burger night (every Tuesday) at Bar Louie. I was impressed at how quickly […]

Chicago Spire

Chicago Spire

Chicago Spire Originally uploaded by *Gary* I did quite a bit of reading on the Chicago Spire last night. As you may or may not be aware, the Spire is Santiago Calatrava‘s new building being built in Chicago that will be the tallest building in North America and the tallest all residential building in the […]

City Hall Is Worth Every Penny

City Hall Is Worth Every Penny

City Hall Originally uploaded by compujeramey Mike Nichols has an article in the Journal Sentinel lambasting politicians for their failings in properly estimating the cost of projects. Nichols gives me the feeling that he’s upset at Mayor Barrett for the expense of the City Hall and the coming need for a lift of the building […]

The End of the Beer Line

The End of the Beer Line

Marsupial Bridge Originally uploaded by repowers While the Beer Line railroad trunk has been gone from the Beer Line neighborhood for a long time, the last legitimate piece of the stretch has finally been given regulatory approval to close. With the closure of a 2.4 mile stretch by Wisconsin & Southern Railroad, all that is […]

City Hall is Sinking

City Hall is Sinking

City Hall Originally uploaded by compujeramey Bad news, while Milwaukee City Hall will certainly look good on the outside in due time, it’s going to be a little bit shorter because the building is sinking. In the past 20 years it’s dropped about one and a half inches, so it’s nothing drastic, but still something […]

The 50 State Skyline

The 50 State Skyline

US Bank Building Originally uploaded by compujeramey If you took the tallest building in every state and made them into one skyline what would it look like? Here’s the answer. You have to scroll to the right, but eventually you’ll find the US Bank Center, Milwaukee and Wisconsin’s tallest building. Thanks to Czeltic Girl for […]

More Thoughts On the KRM and Streetcar System

More Thoughts On the KRM and Streetcar System

Hiawatha Originally uploaded by nsuydam1 Small Business Times executive editor Steve Jagler has a special to OnMilwaukee.com entitled “Don’t Let Skeptics Derail Mass Transit Options“, and it’s nothing short of excellent. Jagler takes typical conservative mindsets to task for their inability to understand the benefits of regional mass transit systems. Jagler states everything really well. […]

Guide To Milwaukee Transit Dining

Guide To Milwaukee Transit Dining

Milwaukee Intermodal Station Originally uploaded by compujeramey OnMilwaukee.com has published a guide to eating at General Mitchell International Airport, the newly redesigned Milwaukee Intermodal Station, or at the Badger Bus Depot. If you have a minute to kill read it. If you don’t, you’re not missing anything.

Milwaukee Ale House Construction Cam

Milwaukee Ale House Construction Cam

JOY’S BUILDING Originally uploaded by JoetheLion After yesterday’s announcement I did some investigating of the Milwaukee Ale House website and came across this handy little construction webcam cam of their new brewery on 2nd street.

Brew Pub Legislation

Brew Pub Legislation

Milwaukee Ale House Viewed From the Milwaukee River Originally uploaded by purpleslog A anti-capitalism, pro-lobbying law was snuck into the state budget. It had been protested already this summer by Milwaukee Ale House owner Jim McCabe when the idea was floated originally. I’ll let you form your own opinion, but I can’t figure out a […]

Gilbert Brown to Coach Bonecrushers

Gilbert Brown to Coach Bonecrushers

Gilbert Originally uploaded by compujeramey Gilbert Brown has been named head coach of the Milwaukee Bonecrushers. The Bonecrushers are the new indoor football team set to begin play in March at the US Cellular Arena. The Gravedigger, of 90’s Packer fame, signed a three-year deal with the Bonecrushers. I can’t imagine it’s worth anywhere close […]

Lake Trout (and Yellowstone Park)

Lake Trout (and Yellowstone Park)

Calm Waters Originally uploaded by MilwaukeeMark It’s important to remember that while not something you would normal consider part of the urban landscape, Lake Michigan and its vast supply of natural capital is the reason that Milwaukee exists in the first place. Sometimes as the wind blows down Juneau Ave on my way to class […]

KRM Line Left Out of Budget Compromise

KRM Line Left Out of Budget Compromise

Metra 403 Originally uploaded by jimfrazier The budget compromise was just approved by both sides of Wisconsin State Legislature, and will certainly be approved by Governor Jim Doyle later this week. In what ways did it affect Milwaukee? Money for the the KRM line, connecting Kenosha, Racine, and Milwaukee with a high-frequency rail line, was […]

Chimney Park

Chimney Park

Hank Aaron State Trail Originally uploaded by repowers The Milwaukee Streets blog written by Robert Powers has an excellent post up about the successful development of Chimney Park in the Menomonee Valley from the site of the old Milwaukee Road railyard. One of the most interesting aspects of the development of Chimney Park is the […]

Michael Cudahy Proposes His Transit Solution

Michael Cudahy Proposes His Transit Solution

A Milwaukee County Transit System Bus Originally uploaded by Sebastian Joseph While County Executive Scott Walker and Mayor Tom Barrett continue to debate over the use of the $91.5 million the federal government has earmarked for transportation, entrepreneur-turned-philanthropist Michael Cudahy has proposed his own solution. Walker advocates an express-bus only approach, while Barrett advocates a […]

Google Transit Out of the Lab

Google Transit Out of the Lab

  My Ride Originally uploaded by Reggiesgirl In my discussions with a Milwaukee County Transit System sales manager a few months back I was told they would get on board with the Google Transit program once it left beta. Good news for travelers in Milwaukee, Google Transit is now a fully-fledged and integrated feature of […]

Milwaukee Public Museum Keeping The Money

Milwaukee Public Museum Keeping The Money

Milwaukee Public Museum and IMAX Dome Originally uploaded by kjv31 The Milwaukee Public Museum will not be buying the former Discovery World location on the other side of the building. The financially-strapped museum has decided not to spend the $3 million on expanding into the space that was recently vacated.

More Thoughts On Pabst Farms

More Thoughts On Pabst Farms

Pabst Farms Originally uploaded by Al White   Sprawled Out has a few thoughts on the ugliness that Pabst Farms could become now that they’re just hunting for big boxes to fill out the development.

Another Firm To Join The Party in the Valley

Another Firm To Join The Party in the Valley

Derse Inc., one of the country’s largest exhibition display companies, plans to move to Milwaukee’s Menomonee Valley from Wauwatosa, and add jobs to its growing work force. Derse, 1234 N. 62nd St., plans to lease a 160,000-square-foot building to be developed by HSI Development Partners LLC, the companies announced Thursday.  Read more… While not a […]

New Convent Hill Building – Nearing Completetion

New Convent Hill Building – Nearing Completetion

New Convent Hill Building Originally uploaded by compujeramey Walking by the new Convent Hill Public Housing building on my way to class today, I was impressed. The exterior of the building has rapidly come together. I’ll try and snag a picture in the next few days. The sidewalk has now been laid, which to me […]

Interview With John Norquist

Interview With John Norquist

The Shepherd Express has an interview with former Milwaukee mayor John Norquist.  Worth your time if you’re interested in his viewpoint on the city.

Say Hello To The Turner Hall Ballroom

Say Hello To The Turner Hall Ballroom

Are you familiar with Turner Restaurant on 4th St. across from the Bradley Center? Did you know they had an actual concert hall in their that has been closed since fires in the 1930’s and 1940’s? If you didn’t, you’re in for a treat. The Turner Hall Ballroom will reopen with a series of concerts […]

City To Fund Building Redevelopment

City To Fund Building Redevelopment

In a rare move, the city is going to provide Compass Properties LLC with $3.2 million to repair their two Water Street properties immediately north of the 100 East Wisconsin building.

Visions For MacArthur Square

Visions For MacArthur Square

MacArthur Square, one of the many underused spaces in the downtown Milwaukee area, is looking at a facelift. Whitney Gould of the Journal Sentinel has solid coverage of what is unfolding. Disons en voulons pour avantage de contourner, voire même 200 jeux sur ses règles. Elles doivent scrupuleusement être observées et là des règles de […]

Thoughts From John Norquist

Thoughts From John Norquist

MilwaukeeWorld’s Mike Horne blogs about his afternoon with John Norquist, former Milwaukee mayor and now head of the Congress for the New Urbanism. A worthy read if you’re into Norquist’s view on New Urbanism or looking to reminisce about his time in office.

Engberg Anderson Moving To Third Ward

Engberg Anderson Moving To Third Ward

In yet another move that illustrates the point that “if you own an architecture firm in Milwaukee, it better be in the Third Ward”, Engberg Anderson Design Partnership Inc. is moving to the eight story P.H. Dye House in the Third Ward so that all 75 of the their employees can be located on a […]

Courtyard By Marriott Changes Hands

Courtyard By Marriott Changes Hands

The Journal Sentinel reports… The Courtyard by Marriott hotel in downtown Milwaukee has been sold for $26.1 million to a group of investors led by a Los Angeles-area firm, according to documents filed Thursday with the Milwaukee County register of deeds. Read more. Lots of hotels are changing hands, including the Hyatt and the Residence […]

Do You Have Karma?

Do You Have Karma?

OnMilwaukee.com has an interview with one of the owners of the brand new Karma Bar & Grille located inbetween Chipotle and Panera on Ogden. At first glance it appears to be worth your time to check out.  I’ll be there for dinner tonight to verify.

Park East Square: Let’s Dig A Hole
Park East Square

Let’s Dig A Hole

It looks like I’ll have new neighbors sooner rather than later, the construction of the Park East Square will start in November. The project will be free of city-financing assistance, the absence of which is credited as a reason for the reemergence of downtown according to former mayor John Norquist.

Milwaukee Public Market Manager Resigns

Milwaukee Public Market Manager Resigns

The general manager of the Milwaukee Public Market, Meg Rauschenberger, has resigned, ending the term of the third manager since the market opened in October of 2005.  Instead of giving the fourth a chance, the Third Ward Association has elected not to replace the general manager position.  Looking to trim overhead the market management team […]

Milwaukee Intermodel Station To Open Before Thanksgiving

Milwaukee Intermodel Station To Open Before Thanksgiving

The revamped train station is on schedule and budget and will open the day before Thanksgiving.  Just in time to give everyone riding the Greyhound bus, Megabus, or Amtrak train a look at the new station before it opens. Milwaukee and Wisconsin as a whole got this one right, a beautiful station will greet visitors […]