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John Norquist is the former President of the Congress for the New Urbanism.

He is the former Mayor of the City of Milwaukee.

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The Good and Bad of Urbanism

The Good and Bad of Urbanism

Richard Florida drops by Marquette University to discuss his latest book, “The New Urban Crisis.”

Mayor’s Design Awards All Over Map

Mayor’s Design Awards All Over Map

Big, little, new or renovated, award winners in 13 of 15 aldermanic districts.

Norquist: How Federal Funding Hurts Cities
Norquist

How Federal Funding Hurts Cities

Liberals and cities would be better off opposing funding.

Intersection: Farwell and Brady Need Changes
Intersection

Farwell and Brady Need Changes

More turning lights, high-visibility crosswalks, make Farwell a two-way street.

Norquist: Trump Tariffs Will Hurt State Workers
Norquist

Trump Tariffs Will Hurt State Workers

Manufacturers like Harley will suffer, as when a steel tariff was imposed in 2002.

In Public: The Problem Of Architecture Review Boards
In Public

The Problem Of Architecture Review Boards

All the rules for developers kill bad buildings. But do they also kill the great ones?

Murphy’s Law: How Milwaukee Handled “Flint” Crisis
Murphy’s Law

How Milwaukee Handled “Flint” Crisis

Were city officials asleep? Should they be doing more?

Friday Photos: DoMUS Rising
Friday Photos

DoMUS Rising

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

Henningsen, former alderman, dies at age 70
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Henningsen, former alderman, dies at age 70

Murphy’s Law: The New Charlie Sykes
Murphy’s Law

The New Charlie Sykes

He's confessing his errors and getting lots of publicity. Could there be a connection?

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.

Murphy’s Law: Why Rocky Marcoux Is In Trouble
Murphy’s Law

Why Rocky Marcoux Is In Trouble

New Common Council leaders want to ax the DCD leader. But why? Few will say.

Murphy’s Law: Does Anyone Oppose Bus Rapid Transit?
Murphy’s Law

Does Anyone Oppose Bus Rapid Transit?

The idea is very unsexy, yet has gained amazingly wide support.

Plenty of Horne: Mayor’s Design Awards
Plenty of Horne

Mayor’s Design Awards

The 2016 Mayor's Design Awards recognized projects from every corner of the city.

Norquist to Speak at Jane Jacobs Event

Norquist to Speak at Jane Jacobs Event

May 10th event will explore ideas of urban visionary and her impact on cities like Milwaukee.

The State of Politics: Marty Schreiber’s Last Campaign
The State of Politics

Marty Schreiber’s Last Campaign

The former governor, faced with his beloved wife’s dementia, urges others to ask for help.

Will Bucks’ Plaza Be Public or Private?

Will Bucks’ Plaza Be Public or Private?

Team wants 4th Street closed, but will this create a town square or just team profits?

Murphy’s Law: What Has Mayor Barrett Accomplished?
Murphy’s Law

What Has Mayor Barrett Accomplished?

After nearly 12 years in office, his impact can be seen -- if you look hard.

Now Serving: Pastiche Leaving Bay View for Downtown
Now Serving

Pastiche Leaving Bay View for Downtown

And Carnevor, Ruyi and Screaming Tuna will have new menus.

Brady Street’s Delicate Balancing Act

Brady Street’s Delicate Balancing Act

Residents strive to keep a healthy mix of uses in their densely populated neighborhood.

Urban Milwaukee Drive Raises $30,590!

Urban Milwaukee Drive Raises $30,590!

Thank you, Milwaukee. Our crowdfunding drive raised 153% of goal.

Friday Photos: Aperture Apartments Nearing Completion
Friday Photos

Aperture Apartments Nearing Completion

Five floors, 168 apartments, a Fresh Thyme store and a cool, curving building.

Plenty of Horne: Will Public Market Expand?
Plenty of Horne

Will Public Market Expand?

The fish market wants to expand outdoor cafe. And Chevy Johnson kicks off campaign for alderman.

Murphy’s Law: Chris Larson’s War Against Abele
Murphy’s Law

Chris Larson’s War Against Abele

State senator running for county executive blasts Abele with personal attacks, will divide Democrats.

Bar Exam: Major Goolsby’s, Still a Great Sports Bar
Bar Exam

Major Goolsby’s, Still a Great Sports Bar

One of nation's first, where Charles Barkley and Reggie Jackson, among others, hung out.

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.

Former Milwaukee Mayor John Norquist, Venice Williams of Alice’s Garden and more to lead the 2015 Alverno Community Conference
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Former Milwaukee Mayor John Norquist, Venice Williams of Alice’s Garden and more to lead the 2015 Alverno Community Conference

This year’s theme, “A Tapestry of Sustainability,” features over 30 interactive sessions

Former Mayor John Norquist: ‘Bucks should back off from closing Fourth Street
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Former Mayor John Norquist: ‘Bucks should back off from closing Fourth Street

Bar Exam: Lakefront Brewery
Bar Exam

Lakefront Brewery

This popular attraction is not just for tours anymore.

Plenty of Horne: The Return of Peter Park
Plenty of Horne

The Return of Peter Park

Now a top consultant, the former city planner says Milwaukee's 20-year plan was done in a decade.

Op-Ed: A World Without Walls
Op-Ed

A World Without Walls

Freeways create concrete walls that divide the city. Their expansion is unneeded.

Longtime Milwaukee Common Council member Scherbert dies
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Longtime Milwaukee Common Council member Scherbert dies

14 Fun Facts About the Port of Milwaukee

14 Fun Facts About the Port of Milwaukee

Everything you wanted to know about the city’s most entrepreneurial department.

In Public: The City’s $30 Million Design Project
In Public

The City’s $30 Million Design Project

National competition for lakefront bridge could have huge impact, but city’s process raises questions.

Plats and Parcels: Mayor’s Design Awards
Plats and Parcels

Mayor’s Design Awards

The 2015 Mayor's Design Awards recognized projects big and small from across the city.

Murphy’s Law: The Disappearance of Dan Bice
Murphy’s Law

The Disappearance of Dan Bice

 The state’s top political reporter has disappeared. Is the Journal Sentinel killing his column?

House Confidential: A Mayor’s Home Is Still Notable
House Confidential

A Mayor’s Home Is Still Notable

Once John Norquist's residence, this elegant 1889 home on S. 26th St. is included on Historic Milwaukee's upcoming Spaces and Traces tour.

Plenty of Horne: We Want a New Arena!
Plenty of Horne

We Want a New Arena!

Bradley Center rally organized by MMAC featured five speakers touting the benefits of building a taxpayer-subsidized NBA arena.

Plenty of Horne: De Blasio Descends on Milwaukee
Plenty of Horne

De Blasio Descends on Milwaukee

New York's mayor and crew of handlers and security came for his speech to state Democrats. Later he partied with local pols and local brews at Nick's House.

Murphy’s Law: Why Businesses Are Moving To The City
Murphy’s Law

Why Businesses Are Moving To The City

Many are moving from suburbs to Downtown and Walker's Point, seeking younger workers.

Murphy’s Law: The Secret Tax Subsidy Society
Murphy’s Law

The Secret Tax Subsidy Society

Republicans and Democrats conspire to create stealth taxes to fund the NBA arena. Will they succeed?

Milwaukee Architecture: The Rise of Suburban Style Homes
Milwaukee Architecture

The Rise of Suburban Style Homes

A variety of Postwar architecture is on display in Milwaukee, as is the counter-revolution of New Urbanist development.

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.

Freshwater Mecca: Milwaukee’s Riverwalk Vs. San Antonio’s
Freshwater Mecca

Milwaukee’s Riverwalk Vs. San Antonio’s

In many ways, this city’s Riverwalk is superior. Part III of a series.

Plenty of Horne: Crowd Celebrates City Birthday Party
Plenty of Horne

Crowd Celebrates City Birthday Party

Politicians, PR people and other notables schmoozed away. The best rumor was that Chief Flynn might be retiring.

In Public: Why the Swing Park Failed
In Public

Why the Swing Park Failed

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

Friday Photos: Walker’s Landing Coming to Commerce Street
Friday Photos

Walker’s Landing Coming to Commerce Street

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

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."

Milwaukee/NARI Home Improvement Council Honors Barry Mandel With the “Building Milwaukee” Award
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Milwaukee/NARI Home Improvement Council Honors Barry Mandel With the “Building Milwaukee” Award

The Milwaukee Chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI presented its annual “Building Milwaukee Award” to Barry Mandel.

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.

House Confidential: Architect Chuck Engberg’s First Place on the River
House Confidential

Architect Chuck Engberg’s First Place on the River

His condo offers unmatched views of the passing pleasure craft, coal barges and trains.

Murphy’s Law: The Legacy of Annette Polly Williams
Murphy’s Law

The Legacy of Annette Polly Williams

The author of school choice later became its opponent. Williams was controversial -- and misunderstood -- right to the end.

Vantage Point: From the Potawatomi Hotel
Vantage Point

From the Potawatomi Hotel

From the 20th floor, a magnificent view of the city and its central valley, once grimly industrial and now turning ever more green.

Plenty of Horne: Is Barry Mandel the Michael Jordan of Development?
Plenty of Horne

Is Barry Mandel the Michael Jordan of Development?

Barrett rhapsodizes over developer at groundbreaking of North End III. And Fresh Thyme owner adds praise of Mandel style.

Plenty of Horne: MIAD Apartments Changes Irk Bauman, Who Demands Fix
Plenty of Horne

MIAD Apartments Changes Irk Bauman, Who Demands Fix

A planned community gathering space instead becomes an underwhelming staircase.

Milwaukee Stories: “Anywhere you hang your hat is your home”
Milwaukee Stories

“Anywhere you hang your hat is your home”

Art Guenther has run Just Art's for 34 years, and mostly enjoyed it, though he's kicked out customers, including Jeffrey Dahmer.

Murphy’s Law: Why Bob Donovan Can’t Beat Barrett
Murphy’s Law

Why Bob Donovan Can’t Beat Barrett

No alderman will back him. Why he’s so disliked -- and so certain to lose.

Op-Ed: A Common Dream for Metro Milwaukee
Op-Ed

A Common Dream for Metro Milwaukee

Support for a new NBA arena can and should unite us as fellow Milwaukeeans.

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.

In Public: The Hotel That Isn’t There
In Public

The Hotel That Isn’t There

The downtown Marriott made so many compromises in design there's barely any left.

House Confidential: Sen.Carpenter’s Rather Dull Duplex
House Confidential

Sen.Carpenter’s Rather Dull Duplex

His sided, south side home, in suburban-like Jackson Park, is a veritable pillar of middle-class respectability.

Murphy’s Law: The Remarkable Impact of the Deep Tunnel
Murphy’s Law

The Remarkable Impact of the Deep Tunnel

Once widely maligned, the project was the key to transforming the Milwaukee River.

Adams Talks Hard Truths About Milwaukee’s Future at Forum
Press Release

Adams Talks Hard Truths About Milwaukee’s Future at Forum

Last night, Dan Adams participated in the East Side Neighborhood Associations Forum, moderated by Urban Milwaukee editor Bruce Murphy.

Neighborhood House announces Jeff Martinka as its new Executive Director
Press Release

Neighborhood House announces Jeff Martinka as its new Executive Director

Milwaukee native tapped to lead community center on Milwaukee’s West Side

Alderman Donovan offers real alternative to mayor’s “plan ”
Press Release

Alderman Donovan offers real alternative to mayor’s “plan ”

Statement from Alderman Bob Donovan

Lynn Richards Named President and CEO of the Congress for the New Urbanism
Press Release

Lynn Richards Named President and CEO of the Congress for the New Urbanism

U.S. EPA Smart Growth leader will expand CNU as global force in community design and development

Transforming the State’s Largest Public Housing Development

Transforming the State’s Largest Public Housing Development

City bulldozed 332 barracks-style units at Westlawn and replaced them with more urban styles.

Plenty of Horne: Top Lobbyists Will Replace Your Windows!
Plenty of Horne

Top Lobbyists Will Replace Your Windows!

Bill Broydrick's Window Replacement Co., new women political candidates, and a MacArthur genius comes to town.

Photo Gallery: I-794 Comes Crumbling Down
Photo Gallery

I-794 Comes Crumbling Down

A portion of freeway is getting torn down for new lakefront development plan. Our photos capture it.

Murphy’s Law: Does Downer Avenue Need a Tax Subsidy?
Murphy’s Law

Does Downer Avenue Need a Tax Subsidy?

Developer Joel Lee claims the buzzing retail strip needs help from the city.

House Confidential: Developer Tim Dixon’s Home and Tennis Court
House Confidential

Developer Tim Dixon’s Home and Tennis Court

High above Commerce Street, it offers a spectacular view of Downtown, and respite from Dixon's financial woes.

Photo Gallery: Entrants & Winners for Wisconsin Avenue Placemaking
Photo Gallery

Entrants & Winners for Wisconsin Avenue Placemaking

The "Tournavation" event at City Hall included an expert panel and audience, which selected two winners from among 12 finalists.

CNU President John Norquist To Step Down After A Decade
Press Release

CNU President John Norquist To Step Down After A Decade

Norquist spearheaded campaigns for highway removal, federal reform of housing policy and walkable communities

Murphy’s Law: Police Scam Artists
Murphy’s Law

Police Scam Artists

Why does the cop’s union protect officers who rip off taxpayers?

The Road to Creativity

The Road to Creativity

Despite carping from critics, the Creational Trails project seeks to artistically enliven 10 blocks of Wisconsin Avenue.

Bike Czar: Grand Opening of KK River Bike Trail!
Bike Czar

Grand Opening of KK River Bike Trail!

Celebration Saturday of newest part of trail whose origins go back more than a decade.

The End of Suburbs?

The End of Suburbs?

So argues a new book. And former Milwaukee Mayor John Norquist agrees. Are they right?

Plenty of Horne: Streetcar Social
Plenty of Horne

Streetcar Social

Gathering of notables tracks the route of proposed streetcar. And HGTV comes to town to film a straw-bale home.

City a National Leader in Skyscrapers

City a National Leader in Skyscrapers

Since 2000, Milwaukee ranks 10th among 67 big cities in high-rises built per capita. Part I of a two-part series.

House Confidential: Ald. Pérez’s Tiny, Former Jesuit Home
House Confidential

Ald. Pérez’s Tiny, Former Jesuit Home

His tiny lot and 840 square-foot home make him a true man of the people. And not much of a gardener.

Plenty of Horne: Will WisDOT Propose Expanding I-43?
Plenty of Horne

Will WisDOT Propose Expanding I-43?

WisDOT says I-43 has reached the end of its lifespan, and a hit-and-run tragedy on the East Side raises safety concerns.

Plenty of Horne: Greater Milwaukee Committee to Move to Water Accelerator
Plenty of Horne

Greater Milwaukee Committee to Move to Water Accelerator

All the news on the GMC's new home, as well as odds and ends around the East Side and beyond (plus a bicycle tour).

Murphy’s Law: Is Milwaukee the Next Detroit?
Murphy’s Law

Is Milwaukee the Next Detroit?

Analyzing this city’s key strengths and weaknesses.

Barrett & Council to Walker and Legislature: “Give me my ball, I’m going home”
Press Release

Barrett & Council to Walker and Legislature: “Give me my ball, I’m going home”

Statement from Alderman Bob Donovan July 1, 2013

Salt Lake City Solutions

Salt Lake City Solutions

Urban Milwaukee takes in CNU's 21st annual conference and learns about old (Brigham Young!) and new urbanism.

Murphy’s Law: Myths About a New NBA Arena
Murphy’s Law

Myths About a New NBA Arena

In their zeal to build new, publicly-funded arena, proponents are misleading the community.

Murphy’s Law: How to Crush Milwaukee
Murphy’s Law

How to Crush Milwaukee

Ending the residency requirement will deal a devastating blow to Milwaukee’s property tax base.

Norquist: How to Regulate Guns
Norquist

How to Regulate Guns

Liberals need to better understand firearms if they have any hope of passing regulations.

Remembering Ed Koch

Remembering Ed Koch

The first big-city mayor to reject groveling for federal help by selling urban pathology, Koch’s arrogance helped save New York.

City People: Shelly Lalonde
City People

Shelly Lalonde

A world traveler with 25 years experience framing art, Lalonde is a survivor in a tough economy.

Murphy’s Law: How State Aid to Cities Has Plummeted
Murphy’s Law

How State Aid to Cities Has Plummeted

Milwaukee is getting killed by declining shared revenue, violating a century-old state agreement.

Photo Gallery: Sydney HiH Retrospective
Photo Gallery

Sydney HiH Retrospective

Gallery Night provided one last opportunity to experience the Sydney HiH.

Don’t Wreck Sidney Hih

Don’t Wreck Sidney Hih

The troubled history of municipal land clearance and why it’s a very bad idea to demolish Sidney Hih.

Murphy’s Law: Rocky Road
Murphy’s Law

Rocky Road

Some aldermen want to dump DCD head Rocky Marcoux, but Mayor Barrett disagrees.

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?

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.

Tahrir Square

Tahrir Square

We all watched as Egyptians rose up to overthrow a dictator, and take back their country.

The Wealth of Cities by John Norquist – Book Review

The Wealth of Cities by John Norquist – Book Review

Milwaukee's former Mayor, John Norquist, in his book The Wealth of Cities writes up the impacts of U.S. policies on our cities, lays out his foundational beliefs that today form a key plank of the New Urbanism movement, and shares his insight into how he believes cities should be governed.

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.

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 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.

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 […]

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.

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.

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.

The Roundup: Buffett Tour on Hold
The Roundup

Buffett Tour on Hold

“Spirit – The Seventh Fire” has been put on hiatus.

The Roundup: McGee’s Folly
The Roundup

McGee’s Folly

If you want to get a chuckle and a “no comment” out of a Milwaukee alderman these days, just tell him that Ald. Michael McGee, Jr. “certainly has a way with words.”

The Roundup: Riemer: “Ready to Run”
The Roundup

Riemer

This terse note from Riemer almost sounds like a Bill Christofferson soundbite, which means it's a good one.

The Roundup: Kennedy Walks
The Roundup

Kennedy Walks

Substantial Fine for Possession of Forged Artwork

The Roundup: City Hall Redo
The Roundup

City Hall Redo

Minority hiring goal set.

The Roundup: Broadband News – Thanks for Nothing
The Roundup

Broadband News – Thanks for Nothing

Access to the Wi-Fi zones requires a $19.95 per month membership in SBC DSL.

The Roundup: Mequon Turns Voter Away
The Roundup

Mequon Turns Voter Away

The City of Mequon told a local man who tried to register and vote at City Hall last week that he was “too late.”

The Roundup: Feds Stop Funding School, Library Internet and Phone Service
The Roundup

Feds Stop Funding School, Library Internet and Phone Service

Two months ago, the federal grants stopped.

The Roundup: A Chance to Speak Up for North Ave
The Roundup

A Chance to Speak Up for North Ave

"The Bronzeville project is one of the most important ventures ever planned for the 6th Aldermanic District, and I believe that it can be a dynamic, credible, and viable venue for the community."

The Roundup: Shepherd Figure to Run Madison Paper
The Roundup

Shepherd Figure to Run Madison Paper

Capital Papers Puts up the Capital

The Roundup: Morales V Darling Race Set
The Roundup

Morales V Darling Race Set

Milwaukee School Board member Jennifer Morales has decided to challenge Alberta Darling and her hold on the 8th Senate District Seat.

The Roundup: The Governor and the Empire Builder
The Roundup

The Governor and the Empire Builder

Governor Jim Doyle made a brief appearance at Milwaukee’s Amtrak station Friday, 11 June on the 75th anniversary of the Empire Builder, Amtrak’s service from Chicago to the Northwest coast. Before boarding the train, Doyle mixed the romance of the rails with the Great American Novel. “In the final passage of the Great Gatsby, the […]

The Roundup: The Inaugural
The Roundup

The Inaugural

Marvin Pratt did not stand up with the crowd when Tom Barrett was inaugurated mayor, and the press has made a good deal of the slight. However, just after Judge Louis Butler administered the oath of office to the new mayor, Barrett’s first comments were to commend Pratt, and the former acting mayor did stand […]

The Roundup: My Campaign Blog
The Roundup

My Campaign Blog

Two hundred fifty bucks or a free press pass?

The Roundup: Pratt’s “Reimbursement” Mystery Money
The Roundup

Pratt’s “Reimbursement” Mystery Money

Acting Mayor Pockets $7,500 with no explanation

The Roundup: “Legacy, Schmegacy”
The Roundup

“Legacy, Schmegacy”

John O. Norquist, in his final days as mayor, talked about the things that mattered to him. (His legacy wasn’t one of them.) Also: the man who could have beat him in 1992 – and, about that new job in Chicago

The Roundup: Bobot Calls for Term Limit
The Roundup

Bobot Calls for Term Limit

Vince Bobot plans to request a change in the City Charter to limit the term of Milwaukee Mayor to two consecutive terms.

The Roundup: Krug Scores Joint Finance Seat
The Roundup

Krug Scores Joint Finance Seat

Rep. Shirley Krug was chosen Monday to take a seat on the influential Joint Committee on Finance

Murphy’s Law: The Embarrassing Failure of Miller Park
Murphy’s Law

The Embarrassing Failure of Miller Park

The Milwaukee Brewers have begun the season with a horrendous start, one that is setting franchise records for futility.

Murphy’s Law: Why Jim Ryan Could Be In Trouble
Murphy’s Law

Why Jim Ryan Could Be In Trouble

Speaking as someone who predicted the one-two finish of Scott Walker and Jim Ryan, the big surprise of the county executive race was Tyrone Dumas' strong fourth place finish, just behind Tom Nardelli.

Murphy’s Law: Why Scott McCallum Is In Big Trouble
Murphy’s Law

Why Scott McCallum Is In Big Trouble

It was amusing to see the photo of Gov. McCallum that ran on the front page of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel last week.

Murphy’s Law: Has the Teacher’s Union Taken Over the GOP?
Murphy’s Law

Has the Teacher’s Union Taken Over the GOP?

It was not long ago that the state teacher's union was the designated villain for Republicans.

Murphy’s Law: Why Gov. McCallum’s Spending Priorities Were Wrong
Murphy’s Law

Why Gov. McCallum’s Spending Priorities Were Wrong

As the legislature wrestles with the state budget deficit, there has been talk of cutting every level of government except the schools.

Murphy’s Law: Is Nardelli Qualified To Be County Executive?
Murphy’s Law

Is Nardelli Qualified To Be County Executive?

Nothing should surprise us about county government at this point, but it does seem odd that the two favorites in the race for county executive are Scott Walker and Tom Nardelli, neither of whom has a college degree.

Murphy’s Law: Can Falk And Thompson Play Spoilers in the Governor’s Race?
Murphy’s Law

Can Falk And Thompson Play Spoilers in the Governor’s Race?

I'm hard pressed to think of a more interesting state race than the upcoming campaign for governor.

Murphy’s Law: The Bitter Feud Between the Bradley Center and Wisconsin Center
Murphy’s Law

The Bitter Feud Between the Bradley Center and Wisconsin Center

The "negotiations" by the Bradley Center and the Wisconsin Center District have begun to resemble the feud between the Hatfields and McCoys.

Murphy’s Law: The Milwaukee School Board’s Incumbent Protection Plan
Murphy’s Law

The Milwaukee School Board’s Incumbent Protection Plan

Consultant Fred Kessler drew up a redistricting plan that would carve out a Hispanic school board district, but almost no one on the board seems to support the idea.

Murphy’s Law: How Scott McCallum Plans to Raise Your Taxes
Murphy’s Law

How Scott McCallum Plans to Raise Your Taxes

Sometime in the coming week, Gov. Scott McCallum will be meeting secretly with lobbyists in Minocqua, of all places, to discuss a plan to cut school spending and force property tax increases as a way to balance the state budget.

Murphy’s Law: Could The Brewers Benefit If Minnesota Loses Its Team?
Murphy’s Law

Could The Brewers Benefit If Minnesota Loses Its Team?

Baseball commissioner Bud Selig has scoffed at complaints from Twin Cities newspapers that eliminating a baseball team there would benefit the Milwaukee Brewers.

Murphy’s Law: How Mayor Norquist’s Salary Cut Lowers Property Taxes
Murphy’s Law

How Mayor Norquist’s Salary Cut Lowers Property Taxes

John Norquist styles himself as a budget cutter, but few are aware of how personally he has taken that mission.

Murphy’s Law: Can New President Darnell Cole Rescue MATC?
Murphy’s Law

Can New President Darnell Cole Rescue MATC?

Not long after arriving in town, new MATC president Darnell Cole called Greater Milwaukee Committee President Bob Milbourne and asked to meet.

Murphy’s Law: Where Have You Gone, Ken Lamke?
Murphy’s Law

Where Have You Gone, Ken Lamke?

Ken Lamke still has vivid memories of the atmosphere in the old Milwaukee Sentinel newsroom.

Murphy’s Law: Superintendent Burmaster Slaps The Governor Around
Murphy’s Law

Superintendent Burmaster Slaps The Governor Around

My, how times have changed.

Murphy’s Law: Why Businesses Are Attacking The State’s Freeway Plan
Murphy’s Law

Why Businesses Are Attacking The State’s Freeway Plan

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation's latest freeway project could "virtually suffocate downtown Milwaukee," a letter from the Downtown Business Improvement District complains.

Murphy’s Law: Why Chief Jones Won’t Go Away
Murphy’s Law

Why Chief Jones Won’t Go Away

Tom Everson has seen everything in the many years he's compiled crime statistics for the state's Office of Justice Assistance, but he is struck by the data he's getting from the City of Milwaukee.

Murphy’s Law: Is Superintendent Korte In Trouble With The School Board?
Murphy’s Law

Is Superintendent Korte In Trouble With The School Board?

At first glance, Milwaukee school superintendent Spence Korte looks like he could be on the chopping block.

Murphy’s Law: Figueroa Accused Another Man of Sex Harassment
Murphy’s Law

Figueroa Accused Another Man of Sex Harassment

For months I've been hearing rumblings that Marilyn Figueroa had accused another man of sexual harassment.

Murphy’s Law: Rally ‘Round the Convention Center, Boys
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Rally ‘Round the Convention Center, Boys

It was a mere three years ago that the Midwest Express Center opened, as a state-of-the-art solution to the city's convention needs.

Murphy’s Law: Is the State Legislature Still a Men’s Club?
Murphy’s Law

Is the State Legislature Still a Men’s Club?

It was the gunfight at the Capitol corral and only men were invited.

Murphy’s Law: Antonio Riley’s Campaign Coffer Looks Mayoral
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Antonio Riley’s Campaign Coffer Looks Mayoral

News reports have made much of the money raised by Ald. Marvin Pratt and Ald. Tom Nardelli, speculating about their chances for mayor.

Murphy’s Law: Why The Mayor is Not Dead
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Why The Mayor is Not Dead

Back in the early 1980s, Milwaukee Magazine ran a scathing caricature of Mayor Henry Maier with the title "What Does This Man Do All Day?"

Murphy’s Law: Why the State Doesn’t Hate Tom Ament Any More
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Why the State Doesn’t Hate Tom Ament Any More

Time was when Milwaukee County was a favorite whipping boy of the state.

Murphy’s Law: Will A New Soccer Stadium Help or Hurt the Bucks?
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Will A New Soccer Stadium Help or Hurt the Bucks?

The proposal to build a soccer stadium downtown adds another complication to what has become a political minefield around the proposed Bradley Center renovation.

Murphy’s Law: Milwaukee’s Mighty Economy Crushes Other Nations
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Milwaukee’s Mighty Economy Crushes Other Nations

Milwaukee has a new way to brag about itself.

Murphy’s Law: Is the Plankinton Exit Worth $60 Million?
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Is the Plankinton Exit Worth $60 Million?

Some months ago the state Department of Transportation announced a plan for rebuilding the mammoth Marquette Interchange that did not include any exits or entrances at Plankinton Avenue

Murphy’s Law: Why Are Homeowners Subsidizing Cable TV?
Murphy’s Law

Why Are Homeowners Subsidizing Cable TV?

Republican and Democrats can't agree on much, as they squabble over the state budget, but both parties seem to think that AOL Time Warner needs a tax break.

Murphy’s Law: Is Wisconsin Short-Changed By Its Top Foundation?
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Is Wisconsin Short-Changed By Its Top Foundation?

With the resignation of Michael Joyce, the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation is looking for a new president.

Murphy’s Law: Is Mayor Norquist Sleeping on School Choice?
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Is Mayor Norquist Sleeping on School Choice?

In the London Times, Mayor John Norquist is prominently quoted in a story on Milwaukee's school choice program.

Murphy’s Law: Gary George’s Plot to Kill the Comptroller
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Gary George’s Plot to Kill the Comptroller

State budget deliberations are a time for mischief making, and state Sen. Gary George (D-Milwaukee) has always had a reputation for quietly slipping pet proposals into this biennial document.

Murphy’s Law: Personal Foul – Norquist Loses Points With the Business Community
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Personal Foul – Norquist Loses Points With the Business Community

The Greater Milwaukee Committee thinks it's found a way to get more revenue for the Milwaukee Bucks.

Murphy’s Law: State Secrets: What’s In the File on Figueroa and Norquist
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State Secrets

There is damaging information about Mayor John Norquist in the state files related to the investigation of Marilyn Figueroa's sexual harassment complaint.

Murphy’s Law: Did Marilyn Want Millions From The Mayor?
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Did Marilyn Want Millions From The Mayor?

Marilyn Figueroa never wanted money from the mayor

Murphy’s Law: That’s Incredible – Why Marilyn’s Story Can’t Be Believed
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That’s Incredible – Why Marilyn’s Story Can’t Be Believed

I don't claim to know who's right in the vicious dispute between Marilyn Figueroa and John Norquist.