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Tom Barrett

Thomas “Tom” Barrett is the Mayor of the City of Milwaukee.

Official Biography

Tom Barrett was elected Milwaukee’s 40th Mayor on April 6, 2004, and has been reelected with over 70% of the vote in both 2008 and 2012.

As Milwaukee’s Chief Executive, Tom Barrett is making neighborhoods safer by strengthening the Milwaukee Police Department, targeting gangs and illegal guns and forging partnerships with faith-based groups and neighborhood organizations to strengthen the community’s role in reducing crime.

Mayor Barrett continues to strengthen the City’s economic toolkit to create family-supporting jobs and provide assistance to entrepreneurs to expand or open small businesses. He is creating hope in the lives of young people throughout the city with a number of workforce initiatives, including his YouthBuilds program which offers a comprehensive approach to education, training and employment for young adults, and his Summer Earn and Learn initiative which has placed over 12,000 students in summer jobs, The Mayor’s Manufacturing Partnership, launched in 2011, connects area employers with potential employees through a unique and tailored skills training program.

Through efforts that bring families together like the Milwaukee Fatherhood Initiative and the partnerships with United Way and community groups to reduce Teen Pregnancy and Infant Mortality, Mayor Barrett seeks to strengthen our community’s moral compass and future.

Mayor Barrett has enacted his vision for a greener Milwaukee through the formation of Milwaukee’s Green Team the establishment of Milwaukee’s Office of Sustainability. The Office of Sustainability promotes cost-effective environmental sustainability practices that meet Milwaukee’s urgent environmental, economic and social needs while enhancing long-term economic growth. He is also one of the region’s greatest champions for the Great Lakes and currently serves as Chair of the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Cities Initiative, an binational organization comprised of mayors and other local officials that works actively to advance the protection and restoration of the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River.

Tom Barrett grew up on Milwaukee’s West side, graduated college and law school from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, was a member of both the Wisconsin State Assembly and State Senate and was elected to five terms in the U.S. Congress.

Barrett and his wife, Kris, live in Milwaukee’s Washington Heights Neighborhood with their four children: Tommy, Annie, Erin and Kate.

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Milwaukee Film Festival Announces Full 2015 Lineup
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Milwaukee Film Festival Announces Full 2015 Lineup

Festival to open with Youth; Oscar winner Paolo Sorrentino’s new film stars Michael Caine & Harvey Keitel. Award-winning films plentiful in Documentary Festival Favorites and Worldviews programs

Murphy’s Law: Common Ground’s $30 Million Victory for City
Murphy’s Law

Common Ground’s $30 Million Victory for City

Pressure on Bucks owner Wes Edens results in Nationstar’s $30 million pledge to prevent foreclosures.

2015 Milwaukee Film Festival Announces Competition Films
Press Release

2015 Milwaukee Film Festival Announces Competition Films

Eight Feature Films Competing for $10,000 Cash Prize - South Milwaukee Native Chad Gracia’s The Russian Woodpecker Included

Body cameras = more politics than policing
Press Release

Body cameras = more politics than policing

Statement from Alderman Bob Donovan August 31, 2015

Port of Milwaukee Recognized with Pacesetter Award Recognizing Growth in International Cargo
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Port of Milwaukee Recognized with Pacesetter Award Recognizing Growth in International Cargo

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett formally accepted the Robert J. Lewis Pacesetter Award Friday recognizing the Port of Milwaukee for an increase in the volume of international cargo in 2014.

Chief Flynn’s gun violence comments disappointing
Press Release

Chief Flynn’s gun violence comments disappointing

Statement from Alderman Bob Donovan August 28, 2015

Mayor fails to acknowledge violence crisis
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Mayor fails to acknowledge violence crisis

"I do acknowledge the positive things that are happening here in Milwaukee, but that's no excuse for not having a solution to the rampant killings in our city. "

2015 Milwaukee Film Festival Announces Cream City Cinema Lineup
Press Release

2015 Milwaukee Film Festival Announces Cream City Cinema Lineup

The Milwaukee Music Video Show debuts as new program

Profile: Port Director Paul Vornholt’s Surprising Success
Profile

Port Director Paul Vornholt’s Surprising Success

Criticized as "unqualified" and a "patronage appointment," Vornholt has pleased even his critics.

2015 Milwaukee Film Festival Announces Shorter Is Better Lineup
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2015 Milwaukee Film Festival Announces Shorter Is Better Lineup

Presenting nearly 60 of the best festival-circuit short films and the return of the Shorter Is Better juried award

Memorial walk, stone dedication to honor Alderman Joe Dudzik
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Memorial walk, stone dedication to honor Alderman Joe Dudzik

A memorial neighborhood walk and stepping stone dedication will be held on Saturday, August 29.

Newly Opened ARTery Path Extends Beerline

Newly Opened ARTery Path Extends Beerline

Public and private sector leaders applaud the new .67 mile trail connecting Riverwest and Harambee.

2015 Milwaukee Film Festival Announces Passport: Sweden Program
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2015 Milwaukee Film Festival Announces Passport: Sweden Program

Passport: Sweden proves that cold weather produces cool art

Milwaukee Public Library Opens Up Future Library Space to Public on September 2-3
Press Release

Milwaukee Public Library Opens Up Future Library Space to Public on September 2-3

Library and Architects Seek Community Input on New Library on Mitchell Street

Mortara Breaks Ground on New Milwaukee Manufacturing Facility
Press Release

Mortara Breaks Ground on New Milwaukee Manufacturing Facility

Company plans to add more than 150 new jobs over the next five years

2015 Milwaukee Film Festival Announces Cinema Hooligante Films
Press Release

2015 Milwaukee Film Festival Announces Cinema Hooligante Films

Highlighted by 35 mm Anniversary Screenings of Jaws & The Shining

Murphy’s Law: Milwaukee Municipal Court Under Fire
Murphy’s Law

Milwaukee Municipal Court Under Fire

It imprisons debtors and seems bloated with staff. Will city demand changes?

2015 Milwaukee Film Festival Announces Return of Film Feast Program
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2015 Milwaukee Film Festival Announces Return of Film Feast Program

Film Feast celebrates Milwaukee’s proud food culture with eight food-related films

Frank Gimbel era ends on Wisconsin Center District board; Scott Neitzel in charge
Royal Enfield Motorcycles Establishes North American Headquarters in Milwaukee
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Royal Enfield Motorcycles Establishes North American Headquarters in Milwaukee

Global motorcycle company to establish HQ in Milwaukee’s Third Ward

Police Ambassadors Serve Community

Police Ambassadors Serve Community

MPD ambassadors provide bridge between officers and community.

2015 Milwaukee Film Festival Announces Rated K: For Kids
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2015 Milwaukee Film Festival Announces Rated K: For Kids

All-ages program features live action, animation and 20th Anniversary of Babe: The Gallant Pig

Now Serving: Rare Steakhouse Coming Soon
Now Serving

Rare Steakhouse Coming Soon

Milwaukee also adds City Lights Brewery and Ian's Pizza is on the move.

2015 MFF Reveals Return of African-American-Focused Black Lens Program
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2015 MFF Reveals Return of African-American-Focused Black Lens Program

Showcasing fiction and documentary films from emerging and established directors in the black community. The Johnson Controls Foundation provides new financial support.

Will Bucks Break Their Lease?

Will Bucks Break Their Lease?

Why the new arena deal will not lock down the franchise in Milwaukee

2015 Milwaukee Film Festival Announces Sound Vision Program
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2015 Milwaukee Film Festival Announces Sound Vision Program

Music film program returns with scheduled appearance by legendary DJ Marco Collins. Koss joins as new sponsor, presenting the program and donating headphones

Friday Photos: New Building Arises in 30th St. Corridor
Friday Photos

New Building Arises in 30th St. Corridor

It's part of the huge 30th St. Industrial Corridor, which could transform the city.

Murphy’s Law: Walker Flubs First GOP Debate
Murphy’s Law

Walker Flubs First GOP Debate

His tepid style hurt him. Who won and where does this leave Walker?

In Public: Will Milwaukee Choose High Line’s Designer?
In Public

Will Milwaukee Choose High Line’s Designer?

James Corner is one of four finalists to create $30 million lakefront bridge. It’s a great design.

Clarification on residency requirement in wake of Wisconsin Court of Appeals decision
Press Release

Clarification on residency requirement in wake of Wisconsin Court of Appeals decision

Joint statement from Common Council President Michael J. Murphy and Mayor Tom Barrett

New Center Brings Police Closer to People

New Center Brings Police Closer to People

Press conference celebrates opening of Near West Side Waypoint, a neighborhood center.

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.

Brewery, beer garden planned in Menomonee Valle
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Brewery, beer garden planned in Menomonee Valle

Asking for Sheriff Clarke’s help to stem south side auto theft crisis
Press Release

Asking for Sheriff Clarke’s help to stem south side auto theft crisis

243% increase in 8th Aldermanic District in five years

Ald. Bohl & Mayor Barrett join MPD for PD 7 National Night Out, neighborhood walk
Press Release

Ald. Bohl & Mayor Barrett join MPD for PD 7 National Night Out, neighborhood walk

News release from Alderman Jim Bohl

Alderman Hamilton Invites Residents to Participate in Vacant Lot Challenge
Press Release

Alderman Hamilton Invites Residents to Participate in Vacant Lot Challenge

The challenge is a pilot project that will showcase creative ideas and strategies for transforming Milwaukee’s vacant land into an asset that contributes to a community need.

Near West Side Neighborhood Logo Unveiled
Press Release

Near West Side Neighborhood Logo Unveiled

Launch of Near West Side website also announced

Hypocrisy rears its ugly head again
Press Release

Hypocrisy rears its ugly head again

Statement of Alderman Joe Davis, Sr. July 29, 2015

Gun Issue Highlights Potawatomi Charity

Gun Issue Highlights Potawatomi Charity

Potawatomi touts new charity program, and Barrett laments killing of kids.

Removing Employment Barriers for Men

Removing Employment Barriers for Men

Ald. Jose Perez talks about barriers he once faced at summit for unemployed men.

For safety and accountability, it’s time to re-make the FPC
Press Release

For safety and accountability, it’s time to re-make the FPC

The Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission (FPC) is a great idea, with increasingly poor results.

Milwaukee’s public safety crisis increasing fear, frustration of residents
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Milwaukee’s public safety crisis increasing fear, frustration of residents

Administration’s own policies fueling more crime, violence and mayhem

Is the The Spot 4MKE A Success?

Is the The Spot 4MKE A Success?

Creative Alliance Milwaukee has added life to 4th and Wisconsin, but dare we ask for more?

Back in the News: Residency Rule Upheld But For How Long?
Back in the News

Residency Rule Upheld But For How Long?

Appeals court overturns law killing city residency rule. State high court may review decision.

Chief Flynn defends pursuit policy in wake of rolling crime crew
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Chief Flynn defends pursuit policy in wake of rolling crime crew

Thanks for Hearing Me
Press Release

Thanks for Hearing Me

Statement from Alderman Joe Davis, Sr. July 20, 2015

Mayor Barrett again not the highest-paid employee in city of Milwaukee
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Mayor Barrett again not the highest-paid employee in city of Milwaukee

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.

City Youth Jobs Program Fights Crime?

City Youth Jobs Program Fights Crime?

"The way you reduce crime is you employ people," says Ald. Russell Stamper.

Bublr Bikes stations to be installed at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee campus
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Bublr Bikes stations to be installed at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee campus

City of Milwaukee to Host A Public Information Meeting For Proposed New Bublr Bike Sharing Station Locations
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City of Milwaukee to Host A Public Information Meeting For Proposed New Bublr Bike Sharing Station Locations

Meeting will showcase locations of upcoming Bublr Bikes stations.

Marquette Law School, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel conference to examine public attitudes toward collaboration in the Chicago ‘megacity’
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Marquette Law School, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel conference to examine public attitudes toward collaboration in the Chicago ‘megacity’

New Marquette Law School Poll surveys residents of Wisconsin, Illinois and Indiana

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.

And you expect me to remain silent?
Press Release

And you expect me to remain silent?

Statement from Alderman Joe Davis, Sr. July 13, 2015

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.

50 Years of Maurice Sendak

50 Years of Maurice Sendak

Milwaukee Public Library exhibition celebrates the life and work of the children's book writer and illustrator.

Arena proposal to be addressed during Tuesday town hall meeting
Press Release

Arena proposal to be addressed during Tuesday town hall meeting

Alderman Robert J. Bauman will host meeting; Mayor Barrett to deliver presentation on proposal for new downtown arena

Bastille Days, Milwaukee’s free French fest, kicks off thursday.
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Bastille Days, Milwaukee’s free French fest, kicks off thursday.

Bastille Days is presented by the East Town Association

Downtown employees to enjoy week of summertime perks
Press Release

Downtown employees to enjoy week of summertime perks

Milwaukee Downtown to host Downtown Employee Appreciation Week July 27 – July 31

To stop the violence, honesty and hard choices are needed
Press Release

To stop the violence, honesty and hard choices are needed

Perhaps my opponent is right, but perhaps he's not.

The State of Politics: Bucks Arena Will Need Democratic Support
The State of Politics

Bucks Arena Will Need Democratic Support

But which Democrats are likely to back it?

City help for Milwaukee Bucks development approved after community benefits debate
Murphy’s Law: Wisconsin’s Rotten Return on Federal Taxes Paid
Murphy’s Law

Wisconsin’s Rotten Return on Federal Taxes Paid

New report shows we’re the fourth worst state in federal spending received. Walker’s policies don’t help.

Mr. Mayor: Why no public review process for Chief Flynn?
Press Release

Mr. Mayor: Why no public review process for Chief Flynn?

Statement from Alderman Joe Davis, Sr. July 1, 2015

Alderman Donovan calls on mayor to mediate transit dispute
Press Release

Alderman Donovan calls on mayor to mediate transit dispute

Statement from Alderman Bob Donovan July 1, 2015

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?

The Transformation of Johnsons Park

The Transformation of Johnsons Park

A huge number of partners and foundations have combined to transform an inner-city park that once fostered crime.

Milwaukee Bucks co-owner Wes Edens lobbied lawmakers for arena on latest Wisconsin visit
Let’s not talk about it, be about it!
Press Release

Let’s not talk about it, be about it!

Statement from Alderman Joe Davis, Sr. June 29, 2015

Milwaukee a safe city? Utter nonsense
Press Release

Milwaukee a safe city? Utter nonsense

Statement from Alderman Bob Donovan June 26, 2015

Plenty of Horne: Transit Expansion Urged
Plenty of Horne

Transit Expansion Urged

Milwaukee is far behind other cities, which will make it harder to attract young workers, experts at conference agreed.

Zurn moving headquarters to Milwaukee
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Zurn moving headquarters to Milwaukee

Chris Abele hires pricey security guards, upgrades to full-size SUV
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Chris Abele hires pricey security guards, upgrades to full-size SUV

Public hearing set on city’s proposed financing package for new arena
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Public hearing set on city’s proposed financing package for new arena

The City’s Real Costs for Bucks Arena

The City’s Real Costs for Bucks Arena

The exact total is unknown, but will be much higher than media has reported.

Common Ground Lobbying Against Bucks Arena

Common Ground Lobbying Against Bucks Arena

Community organization is pushing city, county and state representatives to oppose public funding.

An End to Chronic Homelessness?

An End to Chronic Homelessness?

That's the aim of a new joint county/city venture led by Chris Abele.

New Housing Program for Homeless

New Housing Program for Homeless

Journey House program serves those aged 18-25.

Murphy’s Law: How Abele Bailed Out Walker
Murphy’s Law

How Abele Bailed Out Walker

Governor made fatal error on Bucks arena, but Abele volunteered county taxpayers to solve the problem.

Arena funding plan would kill convention center expansion, officials say
Milwaukee County Board Of Supervisors Set Public Hearing On Proposal To Develop Park East Land
Milwaukee Volunteers: Javin Smith Is An Overachiever
Milwaukee Volunteers

Javin Smith Is An Overachiever

The 17-year-old youth volunteer has done work for three different non-profits

Plan to End Chronic Homelessness in Milwaukee County
Press Release

Plan to End Chronic Homelessness in Milwaukee County

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele will unveil a new plan to end chronic homelessness in Milwaukee County with Mayor Tom Barrett at the site of the new Thurgood Marshall Apartments on Tuesday, June 9.

Cheaper to Keep Them: State and Local Arena Plan
Press Release

Cheaper to Keep Them: State and Local Arena Plan

For every dollar the state invests, state taxpayers will get a $3 return through income tax revenue

Plenty of Horne: Race for Dudzik’s Seat Could Get Heated
Plenty of Horne

Race for Dudzik’s Seat Could Get Heated

Will anti-streetcar group get involved? And did Journal Sentinel exaggerate the number of candidates?

Students Work to Improve West Side Neighborhood

Students Work to Improve West Side Neighborhood

Middle school students targeted drug dealing, worked with police to improve Washington Park area.

Alderman Joe Dudzik’s passing marks a very sad day in Milwaukee
Press Release

Alderman Joe Dudzik’s passing marks a very sad day in Milwaukee

Mayor Barrett's Statement on Alderman Joe Dudzik

The MMSD Story: From Gray to Green
The MMSD Story

From Gray to Green

The sewerage district has moved from tunnels and pipes to greenways, rain barrels and permeable pavement. Part 2 of a series.

Plenty of Horne: Mandel Group’s “Coolest Project” Ever
Plenty of Horne

Mandel Group’s “Coolest Project” Ever

Mandel Group breaks ground on a 46-apartment, mixed-use development that includes an indoor climbing gym.

Mayor Barret, Ald. Bauman attend grand opening of new $3M BP gas station at 27th Street & St. Paul
Press Release

Mayor Barret, Ald. Bauman attend grand opening of new $3M BP gas station at 27th Street & St. Paul

Statement from Keith Stanley, Executive Director of Near West Side Partners, Inc.

Super Reader Summer Reading Program Starts Today
Press Release

Super Reader Summer Reading Program Starts Today

Milwaukee Public Library Sets Goal to Enroll 25,000 Youth in the Reading Program

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?

Water Council Hires Matt Howard as New Director of Alliance for Water Stewardship, North America
Press Release

Water Council Hires Matt Howard as New Director of Alliance for Water Stewardship, North America

Matt Howard, who has served the City of Milwaukee as the Sustainability Director for the last five years, will begin working for The Water Council on June 8.

Plats and Parcels: Yes, Johnson Controls Wants to Build Downtown
Plats and Parcels

Yes, Johnson Controls Wants to Build Downtown

The city will help pay for feasibility study of company building a high-rise near the lake and just west of Discovery World.

For mayor, ignorance is bliss on MPD video snafu
Press Release

For mayor, ignorance is bliss on MPD video snafu

Statement from Alderman Bob Donovan May 12, 2015

MPD lost video report requires action, immediate response
Press Release

MPD lost video report requires action, immediate response

Statement from Alderman Joe Davis, Sr. May 11, 2015

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Announces New Wisconsin State Director
Press Release

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Announces New Wisconsin State Director

“I share Senator Baldwin’s strong commitment to public service and I am eager to put my experience to work for her in Wisconsin.”

Murphy’s Law: MMAC Plays Hardball on Bucks Arena
Murphy’s Law

MMAC Plays Hardball on Bucks Arena

A misleading poll, pressure on legislators and more misinformation are all used to sell the NBA arena.

City violence hints at deeper problems
Press Release

City violence hints at deeper problems

Statement of Alderman Joe Davis, Sr. May 4, 2015

What If Racism Ended Today?

What If Racism Ended Today?

Results of poll by YWCA will be used to develop training sessions for companies in cultural sensitivity.

Where Will Sex Offenders Live?

Where Will Sex Offenders Live?

Only a small percent are repeat offenders. Will local restrictions on residency force state to create uniform law?

No new taxes!
Press Release

No new taxes!

Statement from Alderman Bob Donovan May 1, 2015

Stand with Survivors: April 29th is Denim Day
Press Release

Stand with Survivors: April 29th is Denim Day

April is Sexual Assault Awareness month. This month, I am proud to stand alongside my colleague Dr. Darienne Driver, Superintendent of Milwaukee Public Schools, in raising awareness of the misconceptions around sexual assault.

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.

Milwaukee Housing Authority Expands Support for Homeless Veterans
Press Release

Milwaukee Housing Authority Expands Support for Homeless Veterans

"Members of our nation’s armed forces have served with courage and honor and should have a place to call home."

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.

$1 Million Plan to Upgrade Near West Side

$1 Million Plan to Upgrade Near West Side

Milwaukee Police, Marquette University and Harley-Davidson involved in project to redevelop area and cut crime.

An opportunity lost, and now we’re paying the cost
Press Release

An opportunity lost, and now we’re paying the cost

Statement from Alderman Joe Davis, Sr. April 17, 2015

MANDI Awards Given at Gala Affair

MANDI Awards Given at Gala Affair

More than 800 nonprofit, corporate and public-sector leaders attended event at Potawatomi Hotel.

Continuing the search for solutions to tragic, senseless violence
Press Release

Continuing the search for solutions to tragic, senseless violence

Statement of Common Council President Michael J. Murphy April 16, 2015

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?

Ald. Davis demands Mayor use CDBG funds to address violence, poverty
Press Release

Ald. Davis demands Mayor use CDBG funds to address violence, poverty

“Instead, over my repeated objections and concerns, the Mayor uses it to fund city services year in and year out.”

Where does the buck stop in Milwaukee?
Press Release

Where does the buck stop in Milwaukee?

Milwaukee on target for 200 homicides in 2015

Kiva Already Funding City Entrepreneurs

Kiva Already Funding City Entrepreneurs

In less than two months, 28 small businesses have gotten loans. Kiva hopes to increase that to 200.

Officer injured in yet another car theft incident
Press Release

Officer injured in yet another car theft incident

Milwaukee’s auto theft rate 12 times higher than that of New York City

Murphy’s Law: Too Pure for Pork
Murphy’s Law

Too Pure for Pork

Gov. Walker is a latest of state politicians from both parties who have an aversion to federal funds.

Milwaukee’s murder rate six times that of New York City
Press Release

Milwaukee’s murder rate six times that of New York City

“I’m asking the mayor where the buck stops, because to me it sure doesn’t look like it stops at his desk.”

Plats and Parcels: Harley Davidson Arena?
Plats and Parcels

Harley Davidson Arena?

Google shows the new NBA arena as the Harley Davidson Arena. But a Harley spokesperson says the description is "erroneous."

Alderman Donovan asks for change in MPD vehicle pursuit policy
Press Release

Alderman Donovan asks for change in MPD vehicle pursuit policy

Current ‘no chase’ policy is emboldening criminals, Alderman Donovan says

Plats and Parcels: The Boom in Walker’s Point
Plats and Parcels

The Boom in Walker’s Point

A new project on South Water St. continues the pace of development.

New App Helps Domestic Violence Victims

New App Helps Domestic Violence Victims

Created by Sojourner center and UWM students, it's available to 99 percent of smartphone users.

Mayor’s indecisiveness on the Downtown Arena project may cost the City of Milwaukee taxpayers millions!
Press Release

Mayor’s indecisiveness on the Downtown Arena project may cost the City of Milwaukee taxpayers millions!

Statement from Alderman Joe Davis, Sr. April 3, 2015

Common Ground to Wesley Edens: $30 Million for Our City
Press Release

Common Ground to Wesley Edens: $30 Million for Our City

Mayor Tom Barrett and President Michael Murphy Meet with Nationstar Mortgage to Discuss Second Wave of Foreclosure Crisis

One more streetcar route change threatens Bastille Days, Jazz in the Park
Press Release

One more streetcar route change threatens Bastille Days, Jazz in the Park

Statement from Alderman Bob Donovan March 30, 2015

Milwaukee Public Library​ Selects HGA to Design New Forest Home Branch
Press Release

Milwaukee Public Library​ Selects HGA to Design New Forest Home Branch

HGA has a history of designing libraries and has worked with MPL on several previous projects.

Murphy’s Law: Should City/County Donate More to NBA Arena?
Murphy’s Law

Should City/County Donate More to NBA Arena?

Actually, local taxpayers will be donating $450 million. But the press won’t report the details.

Milwaukee County Unveils Street Sign for Medal of Honor Recipient Gary Wetzel
Press Release

Milwaukee County Unveils Street Sign for Medal of Honor Recipient Gary Wetzel

Wetzel was a door gunner for the 173rd Assault Helicopter Company when his helicopter was shot down in Vietnam on January 8, 1968.

“Blessing of the Bublrs” Celebrates Bublr Bikes’ First Residential Station, on Brady Street
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“Blessing of the Bublrs” Celebrates Bublr Bikes’ First Residential Station, on Brady Street

Bublr Bikes also announces $100,000 in new private donations

Seeking Strategies to Combat Violence

Seeking Strategies to Combat Violence

Unite Milwaukee Anti-Violence Summit, all-day event, gathered experts, politicians and city residents to talk about reducing violence in the city.

A Broken City
Press Release

A Broken City

Statement from Alderman Joe Davis, Sr. March 20, 2015

Plenty of Horne: Davis Sets, Cancels Meeting on Streetcar
Plenty of Horne

Davis Sets, Cancels Meeting on Streetcar

His claim on streetcar turns out to be false. Meanwhile, new city assessor appointed with little fanfare.

Summer Starts Today as Bublr Bikes Come out of Winter Hibernation, Ready for Riding
Press Release

Summer Starts Today as Bublr Bikes Come out of Winter Hibernation, Ready for Riding

Bublr 2015 Bike-­‐Sharing Season Starts Today With New and Cheaper Rates

Neighborhood Leaders Applaud Barrett’s Speech

Neighborhood Leaders Applaud Barrett’s Speech

Mayor's state-of-the-city speech details plans for neighborhood development and partnerships with city.

Northwestern Mutual Tower and Commons creates more jobs for city residents
Press Release

Northwestern Mutual Tower and Commons creates more jobs for city residents

We’re proud to partner with Benson Industries on this important phase of our project.

St. Patrick’s parade is Saturday, March 14; event dates to 1843
Press Release

St. Patrick’s parade is Saturday, March 14; event dates to 1843

The 140 units in the Irish celebration step off at noon on Wisconsin Ave. at Old World Third Street

Plenty of Horne: Joe Davis Announces Plan for NBA Arena
Plenty of Horne

Joe Davis Announces Plan for NBA Arena

Actually, it wasn't really a plan. But it was a press conference.

The City’s 2015 Take Root Milwaukee Homeownership Fair – “One-Stop Shop” for buying a home – Features Forgivable Loans for Renovation of City-Owned Properties.
Press Release

The City’s 2015 Take Root Milwaukee Homeownership Fair – “One-Stop Shop” for buying a home – Features Forgivable Loans for Renovation of City-Owned Properties.

“This is a good time for anyone considering homeownership to take a close look at the opportunities in our City.”

Milwaukee Housing Authority Earns ‘A+’ Credit Rating
Press Release

Milwaukee Housing Authority Earns ‘A+’ Credit Rating

Standard & Poor’s affirms strong management and value to community

Join the Pothole Patrol

Join the Pothole Patrol

City's' free mobile app lets you report potholes and other problems.

Kiva Comes to Town

Kiva Comes to Town

Global micro-loan program for small businesses expands to Milwaukee, and city fund will match its loans.

Milwaukee earns a dubious ranking while the Mayor basks in streetcar fanfare
Press Release

Milwaukee earns a dubious ranking while the Mayor basks in streetcar fanfare

Statement from Alderman Joe Davis, Sr. February 20, 2015

We’ve been lulled into complacency – where is the outrage?
Press Release

We’ve been lulled into complacency – where is the outrage?

As violence skyrockets, Milwaukee now second poorest large U.S. city

House Confidential: John Shannon’s Marvelous Marietta Mansion
House Confidential

John Shannon’s Marvelous Marietta Mansion

One of the great East Side homes, its history includes a remarkable cast of characters, almost a mini-history of Milwaukee elites.

Jobs Program Struggles to Find Eligible Workers

Jobs Program Struggles to Find Eligible Workers

City transitional jobs program for hard-core unemployed still has half of its positions unfilled.

Data Wonk: The Walker Economic Record
Data Wonk

The Walker Economic Record

Crunching the numbers: How has Wisconsin’s economy fared in his first four years?

Friday Photos: Streetcar Signing Is Quite a Celebration
Friday Photos

Streetcar Signing Is Quite a Celebration

The mayor, business leaders and pols toasted the streetcar in Cudahy's Irish Pub, with Michael Cudahy on hand.

Milwaukee Public Library Invites Community Input on Proposed Mixed Use Development for Mill Road Library
Press Release

Milwaukee Public Library Invites Community Input on Proposed Mixed Use Development for Mill Road Library

Community Meetings Scheduled for February 26th and March 4th

Plenty of Horne: Milwaukeean Scores Top NYC Job
Plenty of Horne

Milwaukeean Scores Top NYC Job

Phil Walzak, who ran campaigns for Kohl, Barrett and Abele, is now a high-paid aide and good buddy of New York Mayor de Blasio.

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.

Op-Ed: A Tale of Two Cities
Op-Ed

A Tale of Two Cities

Milwaukee could learn from Auckland, which created a separate, non-profit authority to run the streetcar system.

Mayor Barrett Responds to Alderman Donovan’s Transit Option
Press Release

Mayor Barrett Responds to Alderman Donovan’s Transit Option

Mayor Barrett released the following statement in regard to Alderman Donovan’s transit option press release today

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.

Plats and Parcels: New Arena Plan & Pabst Brewing Returns
Plats and Parcels

New Arena Plan & Pabst Brewing Returns

Will legislature pass new arena plan? Will city and county have to contribute? Will Pabst brew here again?

Regarding the Tuesday community meeting hosted by Alderman Stamper
Press Release

Regarding the Tuesday community meeting hosted by Alderman Stamper

Statement of Alderman Joe Davis, Sr. January 22, 2015

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.

Murphy’s Law: Who Is Funding the Anti-Streetcar Effort?
Murphy’s Law

Who Is Funding the Anti-Streetcar Effort?

Ald. Bauman and others are certain that dark money is pouring in for this, which streetcar opponents deny.

Prominent Business and Civic Leaders Urge Support for Milwaukee Streetcar
Press Release

Prominent Business and Civic Leaders Urge Support for Milwaukee Streetcar

Open Letter in Support of The Milwaukee Streetcar

It’s really hard to take JS, Mayor Barrett seriously these days
Press Release

It’s really hard to take JS, Mayor Barrett seriously these days

Statement from Alderman Bob Donovan

Community meeting about streetcar project next Tuesday
Press Release

Community meeting about streetcar project next Tuesday

Mayor Barrett will join Alderman Stamper for meeting Tuesday at MAWIB

Op Ed: Why the Streetcar Won’t Work
Op Ed

Why the Streetcar Won’t Work

The planned route will duplicate bus routes and won’t solve any of the city’s needs.

In Public: The Bus Stop That Isn’t
In Public

The Bus Stop That Isn’t

The Bay View “art stop” is neither art nor a good bus stop. For one-tenth the price, the city could have done far better.

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett goes “On the Issues” to discuss city’s upcoming streetcar project vote
Press Release

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett goes “On the Issues” to discuss city’s upcoming streetcar project vote

On the eve of a pivotal Milwaukee Common Council vote, Barrett will make his case for the proposed Milwaukee streetcar project.

The Story Behind the Streetcar Referendum

The Story Behind the Streetcar Referendum

Conservatives from outside Milwaukee hope to join forces with black city residents to oppose the streetcar.

Murphy’s Law: Milwaukee’s Miraculous Water Hub
Murphy’s Law

Milwaukee’s Miraculous Water Hub

Almost overnight, the city has become an international leader in water technology, says the national media. Are they right?

Aldermen join forces to launch streetcar referendum petition drive
Press Release

Aldermen join forces to launch streetcar referendum petition drive

News conference set for 1 p.m. TODAY at City Hall

Letter of Support for Milwaukee Streetcar
Press Release

Letter of Support for Milwaukee Streetcar

"I strongly support efforts to improve public transportation options, improve mobility, and create economic development in Milwaukee through the creation of a modern downtown street car."

Avalon Theater’s Grand Opening is a Winner

Avalon Theater’s Grand Opening is a Winner

Barrett salutes the theater’s and Bay View’s redevelopment, but is upstaged by the facility’s lovely redesign.

Bike Czar: Can Milwaukee Upgrade to Gold Ranking?
Bike Czar

Can Milwaukee Upgrade to Gold Ranking?

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

Murphy’s Law: Foundation Helps Herb Kohl Get $20 Million Windfall
Murphy’s Law

Foundation Helps Herb Kohl Get $20 Million Windfall

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

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.”

Council approves Milwaukee Promise funding to help city neighborhoods
Press Release

Council approves Milwaukee Promise funding to help city neighborhoods

News release and maps document from Alderman Ashanti Hamilton

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.

Milwaukee Public Library Recommends Development Partner for Mill Road Library
Press Release

Milwaukee Public Library Recommends Development Partner for Mill Road Library

The developer team of Maures Development Group, Common Bond and Engberg Anderson was selected.

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.

Mayor looking to shut down public vote on downtown streetcar
Press Release

Mayor looking to shut down public vote on downtown streetcar

Statement from Alderman Bob Donovan December 8, 2014

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."

Police-community discussion: Acknowledging basic conditions, facts first is vital
Press Release

Police-community discussion: Acknowledging basic conditions, facts first is vital

Statement from Alderman Ashanti Hamilton December 5, 2014

Will New Facility Help Develop North Avenue?

Will New Facility Help Develop North Avenue?

St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care, long successful on South Side, will build new facility and campus at 24th and North.

Plenty of Horne: RACM Approves Tax Funding for Streetcar
Plenty of Horne

RACM Approves Tax Funding for Streetcar

The TIF funding approved will also pay for infrastructure for The Couture high-rise, whose architect promised it will "push the boundaries of urban design."

Washington Park Neighborhood and MPD Awarded National MetLife Foundation Community-Police Partnership Award
Press Release

Washington Park Neighborhood and MPD Awarded National MetLife Foundation Community-Police Partnership Award

Mobilizing Residents/Partnerships leads to improved neighborhood safety

Murphy’s Law: How Will NBA Arena Benefit the City?
Murphy’s Law

How Will NBA Arena Benefit the City?

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver promises a new arena will launch a Downtown renewal. Is he right?

Milwaukee Public Library Seeks Community Input
Press Release

Milwaukee Public Library Seeks Community Input

Developers to Present Proposed Plans for Mill Road Library at Public Meeting

Plenty of Horne: How to Sell the Streetcar
Plenty of Horne

How to Sell the Streetcar

Ald. Bob Bauman says mayor’s sales pitch lacks vision.

Time to let the public decide on the streetcar
Press Release

Time to let the public decide on the streetcar

Statement from Alderman Joe Davis, Sr. November 26, 2014

Plenty of Horne: Next Stops For The Streetcar
Plenty of Horne

Next Stops For The Streetcar

The devil is in the details of tax incremental financing and various meetings and approvals needed before construction begins.

Alderman Donovan will seek petition drive for streetcar referendum
Press Release

Alderman Donovan will seek petition drive for streetcar referendum

Alderman Bob Donovan to launch a citywide petition drive to trigger a binding referendum on the borrowing for the downtown streetcar project.

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

Milwaukee Public Library Seeks Community Input
Press Release

Milwaukee Public Library Seeks Community Input

Developers to Present Proposed Plans for Forest Home Library at Public Meeting

A big league city needs big league public transit options
Press Release

A big league city needs big league public transit options

Statement of Alderman Nik Kovac November 19, 2014

Local Program Exemplifies Job Corps Success

Local Program Exemplifies Job Corps Success

Milwaukee education and job training center serves 240 young people; 87% get a job or enroll in college or military.

Mayor’s doubling down on streetcar more about ego than good policy, leadership
Press Release

Mayor’s doubling down on streetcar more about ego than good policy, leadership

Statement from Alderman Bob Donovan November 19, 2014

Amendments double funding for STRONG Homes Loan program
Press Release

Amendments double funding for STRONG Homes Loan program

News release from Alds. Michael J. Murphy and Robert Bauman

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.

City Unveils New Plan to Build on $2.6 Billion in Downtown Investment by Moving the Streetcar Project Forward, Adding Lakefront Line
Press Release

City Unveils New Plan to Build on $2.6 Billion in Downtown Investment by Moving the Streetcar Project Forward, Adding Lakefront Line

Plan Covers Lakefront Line, Utility Costs Without Property Tax Dollars; Operations Slated to Begin by 2018

Frank Talk About Milwaukee’s Foreclosure Crisis

Frank Talk About Milwaukee’s Foreclosure Crisis

Experts at panel discussion say city making great progress in solving the problem.

Neighborhood Groups Who Target Crime

Neighborhood Groups Who Target Crime

Three community groups win awards for working with police on crime prevention.

Murphy’s Law: Let Us Now Blame Mike Tate
Murphy’s Law

Let Us Now Blame Mike Tate

Hatred for the state Democratic Chair is flowing. But is he at fault for the election debacle or was the party’s message lacking?

Heroin and Opiates 101 – A Neighborhood & Community Meeting
Press Release

Heroin and Opiates 101 – A Neighborhood & Community Meeting

President Murphy hosting key meeting next week targeting parents, loved ones

Photo Gallery: 51st Veterans Day Parade
Photo Gallery

51st Veterans Day Parade

Every branch of the service was represented, along with politicians, ROTC students, debutantes, Hmong police officers and military canines.

Common Council finds opportunities for efficiencies in 2015 approved budget
Press Release

Common Council finds opportunities for efficiencies in 2015 approved budget

News release from Alds. Michael J. Murphy and Nik Kovac

Milwaukee Public Library Seeks Development Partners
Press Release

Milwaukee Public Library Seeks Development Partners

Issues Request for Proposal for Forest Home and Mill Road Libraries

Dear Mr. Mayor: Stop playing poli-tricks with city residents
Press Release

Dear Mr. Mayor: Stop playing poli-tricks with city residents

Statement from Alderman Joe Davis, Sr. November 5, 2014

Barrett administration public safety in disarray
Press Release

Barrett administration public safety in disarray

Statement from Alderman Bob Donovan November 3, 2014

Murphy’s Law: The Tragedy of O’Donnell Park
Murphy’s Law

The Tragedy of O’Donnell Park

The proposed sale to NML suggests the city has yet to learn from its folly in building this eyesore.

City Program Could Sell Homes for $1

City Program Could Sell Homes for $1

New RICH program will sell city-owned foreclosed homes at very low prices.

Corridor of Dreams: Celebrating the First Homeowner in New Program
Corridor of Dreams

Celebrating the First Homeowner in New Program

Happy press conference as program combining government, banks and non-profits brings homeowners back to city.

Burke Supports Drivers Licenses for Undocumented Residents

Burke Supports Drivers Licenses for Undocumented Residents

Measure rejected by legislature would have particular benefit for Hispanics in Milwaukee.

Murphy’s Law: Dispute Over Bucks Arena Goes National
Murphy’s Law

Dispute Over Bucks Arena Goes National

New York Times dumps on Milwaukee business leaders, and city becoming divided on issue.

City Business: Our Daily Salt
City Business

Our Daily Salt

Unique, South Side business creates handcrafted kitchen items that are beautiful and functional.

Corridor of Dreams: Putting the Pieces Together
Corridor of Dreams

Putting the Pieces Together

Can the 15 year project revive an area that’s been in decline for 50 years? Last story in a series.

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.

Murphy’s Law: Walker’s Curious Debate Strategy
Murphy’s Law

Walker’s Curious Debate Strategy

His strategy was to “largely ignore” Burke. That may have been a mistake.

Friday Photos: Posner Renovation Kicks Off
Friday Photos

Posner Renovation Kicks Off

Our photos capture a new start for an old building.

Plenty of Horne: Condos Will Replace Third Ward Leather Factory
Plenty of Horne

Condos Will Replace Third Ward Leather Factory

And Ald. Bauman's tough style of running Third Ward architectural review board.

Milwaukee’s First 24/7 Library

Milwaukee’s First 24/7 Library

Westlawn Garden's "vending machine" public library is the fourth of its kind in the nation.

Murphy’s Law: 10 Reasons To Build Bucks Arena on Wisconsin Ave.
Murphy’s Law

10 Reasons To Build Bucks Arena on Wisconsin Ave.

Building the new arena where Boston Store is located could have huge advantages for the team and the city.

Ald. Bauman calls Mayoral veto of home improvement loan program a “slap to the face” of Milwaukee homeowners
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.

Malcolm X fiasco could have been avoided
Press Release

Malcolm X fiasco could have been avoided

Barrett administration drops the ball once again

Alderman Zielinski to host Art Stop Unveiling event Friday
Press Release

Alderman Zielinski to host Art Stop Unveiling event Friday

Mayor Barrett, County Board Chairwoman Dimitrijevic also scheduled to participate

Murphy’s Law: Another Newspaper Attack on Chief Flynn
Murphy’s Law

Another Newspaper Attack on Chief Flynn

Has the Journal Sentinel renewed its war against the police chief or was its Sunday story simply botched reporting?

The State of Politics: What Will “No Recall” Voters Do on Nov. 4?
The State of Politics

What Will “No Recall” Voters Do on Nov. 4?

They didn’t believe a governor should be recalled in mid-term. But will they vote to reelect Walker?

Facebook can’t solve our infant mortality problem
Press Release

Facebook can’t solve our infant mortality problem

Statement from Alderman Bob Donovan September 16, 2014

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.

County Executive Abele & Mayor Barrett Host 9/11 Ceremony
Press Release

County Executive Abele & Mayor Barrett Host 9/11 Ceremony

Mayor Tom Barrett, County Executive Chris Abele, Governor Scott Walker, British Ambassador Sir Peter Westmacott and other local leaders will honor the victims of September 11, 2001.

Plenty of Horne: City Leaders Plot New Urban Placemaking Effort
Plenty of Horne

City Leaders Plot New Urban Placemaking Effort

With some creative use of grant money, the Greater Milwaukee Committee is helping neighborhoods update their image by ‘Urban Placemaking’

Corridor of Dreams: Can 30th Street Corridor Be Reclaimed?
Corridor of Dreams

Can 30th Street Corridor Be Reclaimed?

The redevelopment effort includes a huge swath of the city, and countless players and plans. First of a series.

So Far, No Flight From Enderis Park

So Far, No Flight From Enderis Park

City workers remain rooted in Enderis Park neighborhood despite elimination of residency rule.

Murphy’s Law: Will Joe Davis Run For Mayor?
Murphy’s Law

Will Joe Davis Run For Mayor?

He probably has a better chance of beating Barrett than Bob Donovan. But what exactly does Davis stand for?

Bill Would Require Body Camera on Police

Bill Would Require Body Camera on Police

Ald. Milele Coggs will introduce legislation requiring Milwaukee Police Department to buy and use body cameras.

Great Plan Gets Even Better!
Press Release

Great Plan Gets Even Better!

1.9 Acres of Public Space and Direct Access to Lakefront Highlights Updated Couture Plan

MPS to ‘ring in’ traditional calendar year Tuesday at one of the district’s 14 Commitment Schools
Press Release

MPS to ‘ring in’ traditional calendar year Tuesday at one of the district’s 14 Commitment Schools

Local and state leaders to join MPS Board members, Acting Supt. Driver at MPS' Thurston Woods Campus

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.

Murphy’s Law: Will Republicans Support a Bucks Bailout?
Murphy’s Law

Will Republicans Support a Bucks Bailout?

It can’t get done without GOP legislators, but they have deeply felt reasons for opposing any deal.

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.

Milwaukee Public Library Seeks Development Partners
Press Release

Milwaukee Public Library Seeks Development Partners

Milwaukee Public Library (MPL) is asking real estate developers to submit information on current and potential projects that could be compatible with a library near four neighborhood libraries slated for replacement.

Will TV Political Ads Get More Scrutiny?

Will TV Political Ads Get More Scrutiny?

New FCC rule may make it easer to track the many thousands of ads that will run this fall.

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.

Murphy’s Law: Is Walker Guilty — Or the Law Meaningless?
Murphy’s Law

Is Walker Guilty — Or the Law Meaningless?

After the latest Doe document dump, no other conclusion is possible.

News From Elsewhere: Is Milwaukee One of the World’s Greenest Cities?
News From Elsewhere

Is Milwaukee One of the World’s Greenest Cities?

So says OnEarth magazine. Is it right?

Ald. Zielinski: Body cameras should be included in city’s 2015 budget
Press Release

Ald. Zielinski: Body cameras should be included in city’s 2015 budget

Wearable body cameras for Milwaukee police officers should be included in Mayor Tom Barrett’s proposed 2015 executive budget

Donovan to Mayor Barrett: Quit deceiving the public – there are no extra patrols!
Press Release

Donovan to Mayor Barrett: Quit deceiving the public – there are no extra patrols!

Statement from Alderman Bob Donovan

Murphy’s Law: The Remarkable Clout of Sheriff Clarke
Murphy’s Law

The Remarkable Clout of Sheriff Clarke

A stunning election increases his power. What does it mean for Milwaukee?

Join Ald. Dudzik and Mayor Barrett for a Neighborhood walk
Press Release

Join Ald. Dudzik and Mayor Barrett for a Neighborhood walk

Alderman Joe Dudzik will be joined by Mayor Tom Barrett for a neighborhood walk in the 11th Aldermanic District on Thursday, August 21, as part of the “Walk 100 Miles in 100 Days” initiative launched by the Mayor earlier this summer.

City of Milwaukee Preliminary Budget Hearing
Press Release

City of Milwaukee Preliminary Budget Hearing

The City of Milwaukee will hold a 2015 Preliminary Budget Hearing to ensure the 2015 City of Milwaukee Budget addresses the needs of our community

Mayor Barrett to lead Ribbon Cutting of TWO50TWO – MIAD’s new res hall – at college’s 40th birthday party
Press Release

Mayor Barrett to lead Ribbon Cutting of TWO50TWO – MIAD’s new res hall – at college’s 40th birthday party

Ribbon Cutting for TWO50TWO, MIAD’s new residence apartments; Wednesday, August 27, 3:30 p.m. Reception to follow. 252 E. Menomonee St., Historic Third Ward. Rain or shine.

Entry Level Manufacturing Skills Foundry Training Class to Graduate, Friday, August 8th
Press Release

Entry Level Manufacturing Skills Foundry Training Class to Graduate, Friday, August 8th

On Friday, August 8th WRTP/BIG STEP in partnership with MAWIB will honor 19 graduates from the Mayor's Manufacturing Partnership.

Murphy’s Law: Handicapping the Democratic Race for Attorney General
Murphy’s Law

Handicapping the Democratic Race for Attorney General

Jon Richards is the favorite. But is he the best choice?

EPA Announces $1 Million Grant to Clean Up Contaminated Sites in Milwaukee
Press Release

EPA Announces $1 Million Grant to Clean Up Contaminated Sites in Milwaukee

“This EPA brownfield grant is a solid investment in the future of Milwaukee that will help transform contaminated sites into redevelopment opportunities”

Historic Mitchell St. walk with Alderman Pérez and Mayor Barrett
Press Release

Historic Mitchell St. walk with Alderman Pérez and Mayor Barrett

Alderman José G. Pérez will be joined by Mayor Tom Barrett for a walk down Historic Mitchell Street.

Eyes on Milwaukee: “Bublr” Bike Share System Is Launched
Eyes on Milwaukee

“Bublr” Bike Share System Is Launched

The $3 million system is now installing 10 bike sharing stations and could expand to 100 stations and 1,000 bikes.

Taverns: McKiernan’s, the Home Base of Bob Donovan
Taverns

McKiernan’s, the Home Base of Bob Donovan

The alderman and mayoral candidate loves hanging out here, safe from those wine-sipping streetcar fans.

Sheriff Clarke is right on the money
Press Release

Sheriff Clarke is right on the money

Statement from Alderman Bob Donovan August 5, 2014

A Walk Through Three Bridges Park

A Walk Through Three Bridges Park

South siders and environmentalists join Mayor Barrett, as part of his "Walk 100 Miles in 100 Days" challenge.

Bronzeville Week 2014 offers enrichment for the mind, body and soul
Press Release

Bronzeville Week 2014 offers enrichment for the mind, body and soul

Festival set for first day of family-oriented and fun week of events in Bronzeville

Is Iron Block the Finest Historic Restoration Ever Done?

Is Iron Block the Finest Historic Restoration Ever Done?

City officials are wowed at ribbon cutting ceremony.

Back In The News: Media Thrilled, Donovan Will Run for Mayor!
Back In The News

Media Thrilled, Donovan Will Run for Mayor!

Colorful, combative foe of Mayor Barrett will oppose him in 2016, which means far more fun for reporters covering the race.

Let Us All Praise Downtown Employees

Let Us All Praise Downtown Employees

This week is the 9th annual Downtown Employee Appreciation Week. So start feeling appreciated. And check our list of the events.

Back in the News: “Controversy” Over Swing Park?
Back in the News

“Controversy” Over Swing Park?

Architect blasts city for altering her design. Are her complaints valid?

Eyes on Milwaukee: The Swings are Back — and Better than Before
Eyes on Milwaukee

The Swings are Back — and Better than Before

Guerrilla urbanism triumphs, as “magical” swings re-installed under Holton Avenue Bridge.

Murphy’s Law: The Sheer Ambition of Marina Dimitrijevic
Murphy’s Law

The Sheer Ambition of Marina Dimitrijevic

She’s running for assembly but wanted to continue as county supervisor and collect two full-time salaries.

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.

Plenty of Horne: Gimbel Gets Reappointed to Wisconsin Center Board
Plenty of Horne

Gimbel Gets Reappointed to Wisconsin Center Board

Will continue after 3 decades as board chair! Did mayor and governor swap appointments to make this happen?

The City of Orchards

The City of Orchards

Mayor Barrett and others attend groundbreaking of city’s 5th urban orchard on 1st and Locust.

Murphy’s Law: A Tale of Two Cities
Murphy’s Law

A Tale of Two Cities

New city report reveals huge split between Milwaukee’s desperate poverty and wonderful amenities, neighborhoods. What are its solutions?

Mark Kessenich to Lead Organization
Press Release

Mark Kessenich to Lead Organization

Mark Kessenich has been named interim President and CEO of WRTP/BIG STEP.

County Executive Abele & Mayor Barrett Toast Opening of Red Arrow Park Beer Garden
Press Release

County Executive Abele & Mayor Barrett Toast Opening of Red Arrow Park Beer Garden

Veterans and Active Military Members Receive Discount

In Public: Paving the Lakefront with Concrete
In Public

Paving the Lakefront with Concrete

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

Data Wonk: Is Walker to Blame for Poor Job Growth?
Data Wonk

Is Walker to Blame for Poor Job Growth?

Liberal and conservatives adamantly disagree. What does the data show?

Wisconsin Progress Endorses Marina Dimitrijevic for State Assembly
Press Release

Wisconsin Progress Endorses Marina Dimitrijevic for State Assembly

Progressives Choose Marina

Juvenile crime problems go up, and curfew enforcement goes down
Press Release

Juvenile crime problems go up, and curfew enforcement goes down

Statement from Alderman Bob Donovan July 1, 2014

Data Wonk: Supreme Court May Disappoint Conservatives
Data Wonk

Supreme Court May Disappoint Conservatives

Their past decisions may force them to rule against those appealing the John Doe investigation.

Why we can no longer wait to remedy “The Wait”
Press Release

Why we can no longer wait to remedy “The Wait”

Statement of Alderman Bob Donovan June 26, 2014

Mayor Tom Barrett and the Department of Public Works Announce New Advanced Parking Guidance System in Downtown Milwaukee
Milwaukee Building & Construction Trades Council Endorses Dimitrijevic for State Assembly
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.

Mayor Barrett released the following statement regarding the possibility of double-decking Interstate 94 on the west side of Milwaukee:
Press Release

Mayor Barrett released the following statement regarding the possibility of double-decking Interstate 94 on the west side of Milwaukee:

"I’m mystified as to why the Governor has not taken the Stadium Interchange's double deck option off the table."

Mayor Barrett grasping at straws
Press Release

Mayor Barrett grasping at straws

Statement from Alderman Bob Donovan June 17, 2014

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.

Where’s the Plan?
Press Release

Where’s the Plan?

Another weekend of violence leaves two more innocent children wounded

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.

Clean Wisconsin Action Endorses Marina Dimitrijevic for the State Assembly
Press Release

Clean Wisconsin Action Endorses Marina Dimitrijevic for the State Assembly

Marina is a Proven Champion for Protecting Our Environment

St. Paul Bridge is Reopened

St. Paul Bridge is Reopened

Key connection to Third Ward and Summerfest is completed on time and on budget.

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"?

Op-Ed: In Defense of Milwaukee
Op-Ed

In Defense of Milwaukee

City is making progress on foreclosures and the report claiming 40% of mortgages are underwater is hogwash.

New Partnership Will Spark Park East Development
Press Release

New Partnership Will Spark Park East Development

City, County, State, Federal Government and Private Sector Working Together

Milwaukee Public Library Hires Sam McGovern-Rowen to Manage Library Development Project
Press Release

Milwaukee Public Library Hires Sam McGovern-Rowen to Manage Library Development Project

Sam McGovern-Rowen will oversee the $21.5 million library branch redevelopment program.

Business forum tomorrow to highlight U.S. – Indonesia opportunities
Press Release

Business forum tomorrow to highlight U.S. – Indonesia opportunities

Milwaukee will play host to a business forum tomorrow that will highlight the opportunities for investment in and trade with the Southeast Asian nation.

Milwaukee is out of control
Press Release

Milwaukee is out of control

Statement of Alderman Joe Davis, Sr. June 3, 2014

Regional Symposium on Heroin/Opiates Addiction is Wednesday
Press Release

Regional Symposium on Heroin/Opiates Addiction is Wednesday

Southeast Wisconsin Regional Heroin/Opiates Symposium will be held on Wednesday, June 4.

Walk a Mile in the Mayor’s Shoes

Walk a Mile in the Mayor’s Shoes

Barrett wants residents to join him in walking 100 miles in 100 days.

Dimitrijevic for Assembly: Gains Endorsement of Public Educators in Wisconsin
Press Release

Dimitrijevic for Assembly: Gains Endorsement of Public Educators in Wisconsin

MTEA and WEAC Agree that Marina is the Best Choice

Port of Milwaukee Reports Net Income of $1.4-Million in 2013
Press Release

Port of Milwaukee Reports Net Income of $1.4-Million in 2013

Positive Financial Results Benefit Local Government

Affiliate of Five Mile Capital Partners Buys Downtown’s 411 East Wisconsin Building for $74.3 Million; Anchor Tenant Quarles & Brady Commits Until 2025
Zoning Committee Approves Adventure Rock Complex

Zoning Committee Approves Adventure Rock Complex

Apartment complex and climbing gym would bring an “urban theater” to North Avenue.

New Pocket Park for Lindsay Heights

New Pocket Park for Lindsay Heights

Located at 14th and Wright, park is part of mayor's "Home Gr/own Milwaukee" initiative.

Training Program Builds New Homes in City

Training Program Builds New Homes in City

Christian Center's YouthBuild program has built a dozen new homes while training young workers.

City of Milwaukee Hosts Compost Bin and Rain Barrel Sale – June 7th
Press Release

City of Milwaukee Hosts Compost Bin and Rain Barrel Sale – June 7th

The City of Milwaukee will host a one-day-only, first-come first-served backyard compost bin and rain barrel sale on Saturday, June 7th from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Washington Park parking lot at N. 40th St. and W. Galena St.

Marveling Over Maskani Place

Marveling Over Maskani Place

New $10 million subsidized apartment complex provides a solution for 37 low-income families.

Maskani Place Opens in Harambee Neighborhood
Press Release

Maskani Place Opens in Harambee Neighborhood

Homeless families get a fresh start in empowering and green environment

The State of Politics: Barrett Blasts Suburbs on Low-Income Housing
The State of Politics

Barrett Blasts Suburbs on Low-Income Housing

Waukesha, Washington, Ozaukee counties “systematically” keep out poor people, mayor charges.

Photo Gallery: A New Park for the City
Photo Gallery

A New Park for the City

The city, Associated Bank and Newaukee cooperate on a new park being created at MLK Dr. and McKinley Ave.

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.

Running For Good Food

Running For Good Food

Growing Power's 5K run supports organization and combats urban food deserts.

Mayor Tom Barrett and Boys & Girls Club President Vincent Lyles Join Students and Other City Leaders to Kickoff Summer Reading
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Mayor Tom Barrett and Boys & Girls Club President Vincent Lyles Join Students and Other City Leaders to Kickoff Summer Reading

This week the Milwaukee Public Library kicks off the annual Summer Reading Program encouraging children and young adults to read for fun over the summer to keep their reading skills sharp.

“Cream of Cream City” to be recognized at historic preservation awards ceremony
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“Cream of Cream City” to be recognized at historic preservation awards ceremony

Annual preservation honors event to be held at Best Place at the Pabst

A Community Desperate for Change
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A Community Desperate for Change

Alderman Ashanti Hamilton will host a Black Male Achievement Advisory Committee (BMAAC) meeting with Mayor Tom Barrett on Monday, May 19th.

Mayor Tom Barrett Welcomes New Pothole Workers
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Mayor Tom Barrett Welcomes New Pothole Workers

Transitional Jobs Program participants begin their on-the-job training with DPW

Eyes on Milwaukee: Yes, Bike-Sharing Is Coming This Summer!
Eyes on Milwaukee

Yes, Bike-Sharing Is Coming This Summer!

Mayor Barrett said not till 2015, but Midwest BikeShare promises 5-10 stations this summer.

Murphy’s Law: The Underwater City
Murphy’s Law

The Underwater City

New study ranks Milwaukee as 16th hardest hit city, with 40% of homes underwater. But that may understate the problem.

House Confidential: Paul Jakubovich’s 1927 English Tudor
House Confidential

Paul Jakubovich’s 1927 English Tudor

The city's preservation planner calls the shots on changes to historic buildings and districts -- as well as in his own home.

Milwaukee Public Library’s Tippecanoe Branch Undergoing Full-Scale Renovation
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Milwaukee Public Library’s Tippecanoe Branch Undergoing Full-Scale Renovation

Architectural Firm Engberg Anderson Selected for Project

Marquette Law School, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel to host one-day conference on political polarization
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Marquette Law School, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel to host one-day conference on political polarization

Marquette University Law School and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel will host a one-day conference titled “Dividing Lines: Political Polarization and What it Means for Campaigns, Public Policy, and Political Engagement.”

City/County Dog Exercise Area to Open in Bay View
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City/County Dog Exercise Area to Open in Bay View

A True Partnership for the People

Back in the News: A Streetcar Named Cooperation?
Back in the News

A Streetcar Named Cooperation?

Republicans force city to pay to relocate utilities for streetcar and Barrett calls for cooperation from We Energies to keep costs down.

The Greening of Milwaukee

The Greening of Milwaukee

Year by year, city Sustainability Director Matt Howard is helping transform Milwaukee.

Mayor Tom Barrett’s Statement on Today’s Public Service Commission Ruling
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Mayor Tom Barrett’s Statement on Today’s Public Service Commission Ruling

We’re not surprised that the Public Service Commission continues to politicize a local public works improvement project.

Mayor Tom Barrett to Participate in Project Clean & Green with  Department of Public Works Sanitation Crew  Mayor to help pick up unwanted bulky items and promote using Self-Help Centers
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Mayor Tom Barrett to Participate in Project Clean & Green with Department of Public Works Sanitation Crew Mayor to help pick up unwanted bulky items and promote using Self-Help Centers

As part of the City’s annual Project Clean & Green (PCG), Mayor Tom Barrett will work with a Department of Public Works Sanitation crew to help pick up unwanted furniture, household items, mattresses and more on Monday, April 21st, 2014. Project Clean & Green background: Residents within an assigned PCG zone (seven zones total) can place their bulky […]

The March To Stop Violence

The March To Stop Violence

Rain didn't stop last weekend's march across the 16th Viaduct.

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.

Supervisor Russell Stamper II Says Potholes Must Be a Priority
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Supervisor Russell Stamper II Says Potholes Must Be a Priority

Says He is Pleased with City of Milwaukee Initiative to Fill Holes, Create Jobs

Five shootings in two hours – and it’s only April
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Five shootings in two hours – and it’s only April

Statement from Alderman Bob Donovan April 9, 2014

Time for Milwaukee to stop leaving money on the table
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Time for Milwaukee to stop leaving money on the table

At news conference, city leaders and IRS to tout importance of claiming Earned Income Tax Credit

Eyes on Milwaukee: We Hate This Boston Store Subsidy!
Eyes on Milwaukee

We Hate This Boston Store Subsidy!

Common Council members all complain about the TIF for Boston Store, then pass it 11-3.

Murphy’s Law: Will Waukesha Be Less Hostile to Milwaukee?
Murphy’s Law

Will Waukesha Be Less Hostile to Milwaukee?

Defeat of Mayor Jeff Scrima could mean better relations between the two cities.

Murphy’s Law: Why UWM Matters
Murphy’s Law

Why UWM Matters

It could be the key to transforming Wisconsin’s economy, but state leaders don’t seem to realize it.

Plenty of Horne: Get Your Vote On
Plenty of Horne

Get Your Vote On

Early voting already underway for spring election, and memorials planned for Debra Usinger and Donna Schlieman.

House Confidential: The House of Hank the Dog
House Confidential

The House of Hank the Dog

The Brewer's canine mascot has a nine-room Whitefish Bay home and 10,000 square foot lot to roam in, all worth $570,000.

The State of Politics: New Champion of the City
The State of Politics

New Champion of the City

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

Murphy’s Law: The Republican Voter Suppression Bill
Murphy’s Law

The Republican Voter Suppression Bill

Cities already have less turnout and lower percent of early voters than rest of state, but bill will cut that even more.

The State of Politics: Walker Delays On Three Tough Issues
The State of Politics

Walker Delays On Three Tough Issues

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

Nominations Sought for Mayor’s Design Awards
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Nominations Sought for Mayor’s Design Awards

Great Milwaukee Buildings, Improvements, and Spaces Will Be Honored

Teen Summit Targets Gun Violence

Teen Summit Targets Gun Violence

Last year Milwaukee had 106 homicides and 532 non-fatal shooting victims.

Murphy’s Law: Why Didn’t Chisholm Go After Democrats?
Murphy’s Law

Why Didn’t Chisholm Go After Democrats?

Republicans say the John Doe probe proves bias. So does the federal suit against DA. Are they right?

Surveillance camera grant program will target businesses, commercial corridors
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Surveillance camera grant program will target businesses, commercial corridors

Launch news conference set for Friday on city’s near south side

Murphy’s Law: The Long Arms of Uber
Murphy’s Law

The Long Arms of Uber

The upstart ride service company could replace cab companies across the globe, some predict. How will it change our city?

Setting the record straight—Milwaukee sends delegation to address violence among black males
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Setting the record straight—Milwaukee sends delegation to address violence among black males

The work of Milwaukee’s Black Male Achievement Advisory Council, or BMAAC, is garnering national attention, and has already resulted in city officials being invited to participate in this week’s Cities United summit in New Orleans.

Mayor Tom Barrett’s 2014 State of the City Address
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Mayor Tom Barrett’s 2014 State of the City Address

Milwaukee February 24, 2014 As Prepared for Delivery

How Walker Handled Open Records Request

How Walker Handled Open Records Request

Emails show his staff irked by requests and responding slowly, except when it benefits Walker.

Milwaukee County Supervisor Deanna Alexander Supports Reallocating Money for Transit and Roads
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Milwaukee County Supervisor Deanna Alexander Supports Reallocating Money for Transit and Roads

Supervisor Deanna Alexander said today that she supported efforts by Milwaukee Ald. Bob Donovan to reallocate funding for a downtown Milwaukee streetcar.

Milwaukee Wins an Invitation to the Community Progress Leadership Institute
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Milwaukee Wins an Invitation to the Community Progress Leadership Institute

Prestigious Training Effort will Help Milwaukee Address Foreclosures and Vacant Homes

The City of Fresh Vegetables

The City of Fresh Vegetables

New city program aims to turn empty lots into gardens grown by residents.

Plenty of Horne: Will Water Technology Transform the City?
Plenty of Horne

Will Water Technology Transform the City?

Badger Meter CEO says Milwaukee can remake itself as 15th century Florence once did, in speech at downtown GMC event.

Murphy’s Law: Stealth Investors Target City’s Foreclosed Homes
Murphy’s Law

Stealth Investors Target City’s Foreclosed Homes

Somebody wants to buy all of Milwaukee’s foreclosed homes. Should we be glad -- or worried?

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.

Plenty of Horne: Huge Turnout for City Birthday Party
Plenty of Horne

Huge Turnout for City Birthday Party

Lots of politicians, journalists, lobbyists and others glad-handed each other and drank free beer to salute the city's 168th birthday.

President Hines to vacate Common Council seat
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President Hines to vacate Common Council seat

Common Council President Willie L. Hines, Jr., who has served as Milwaukee’s 15th District Alderman since 1996 and Council president since 2004, announced today that he is resigning his seat on the Council effective tomorrow, February 1, 2014.

MPS aquaponics programming expanding thanks to $98,000 from AT&T, NEA Foundation
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MPS aquaponics programming expanding thanks to $98,000 from AT&T, NEA Foundation

Funding will expand program in Milwaukee to 5 new schools; Farming project grows students’ interest in STEM; photo gallery link below

Murphy’s Law: Can City Save Boston Store?
Murphy’s Law

Can City Save Boston Store?

City subsidy will keep declining store open, but leaves controversial questions about its downtown strategy.

City’s pension fund outperforms state, Milwaukee County funds in 2013
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City’s pension fund outperforms state, Milwaukee County funds in 2013

The City of Milwaukee Employes’ Retirement System (CMERS) pension fund’s preliminary year-end results show the fund earned a return of 19.6%, gross of fees.

Plenty of Horne: Millennials Drive Downtown Growth, GMC Told
Plenty of Horne

Millennials Drive Downtown Growth, GMC Told

Younger residents far more important than empty nesters in driving city growth, and urban areas are surpassing suburbs, speakers at conference note.

Mayor’s streetcar double-down doesn’t match up with his claim on jobs priority
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Mayor’s streetcar double-down doesn’t match up with his claim on jobs priority

Mayor’s streetcar double-down doesn’t match up with his claim on jobs priority

City Goes Into Demolition Business

City Goes Into Demolition Business

DPW will now handle 20% of homes razed rather than hiring private contractors.

Mayor Barrett Announces Stolen Thumb Drive Recovered
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Mayor Barrett Announces Stolen Thumb Drive Recovered

Jump drive with confidential city employee information found by Milwaukee police

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.

Mayor Barrett Announces Housing Director and Housing Outreach Director
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Mayor Barrett Announces Housing Director and Housing Outreach Director

Team will manage mayoral housing initiative to continue to address foreclosure crisis, enhance partnerships and improve neighborhoods

Three More Neighborhoods Will Get City Loans

Three More Neighborhoods Will Get City Loans

Pulaski Park, St. Joseph’s and Martin Drive neighborhoods now eligible for TIN loan program to increase property values and owner occupancy.

Murphy’s Law: Crystal Ball for 2014
Murphy’s Law

Crystal Ball for 2014

25 predictions that are certain (well, maybe) to come true this year.

Plenty of Horne: Gwen Moore “Educates” Ted Cruz
Plenty of Horne

Gwen Moore “Educates” Ted Cruz

Speaking at St. John's on the Lake, she talks about her conversation with Cruz, earmarks and voter ID.

House Confidential: Ald. Bohl’s Suburban-Style Ranch Home
House Confidential

Ald. Bohl’s Suburban-Style Ranch Home

Bohl is under investigation and has lawyered up. But his home is awfully cozy.

Remembering Donna Schlieman, Historic Preservationist

Remembering Donna Schlieman, Historic Preservationist

A longtime leader with Milwaukee Preservation Alliance, who helped defeat the Pabst City proposal, died on Friday.

Plenty of Horne: Barrett’s Birthday Party
Plenty of Horne

Barrett’s Birthday Party

The mayor's celebration is 11 days late. And Lakefront Brewery shatters its record for annual barrels manufactured.

Plenty of Horne: Campaign Season Kicks Off
Plenty of Horne

Campaign Season Kicks Off

Politicos flock to Jon Richards fundraiser, and judicial candidate Janet C. Protasiewicz's event.

New Efforts to Upgrade Metcalfe Park Neighborhood

New Efforts to Upgrade Metcalfe Park Neighborhood

City government, foundations, non-profits and faith groups work together to improve housing and bring jobs.

Milwaukee Awarded $25,000 Cities of Service Impact Volunteering Fund Grant to Implement Artistic Board-up Initiative
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Milwaukee Awarded $25,000 Cities of Service Impact Volunteering Fund Grant to Implement Artistic Board-up Initiative

Grant Funds, Provided by Bloomberg Philanthropies, Will Support a New “Impact Volunteering” Initiative to Address Vacant Foreclosed Houses in Milwaukee’s Amani Neighborhood

Gramling and West Elected MMSD Commission Chair & Vice Chair
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Gramling and West Elected MMSD Commission Chair & Vice Chair

Commissioners of the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD) today unanimously elected Ben Gramling as Chair of the MMSD Commission for 2014 and Fox Point Village President Michael West as Vice Chair.

20 Years of Urban Farming

20 Years of Urban Farming

Will Allen and Growing Power celebrate two decades an an international leader in the field.

City employees and retirees deserve the truth
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City employees and retirees deserve the truth

Statement from Alderman Bob Donovan December 12, 2013

Attack gives Milwaukee a bloody, broken nose
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Attack gives Milwaukee a bloody, broken nose

Statement of Alderman Bob Donovan December 5, 2013

Alderman Donovan to Mayor Barrett: “What is happening with the streetcar project?”
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Alderman Donovan to Mayor Barrett: “What is happening with the streetcar project?”

Statement from Alderman Bob Donovan December 3, 2013

How Walker Worries About Polls

How Walker Worries About Polls

His book shows he frequently adjusts strategy based on poll results.

Free Construction Trades Classes Fill Need

Free Construction Trades Classes Fill Need

North side program has taught some 400 people, helping meet post-recession needs in the industry.

Plenty of Horne: Amtrak to Chicago Will Go Wireless
Plenty of Horne

Amtrak to Chicago Will Go Wireless

Finally, the line will get Wi-Fi (we hope), but Milwaukee's Amtrak station still lacks it.

Murphy’s Law: Can County Board Solve Taxicab Problem?
Murphy’s Law

Can County Board Solve Taxicab Problem?

The board's resolution got media play, but will probably accomplish nothing.

House Confidential: Gwen Moore’s Modest Bungalow
House Confidential

Gwen Moore’s Modest Bungalow

The congresswoman's brick veneered, north-side duplex was converted into a less-spartan, single-family home.

WNOV Expands Talk Radio Show

WNOV Expands Talk Radio Show

The city's only talk radio station serving a largely-black audience provides an alternative to Charlie Sykes.

Photo Gallery: 2013 Veterans Day Parade
Photo Gallery

2013 Veterans Day Parade

Politicians, patriotism and marching bands on parade, all captured in our photos.

Photo Gallery: Ground Breaking Day in the Park East
Photo Gallery

Ground Breaking Day in the Park East

A flock of public officials turned out to celebrate the Avenir, a $20.7 million, 104-unit mixed-use building that begins construction.

Wangard Breaks Ground on New Apartment Development in Park East Corridor
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Wangard Breaks Ground on New Apartment Development in Park East Corridor

Avenir apartments expected to open September 2014

Eyes on Milwaukee: Strip Club Coming to Downtown?
Eyes on Milwaukee

Strip Club Coming to Downtown?

City committee rules against exotic nightclub on Old World Third, then seems to open door to a location across from Bradley Center.

Murphy’s Law: The Nuclear Option
Murphy’s Law

The Nuclear Option

Supervisors nuke Chris Abele’s staff salaries. Will this hurt the county?

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.

Mayor Barrett Calls for Delay in Wisconsin BadgerCare Changes
Press Release

Mayor Barrett Calls for Delay in Wisconsin BadgerCare Changes

Health Insurance for 92,000 at Stake with Ongoing Health Insurance Marketplace Problems

Plenty of Horne: 5 Candidates Running for Jeff Stone’s Assembly Seat
Plenty of Horne

5 Candidates Running for Jeff Stone’s Assembly Seat

Four Republicans and one Democrat seek to win this heavily Republican suburban district.

MPS Funding Continues to Decline

MPS Funding Continues to Decline

Loss of 19,000 students since 2003 and recent decline in its charter schools pushes revenue downward.

City and Churches Campaign for Safe Sleeping

City and Churches Campaign for Safe Sleeping

Renewed effort targets co-sleeping, which causes 20% of infant deaths.

FPC nominees to appear at community forum tomorrow
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FPC nominees to appear at community forum tomorrow

Reappointed Fire and Police Commission member Kathryn A. Hein and new Commission appointee Steven M. DeVougas will take part in a public forum tomorrow (Tuesday, October 22) evening at La Luz del Mundo Family Services, 1570 W. Greenfield Ave.

Murphy’s Law: How Republicans Will Hurt City Real Estate
Murphy’s Law

How Republicans Will Hurt City Real Estate

Reacting to a smelly deal involving one school building, legislators are pushing a badly-flawed bill that worsens the problem.

Did U.S. Bank Discriminate Against City Neighborhoods?

Did U.S. Bank Discriminate Against City Neighborhoods?

Federal complaint includes evidence of bias in how bank handled homes in black and Latino neighborhoods.

Plenty of Horne: Jon Richards Will Run for Attorney General
Plenty of Horne

Jon Richards Will Run for Attorney General

Like Abe Lincoln, Richards has been practicing law all across the state in preparation for his run.

Milwaukee budget for 2014 gets high marks in Public Policy Forum report
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Milwaukee budget for 2014 gets high marks in Public Policy Forum report

The non-partisan Public Policy Forum is giving the City of Milwaukee positive marks for the proposed 2014 city budget.

Photo Gallery: Grand Opening of KK River Bike Trail
Photo Gallery

Grand Opening of KK River Bike Trail

Despite rainy weather, Mayor Barrett and a host of politicians celebrated the new bike trail.

Small Businesses Wanted

Small Businesses Wanted

New Milwaukee program helps businesses "Scale Up" and expand, first of its kind in nation.

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.

Murphy’s Law: How to Nab Bad Guys
Murphy’s Law

How to Nab Bad Guys

ShotSpotter has become a key tool for city police, but Walker says no to funding and Abele says yes.

Rebuilding Another Library

Rebuilding Another Library

Neighbors discuss plan to replace Forest Home Library with new mixed-use building modeled after East Side branch.

Mayor urges Alderman Donovan to run for DA
Press Release

Mayor urges Alderman Donovan to run for DA

Statement of Alderman Bob Donovan October 10, 2013

Murphy’s Law: How to Kill a Democracy
Murphy’s Law

How to Kill a Democracy

Glenn Grothman’s proposal would shield 96% of all political donations, ending transparency in campaigns.

Twelve infants die in co-sleeping deaths in 10 months in Milwaukee – where is the outrage?!
Press Release

Twelve infants die in co-sleeping deaths in 10 months in Milwaukee – where is the outrage?!

Statement from Alderman Bob Donovan October 8, 2013

The Mayor’s Plan for Foreclosures

The Mayor’s Plan for Foreclosures

$11.6 million plan hopes to turn abandoned houses over to stable homeowners.

Milwaukee County Residents Encouraged to Sign Up for Affordable Health Care
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Milwaukee County Residents Encouraged to Sign Up for Affordable Health Care

Elected officials, others to highlight new health care options coming Oct. 1

Targeting Black Infant Mortality

Targeting Black Infant Mortality

Despite disagreements, groups working on problem are making progress.

Murphy’s Law: The Problem of Poverty
Murphy’s Law

The Problem of Poverty

Poverty is rising faster in Wisconsin and the city of Milwaukee than nationally.

The End of Suburbs?

The End of Suburbs?

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

First Look at NML’s New Skyscraper

First Look at NML’s New Skyscraper

The stunning, curved glass design for the 32-floor tower is by Pickard Chilton of New Haven, Connecticut.

Walker Faces Tough Choice on Kenosha Casino

Walker Faces Tough Choice on Kenosha Casino

Any decision he makes will anger some, and could affect his potential run for president.

Plenty of Horne: Shocking Conditions at the Courthouse
Plenty of Horne

Shocking Conditions at the Courthouse

Court Commissioner Barry Slagle electrocuted in scary, unreported incident at courthouse.

Photo Gallery: Community Celebrates Silver City
Photo Gallery

Community Celebrates Silver City

An international weekend in Silver City with food, soccer, and a new mural.

Digital Billboard Art Month Brings Ten-Day Art Exhibit to All of Milwaukee
Press Release

Digital Billboard Art Month Brings Ten-Day Art Exhibit to All of Milwaukee

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett has issued a proclamation recognizing October 1-10 as “Digital Billboard Art Month”(DBAM). Due to the generosity of Clear Channel Outdoor and Lamar Advertising, IN:SITE, fostering temporary public art, has organized a first-of-its-kind-in-the-nation digital billboard art initiative.

Nothing substantive has changed, and nothing substantive will change
Press Release

Nothing substantive has changed, and nothing substantive will change

Statement from Alderman Bob Donovan September 9, 2013

In Milwaukee, Mayor Rybak Unveils New Ad Campaign to Attract Same-Sex Weddings to Minneapolis
Press Release

In Milwaukee, Mayor Rybak Unveils New Ad Campaign to Attract Same-Sex Weddings to Minneapolis

“I Want to Marry You in Minneapolis” campaign running in Milwaukee, Madison and Chicago publications

New Violence Prevention Center Opens

New Violence Prevention Center Opens

Mayor calls it a "gigantic step" for the South Side.

Republicans Back Anti-Gun Bill

Republicans Back Anti-Gun Bill

Mandatory three-year term for illegal gun possession has support of Flynn and Barrett. But will it pass?

MSOE Soccer Garage Debuts

MSOE Soccer Garage Debuts

MSOE unveils parking garage, athletic field complex.

Murphy’s Law: Republican Dog & Pony Show
Murphy’s Law

Republican Dog & Pony Show

Legislators Vos and Darling tour city but offer no solutions. So why did they come?

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).

Governor Walker Shapes State Labor Board

Governor Walker Shapes State Labor Board

All three appointees on little known, powerful labor board now appointed by Republican Governor

Community violence concerning, proposed solutions lacking
Press Release

Community violence concerning, proposed solutions lacking

Ald. Hamilton offers alternative to Mayor’s plan

Mayor’s MPD overtime math doesn’t add up
Press Release

Mayor’s MPD overtime math doesn’t add up

Statement of Alderman Bob Donovan August 12, 2013

Murphy’s Law: Can Wisconsin Avenue Be Saved?
Murphy’s Law

Can Wisconsin Avenue Be Saved?

A city task force hopes to revive the street but the obstacles are many.

Plenty of Horne: Bike Fed’s Glossy Mag a Success
Plenty of Horne

Bike Fed’s Glossy Mag a Success

The quarterly magazine now publishes 8,000 copies and has lots of advertisers, another sign of Milwaukee's bike renaissance.

Photo Gallery: A Very Pleasant Opening
Photo Gallery

A Very Pleasant Opening

Photos and gossip from the ceremonial opening of the Pleasant Street Bridge.

Making the City Safer

Making the City Safer

Safe & Sound honors neighborhood leaders who make Milwaukee a safer place.

Plenty of Horne: Daglas Does Dallas
Plenty of Horne

Daglas Does Dallas

After a brief stay as Milwaukee Magazine editor, Cristina Daglas is off to become editor of D Magazine!

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.

Where’s the Outrage? Wake Up Milwaukee!
Press Release

Where’s the Outrage? Wake Up Milwaukee!

Statement from Alderman Bob Donovan July 29, 2013

Plenty of Horne: St Paul Bridge Will Be Rebuilt
Plenty of Horne

St Paul Bridge Will Be Rebuilt

Seventh bridge reconstructed on Barrett's watch will include streetcar tracks.

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

Is Milwaukee the Next Detroit?

Analyzing this city’s key strengths and weaknesses.

Murphy’s Law: The $1 Million Art Project
Murphy’s Law

The $1 Million Art Project

Steve Marcus’ plan to bring world class sculpture to Milwaukee is expensive. Is it a good idea?

Plenty of Horne: Our Mounted Patrol
Plenty of Horne

Our Mounted Patrol

The history, costs and benefits of the police department's horse patrol.

Mayor Barrett Launches New Citywide Sustainability Initiative
Press Release

Mayor Barrett Launches New Citywide Sustainability Initiative

Mayor Tom Barrett launched a new initiative, ReFresh Milwaukee, on Tuesday, July 16. ReFresh Milwaukee provides a vision for community sustainability over the next 10 years and seeks to make Milwaukee a center for sustainability innovation and thought leadership.

Bike Czar: Bikes Can’t Lose in Cities
Bike Czar

Bikes Can’t Lose in Cities

They're cheaper, require less spending by cities than on cars, and are often faster. Expect ever-more bicyclists in Milwaukee.

Photo Gallery: Unlock a B-Cycle Today!
Photo Gallery

Unlock a B-Cycle Today!

Milwaukee's first bike-sharing station opened at Discovery World today, and our photos capture the event.

Midwest BikeShare installs Milwaukee’s first bike share kiosk.
Press Release

Midwest BikeShare installs Milwaukee’s first bike share kiosk.

Midwest BikeShare installs Milwaukee’s first bike share kiosk.

City of Milwaukee to Defend State Constitution
Press Release

City of Milwaukee to Defend State Constitution

Joint statement of Mayor Tom Barrett, Common Council President Willie L. Hines, Jr. and Alderman Michael J. Murphy

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.

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

Over 2 Million Meals Served

Over 2 Million Meals Served

Salvation Army summer food program has served 2 million kids since 1990.

Fatherhood event this week will include young men in panel discussion
Press Release

Fatherhood event this week will include young men in panel discussion

“To Be or Not To Be… A Father @ This Time” – an important panel discussion about fatherhood and related issues – will be held from 10 a.m. to 12 noon on Friday, June 21, 2013 at Parklawn YMCA, 4340 N. 46th St.

Murphy’s Law: The Decline of Sheriff Clarke
Murphy’s Law

The Decline of Sheriff Clarke

The weirder and crankier he gets, the more unlikely his reelection.

We Want to Save the Warner

We Want to Save the Warner

A non-profit trust hopes to restore a classic downtown theater as a concert hall.

Packers Field Kicks Off at Mitchell Park

Packers Field Kicks Off at Mitchell Park

The neighborhood now is the only one in America with a former NFL playing field.

House Confidential: Andy Nunemaker’s Dream Mansion
House Confidential

Andy Nunemaker’s Dream Mansion

With 26 rooms, a pool and huge coach house, the entrepreneur and philanthropist Andy Nunemaker has plenty of room for company.

Plenty of Horne: World’s Straightest Parade?
Plenty of Horne

World’s Straightest Parade?

No parade has a straighter route, or a gayer crowd, than the annual Pride Parade, coming Sunday.

Jackie Robinson Middle School Remade as Senior Living Community

Jackie Robinson Middle School Remade as Senior Living Community

Gorman & Company recently completed the conversion of Jackie Robinson Middle School into the Sherman Park Senior Living Community.

Business moving from Milwaukee = wake up call
Press Release

Business moving from Milwaukee = wake up call

Statement of Alderman Bob Donovan May 31, 2013

The Story Behind the Strike

The Story Behind the Strike

Thin reporting and overheated commentary have obscured the real story of why workers are striking against Palermo’s.

Op-Ed: Why Dan Bice Should Resign
Op-Ed

Why Dan Bice Should Resign

The Journal Sentinel columnist’s coverage of John Doe probe is a case study in journalistic malfeasance.

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.

Back in the News: Don Smiley’s Ever-Higher Salary
Back in the News

Don Smiley’s Ever-Higher Salary

His salary rose by $114,000, to more than $886,000, and the explanations keep getting thinner.

House Confidential: Mayor Barrett’s Modest Mansionette
House Confidential

Mayor Barrett’s Modest Mansionette

The home is reserved, restrained, dignified unto dull, not unlike its occupant.

Loading Up the Budget With Policy and Pork

Loading Up the Budget With Policy and Pork

In violation of his campaign promise, Walker's budget has 58 policy or non-monetary items and 15 pieces of pork.

Photo Gallery: Mayor Barrett Bikes to Work!
Photo Gallery

Mayor Barrett Bikes to Work!

Mayor Barrett kicked off Bike to Work Week with his annual bike ride, and announced new city funding for bike-sharing.

Plenty of Horne: Transit Outrage
Plenty of Horne

Transit Outrage

Alberta Darling says my way or the highway. Plus: the return of Jerry Kleczka!

Celebrate Bike to Work Week with Mayor Tom Barrett, Alderpersons, and The Wisconsin Bike Federation
Historic Preservation Honored Wednesday at Cream of Cream City Awards Ceremony
Press Release

Historic Preservation Honored Wednesday at Cream of Cream City Awards Ceremony

Annual preservation honors event to be held at Best Place at the Pabst

Back in the News: The Arrogance of Summerfest
Back in the News

The Arrogance of Summerfest

Mayor Barrett met with Summerfest board members, who agreed to share more information about its finances and director’s compensation.

Alderman Donovan calls for increasing police overtime funding, adding 20 new officers
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Alderman Donovan calls for increasing police overtime funding, adding 20 new officers

Statement of Alderman Bob Donovan

Plenty of Horne: Barrett Pleads for Businesses to Support Residency Rules
Plenty of Horne

Barrett Pleads for Businesses to Support Residency Rules

It's in your self-interest to lobby against this law, Barrett tells businesses.

Peace Rally to Combat Crime

Peace Rally to Combat Crime

Rally special guest Ice T didn't show up as planned, but Mayor Barrett and Ald Hines spoke to the gathering.

Plenty of Horne: Mayor Says Streetcar is “Trojan Horse”
Plenty of Horne

Mayor Says Streetcar is “Trojan Horse”

Streetcar will be first leg of what he hopes will be a more extensive rail system.

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.

Abele, Barrett and Other Milwaukee Leaders Urge Legislature to Restore Transit Funding
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Abele, Barrett and Other Milwaukee Leaders Urge Legislature to Restore Transit Funding

A coalition of Milwaukee leaders are sending a letter to lawmakers in Madison asking them to restore cuts in transit funding and requesting that they maintain the segregated Transportation Fund.

Milwaukee Jobs Act components get boost from Council
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Milwaukee Jobs Act components get boost from Council

The Common Council has approved changes that will make it easier for groups and businesses to help implement key components of the Milwaukee Jobs Act, which could help put dozens of city residents in new jobs this summer.

Murphy’s Law: The Arrogance of Summerfest
Murphy’s Law

The Arrogance of Summerfest

Why the tax-exempt, city-supported non-profit should be transparent about its director’s salary.

Plenty of Horne: Tammy Baldwin Comes to Town
Plenty of Horne

Tammy Baldwin Comes to Town

Baldwin offers an insider's look at the U.S.Senate. And Milwaukee Buck Samuel Dalembert buys a LOT of wine.

Milwaukee Public Library’s East Library Will Relocate to Temporary Facility This Summer and Hold Public Meeting on Design in April
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Milwaukee Public Library’s East Library Will Relocate to Temporary Facility This Summer and Hold Public Meeting on Design in April

Library Will Use Temporary Site During Construction of East Branch

Murphy’s Law: Journal Sentinel Story Doesn’t Hold Water
Murphy’s Law

Journal Sentinel Story Doesn’t Hold Water

Story slams Milwaukee water utility though it’s actually cheaper than others in the region.

Barrett Seeks Business Supporters for Residency Requirement

Barrett Seeks Business Supporters for Residency Requirement

Mayor addresses 300 business execs, says ending residency requirement could depress city property values.

Murphy’s Law: Can Fallone Beat Roggensack?
Murphy’s Law

Can Fallone Beat Roggensack?

Pat Roggensack leads the Supreme Court's conservative bloc and may be its most powerful justice. Ed Fallone blames a "dysfunctional court" on her.

Girls’ Day at City Hall showcases public service careers for young women
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Girls’ Day at City Hall showcases public service careers for young women

The palette of speakers and role models for young women interested in public service continues to expand in the third annual Girls’ Day at City Hall, hosted TOMORROW, March 20, 2013 by Alderwoman Milele A. Coggs.

House Confidential: Rocky’s Throne of Stone
House Confidential

Rocky’s Throne of Stone

Neighbor and boss Tom Barrett says DCD head Rocky Marcoux worthy of Nobel Prize, but is his house?

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.

Alderman Donovan calls for hiring 300-400 new police officers; points to New York City’s example
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Alderman Donovan calls for hiring 300-400 new police officers; points to New York City’s example

Statement of Alderman Bob Donovan March 11, 2013

Just Six Days Left to Vote Milwaukee in Mayors Challenge Fan Favorite Contest
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Just Six Days Left to Vote Milwaukee in Mayors Challenge Fan Favorite Contest

Mayor Barrett launches “Twitter Flash Mob” and encourages all proud Milwaukeeans to tweet at 1:00 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday

Murphy’s Law: Super Scott
Murphy’s Law

Super Scott

Democrats continue to underestimate Walker, even as he radically transforms the state.

Common Council approves two new facets of Milwaukee Jobs Act
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Common Council approves two new facets of Milwaukee Jobs Act

The Common Council enabled the Milwaukee Jobs Act to take two more significant steps toward putting city residents back to work Wednesday, approving funding that increases the number of positions in the LEAP program and dramatically expands the Neighborhood Ambassador program.

Eyes on Milwaukee: A Historic Milwaukee Celebration
Eyes on Milwaukee

A Historic Milwaukee Celebration

Plus: A national green award for The Brewery; and bringing fruit trees to Walker's Point.

Wilson confirmation could be start of better, more open, inclusive and accessible process
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Wilson confirmation could be start of better, more open, inclusive and accessible process

I would like to congratulate 6th District resident Anna Wilson on being confirmed today by the Common Council to serve on the Fire and Police Commission. I believe Ms. Wilson’s integrity, her experience, and her strong commitment to serve our city will be beneficial to the commission going forward. I am also pleased that Mayor […]

Mayor Barrett’s 2013 State of the City Address
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Mayor Barrett’s 2013 State of the City Address

Monday, February 25, 2013, Pritzlaff Building

Mayor Tom Barrett issued the following statement regarding the Derek Williams Inquest:
If residency requirement is lifted, Mayor Barrett needs to look in the mirror to see who’s to blame
Milwaukee residents have new ways of applying to serve on city boards and commissions
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Milwaukee residents have new ways of applying to serve on city boards and commissions

New City of Milwaukee online features enable residents to quickly and easily place their names in nomination for appointments to serve on city boards and commissions. The new features, including new city web pages where residents can submit their names for consideration for boards and commissions, were announced today by Mayor Tom Barrett and Common […]

Plenty of Horne: Every Politician in Town
Plenty of Horne

Every Politician in Town

Well, not quite, but the City's Birthday Party had a big turnout of politicians and insiders.

City People: Marina Lee
City People

Marina Lee

The creator of Snail's Crossing park in Riverwest brings her art directly to the people.

Ald. Dudzik: Streetcar utility concerns are nothing new
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Ald. Dudzik: Streetcar utility concerns are nothing new

In spite of my longstanding opposition to the streetcar project proposed for Milwaukee’s downtown, I have to admit that I was more than a little puzzled by the statement Alderman Bob Donovan made today. My colleague raised concerns about potential cost overruns due to the relocation of steam tunnels and water mains along the streetcar […]

Two more reasons to say “NO!” to the downtown streetcar
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Two more reasons to say “NO!” to the downtown streetcar

Alderman Donovan outlines potential huge cost overruns

Murphy’s Law: America Discovers Sheriff Clarke
Murphy’s Law

America Discovers Sheriff Clarke

Clarke appears on Piers Morgan with Tom Barrett and gets beat up by both Morgan and the mayor.

Murphy’s Law: Hines Would Reduce Fire & Police Commission Power
Murphy’s Law

Hines Would Reduce Fire & Police Commission Power

Council appears to back radical change, Barrett seems lukewarm.

Plenty of Horne: Evers Vs. Pridemore
Plenty of Horne

Evers Vs. Pridemore

The battle between State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers and challenger Don Pridemore.

Murphy’s Law: Bill to Cut Supervisor Pay Likely
Murphy’s Law

Bill to Cut Supervisor Pay Likely

Despite Republican delays and opposition by the board, the bill has a good chance of passage.

The City Milwaukee Wins National Praise for the Management of its Pension System
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The City Milwaukee Wins National Praise for the Management of its Pension System

Mayor Barrett Congratulates Fellow City Leaders for the Honor

None better than city’s pension system, national report shows
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None better than city’s pension system, national report shows

The City of Milwaukee Employes’ Retirement System (CMERS) is rated at the top of city pension systems in the U.S., according to a report just released by the Pew Charitable Trusts.

Same-day voter registration advisory referendum goes to voters on April 2, 2013
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Same-day voter registration advisory referendum goes to voters on April 2, 2013

Statement from Alderwoman Milele A. Coggs January 15, 2013

Funder’s Network awards Milwaukee-based Midwest BikeShare, Inc. $45,000 grant to bring shared bike program to community
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Funder’s Network awards Milwaukee-based Midwest BikeShare, Inc. $45,000 grant to bring shared bike program to community

Milwaukee among six grant recipients to bring sustainable initiatives to cities; nearly $500,000 committed to date to BikeShare

Enough is enough with co-sleeping deaths
Press Release

Enough is enough with co-sleeping deaths

Alderman Donovan calls for charges in recent infant death

Milwaukee One of Six Cities Selected to Receive Free Neighborhood Development Consultations Under Second Year of US EPA Grant to Global Green, USA
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Milwaukee One of Six Cities Selected to Receive Free Neighborhood Development Consultations Under Second Year of US EPA Grant to Global Green, USA

Sustainability Experts from Global Green USA to Visit Towns Across the Country in 2013

Council members applaud 911 cell phone shift vote by County Board
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Council members applaud 911 cell phone shift vote by County Board

The Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors today approved a compromise plan that will allow Milwaukee Police Department dispatchers to begin handling all 911 cell phone calls that originate in the city – a cooperative move that will save taxpayer dollars.

Mayor Barrett’s Statement on Today’s Tragic Shooting
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Mayor Barrett’s Statement on Today’s Tragic Shooting

Mayor Barrett Released the Following Statement Regarding Today’s Tragic Shooting

Eyes on Milwaukee: A Redesign for Hi Hat Garage
Eyes on Milwaukee

A Redesign for Hi Hat Garage

A cooler Garage, more delay on Two Parks proposal, and progress on East Library redevelopment.

Mayor Barrett, City Employees and the Famous Racing Sausages to Pack Holiday Care Packages for Troops Overseas
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Mayor Barrett, City Employees and the Famous Racing Sausages to Pack Holiday Care Packages for Troops Overseas

WHO: Mayor Tom Barrett Major Jeannie Western, 128th Air Control Squadron City of Milwaukee Employees Representatives from Milwaukee Brewers Community Foundation and the United States Postal Service The Famous Racing Sausages WHAT: The 6th Annual City of Milwaukee Holiday Care Package Drive benefitting Wisconsin’s 128th Air Control Squadron serving in Southwest Asia. Mayor Barrett, City […]

President Hines to stress importance of new smoke alarm ordinance
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President Hines to stress importance of new smoke alarm ordinance

Common Council President Willie L. Hines, Jr. will join Mayor Tom Barrett and Fire Chief Mark Rohlfing to highlight the importance of the city’s new smoke alarm ordinance on Thursday, December 13, 2012 at 11:00 a.m.

The Incredible Flip-Flop

The Incredible Flip-Flop

Did the Fire & Police Commission bend to mob mentality or act as a responsible policy maker?

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.

Northwestern Mutual Announces Commitment to Downtown Milwaukee
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Northwestern Mutual Announces Commitment to Downtown Milwaukee

Planned office tower means 2,800 downtown jobs

Murphy’s Law: Mayor Backs Flynn, Slams Newspaper
Murphy’s Law

Mayor Backs Flynn, Slams Newspaper

Journal Sentinel’s series on data errors “takes crime fighting officers off the street,” Barrett charges.

Governor’s continued attempts to disenfranchise voters warrant arrest
Press Release

Governor’s continued attempts to disenfranchise voters warrant arrest

Statement of Alderman Ashanti Hamilton

Mayor Barrett Released the Following Statement on the Passing of Felmers Chaney
Press Release

Mayor Barrett Released the Following Statement on the Passing of Felmers Chaney

Milwaukee has lost one of its most prominent and influential citizens.

In Defense of Same Day Registration
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In Defense of Same Day Registration

Mayor Barrett, government and community leaders, speak out against Governor Walker’s proposal to eliminate same day registration

Car Culture: Walker’s Freeway Farce
Car Culture

Walker’s Freeway Farce

After blaming Barrett for "delaying" the Zoo Interchange, Walker is now stalling it, while rejecting a gas tax hike to pay for it.

Mayor & Co. Executive to Announce New Way to Experience Milwaukee
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Mayor & Co. Executive to Announce New Way to Experience Milwaukee

More than 50,000 People Have Chosen a New Way to Experience Milwaukee

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.

Mayor Barrett to Kick-Off 6th Annual Holiday Care
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Mayor Barrett to Kick-Off 6th Annual Holiday Care

WHO: Mayor Tom Barrett Cecilia Gore, Brewers Community Foundation And, The Famous Racing Sausages WHAT: 6th Annual City of Milwaukee Holiday Care Package Drive benefiting the men and women serving in the 128th Air Control Squadron serving in Southwest Asia. Mayor Barrett, City of Milwaukee employees and several community partners will collect a variety of […]

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.

Celebrate the 99th Annual City/County Christmas Tree Lighting
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Celebrate the 99th Annual City/County Christmas Tree Lighting

Mayor Tom Barrett, County Executive Chris Abele, and Ald. Ashanti Hamilton at Red Arrow Park

Murphy’s Law: The High Cost of the County Board
Murphy’s Law

The High Cost of the County Board

We could save millions and improve efficiency by cutting the county board and its huge staff.

The Wounds of War

The Wounds of War

A new peer network program gives support to Vietnam veterans.

Plenty of Horne: Peter Buffett Comes to Town
Plenty of Horne

Peter Buffett Comes to Town

Buffett helps Radio Milwaukee, Barry Mandel makes a bundle selling East Pointe and Gwen Moore crows about cave men.

City Decides Election

City Decides Election

More than 80 percent of Obama’s victory margin in Wisconsin came from Milwaukee.

Milwaukee Named as Top 20 Finalist in Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Mayors Challenge
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Milwaukee Named as Top 20 Finalist in Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Mayors Challenge

City’s idea selected from more than 300 submissions to compete for $5 million grand prize

Plenty of Horne: Comings and Goings
Plenty of Horne

Comings and Goings

A veteran union leader steps down, a new post for Nikiya Harris and Glorioso's tries, of all things, beer.

Photo Gallery: New Journey House Football Field
Photo Gallery

New Journey House Football Field

An NFL landing: The Green Bay Packers donate a practice field to the the Clarke Square neighborhood.

County Board Votes Against Taxpayers and For the Status Quo
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County Board Votes Against Taxpayers and For the Status Quo

The Milwaukee County Board’s Budget Committee voted 9 - 0 today to raise taxes on Milwaukee County citizens.

Mayor’s Committee to Host United Nations Anniversary Commeroration
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Mayor’s Committee to Host United Nations Anniversary Commeroration

The City of Milwaukee will be celebrating the ideals and impact of the United Nations on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 by hosting a presentation and reception in City Hall in honor of the 67th Anniversary of the United Nations Charter.

Mayor Barrett Announces 6.8% Drop in Teen Births
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Mayor Barrett Announces 6.8% Drop in Teen Births

Through outreach and education efforts, city announces progress in meeting 2015 goal.

Murphy’s Law: The Rise of MU Law School
Murphy’s Law

The Rise of MU Law School

How it became the state's leading pollster and a high profile place for public forums.

Energy Action Month – Get a Free LED Lightbulb
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Energy Action Month – Get a Free LED Lightbulb

Today, Mayor Barrett declared that October is Energy Action Month.

Plenty of Horne: The Holton Bridge Swings
Plenty of Horne

The Holton Bridge Swings

Kinetic sculptures enliven the gathering place below the Holton Bridge. And Weird Al holds court in MKE.

Murphy’s Law: Is Chief Flynn Off the Hook?
Murphy’s Law

Is Chief Flynn Off the Hook?

The federal investigation could cool calls for Flynn's resignation.

Power Play

Power Play

A city committee resists heavy lobbying and forestalls a special taxing district for Juneau Park and Cathedral Square.

Mayor Barrett to Mark Second Annual Safe Sleep Sabbath
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Mayor Barrett to Mark Second Annual Safe Sleep Sabbath

City of Milwaukee partners with local faith communities to reduce infant deaths.

Plenty of Horne: Water Council is “Absolutely Unique”
Plenty of Horne

Water Council is “Absolutely Unique”

Rich Meeusen applauds the group's progress. And Tom Barrett shouts it from the rooftop.

Mayor Barrett Announces “Freshwater Way” As the Winning Street Name to Replace “Pittsburgh Avenue”
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Mayor Barrett Announces “Freshwater Way” As the Winning Street Name to Replace “Pittsburgh Avenue”

Popular Contest Produced Hundreds of Suggestions

Murphy’s Law: The public is “understandably horrified.”
Murphy’s Law

The public is “understandably horrified.”

Chief Flynn frankly discusses the death of Derek Williams in police custody.

Milwaukee Public Schools Promotes Fire Safety Awareness
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Milwaukee Public Schools Promotes Fire Safety Awareness

Survive Alive House will host fire safety kick-off and 20th anniversary celebration on October 8.

Murphy’s Law: Should Chief Flynn Resign?
Murphy’s Law

Should Chief Flynn Resign?

The city is divided over the chief. But is it all his fault?

Murphy’s Law: Too Many Cops in Milwaukee County?
Murphy’s Law

Too Many Cops in Milwaukee County?

The high cost of a huge sheriff’s budget and 19 local police departments.

Hundreds to Rally to Support Homeownership
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Hundreds to Rally to Support Homeownership

To highlight the importance of homeownership in America and generate awareness of vital housing issues for the upcoming November 6 elections, the Metropolitan Builders Association (MBA), Wisconsin Builders Association (WBA) and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) are sponsoring a special Rally for Homeownership.

Common Council to deliberate on Mayor’s proposed 2013 City Budget
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Common Council to deliberate on Mayor’s proposed 2013 City Budget

Today, Mayor Tom Barrett delivered a 2013 proposed executive budget to the Milwaukee Common Council that provides some relief to property taxpayers, includes no employee layoffs and maintains police staffing, but also includes an agreement to have the city absorb police patrols in parks and 911 communications duties from the county.

Statement from Mayor Tom Barrett Concerning the Public Service Commission Ruling on the Milwaukee Streetcar Project
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Statement from Mayor Tom Barrett Concerning the Public Service Commission Ruling on the Milwaukee Streetcar Project

We agree with comments made by two of the three Public Service Commission (PSC) members that the Streetcar project is an exercise of the City’s police power, and that it is a benefit to the public’s health, safety and welfare.

Mayor Barrett Presents 2013 City Budget to the Common Council
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Mayor Barrett Presents 2013 City Budget to the Common Council

Homeowners Will See Services Maintained with Taxes and Fees Steady

How will Milwaukee Police Department handle extra work?
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How will Milwaukee Police Department handle extra work?

I’m disappointed the Mayor didn’t find it necessary to brief more Council members on his plans.

DCD’s Rocky Marcoux is cleared by DA’s Office
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DCD’s Rocky Marcoux is cleared by DA’s Office

Today I received correspondence (attached) from the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office, notifying me that the investigation of my inquiry into possible criminal wrongdoing on the part of Commissioner Rocky Marcoux of the Department of City Development had been completed.

Protests at Palermo’s not good for business
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Protests at Palermo’s not good for business

While I certainly support the right of any group of workers to organize, I must state that the protest action at Palermo’s Pizza plant in the Menomonee Valley is concerning to me. I believe the call by protest leaders for a nationwide boycott of Palermo’s is the wrong way to go – it will only […]

Mayor Barrett to Host Tournavation Pitch for Bloomberg’s Mayors Challenge Tonight at City Hall
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Mayor Barrett to Host Tournavation Pitch for Bloomberg’s Mayors Challenge Tonight at City Hall

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett has entered Milwaukee into The Mayors Challenge---a competition organized by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s philanthropic foundation that challenges cities across America to find innovative solutions to problems, improve urban life and make city government work better.

Mayor Proclaims August 24 Captain Haley Day in Milwaukee
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Mayor Proclaims August 24 Captain Haley Day in Milwaukee

Captain’s 2,500th Lake Michigan crossing celebrated with proclamation, ceremony

Where my loyalties rest
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Where my loyalties rest

I feel compelled to respond today to the comments about me that came from Jeff Fleming on behalf of the Barrett administration.

We need a real public safety strategy, not another street roll call
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We need a real public safety strategy, not another street roll call

We need to fill the MPD officer vacancies and create a real public safety strategy for Milwaukee.

Alderman Donovan to Mayor: Start paying attention to Milwaukee
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Alderman Donovan to Mayor: Start paying attention to Milwaukee

How did the first moments of my first day of vacation begin (today)?

City of Milwaukee Health Department partners with businesses, community groups to give children a healthy start to the school year
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City of Milwaukee Health Department partners with businesses, community groups to give children a healthy start to the school year

MILWAUKEE— The City of Milwaukee Health Department in partnership with United Healthcare, BMO Harris Bank, Children’s Community Health Plan, Molina Healthcare, and United Way of Greater Milwaukee (proud partner of Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin) will launch Milwaukee’s twelfth annual Back to School Health Fair tomorrow at South Division High School (1515 W. Lapham Blvd) and […]

Preliminary Budget Hearing Invitation
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Preliminary Budget Hearing Invitation

The City of Milwaukee will hold a 2013 Preliminary Budget Hearing to ensure the 2013 City of Milwaukee Budget addresses the needs of our community. Mayor Tom Barrett, Finance and Personnel Committee Chair, Alderman Michael Murphy, Budget Director Mark Nicolini and budget staff will provide information regarding the budget planning process and give attendees an […]

Youth Councils, elected officials come together for a safe community
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Youth Councils, elected officials come together for a safe community

Members of the City of Milwaukee Youth Council and the West Allis Youth Commission will be joined by Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, West Allis Mayor Dan Devine, Rick Frenette, chief executive officer of Wisconsin State Fair Park and others during a news conference Monday to promote a safe community and safe events for all to enjoy.

Downtown Employee Appreciation Week kicks off Monday
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Downtown Employee Appreciation Week kicks off Monday

Monday marks the start of the 7th Annual Downtown Employee Appreciation Week, July 30 – August 3.

The Chatter: The Voter Suppression Game
The Chatter

The Voter Suppression Game

Both parties are devising strategies to discourage voting. But Republicans are using government power.

Common Council approves Milwaukee Jobs Act initiative
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Common Council approves Milwaukee Jobs Act initiative

The Common Council today approved creation of the Milwaukee Jobs Act -Transitional Jobs Program – a multifaceted effort to create employment opportunities for city young people and job seekers from areas of the city that have been particularly hard-hit economically.

Photo Gallery: U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu Visits Ingeteam
Photo Gallery

U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu Visits Ingeteam

On Thursday U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu toured Ingeteam, and announced Milwaukee's acceptance of President Barack Obama's Better Buildings Challenge.

Debra Usinger to be posthumously recognized for her dedication and contributions to Milwaukee
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Debra Usinger to be posthumously recognized for her dedication and contributions to Milwaukee

Debra Usinger, a passionate supporter of Milwaukee’s downtown who dedicated her time and talents to numerous groups, will be posthumously recognized by the Common Council’s Community and Economic Development Committee

Mayor Barrett and U.S. Secretary of Energy Chu call for renewed Clean Energy Tax Credits as Milwaukee joins the Better Buildings Challenge
Mayor Barrett Celebrates Independence Day With Visits To Milwaukee Parks
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Mayor Barrett Celebrates Independence Day With Visits To Milwaukee Parks

Mayor Barrett will visit a number of Milwaukee parks and community centers on Wednesday, July 4 to celebrate Independence Day.

Photo Gallery: Clock Shadow Building Grand Opening Celebration
Photo Gallery

Clock Shadow Building Grand Opening Celebration

Community members join together to celebrate The Clock Shadow Building's grand opening.

Murphy’s Law: Rocky Road
Murphy’s Law

Rocky Road

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

The Chatter: Will Allen Goes Viral
The Chatter

Will Allen Goes Viral

From ABC News to Colbert, everybody is celebrating Will Allen.

Letter to the Mayor
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Letter to the Mayor

I am persistent and believe in getting to the bottom of important matters and to the residents of Milwaukee.

Alderman Donovan will hold streetcar project rally, petition drive Saturday
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Alderman Donovan will hold streetcar project rally, petition drive Saturday

Alderman Bob Donovan will hold a rally and news conference at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 16.

Murphy’s Law: Why Walker Won’t Compromise
Murphy’s Law

Why Walker Won’t Compromise

He now says he will bring us together. But don’t bet on it.

Murphy’s Law: Why Walker Won
Murphy’s Law

Why Walker Won

Democrats blame money, but might examine their muddled message.

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.

The Chatter: Did Walker or Barrett Win Debate?
The Chatter

Did Walker or Barrett Win Debate?

Barrett was punchy, Walker was cool. Which strategy will convert more voters?

Murphy’s Law: Milwaukee Could Decide Race
Murphy’s Law

Milwaukee Could Decide Race

Without a high county turnout, Tom Barrett is toast.

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.

The Chatter: The Barrett-Walker ‘Hood
The Chatter

The Barrett-Walker ‘Hood

The candidates are worlds apart politically -- but practically neighbors.

The Chatter: Will Abele Run for Mayor?
The Chatter

Will Abele Run for Mayor?

That's one way to consolidate city and county government, by grabbing both executive positions.

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: 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.

Kohl’s, The Moral of the Story

Kohl’s, The Moral of the Story

For over a year the City of Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, and various regional entities worked together in attempt to bring Kohl's corporate headquarters to downtown Milwaukee. Unfortunately, they were unsuccessful. Some have been quick to judge saying the moral of the story is, the city is a failure, and Mayor Barrett can't get the job done. Now, it is true the city didn't win, this time, but is the moral of the story, failure?

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?

What can Milwaukee look forward to in 2011?

What can Milwaukee look forward to in 2011?

Numerous signs point to a national economy that is recovering. Hiring has started to pick up, banks are starting to lend again, and locally 'failed' projects are slowly filling up. But everything isn't great just yet, as here in Wisconsin there is a 14 month supply of homes available on the market, and nationally unemployment sits at 9.4%.

It’s Bike to Work Week in Milwaukee!

It’s Bike to Work Week in Milwaukee!

Even if it just once this week, give it a try as biking to work might just be the most fun you have all summer.

Milwaukee to Contract Nationally Recognized Transit Expert

Milwaukee to Contract Nationally Recognized Transit Expert

At the May 4th, 2010 meeting of the Common Council, Alderman Bauman brought forward an item that would allow the City of Milwaukee to enter into a contract with an expert consultant, Jeffery Boothe, for the purpose of facilitating the next steps of the Milwaukee Streetcar project.

Water for Jobs Application Approved by City Committee

Water for Jobs Application Approved by City Committee

At the January 6th, 2010 Public Works Committee meeting the first step was taken towards creating a special water rate that could be given to businesses in return for job creation within the City of Milwaukee.

S. 2nd Street Redesign Approved by the Common Council

S. 2nd Street Redesign Approved by the Common Council

The proposed improvement of S. 2nd Street, in Walker's Point, was up for approval at the December 22nd meeting of the Milwaukee Common Council.

Regionalism is About Place Making

Regionalism is About Place Making

What is regionalism?

The Moderne Gains Common Council Approval for City Loans

The Moderne Gains Common Council Approval for City Loans

The Moderne development received approval for $9.3 millions in loans from the City of Milwaukee that led developer Rick Barrett had been seeking.

What Would Alderman Donovan Do?

What Would Alderman Donovan Do?

The 2010 City of Milwaukee budget faces a series of hurdles. There is the $50 million pension fund contribution, brought on because of the stock market crash. There is also the $33 million decline in property tax levy due to declining home values.

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).

Doyle’s Decision Could Send Ripples Through Milwaukee’s Political Landscape

Doyle’s Decision Could Send Ripples Through Milwaukee’s Political Landscape

Governor Doyle's announcement that he will not be seeking a third term could send ripples through Milwaukee's political landscape. The most commonly mentioned named Democratic Party members that may run for Governor include, U.S. Rep. Ron Kind, State Sen. Jon Erpenbach, Lt. Gov. Barbara Lawton, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, and Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk.

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.

Close the Libraries?  Lease the Water Works?

Close the Libraries? Lease the Water Works?

Massive layoffs, extended furloughs, service cuts, significant tax and fee increases all are possibilities in the next year for the City of Milwaukee. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but with the gap in the pension fund, a decline in the assessed value of property in the city, and a likely decline in state shared revenue the fiscal picture for the City of Milwaukee doesn't look so bright. At today's Common Council meeting the debate around a snow and ice fee increase and the furloughing of city employees were brought about by this startling economic outlook for the City of Milwaukee.

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.

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 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.

Milwaukee’s Stimulus Request

Milwaukee’s Stimulus Request

Yesterday the U.S. Senate approved the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and although it still has conference committee changes to go through prior to arriving on President Obama's desk it's interesting to see what items the City of Milwaukee would like to see funded.

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.

Committee Plans to Lobby UWM to Expand Downtown

Committee Plans to Lobby UWM to Expand Downtown

In April 2008 Alderman D'Amato, as one of his last acts in office, brought forward a resolution that stated the City of Milwaukee's position that the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee should locate its College of Engineering and Applied Science, as well asUWM's other satellite campuses, within the City of Milwaukee.

Fine, Let the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Expand in Wauwatosa

Fine, Let the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Expand in Wauwatosa

Back in March, 2008 I started an organization that worked to convince the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee that expanding into Wauwatosa was the wrong choice for the university, the City of Milwaukee, and Southeast Wisconsin. T

Committee Quickly Approves Road Projects

Committee Quickly Approves Road Projects

Although this meeting finished in record time due to Alderman Robert Bauman's auctioneer style meetings, there were a couple of items of interest.

Common Council Retains Five Member Firefighter Crews

Common Council Retains Five Member Firefighter Crews

The most notably items on the agenda were the Common Council's actions regarding Mayor Barrett's vetoes.

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.

2009 City Budget Cuts Firefighters

2009 City Budget Cuts Firefighters

Each year the City of Milwaukee goes through a public lashing as Mayor Barrett attempts to create next year's budget.

It’s Pedestrian Safety Week

It’s Pedestrian Safety Week

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, the Milwaukee Police Department and the Milwaukee Brewer's Polish Racing Sausage kicked off "Pedestrian Safety Week" today.

Common Council Passes Vehicle Registration Fee

Common Council Passes Vehicle Registration Fee

Senator Russ Feingold presented his upcoming legislation which focuses on encouraging innovation, growth in small business, creating jobs in green energy, linking business with education and capitalizing on research in the fresh water science.  He received input into this legislation from local business leaders, Sheldon Lubar and Joseph Zilber, with the hope of finding solutions […]

What is the True Value of Water?

What is the True Value of Water?

Or as Common Council President Hines put it "What is Water Worth?" This question has been on the minds of local officials and citizens as of late because of the City of Milwaukee approving an agreement to sell water to New Berlin.

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.

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.

Public Works Committee Holds Up Appointments

Public Works Committee Holds Up Appointments

The reappointment of Jeff Mantes to the position of Commission of the Department of Public Works and the reappointment of Jeff Polenske to the position of City Engineer were held to the call of the chair to start off this meeting. As numerous reappointments have flown through as of late it appears this may be […]

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.

An unknown takes on mayor
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An unknown takes on mayor

Milwaukee Intermodal Station re-opening signals new start

Milwaukee Intermodal Station re-opening signals new start

The new Milwaukee Intermodal Station officially re-opens on Monday November 26th and it exemplifies the good that can come about when Milwaukee’s leaders take a stand and push for something better. The original plan was opposed by mayor Tom Barrett and Alderman Bob Bauman as they felt it wouldn’t do anything to change perception of […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Plenty of Horne: City Moves to Dismiss Rico Suit
Plenty of Horne

City Moves to Dismiss Rico Suit

A Milwaukeeworld Scoop

The Roundup: Buffett Tour on Hold
The Roundup

Buffett Tour on Hold

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

The Roundup: Chest of Drawers Nets $1,808,000
The Roundup

Chest of Drawers Nets $1,808,000

Exclusive to milwaukeeworld.com

The Roundup: Jeff Stone Punk’d?
The Roundup

Jeff Stone Punk’d?

Seems like somebody is messing around with Rep. Jeff Stone's campaign identity.

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: At it Again
The Roundup

At it Again

Alderman asked to make big money decision on 24 hour notice.

The Roundup: Scott Walker and the Milwaukee Curse
The Roundup

Scott Walker and the Milwaukee Curse

Milwaukee has not been the home of many of Wisconsin’s governors.

The Roundup: City Image Logo to be Unveiled Soon
The Roundup

City Image Logo to be Unveiled Soon

The nonprofit Spirit of Milwaukee is undertaking an image rebranding for the community.

The Roundup: Kennedy Walks
The Roundup

Kennedy Walks

Substantial Fine for Possession of Forged Artwork

The Roundup: Taxes Due on Site of Suspicious 2002 OIC Fire
The Roundup

Taxes Due on Site of Suspicious 2002 OIC Fire

On March 10, 2002, a five-alarm fire destroyed the plant of Opportunities Pallet Recycling and Manufacturing Co, Inc.

The Roundup: City Hall Redo
The Roundup

City Hall Redo

Minority hiring goal set.

The Roundup: In-House Election Commission Good Idea?
The Roundup

In-House Election Commission Good Idea?

It is more of an internal workgroup,” Pat Curley said.

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: Voting With The Mayor
The Roundup

Voting With The Mayor

Mayor Barrett’s office announced Monday that he would vote at City Hall at 1 p.m. Tuesday.

The Roundup: Jim Glynn Dead at 64
The Roundup

Jim Glynn Dead at 64

I had no idea it would be this soon.

The Roundup: Crisses Averted
The Roundup

Crisses Averted

Barrett and Walker Announce Plan for Ballots in Milwaukee

The Roundup: Tower De Force
The Roundup

Tower De Force

Mandel’s Groundbreaking High Rise

The Roundup: Burke Gets Break
The Roundup

Burke Gets Break

The Supreme Court granted a stay Friday, and Burke’s trial is postponed.

The Roundup: Drink for Free
The Roundup

Drink for Free

One of the joys of electoral politics is that the polls eventually close on election day and then it is up to us to flock to the parties.

The Roundup: Let My People Shop!
The Roundup

Let My People Shop!

Ald. Zielinski is upset, because Jewel Osco has taken steps to prevent a new grocery store in his district.

The Roundup: Dem Challenge for Panzer Seat
The Roundup

Dem Challenge for Panzer Seat

The disarray of the Republican 20th Senate District has convinced the Democratic Party to field a write-in candidate for primary.

The Roundup: ABC and the Gay Governor
The Roundup

ABC and the Gay Governor

The catch, is that McGreevey announced he was gay, while the lover says he, himself, is straight.

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: Plale Recall Drive Begins
The Roundup

Plale Recall Drive Begins

Can a group of south side political activists pull themselves together enough to acquire 13,212 signatures to force a recall election against Sen. Jeff Plale? Rep. Jon Richards said he doubts it. “This thing is going nowhere,” says Rep. Josh Zepnick. “These people are so lazy! They’ve taken out a newspaper ad asking people to […]

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: “Groundbreaking” for Bridge
The Roundup

“Groundbreaking” for Bridge

It’s not really a groundbreaking without a shovel, so Cecelia Gilbert of the Department of Public Works brought five well-used, albeit ceremonial, spades to the Thursday 27 May event celebrating the beginning of construction of the Holton Marsupial Bridge. Obliging dignitaries, sensing a photo-op, grabbed the shovels and pantomimed digging them into the asphalt pavement […]

The Roundup: Changes at the Election Commission
The Roundup

Changes at the Election Commission

Mayor Tom Barrett says he “will announce a change at the City Election Commission,” according to his statement to the Brady Street Association monthly meeting Tuesday, 18 May at the Hi-Hat Garage. Although he didn’t get down to specifics, you can take it to mean that Executive Director Julietta Henry will be out at the […]

The Roundup: How Did Peggy Know?
The Roundup

How Did Peggy Know?

Over Cocktails in 2001, then-A.G. Candidate Peg Lautenschlager Said Rival would be Indicted

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: Liz Cheney to Open Bush-Cheney Office Here
The Roundup

Liz Cheney to Open Bush-Cheney Office Here

If you are over by Mayfair Monday, you can drop by the grand opening of the Bush–Cheney’04 Wisconsin Headquarters, 2222 N. Mayfair Rd., Wauwatosa.  The opening is open to the press, and Liz Cheney will be available for interviews. The event is at noon and features such other dignitaries as Rep. Leah Vukmir, Rep. Mark […]

The Roundup: The Extraordinary Longevity of Milwaukee Politicians
The Roundup

The Extraordinary Longevity of Milwaukee Politicians

We have had twice as many Mayors as we have had City Treasurers since 1917.

The Roundup: Lautenschlager’s Fast Ones – Past Speeding Tickets Raise Residency Issues
The Roundup

Lautenschlager’s Fast Ones – Past Speeding Tickets Raise Residency Issues

Attorney General Peg Lautenschlager exploits a legal loophole.

The Roundup: On the Fundraiser Trail
The Roundup

On the Fundraiser Trail

David Riemer held a fundraiser and art auction to advance his bid for County Executive. Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design was the place, and over a hundred people showed up to look at the art (a Guido Brink retrospective) and to meet with the candidate March 8th. Wine was served, and the food was […]

The Roundup: Lautenschlager’s Mess
The Roundup

Lautenschlager’s Mess

Attorney General Peg Lautenschlager’s drunk driving arrest last week removes her from behind the wheel of her state-owned vehicle for a year, and puts Governor Jim Doyle in the driver’s seat. The two had squabbled, privately, over terms of the Governor’s jobs bill, with Lautenschlager threatening to use her authority to see that the law […]

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: Clark Picks Up Two State Endorsements
The Roundup

Clark Picks Up Two State Endorsements

Two of Wisconsin’s elder statespeople jumped on the Wesley Clark for President bandwagon recently. Former alderman, secretary of state and attorney Vel Phillips, who most recently issued the oath of office to Acting Mayor Marvin Pratt says she backs the Arkansas general for president. With her support, she joins such black leaders as Charles Rangel […]

The Roundup: No Challenge to Hill Papers
The Roundup

No Challenge to Hill Papers

But Halbrooks says Election Commission’s Extended Hours Helped Opponent

The Roundup: Art Jones Pension better than $100K per year
The Roundup

Art Jones Pension better than $100K per year

Two other Mayoral candidates eligible soon

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: “Thugs” a Favorite Frankovis Term
The Roundup

“Thugs” a Favorite Frankovis Term

Nobody minded when the cop called thugs “thugs” back in 2001

The Roundup: Who’s on Fifth?
The Roundup

Who’s on Fifth?

An $89 billion bank is muscling its way into the Milwaukee market, and you read about it here first.

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: Is Scott Walker Qualified To Be County Exec?
Murphy’s Law

Is Scott Walker Qualified To Be County Exec?

Rep. Scott K. Walker (R-Wauwatosa) was the first candidate to announce for county executive, and is widely considered one of the front-runners for the position.

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: 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: Could Ed Thompson Get Elected Governor?
Murphy’s Law

Could Ed Thompson Get Elected Governor?

It's a wacky idea, but Ed Thompson may turn out to be a real spoiler in the race for governor.

Murphy’s Law: Ameritech Catches Political Fire From Competitors
Murphy’s Law

Ameritech Catches Political Fire From Competitors

Open up this month's Ameritech bill and you may find a surprise.

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: Will Taxes Be the Key Issue in the Governor’s Race?
Murphy’s Law

Will Taxes Be the Key Issue in the Governor’s Race?

In the wake of the tragedy in New York and Washington, the Democratic candidates for governor have slowed down their campaigning, but they have been strategizing as to what the major issues will be in next fall's election.

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: The Sad Saga of Rep. Steve Nass
Murphy’s Law

The Sad Saga of Rep. Steve Nass

These are not good days for Rep. Steve Nass (R-Whitewater).

Murphy’s Law: Is Jim Sensenbrenner America’s Cheapest Congressman?
Murphy’s Law

Is Jim Sensenbrenner America’s Cheapest Congressman?

It must be tough being married to James Sensenbrenner.

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: Why The Mayor is Not Dead
Murphy’s Law

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?"