Top 10 Stories of 2016
Grand Ave changes, inside Paul Ryan's home, JS archive vanishes and much more.
The biggest political stories of the year in the state, from Trump carrying Wisconsin to the Republicans’ increase in power in the legislature and the end of the John Doe investigation, were detailed by our columnist Steven Walters.
But what were the most popular stories with our readers? In 2016, Urban Milwaukee totaled more than 5.5 million page views, a new record. Generally speaking, our most popular stories detailed the remarkable pace of development in the City of Milwaukee, including new plans for the Grand Avenue Mall (most-read story of the year) to the plan for The Couture along the lakefront (7th most popular) to our photo essay documenting changes in the city’s landscape (8th most popular).
Huge readership numbers were also seen for stories about the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel eliminating its online archive of stories (two stories on this were in the Top 10), the controversy over the allegedly anti-semitic sculpture in Shorewood, and a House Confidential (always popular with readers) about the home of Republican congressman and House Speaker Paul Ryan.
Here is the complete list of our Top 10 most popular stories. If you haven’t yet read them, here’s another chance to join the crowd.
UW Prof listens to people in 29 rural communities, learns why they like Gov. Walker.
Plan envisions public market and major grocery, movie theater and indoor sports complex.
Think Milwaukee moves slowly? These dramatic interactive images will change your mind.
County to move bus routes off site at end of month, demolition of building imminent.
How the media amplified dumb attack on public sculpture and why Shorewood took it down.
Library turned down NewsBank offer; Journal Sentinel promises archive, but when?
House Speaker’s Georgian home might befit a founding father. Take that, Donald Trump.
Key facts, scientific consensus on climate change and Great Lakes removed.
Entire Google archive of more than a century of stories is gone. Why?
From dead mall to vibrant city center, see the plan for Grand Avenue Mall