Dave Reid

Dave Reid

Publisher, and co-founder, Urban Milwaukee, Inc.
Dave currently lives in East Town and has become a strong advocate for urbanist ideals. In 2008 he started the organization UWM Downtown in an attempt to convince UWM that expansion of UWM’s College of Engineering and Applied Science should be located in downtown Milwaukee, not in Wauwatosa. He sat on the Board of Directors of the Friends of Lakeshore State Park for a number of years. Today, he is the President of Cathedral Square Friends. He believes for Milwaukee to grow we need to improve mass transit, encourage density, and promote place making.

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Best of Doors Open: Inside Saint John’s on the Lake
Best of Doors Open

Inside Saint John’s on the Lake

The 21-story retirement home has unique amenities, including an art gallery and both a garden and bee hives residents can help maintain.

Best of Doors Open: The Magnificent Basilica
Best of Doors Open

The Magnificent Basilica

St. Josaphat is a popular tourist and Doors Open destination. Our photos take you inside.

Follow the George Floyd Protests Here

Follow the George Floyd Protests Here

Follow the George Floyd protests and get the latest news here.

Organizers End Cathedral Square Protest
Protesters Pass Bayshore, Head Back South
The Laughing Tap

The Laughing Tap

Best of Doors Open: The Magnificent Basilica
Best of Doors Open

The Magnificent Basilica

St. Josaphat is a popular tourist and Doors Open destination. Our photos take you inside.

Best of Doors Open: Inside Saint John’s on the Lake
Best of Doors Open

Inside Saint John’s on the Lake

The 21-story retirement home has unique amenities, including an art gallery and both a garden and bee hives residents can help maintain.

Best of Doors Open: Inside the McIntosh–Goodrich Mansion
Best of Doors Open

Inside the McIntosh–Goodrich Mansion

Great architecture with a fun history.

Best of Doors Open: Inside the Wells Building
Best of Doors Open

Inside the Wells Building

Step inside the 15-story high-rise, which was the largest terra cotta building in the world when built in 1901.

Best of Doors Open: Inside the Global Water Center
Best of Doors Open

Inside the Global Water Center

Our photos capture a beautiful facility focused on beefing up the city's research and innovation.

Best of Doors Open: Inside Saint John’s on the Lake
Best of Doors Open

Inside Saint John’s on the Lake

The 21-story retirement home has unique amenities, including an art gallery and both a garden and bee hives residents can help maintain.

Best of Doors Open: The Magnificent Basilica
Best of Doors Open

The Magnificent Basilica

St. Josaphat is a popular tourist and Doors Open destination. Our photos take you inside.

Best of Doors Open: Inside the Global Water Center
Best of Doors Open

Inside the Global Water Center

Our photos capture a beautiful facility focused on beefing up the city's research and innovation.

Best of Doors Open: The Magnificent Basilica
Best of Doors Open

The Magnificent Basilica

St. Josaphat is a popular tourist and Doors Open destination. Our photos take you inside.

Best of Doors Open: Inside Saint John’s on the Lake
Best of Doors Open

Inside Saint John’s on the Lake

The 21-story retirement home has unique amenities, including an art gallery and both a garden and bee hives residents can help maintain.

Best of Doors Open: Inside the Wells Building
Best of Doors Open

Inside the Wells Building

Step inside the 15-story high-rise, which was the largest terra cotta building in the world when built in 1901.

Best of Doors Open: Inside the Mackie Building
Best of Doors Open

Inside the Mackie Building

Our photos take you inside the 1879 structure, the former Grain Exchange, and one of the city's most historic and beautiful buildings.

Best of Doors Open: Inside the McIntosh–Goodrich Mansion
Best of Doors Open

Inside the McIntosh–Goodrich Mansion

Great architecture with a fun history. First in a series of Doors Open previews.

Doors Open: Milwaukee Blacksmith’s Reality
Doors Open

Milwaukee Blacksmith’s Reality

Forging ahead, but for how long?

Best of Doors Open: Inside the Mackie Building
Best of Doors Open

Inside the Mackie Building

Our photos take you inside the 1879 structure, the former Grain Exchange, and one of the city's most historic and beautiful buildings.

Best of Doors Open: Inside Saint John’s on the Lake
Best of Doors Open

Inside Saint John’s on the Lake

The 21-story retirement home has unique amenities, including an art gallery and both a garden and bee hives residents can help maintain.

Best of Doors Open: Inside the Global Water Center
Best of Doors Open

Inside the Global Water Center

Our photos capture a beautiful facility that should beef up the city's research and innovation.

Best of Doors Open: Inside the Wells Building
Best of Doors Open

Inside the Wells Building

Step inside the 15-story high-rise, which was the largest terra cotta building in the world when built in 1901.

Best of Doors Open: The Magnificent Basilica
Best of Doors Open

The Magnificent Basilica

St. Josaphat is a popular tourist and Doors Open destination. Our photos show why.

Best of Doors Open: Inside the McIntosh–Goodrich Mansion
Best of Doors Open

Inside the McIntosh–Goodrich Mansion

Not only great architecture, it’s where Liberace and mayor Carl Zeidler took music classes.

Plats And Parcels: 5 Wangard Projects to Watch For in 2016
Plats And Parcels

5 Wangard Projects to Watch For in 2016

A big year for the developer and proof the city's development momentum hasn't slowed.

Best of Doors Open: Inside the McIntosh–Goodrich Mansion
Best of Doors Open

Inside the McIntosh–Goodrich Mansion

The historic mansion, one of the last along this stretch of Prospect Ave., is a beauty, as our photos show.

Best of Doors Open: Inside the Mackie Building
Best of Doors Open

Inside the Mackie Building

Our photos take you inside the 1879 structure, the former Grain Exchange, and one of the city's most historic and beautiful buildings.

Best of Doors Open: Inside Saint John’s on the Lake
Best of Doors Open

Inside Saint John’s on the Lake

The 21-story retirement home has unique amenities, including an art gallery and both a garden and bee hives residents can help maintain.

Best of Doors Open: Inside the Wells Building
Best of Doors Open

Inside the Wells Building

Step inside the 15-story high-rise, which was the largest terra cotta building in the world when built in 1901.

Best of Doors Open: Inside the Global Water Center
Best of Doors Open

Inside the Global Water Center

Our photos capture a beautiful new facility that should beef up the city's research and innovation.

Best of Doors Open: The Magnificent Basilica
Best of Doors Open

The Magnificent Basilica

St. Josaphat is a popular tourist and Doors Open destination. Our photos show why.

Friday Photos: New Jesuit Residence in Town
Friday Photos

New Jesuit Residence in Town

It's got five floors, 25 resident rooms, a central chapel and a Marquette campus location.

Plats and Parcels: Trend-Setting High-Rise Offers No Parking
Plats and Parcels

Trend-Setting High-Rise Offers No Parking

10-floor, 72-unit apartment complex proposed for Downtown includes no parking spots.

Plats and Parcels: Bucks Arena Triggering More Downtown Deals?
Plats and Parcels

Bucks Arena Triggering More Downtown Deals?

Downtown is a "on a roll," a developer says, and momentum is building for more real estate moves.

Plats and Parcels: Is Bucks Arena a Done Deal?
Plats and Parcels

Is Bucks Arena a Done Deal?

The way the team's owners are buying up downtown land, they're clearly certain the deal will pass.

Photo Gallery: Night Market Opening Night
Photo Gallery

Night Market Opening Night

Is the Night Market a solution to how to enliven W. Wisconsin Ave? At the very least it's a great festival, as our photos document.

Photo Gallery: 2015 Pride Parade
Photo Gallery

2015 Pride Parade

The Pride Parade was once again the place to be in early June.

Plats and Parcels: 342 More Apartments Approved
Plats and Parcels

342 More Apartments Approved

New projects approved for Water Street and East Side. Plus, a 120-unit complex coming to Walker's Point would increase total to 462 apartments.

Friday Photos: Sojourner Center Will Be a National Model
Friday Photos

Sojourner Center Will Be a National Model

The 56-bed Sojourner Family Peace Center will be the nation's largest comprehensive provider of domestic violence prevention and intervention services.

Plats and Parcels: 1,449 New Apartments Coming
Plats and Parcels

1,449 New Apartments Coming

And more are on the way, all within a two-mile radius of City Hall.

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

Mayor’s Design Awards

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

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.

Plats and Parcels: Bay View’s Golden Age?
Plats and Parcels

Bay View’s Golden Age?

A proposal for five new apartment buildings in Bay View. And will At Random be razed?

Plats and Parcels: Plans Proceed to Enhance Lakefront
Plats and Parcels

Plans Proceed to Enhance Lakefront

An internationally unique visitors center announced for Lakeshore State Park. And the Lakefront Gateway Project proceeds.

Plats and Parcels: Renaissance on S. 2nd Street
Plats and Parcels

Renaissance on S. 2nd Street

Three five-story apartment buildings are planned for 2nd and Washington. Credit goes to the planned streetcar and design modifications to narrow the street.

Friday Photos: 1800 E. North Ave. Arises From the Ashes
Friday Photos

1800 E. North Ave. Arises From the Ashes

Five years after the Pizza Man fire, a mixed-use building with 39 apartments and 6,000 square feet for retail is nearly built. But what about those darn ventilation grills?

Plats and Parcels: Bucks Create a Media Orgy!
Plats and Parcels

Bucks Create a Media Orgy!

Their press conference releasing the plan for new arena and development generated at least 20 stories. Mission accomplished.

Friday Photos: Early Progress on Kimpton Hotel
Friday Photos

Early Progress on Kimpton Hotel

The nine-floor, 158-room hotel will fill a gap on Broadway, and add more density and foot traffic to the bustling Third Ward.

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."

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.

Friday Photos: NM’s 27-Hour Concrete Pour
Friday Photos

NM’s 27-Hour Concrete Pour

Photos and a time-lapse video of the project that poured 10,000 cubic yards of concrete for what will become the state's biggest building.

Plats and Parcels: More Delays in Lakefront Development
Plats and Parcels

More Delays in Lakefront Development

County board's contradictory proposals on O'Donnell Park and court case affecting The Couture continue to stall potential development.

Friday Photos: Walker’s Landing Aims for Third Ward Style
Friday Photos

Walker’s Landing Aims for Third Ward Style

133 unit apartment complex on Commerce Street is beginning construction a bit later than planned. Our photos capture the early progress.

Plats and Parcels: Water Hub Will Add New Office Building
Plats and Parcels

Water Hub Will Add New Office Building

Water Tech One, an 80,000-square-foot, four-story office building, will be the first constructed in the Global Water Technology Park.

Friday Photos: 833 East Building Making Progress
Friday Photos

833 East Building Making Progress

Despite some serious problems that arose, construction of the $102 million, 18-story office building on East Michigan is proceeding, as our photos show.

Plats and Parcels: Indianapolis Comes to Bay View?
Plats and Parcels

Indianapolis Comes to Bay View?

New $40 million, 307-apartment proposal for Bay View offered only a rendering of an Indianapolis project by the developer. When do we get the full package?

Friday Photos: The Northwestern Mutual Tower Begins
Friday Photos

The Northwestern Mutual Tower Begins

NM is laying the structure for huge, 32-floor complex that will be largest building in the state.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Bublr Bikes Returns
Eyes on Milwaukee

Bublr Bikes Returns

Second season of bike-sharing program aims for simpler pricing and four times as many bikes and stations.

Plats and Parcels: 229 New Apartments in Brewers’ Hill
Plats and Parcels

229 New Apartments in Brewers’ Hill

But one of the two new buildings being developed generated grr-ipes from Matt Wild and Mary Louise Schumacher. Dare we disagree?

Plats and Parcels: Northwestern Mutual Could Demolish a City Block
Plats and Parcels

Northwestern Mutual Could Demolish a City Block

Will entire city block be used to build 1,000 car parking garage? And will The Couture dispute ever get settled?

Friday Photos: Progress on Frederick Lofts
Friday Photos

Progress on Frederick Lofts

New building in The Brewery, named after Capt. Frederick Pabst, will feature 100 apartments plus parking.

Plats and Parcels: Bay View Boos Building
Plats and Parcels

Bay View Boos Building

Some pan the design of proposed Bay View "gateway" project. Meanwhile, the Dover Street School project hits a snag.

Plats and Parcels: Huge Growth for Brady and Water
Plats and Parcels

Huge Growth for Brady and Water

Three different developments will add 740 apartments and tremendous urban density to the area.

Plats and Parcels: Walker’s Point on the Rise
Plats and Parcels

Walker’s Point on the Rise

South 2nd St. is booming and redevelopment on National Ave. may follow a similar pattern.

Friday Photos: UWM’s First New Academic Building in 20 Years
Friday Photos

UWM’s First New Academic Building in 20 Years

The nearly completed, $80 million, five-floor interdisciplinary center should raise university's national research profile.

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?

Friday Photos: North End III is Rising
Friday Photos

North End III is Rising

New complex with 168 apartments will add density to an area that's booming with development.

Plats and Parcels: A Week of Ground-Breaking News
Plats and Parcels

A Week of Ground-Breaking News

Announcement of Johnson Controls' 50-story lakefront tower is week's biggest development.

Friday Photos: Inside the World’s Tallest Qdoba?
Friday Photos

Inside the World’s Tallest Qdoba?

Finally there is activity in the 14-story building on Juneau and Water that's been occupied only by a Qdoba since 2008.

Best of Doors Open: Inside the McIntosh–Goodrich Mansion
Best of Doors Open

Inside the McIntosh–Goodrich Mansion

Great architecture with a fun history.

Best of Doors Open: Inside the Mackie Building
Best of Doors Open

Inside the Mackie Building

Our photos take you inside the 1879 structure, the former Grain Exchange, and one of the city's most historic and beautiful buildings.

Best of Doors Open: Inside Saint John’s on the Lake
Best of Doors Open

Inside Saint John’s on the Lake

The 21-story retirement home has unique amenities, including an art gallery and both a garden and bee hives residents can help maintain.

Best of Doors Open: Inside the Wells Building
Best of Doors Open

Inside the Wells Building

Step inside the 15-story high-rise, which was the largest terra cotta building in the world when built in 1901.

Doors Open: Inside the Standard at East Library
Doors Open

Inside the Standard at East Library

Our photos capture the interior of a one-bedroom apartment, its great views, and the rooftop deck.

Doors Open: Inside Park Lafayette Towers Apartments
Doors Open

Inside Park Lafayette Towers Apartments

Our photos take you on a tour inside Park Lafayette and reveal a hidden urban oasis in the sky.

Hard Hat Tour: Inside Sage on Jackson
Hard Hat Tour

Inside Sage on Jackson

Just how green is it?

Photo Gallery: 2014 Bay View Bash
Photo Gallery

2014 Bay View Bash

This weekend, the Bay View Bash closed out Milwaukee's festival season. Our photos capture the fun.

Photo Gallery: 2014 USA Triathlon Championships
Photo Gallery

2014 USA Triathlon Championships

Thousands of athletes take over the lakefront for two days of national races.

Friday Photos: The Avenir Nears Completion
Friday Photos

The Avenir Nears Completion

Featuring 104 apartments and 7,000 square feet of retail space, it's the first mixed-use building constructed on the county's portion of Park East land.

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.

Photo Gallery: 2014 Center Street Daze
Photo Gallery

2014 Center Street Daze

Actually it's a one-day fest, but with enough craziness to leave you a bit dazed.

Photo Gallery: 2014 Bronzeville Arts & Cultural Festival
Photo Gallery

2014 Bronzeville Arts & Cultural Festival

Festival kicked off Bronzeville Week, a celebration that is also aimed at redeveloping the neighborhood.

Photo Gallery: 2014 Riverwest 24
Photo Gallery

2014 Riverwest 24

It was a weekend of pedaling, paddling, poor sleep, and participating in Riverwest. Our photos capture the craziness.

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.

Photo Gallery: Opening Night of NEWaukee’s Night Market
Photo Gallery

Opening Night of NEWaukee’s Night Market

Art, music, community and… shopping. Yes, it was all happening at the Night Market.

Photo Gallery: Brasil on Brady!
Photo Gallery

Brasil on Brady!

Brady Street once again shut down, as huge crowd gathers for Sunday's World Cup final, in a carnival-like celebration.

Photo Gallery: Fog Fest 2014
Photo Gallery

Fog Fest 2014

Summerfest's opening ceremony had lots of notables and lots of fog, but our camera captured the scene anyway.

Friday Photos: Pabst Business Center Nears Completion
Friday Photos

Pabst Business Center Nears Completion

The $10 million, 73,000 square-foot office building at the Brewery will open to new tenants this year.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Bike-Sharing Comes To The Burbs
Eyes on Milwaukee

Bike-Sharing Comes To The Burbs

Shorewood, Tosa and West Allis would each have 10-15 stations and would be part of a regional system.

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.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Biking With The Mayors
Eyes on Milwaukee

Biking With The Mayors

Madison's former mayor joins Tom Barrett and various city employees for the annual Bike to Work.

Photo Gallery: Bay View Dog Park Opens
Photo Gallery

Bay View Dog Park Opens

A mini-city of dog lovers finally has a park for their critters to roam.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Parklet Coming to the Third Ward
Eyes on Milwaukee

Parklet Coming to the Third Ward

Club Charlie's will reclaim loading zone and use it for cafe seating.

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.

Friday Photos: Transforming Reed Street Yards
Friday Photos

Transforming Reed Street Yards

The city is spending $6.2 million to pave way for new water technology park.

Friday Photos: Digging Up Our History
Friday Photos

Digging Up Our History

Construction of Frederick Lofts has unearthed tunnels used by Pabst Brewery to keep its beer cold.

Friday Photos: UWM’s New $80 Million Project
Friday Photos

UWM’s New $80 Million Project

Our photos capture progress on constructing the Kenwood Interdisciplinary Research Complex.

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.

Friday Photos: The Greenest Ever and Going Up
Friday Photos

The Greenest Ever and Going Up

Sage on Jackson would be the greenest multi-family structure in Wisconsin and Illinois.

Eyes on Milwaukee: North End Phase Gets $2 Million in Funding
Eyes on Milwaukee

North End Phase Gets $2 Million in Funding

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

Eyes on Milwaukee: Renner Wanted to Buy O’Donnell Garage
Eyes on Milwaukee

Renner Wanted to Buy O’Donnell Garage

Walker emails show Renner was a donor who contacted the 2010 gubernatorial campaign about buying and redeveloping the O'Donnell Parking Garage.

Friday Photos: Progress on the Pabst Center
Friday Photos

Progress on the Pabst Center

Construction photos of the Pabst Business Center, the first such development in a decade.

Friday Photos: The Future Rises in the Park East
Friday Photos

The Future Rises in the Park East

The Avenir or "future" is a new five-floor, 104-unit apartment building rising before us.

Friday Photos: Prospect Mall is Partially Open
Friday Photos

Prospect Mall is Partially Open

Look, a sandwich shop disguised as a construction site!

Photo Gallery: New East Library Complex Rising
Photo Gallery

New East Library Complex Rising

Will The Standard set a new standard for local libraries? Our photos capture progress of construction.

Friday Photos: A Home for Artists
Friday Photos

A Home for Artists

MIAD has made great progress on its six-story student housing project.

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.

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.

Friday Photos: First Downtown Office Building in 12 Years
Friday Photos

First Downtown Office Building in 12 Years

Work has started on the Pabst Business Center, and our photos capture the progress.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Commission Approves 6-Story East Side Apartments
Eyes on Milwaukee

Commission Approves 6-Story East Side Apartments

City Plan Commission unanimously approves proposed, 100-unit apartment complex.

Friday Photos: Casino Construction
Friday Photos

Casino Construction

While the Menominee wait to hear if they can build a casino, the Potawatomi Casino Hotel is moving toward completion.

Eyes on Milwaukee: More Northwestern Mutual Skyscraper Renderings
Eyes on Milwaukee

More Northwestern Mutual Skyscraper Renderings

Northwestern Mutual's new office tower isn't just a skyscraper.

Eyes on Milwaukee: City Authority Okays New Beerline Buildings
Eyes on Milwaukee

City Authority Okays New Beerline Buildings

RACM approves two apartment buildings with 113 units that will increase density on N. Commerce St.

Eyes on Milwaukee: They Like It, They Really Like It
Eyes on Milwaukee

They Like It, They Really Like It

East Side Architectural Review Board unanimously approves design for 6-story, 100-unit Greenwich Park Apartments

Eyes on Milwaukee: New Design for Greenwich Park Apartments
Eyes on Milwaukee

New Design for Greenwich Park Apartments

The 6-story East Side apartment building will have 100 units -- and lots of parking.

Eyes on Milwaukee: The Growing City
Eyes on Milwaukee

The Growing City

Updates on three new developments. Plus: a photographic tour of the Ward hall.

Doors Open: Views from Wisconsin Gas Building
Doors Open

Views from Wisconsin Gas Building

Rarely-seen views from the 1920s Art Deco building. But alas, we couldn't get inside the flame.

Best of Doors Open: Inside the Global Water Center
Best of Doors Open

Inside the Global Water Center

Our photos capture a beautiful facility focused on beefing up the city's research and innovation.

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.

Best of Doors Open: The Magnificent Basilica
Best of Doors Open

The Magnificent Basilica

St. Josaphat is a popular tourist and Doors Open destination. Our photos take you inside.

Doors Open: City Hall Bell Tower Tour
Doors Open

City Hall Bell Tower Tour

70 photos capture the secrets of City Hall and views from the tower which countless people enjoyed at Doors Open.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Demo Day at Marquette
Eyes on Milwaukee

Demo Day at Marquette

Demolition at 14th and Wells will make way for a 6-floor, 80-unit, private student housing development by Opus Group.

Friday Photos: Under Construction: Pabst Professional Center
Friday Photos

Under Construction: Pabst Professional Center

New building adds to diversity of design at the former Pabst Brewery complex.

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.

Eyes on Milwaukee: 27 Miles of Bike Lanes
Eyes on Milwaukee

27 Miles of Bike Lanes

Lots of new bike lane segments add up to 27 miles of new lanes within Milwaukee.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Oakland & North Project Stalled Yet Again
Eyes on Milwaukee

Oakland & North Project Stalled Yet Again

Review board says the design of proposed mixed-use building is still not good enough for such an important site.

Eyes on Milwaukee: World Naked Bike Ride Coming!
Eyes on Milwaukee

World Naked Bike Ride Coming!

Next July Milwaukee strips down to join 70 cities globally that hold naked bike rides.

Friday Photos: The Solar Museum
Friday Photos

The Solar Museum

An 8-story wall of solar panels, 234 in all, will give a big energy boost to the Milwaukee Public Museum.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Milwaukee’s First Parklet!
Eyes on Milwaukee

Milwaukee’s First Parklet!

A global movement to turn parking spaces into public amenities has spread to the East Side, with a new, curbside dining patio.

Friday Photos: The Longest Yard
Friday Photos

The Longest Yard

Why does MSOE's new soccer field and parking lot make us think of a prison?

Friday Photos: Silhouette Now Open
Friday Photos

Silhouette Now Open

The third building in Mandel Group's ever-growing North End apartment development is now available for move-in.

Photo Gallery: 24 Hours of Fun
Photo Gallery

24 Hours of Fun

277 teams competing, with odd bikes, "Godfather" scenes and of course, tattoos. Our photos capture the Riverwest 24 bicycle race.

Photo Gallery: A Peek Inside Pizza Man
Photo Gallery

A Peek Inside Pizza Man

The new Downer Avenue restaurant is almost done, as our photos show.

Friday Photos: A New Look for 27th Street
Friday Photos

A New Look for 27th Street

The new $10 million project on 27th and Wisconsin is nearly complete, as our photos show.

Photo Gallery: Preview of Three Bridges Park
Photo Gallery

Preview of Three Bridges Park

The new Menomonee Valley park opens on Saturday, and our photos offer a sneak peek.

Supervisors Stall $60 Million Park East Proposal

Supervisors Stall $60 Million Park East Proposal

Citing lack of "information," county committee in essence reopens the process of selecting a developer for Park East Block 22.

Nomad World Cup Village Wins First Match

Nomad World Cup Village Wins First Match

County committee okays temporary lease for Nomad bar's huge, month-long, outdoor World Cup event on Park East land.

Friday Photos: 31 New Riverwest Townhomes
Friday Photos

31 New Riverwest Townhomes

Construction has begun on Humboldt Blvd. units slated for completion by late fall.

North Avenue Complex West of River Gets New Design

North Avenue Complex West of River Gets New Design

The design includes plenty of parking, an outdoor patio and maybe a bocce ball court!

New 4-Story Apartment Complex for Brewers’ Hill

New 4-Story Apartment Complex for Brewers’ Hill

A 53-unit apartment building is proposed at a controversial site on Holton Street.

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.

Friday Photos: The Demolition at MIAD
Friday Photos

The Demolition at MIAD

Demolition has started at 252 E. Menomonee St. and soon MIAD's six-story residence hall will go up in the Third Ward.

Friday Photos: Whimsy Walks
Friday Photos

Whimsy Walks

Milwaukee's first whimsy walk arrived on Cathedral Square this week. More to come?

Photo Gallery: Milwaukee’s First Bike-sharing Station
Photo Gallery

Milwaukee’s First Bike-sharing Station

A demonstration bike-sharing station will open on July 1st at Discovery World.

Friday Photos: Marriott Hotel Opens Next Week
Friday Photos

Marriott Hotel Opens Next Week

And our photos capture what the new era will look like.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Bike Sharing and Permeable Pavement
Eyes on Milwaukee

Bike Sharing and Permeable Pavement

City committee approves spending $100,000 on bike sharing in Walker’s Point, and the MMSD will experiment with permeable pavement.

Car Culture: Why WisDOT Is Behind the Times
Car Culture

Why WisDOT Is Behind the Times

Auto traffic per capita has declined since 2004, other states now spend less on highways, but Wisconsin wants to keep expanding.

Friday Photos: Kenwood Interdisciplinary Research Complex Starts to Rise
Friday Photos

Kenwood Interdisciplinary Research Complex Starts to Rise

Construction continues on the $80 million Kenwood Interdisciplinary Research Complex.

Friday Photos: East Terrace Apartments Taking Shape
Friday Photos

East Terrace Apartments Taking Shape

They're all corner units in the Jackson Street complex, and you can set the thermostat with your iPhone.

Photo Gallery: Mobile Bike Hub Unveiled
Photo Gallery

Mobile Bike Hub Unveiled

It will provide bicycle parts, maintenance help, and safety lessons for three south-side neighborhoods.

Friday Photos: The North End Phase II
Friday Photos

The North End Phase II

From new buildings to riverwalk improvements, lots of changes are underway.

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.

Friday Photos: Infill, Infill, Infill
Friday Photos

Infill, Infill, Infill

Updates and photos of three infill projects on Jackson Street.

Five-Story Mixed-Use Building for Capitol Drive Moves Forward

Five-Story Mixed-Use Building for Capitol Drive Moves Forward

The $9 million project combines a charter school, job training center, and an apartment complex and sports a green roof.

Friday Photos: Marsupial Bridge Connection At Mid-Point
Friday Photos

Marsupial Bridge Connection At Mid-Point

Renderings of how the bridge will better connect to pedestrians and photos of ongoing progress.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Riverwest 24 Registration Gets Huge Turnout
Eyes on Milwaukee

Riverwest 24 Registration Gets Huge Turnout

Hundreds began arriving as soon as 5:30 a.m. to sign up for the event. And as we stood in line more new developments for Milwaukee were announced.

Eyes on Milwaukee: The New Third Ward Alterra’s Design
Eyes on Milwaukee

The New Third Ward Alterra’s Design

Here are the renderings of a design that embraces the street and bicycle culture.

Friday Photos: Casino Hotel is Coming
Friday Photos

Casino Hotel is Coming

The Potawatomi Bingo Casino Hotel is rising, as our photos show, but with two floors fewer than planned.

Make Way for Wisconsin’s Largest Building!

Make Way for Wisconsin’s Largest Building!

Plan for new NML building has been expanded to make it the state's largest building.

Friday Photos: The Moderne’s New Restaurant
Friday Photos

The Moderne’s New Restaurant

Carson's Prime Steaks and Famous BBQ will open at the luxury high-rise The Moderne. Early photos of the build-out.

Photo Gallery: The Hangout Gets Real
Photo Gallery

The Hangout Gets Real

The Young Professionals event at City Hall triggers some discussion of race in Milwaukee.

Young Professionals Discuss Sustainable Milwaukee

Young Professionals Discuss Sustainable Milwaukee

Second annual Young Professional Week features a panel discussion at City Hall on April 15th moderated by Urban Milwaukee.

Friday Photos: The State’s Square Deal
Friday Photos

The State’s Square Deal

Progress of the state's new, $10 million office building on 27th St.

Friday Photos: Inside the Brewhouse Inn
Friday Photos

Inside the Brewhouse Inn

The conversion of the 1877 Pabst Brewhouse into The Brewhouse Inn & Suites is near completion. The photos tell quite a story.

31 Townhomes Coming to Riverwest

31 Townhomes Coming to Riverwest

All are apartments with lots of amenities but do they maximize their proximity to the river?

Car Culture: Walker’s Massive Borrowing Scheme
Car Culture

Walker’s Massive Borrowing Scheme

His increase in road spending and refusal to increase gas tax could leave state paying 25% of transportation budget to debt service.

MU Campus Apartments Approved

MU Campus Apartments Approved

Council approves zoning change for 6-floor, 80-apartment project at 14th and Wells. Latest renderings released, too.

Friday Photos: New Marriott Hotel Still Controversial?
Friday Photos

New Marriott Hotel Still Controversial?

The hotel got a lot of state WHEDA money that was supposed to target Milwaukee's central city job centers. Still, the hotel is a boost for downtown.

Six Floors for Marquette Students

Six Floors for Marquette Students

A proposed development at 14th and Wells envisions 80 high-end apartments targeted to MU students.

87 Units Along the River

87 Units Along the River

The details and renderings for a proposed, four-story building along the Milwaukee River designed by Eppstein Uhen.

Northwestern Mutual Tower Advances

Northwestern Mutual Tower Advances

Proposal that's a "celebration of Downtown" sails through the city's Redevelopment Authority.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Witkowiak Runs Off to Siberia
Eyes on Milwaukee

Witkowiak Runs Off to Siberia

The former alderman is an obsessive marathon runner. And the city gets 2000 more trees.

Six Stories of MIAD Students

Six Stories of MIAD Students

Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design releases plans for new residence hall that brings students back to the Third Ward.

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.

Friday Photos: Jackson Street Heats Up
Friday Photos

Jackson Street Heats Up

Two of the three Jackson St. apartment projects are under construction.

“It is Pizza Man”

“It is Pizza Man”

Landmark restaurant is one step closer to re-opening, with a design that borrows from Cafe Benelux.

Friday Photos: Parking, Parking, Parking
Friday Photos

Parking, Parking, Parking

More parking for more cars in the Park East corridor.

Pizza Man Coming to Downer Ave

Pizza Man Coming to Downer Ave

All signs point to an East Side reemergence for the famed pizza place.

Friday Photos: Room at the Inn
Friday Photos

Room at the Inn

Two new hotels and hundreds of new rooms are coming to East Town.

Friday Photos: The Old Made New
Friday Photos

The Old Made New

Three projects near downtown are helping to rebuild a neighborhood and regenerate a river.

Bait and Switch?

Bait and Switch?

One building was presented, but another is being built. Ald. Bauman's proposal will end such practices.

Power Play

Power Play

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

Friday Photos: Winter Approaches at The North End
Friday Photos

Winter Approaches at The North End

Construction crews work to complete the second phase of The North End.

Friday Photos: Saving Old Main
Friday Photos

Saving Old Main

Finally, some long overdue repairs to one of America’s most endangered historic places.

Whoops, We Changed Our Mind

Whoops, We Changed Our Mind

The Public Service Commission changes course and delays decision on who must pay utility costs for Milwaukee Streetcar.

Rush to Judgement

Rush to Judgement

Whew. A county committee quickly approves a barely-vetted proposal for a new hotel.

Four More Years

Four More Years

The Common Council approves the reappointment of DCD Commissioner Rocky Marcoux for another term.

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 24. September 2012

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 24. September 2012

Approval of a brownfield loan for the Park East Square project was a hot development topic last week.

Car Culture: PARK(ing) Day 2012
Car Culture

PARK(ing) Day 2012

Expanding public space, one parking spot at a time.

Park East Square Loan Approved

Park East Square Loan Approved

Union opposition to Park East Square evaporates.

The Saga Continues

The Saga Continues

Once again, a city committee approved -- after disagreeing -- the reappointment of DCD Commissioner Rocky Marcoux.

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 17. September 2012

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 17. September 2012

WisDOT's ignoring of federal civil rights requirements was a hot topic last week.

Friday Photos: Three for the Show
Friday Photos

Three for the Show

A new amphitheater and two new apartment projects break ground in Riverwest and the Lower East Side.

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 10. September 2012

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 10. September 2012

The redevelopment of the Airline Yards and expansion of the Hank Aaron State Trail was a hot story last week.

Car Culture: Groups Sue to Stop Zoo Interchange
Car Culture

Groups Sue to Stop Zoo Interchange

No money for transit, but plenty for freeway expansion.

Friday Photos: Construction Continues
Friday Photos

Construction Continues

The downtown Marriott hotel is rising fast.

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 20. August 2012

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 20. August 2012

The most shocking news from last week was Chris Abele's firing of Sue Black.

Friday Photos: Water Accelerator Center
Friday Photos

Water Accelerator Center

Walker's Point will soon be home to the Water Accelerator Center.

They Ruined Our Lives

They Ruined Our Lives

Union members fight city loan to Wangard Partners, delaying proposed Park East development.

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 13. August 2012

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 13. August 2012

The demolition of the Sydney Hih, and the Bay View Alterra soft opening were the hot topics last week.

Friday Photos: Bay View Alterra is Open for Business
Friday Photos

Bay View Alterra is Open for Business

Alterra's new Bay View location is a creatively cozy addition to Milwaukee.

Car Culture: Highway Bill?
Car Culture

Highway Bill?

Cars, not people, win this round.

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 6. August 2012

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 6. August 2012

The Riverwest 24, an office building proposal at The Brewery, and Waukesha's water request were the hot topics last week.

Friday Photos: The North End Continues to Rise
Friday Photos

The North End Continues to Rise

Residential development rises in the Park East..

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 30. July 2012

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 30. July 2012

The Sydney Hih, The Couture, and Rocky's reappointment were the hot topics last week.

This is the End, Beautiful Friend

This is the End, Beautiful Friend

Some thoughts on the bitter end of Sydney Hih.

A Really Rocky Road

A Really Rocky Road

Opponents succeed in delaying the reappointment of DCD Commissioner Rocky Marcoux, sending a message to Marcoux and Mayor Barrett.

County Threatened With Lakefront Lawsuit

County Threatened With Lakefront Lawsuit

County committee okays negotiations with The Couture developer, despite a casual threat of lawsuit.

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 23. July 2012

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 23. July 2012

The Couture, the Kohl's decision, and Rocky's reappointment were the hot topics last week.

Friday Photos: The Brewery Construction
Friday Photos

The Brewery Construction

Friday Photos this week features photography of three projects at The Brewery.

Not Too Rocky a Road.  So Far.

Not Too Rocky a Road. So Far.

DCD Commissioner Rocky Marcoux's reappointment won committee approval, but what will the full council do?

Greenest Building Ever Built?

Greenest Building Ever Built?

The city's zoning committee approves a building the developer promises will be super-green.

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.

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 16. July 2012

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 16. July 2012

The lakefront high-rise proposal, the third Jackson St.apartment building, and bike-sharing coming to Milwaukee were the hot topics last week.

New Bike Transit System?

New Bike Transit System?

A city committee votes to support a system of bike-sharing kiosks. Other cities have cut auto traffic this way.

Plan Commission Recommends Approval of Five-story Apartment Building

Plan Commission Recommends Approval of Five-story Apartment Building

Green features garner support for apartment project from Alderman and neighborhood.

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 9. July 2012

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 9. July 2012

The future of the Sydney HIH, the Bay View Art Stop, and the Waukesha water deal were the hot topics last week.

One More Chance for the Sydney HIH

One More Chance for the Sydney HIH

Parliamentary procedure buys the Sydney HIH a few more days.

Apartment Building Proposed for Lower East Side

Apartment Building Proposed for Lower East Side

Dominion Properties, LLC plans to build a five-story apartment building on Jackson St.

Potential Sydney HIH Savior Comes Forward with Proposal

Potential Sydney HIH Savior Comes Forward with Proposal

Preliminary renderings of what a restored Sydney HIH complex surface.

Photo Gallery: 2012 ISCorp Downer Classic
Photo Gallery

2012 ISCorp Downer Classic

The Downer Avenue Classic brought professional cycling to Milwaukee's East Side for a day of fun and excitement.

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 2. July 2012

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 2. July 2012

The possibility of a new Bucks arena, Park East Square moving forward, and a new downtown visitors center were the hot topics last week.

Last Days for the Sydney Hih

Last Days for the Sydney Hih

Unless a savior comes along before July 6th, it truly will have been the last days for the Sydney Hih.

Wangard’s Park East Proposal Approved Despite Union Fight

Wangard’s Park East Proposal Approved Despite Union Fight

Once again it was union versus union.

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.

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 25. June 2012

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 25. June 2012

A downtown office building proposal, water for Waukesha, and development of the Park East were the hot topics last week.

Friday Photos: Marriott Hotel Begins to Rise
Friday Photos

Marriott Hotel Begins to Rise

The controversial Marriott hotel begins to rise.

Rumblings in the Park East

Rumblings in the Park East

Unions battle over and delay one project, another project gets a six month extension, and another is underway in the Park East.

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 18. June 2012

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 18. June 2012

Clock Shadow Building Grand Opening set By Mary Louise Schumacher Milwaukee’s first cheese factory produces its first batch By Angelica Duria Car Culture: LA Now a Bicycle Town? By Dave Reid New bridge going up in Riverside Park By Mary Louise Schumacher New Milwaukee housing program rebuilds houses, lives By Georgia Pabst Saving the Saarinen By Mary Louise Schumacher Suzy’s suit settled, new cheesecake factory still pending By Tom Daykin Saving the Saarinen By Mary Louise Schumacher UW-Milwaukee opens new school of public health By The Milwaukee Community Journal Real estate sales in Metro Milwaukee up 30% over last May: Infographic By First Weber Group US House Threatens Our Safety on the Streets By Ben’s Cycle Milwaukee Analysis: Waukesha Whiffs On Data, Info To Support Water Sale By James Rowen Brady Street Business Improvement District (BID#11) Announces Brady Street Festival By Milwaukee Community Journal Lawsuit against Milwaukee Film dropped By Stacy Vogel Davis Park East apartments plan goes to county panel By Tom Daykin Why weird works By Stephanie Sherman New Clock Shadow building offers open house By Stacy Vogel Davis Groundhogs day for federal transportation bill By Dave Schlabowske Home tour shows off Layton Boulevard West By Alec Brooks Will Walker’s Wisconsin Win Mean No Milwaukee Streetcar? By Matt Dellinger The Tour de Fat is coming to McKinley Marina By Jessica Binder Milwaukee files appeal on historic designation for Sydney Hih By Sean Ryan Traffic deaths in Wisconsin reverse course, jump 14% By Nicole Levy Banish the Freeway’s Gloom! By Dave Reid More good news for Grand Avenue Mall By Molly Snyder SEWRPC Gearing Up For Its Every-Four-Years Federal Review By James Rowen Rainier requests extension on option to buy Park East land By Sean Ryan Consultant tells Milwaukee to marry preservation and development By Sean Ryan Former industrial building wins zoning change By Tom Daykin Public art, deactivated By Mary Louise Schumacher Consultant tells Milwaukee to marry preservation and development By Sean Ryan More good water news By Ernst-Ulrich Franzen City holding in-person summer meetings for input to make Milwaukee greener, sustainable By Bay View Compass UW System launches 5-campus water technology initiative By Karen Herzog Lakefront Festival of Arts By fox6now.com PedalPub: Bringing the Bar to the Bike By James D. Schwartz Fear Milwaukee? Crowds everywhere this weekend didn’t follow Walker’s line By James Rowen Milwaukee and Madison: a need for stronger links By Marc Eisen

Car Culture: LA Now a Bicycle Town?
Car Culture

LA Now a Bicycle Town?

Open street events have helped to make bicycling more mainstream in L.A. When will Milwaukee join a world-wide trend?

Banish the Freeway’s Gloom!

Banish the Freeway’s Gloom!

Design winners attempt to brighten the gloomy passageway between downtown Milwaukee and the Historic Third Ward.

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 11. June 2012

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 11. June 2012

The possible demolition of the Sydney Hih building was a hot top last week and will probably continue to be one in the coming weeks.

Friday Photos: Sydney Hih No More
Friday Photos

Sydney Hih No More

The famous Sydney Hih sign came down, letter by letter, this past week.

Zoning Change to be Approved, if Owner Pays Back Taxes

Zoning Change to be Approved, if Owner Pays Back Taxes

Property owner might get a zoning change if he pays $68,000 plus in back taxes, and the city has found new funds for street repaving projects.

Photo Gallery: The Bicycle Sharers
Photo Gallery

The Bicycle Sharers

On Monday B-Cycle did a bike-sharing demo in the Third Ward. Soon, 25 bike sharing stations could be spread through Downtown.

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 4. June 2012

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 4. June 2012

Fondy Food Center in tight race for fruit orchard By Jennifer Reinke Sydney Hih demo may begin next week By Mary Louise Schumacher Downtown group launches monthly shopping events By Stacy Vogel Davis Investor buying partly completed Staybridge hotel By Tom Daykin High bid for Milwaukee Staybridge is $12.4M By Sean Ryan Milwaukee wind turbine report card By Matt Howard Food trucks offer moveable local feasts By Lori Fredrich Victory Garden Initiative aims to make city ‘harvestable’ By Jennifer Reinke My MIlwaukee’s Bloggers By Ashley Brandt MARKET SNAPSHOT: Vacancy in Milwaukee Ticks Up Slightly with Expanding Development By Philip Shea Murphy’s Law: Did the State Screw Talgo? By Bruce Murphy New Zoning Would Allow Taller East Side Buildings By Jeramey Jannene 15th Annual Mayor’s Design Award Winners Announced (Photo Gallery) By Jeramey Jannene Former Esser Paint, Tower sites get cleanup grants By Tom Daykin Milwaukee panel backs vehicle charging station By Larry Sandler Martin Drive Neighborhood gains two Little Free Libraries By Kate Sheka Downtown trolley kicks off 2012 season By Katie DeLong Tale of two cities: sustainability trailblazers in America’s heartland By Leon Kaye Biking Takes Spotlight this Summer By Dave Reid Photo 12: The colorful bike racks of Thurston Woods By Adam Carr County adopts resolution ending ICE detainers for non-criminal immigrants By Edgar Mendez Hopes rise along with Sohi Lofts By Georgia Pabst Market Trend: Milwaukee’s Retail Vacancy Decreases to 6.6% By Justin Sumner True Blue: Take me out to the Downtown Tailgate By Dan Shafer Talgo hosts more than 1,000 visitors at Milwaukee central city factory By The Milwaukee Courier Raised bicycle lane protects cyclists from vehicles By Sharita Erves Slideshow: Construction of downtown Marriott hotel By Sean Ryan Trane moving office to Walker’s Point from West Allis By Tom Daykin

Biking Takes Spotlight this Summer

Biking Takes Spotlight this Summer

Highlights include 76 miles of new or improved bike lanes, and a raised bike lane for Bay View.

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 28. May 2012

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 28. May 2012

Trane moving office to Walker’s Point from West Allis By Tom Daykin North Ave. apartments planned amid noise concerns By Tom Daykin Three arts groups move into the Grand Avenue By Matthew Reddin New parking meters text you when time’s running out By Larry Sandler All food systems go at Bradford Beach By Carol Deptolla A Case of Desire By Alex Bauman Van Buren wants windows to bring tenants to Jefferson Street building By Sean Ryan Video: Daykin discusses North Ave. development By Tom Daykin Northwestern Mutual wants skywalk over Van Buren in Milwaukee By Sean Ryan West Wisconsin Avenue workgroup raising money to hire consultant By Sean Ryan Northwestern Mutual wants skywalk over Van Buren in Milwaukee By Sean Ryan Spaces and Traces 2012 celebrates Concordia neighborhood By Carolyn Vidmar Another apartment plan surfaces for Jackson St. By Tom Daykin Remembering the Sydney Hih By Mary Louise Schumacher Car Culture: Generation Y is Rejecting the Auto By Dave Reid How Milwaukee Parks Stack up in “ParkScore” Rankings; How to Solve Milwaukee’s Park Problems By Dan Cody Downtown’s new vision is big and bold By Jeff Sherman Johnson Controls opens 3rd Ward innovation office By Tom Daykin Everybody wins at the UPAF Ride for the Arts By Jennifer Kaufman Council approves UWM’s plans to redevelop former hospital By Larry Sandler Wisconsin Drops To #6! Why are we moving backwards? By Dave Schlabowske Over 1,000 show support for Talgo trains during open house By Katie DeLong Sussex landscaper plans expansion to Milwaukee By Tom Daykin Under Walker, More Millions For Highways, Dollar Stress For Transit By James Rowen Oak Leaf Trail Extension Meeting Thursday By Dave Schlabowske Apartments and renovated retail space considered for Prospect Mall By Sean Ryan I-94 Expansion At Story Hill A Stick In Milwaukee’s Eye By James Rowen Know Milwaukee: Brady Street a perennial favorite By Jennifer Kaufman Ex-Prospect Mall surfaces again as possible apartment plan By Tom Daykin Waukesha’s quest for Lake Michigan water lagging By Don Behm City’s urban center has good bones, consultant says By Tom Daykin Naming rights for Bradley Center sold to BMO Harris By Don Walker Ex-Prospect Mall surfaces again as possible apartment plan By Tom Daykin Talgo: Getting the Public On Board By Leah Harnack Murphy’s Law: The Media’s $10 Million Error By Bruce Murphy

Friday Photos: Alterra – Bay View
Friday Photos

Alterra – Bay View

A sneak peek into Alterra's new Bay View location.

Car Culture: Generation Y is Rejecting the Auto
Car Culture

Generation Y is Rejecting the Auto

While the average US household spends $80 a week on gas, Gen Y embraces public transit and bicycling.

Has the Clock Run Out for the Sydney Hih?

Has the Clock Run Out for the Sydney Hih?

The historic Sydney Hih building, which city officials had intended to tear down, may have been saved for another day, due to a legalistic maneuver by alderman and attorney Bob Baumann at a Tuesday meeting of the Common Council’s Zoning, Neighborhoods & Development Committee.

Car Culture: Electric Charging Stations, Texting and Driving Part Deux, Weekend Fun, and More.
Car Culture

Electric Charging Stations, Texting and Driving Part Deux, Weekend Fun, and More.

In this edition of Car Culture, just how green are electric cars? Plus, more on texting and driving, and the other side of “pleasure driving.”

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 7. May 2012

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 7. May 2012

Big expansion at Casablanca on Brady under way By Carol Deptolla Stations to power green vehicles By Thomas Content Developer optimistic Moderne will fill up By Tom Daykin Developer Changes Plan; Historic Eschweiler County Buildings To Be Razed. By James Rowen Common Council approves big fines for vandalism to vacant buildings By Milwaukee Community Journal Housing Authority and Growing Power partner to create a healthier Westlawn By milwaukeecourieronline.com The Sydney Hih is slated for demolition By Mary Louise Schumacher Milwaukee Bike to Work Week, May 12-18 By Milwaukee Bicycle Collective MREA and Milwaukee Shines launch pilot group-purchase program to provide lower cost solar options; free info-seminars this month By Bay View Compass Miscellaneous East Side updates By Molly Snyder Kohl says it’s time for a new arena, he’ll pitch in By Don Walker Video: Daykin discusses The Moderne By Emily Yount Market Trend: Milwaukee’s Industrial Vacancy Decreases to 7.4% By Justin Sumner Awesome Example Of Roads/Rail Double-Standards By James Rowen Downtown Milwaukee condo sales up through April By Rich Kirchen Real Estate Blog: Downtown condo sales up 122% in April By Andrew Weiland Savings on O’Donnell repair depend on timing of site’s redevelopment By Sean Ryan The new transportation love affair? By Angela Lang and Bruce Speight If UWM does continue athletics, vision and boldness must prevail By Doug Russell Slideshow: Loyalty Building renovation moves ahead By The Business Journal Two leases proposed for former 440th base by General Mitchell airport By Sean Ryan Apartments, hotel pitched for county’s Transit Center By Steve Schultze Torinus: Milwaukee region hits $300 million in R&D By Corrinne Hess Three-year I-794 Lake Freeway Project set to begin this fall By Stephanie Beecher Get Outta My Bike Lane! Hot Tips For Effective Advocacy By Dave Schlabowske CRE Guide: Take 5 – Kathleen Scott By Sean Ryan Wisconsin’s community health centers awarded $16 million By The Business Journal Transit Center development proposals top out at 40 stories By Sean Ryan Gardens to teach sustainable food production and nutrition By Georgia Pabst Grand Avenue lands first pop-up store By Tom Daykin Milwaukee officials wise to be cautious By Cheryl Nenn Two adults; one car By Bay View Compass Bay View resident Relay Rides’ first By Bay View Compass R&D on the rise at Milwaukee-area universities By Joe Peterangelo Fondy Food Center competing for fruit trees By Heather Ronaldson Román Montoto’s artist statement By Román Montoto Back to class: former factory could become home to Choice school By Tom Daykin

Car Culture: Disney’s Magic Highways, Designated Driver Service, Opportunity Lost, and More.
Car Culture

Disney’s Magic Highways, Designated Driver Service, Opportunity Lost, and More.

In this, the second installment of Car Culture, we’ll enjoy a little bit of Disney magic, learn about a long overdue car service which is finally coming to Milwaukee, and lament the loss of an opportunity to make Milwaukee a better place while attracting tourists from across the region.

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 30. April 2012

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 30. April 2012

Back to class: former factory could become home to Choice school By Tom Daykin Video: Daykin discusses redevelopment of former industrial buildings By Tom Daykin Bader Foundation announces $1.1 million in workforce grants By John Schmid Which Milwaukee neighborhood is the best? By Dave Begel Young Professional Week: Building the next wave By Dan Shafer Sonic Youth By Cristina Daglas City receives state grant for summer youth jobs program, has target goal to hire 1500 By Mike Holt New Life in the Valley By Dave Schlabowske Fate of Wauwatosa’s historic buildings in flux By Tom Daykin District 14 Alderman Zielinski new chair of License Committee By Bay View Compass Long live Grand Avenue Mall By Dave Begel Abele hits the right notes in inauguration speech By Ernst-Ulrich Franzen Milwaukee opens second of five vehicle charging stations By The Business Journal Acclaimed Chicago restaurant coming to The Moderne By The BizTimes Historic Milwaukee seeks volunteers By Adam Carr Abele sworn in for first full term as County Executive By Beverly Taylor Abele eyes development of Park East, Transit Center By Steve Schultze Waukesha County Transit Fails Milwaukee Water Sale Criteria By James Rowen Casablanca undergoing major changes By Molly Snyder MCTS Wants Your Feedback Regarding the Recent Changes to Local Routes By Milwaukee County Transit System Danish company joins water business incubator By Tom Daykin Passport to the Oak Leaf Trail By Dave Schlabowske Milwaukee transmission maker expanding to new building By Tom Daykin Water talks get closer as Waukesha gives Milwaukee details By Don Behm John Norquist discusses urban schools at Brady Street Forum By Holly Nearman Events planned for parking lot on West Wisconsin Avenue By Sean Ryan Norquist promotes mixed-use development on Brady St. By Michael Horne Flavor Cycle: restaurant food delivered to your door By Royal Griggs Authority OKs bonds for Menomonee Valley project By Tom Daykin Video: Daykin discusses Brady Street development By Tom Daykin What a new student union could mean for UWM By Mary Louise Schumacher Westown knows what’s up at this Downtown parking lot By Jeff Sherman Razing of Brady St. area residence on hold By Tom Daykin Pop-Up shops aim to revitalize Grand Avenue By Molly Snyder

Car Culture: Freedom Brought to You by the American Auto Industry, Hello Officer, Put the Phone Down, and More
Car Culture

Freedom Brought to You by the American Auto Industry, Hello Officer, Put the Phone Down, and More

Welcome to the first installment of Car Culture. It will be a place for us to talk, think, and explore our addiction to the automobile. Don't fear, it’s not about how much I hate cars, and isn't about forcing you to take the bus or ‘worse’ yet ride your bike. It is about understanding the history of our love affair with the automobile, and its true costs and consequences.

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 23. April 2012

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 23. April 2012

John Norquist discusses urban schools at Brady Street Forum By Holly Nearman Events planned for parking lot on West Wisconsin Avenue By Sean Ryan Norquist promotes mixed-use development on Brady St. By Michael Horne Flavor Cycle: restaurant food delivered to your door By Royal Griggs Authority OKs bonds for Menomonee Valley project By Tom Daykin Video: Daykin discusses Brady Street development By Tom Daykin What a new student union could mean for UWM By Mary Louise Schumacher Westown knows what’s up at this Downtown parking lot By Jeff Sherman Razing of Brady St. area residence on hold By Tom Daykin Pop-Up shops aim to revitalize Grand Avenue By Molly Snyder Downtown parking lot to host Brewers, Milwaukee Mile events By Tom Daykin Amani public art installation highlights motherhood By Tessa Fox Third Ward Gallery Night By fox6now.com Milwaukee considers lease for space in UWM School of Public Health By Sean Ryan Third Ward project could be game-changer By Andrew Weiland The Walker Conservation: Rail #Fail By Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters Warren Avenue home saved — for now By Michael Horne Bauman tries new strategy in Milwaukee streetcar utility debate By Sean Ryan 53rd Street Community Street Garden ‘bridges the gap’ By Melanie Lawder and Shoshauna Schmidt Proposed factory conversion to apartments stalled By Tom Daykin Wisconsin awards $12.6 million in tax credits to 21 projects By Sean Ryan Historians gather this week in Milwaukee for annual conference By Bobby Tanzilo CRE Guide: Take 5 – Clifton Crump By Sean Ryan HMI making waves in city development By Michael Horne Sciortino’s Bakery expansion seeks zoning approval By Tom Daykin Catalysts Turned Stalemates By Stephanie Allewalt Two Ways to Sustain Wisconsin’s Highway Racket: Tolls or Crushing Debt By Angie Schmitt She hopes to get supervisors to work cooperatively By Steve Schultze Beerline Rec Trail rejuvenates neighborhoods By Joe Kvartunas and Alex Rydin Mobile App from your Southeast Wisconsin Transit Systems By Milwaukee Bicycle Collective Land sale for west side offices poised to proceed By Tom Daykin ‘Biking In Milwaukee’ Lunch N Learn at Cafe Hollander. A part of Young Professionals Week By Milwauke Bicycle Collective State kills maintenance contract with Talgo By Larry Sandler Milwaukee Marriott developers buy 3rd Ward lot for future project By Sean Ryan Should The Expanded I-39/90 Be Wisconsin’s First Toll Road? By James Rowen

After Revisions Office Building Approved for 27th and Wisconsin

After Revisions Office Building Approved for 27th and Wisconsin

WIS27 LLC's proposal to develop a 64,000 SF office building at the corner of 27th Street and Wisconsin Avenue was approved by the Milwaukee Common Council today. WIS27 will purchase the vacant lot from the city for $1, and intends to lease the new building to the State of Wisconsin Department of Children and Families.

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 16. April 2012

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 16. April 2012

Milwaukee Marriott developers buy 3rd Ward lot for future project By Sean Ryan Should The Expanded I-39/90 Be Wisconsin’s First Toll Road? By James Rowen Christie, Walker, Kasich, and Scott All Deceived the Public to Kill Rail By Angie Schmitt Putting the Neighbor Back Into the Hood–The Corridor (formerly 30th Street Industrial Corridor) By Milwaukee Community Journal DOJ settles lawsuit over Fair Housing Act with city of New Berlin By Katie DeLong YP Week, MCTS App, Young people driving less By Coalition for Advancing Transit Market Trend: Milwaukee’s Office Vacancy Decreases to 11.2% By Justin Sumner Common Council okays fines for vandalism of vacant buildings By Cary Docter The City of Milwaukee and Johnson Controls partner to make city more energy efficient By Milwaukee Community Journal Could Bradley Center lease land in Park East Corridor? By Wendy Strong Recommendations for Gallery Night & Day By Mary Louise Schumacher 98 cities have higher sales taxes than Milwaukee By The Business Journal Common Council approves east side apartment building By Larry Sandler City approves hotel at Potawatomi Bingo Casino By Larry Sandler Some Want To Get Rid Of Reformulated Gas Read more: http://www.wisn.com/automotive/30875690/detail.html#ixzz1rpC3oVJZ By wisn.com Milwaukee Water Council, Imagine H2O collaborate By The Business Journal Aldermen seek more say on Redevelopment Authority By Tom Daykin Bay View Compass to sponsor town hall meetings By Katherine Keller CRE Guide: Take 5 – Juli Kaufmann By Sean Ryan Time to start talking about a new arena By Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Panel to discuss new construction in historic districts By Tom Daykin Six innovative groups announced winners of Milwaukee Neighborhood Development Innovation (MANDI) Awards By milwaukeecourieronline.com Pedal Power: A week-long exploration of bikes By Trisha Bee Road Trip Milwaukee: What to do with a whole neighborhood full of crappy old factories. By Buffalo Rising A quick look at the Erie Street Plaza By Mary Louise Schumacher Experimental Images : Pedal Tavern By Beezodog City program helps lessen upfront costs of energy upgrades By Thomas Content The Green Living Festival By Brittney Sager

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 9. April 2012

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 9. April 2012

Experimental Images : Pedal Tavern By Beezodog City program helps lessen upfront costs of energy upgrades By Thomas Content The Green Living Festival By Brittney Sager Video: Daykin discusses Sweet Water Organics By Tom Daykin Port of Milwaukee wind turbine already sending surplus energy to grid By Bay View Compass New life for The Eisner Building? By OnMilwaukee.com Staff Writers The All-purpose Bicyclist By Wisconsin Bike Routes Zoning endorsed for Potawatomi’s Menomonee Valley hotel By Sean Ryan Barrett, Moore Try To Prevent Talgo Layoffs By wisn.com Referendum questions show support for County Board changes By Justin Williams Talgo announces layoffs at Milwaukee facility By Angelica Duria Two new tenants fill Grand Avenue’s Plankinton Arcade By Sean Ryan Talgo to begin layoffs By Sharif Durhams Five gateway markers installed in Clarke Square By Edgar Mendez Young Professionals Week starts with Transit Day! By Coalition for Advancing Transit Barrett: Talgo preparing to close Milwaukee plant By Sean Ryan John Byrnes: M7 ‘selling Milwaukee short’ By Rich Kirchen ‘here, mothers are’ opens in Amani neighborhood By Mary Louise Schumacher Pedal Power By Dave Schlabowske Flavor Cycle By Bens Cycle Sendik’s / Groppi’s owners commit to Public Market By OnMilwaukee.com Staff Writers Flavor Cycle Delivers! By Dave Schlabowske Take-Out Tuesdays returns to Schlitz Park By OnMilwaukee.com Staff Writers Milwaukee County solicits redevelopment plans for Downtown Transit Center By Sean Ryan Nehring’s Family Market to open in Third Ward By Tom Daykin Students vote overwhelmingly in favor of new union By Stephanie Schmidt New Installation at 24th and Locust By Pegi Christiansen Plain Talk: Wisconsin’s loss is Illinois’ gain as trains roll By Dave Zweifel Riverwest building rescued, repurposed as apartments By Tom Daykin

Potawatomi Hotel Approved at Zoning Committee

Potawatomi Hotel Approved at Zoning Committee

At the April 4th, 2012 meeting of the Zoning, Neighborhoods & Development Committee, two requests for zoning changes were approved, which will allow Potawatomi's luxury hotel proposal to move forward.

Jackson St. Apartment Proposal Approved at Zoning Committee

Jackson St. Apartment Proposal Approved at Zoning Committee

Back for a second time, Dermond Property Investments' request for a change in zoning for the properties 1601 N. Jackson and 522 E. Pleasant, the former Joey's Restaurant location, from Local Business (LB2) to a Detailed Planned Development (DPD) was once again in front of the Zoning, Neighborhoods & Development Committee.

Are Milwaukee’s Historic Preservation Laws Too Strong or Too Weak?  Yes

Are Milwaukee’s Historic Preservation Laws Too Strong or Too Weak? Yes

Are Milwaukee's historic preservation laws too strong or too weak? Should the entire ordinance be re-written, or is just a revision in order? Alderman Witkowski's proposed overhaul to Milwaukee's historic preservation ordinance sparked these very questions.

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 2. April 2012

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 2. April 2012

New Installation at 24th and Locust By Pegi Christiansen Plain Talk: Wisconsin’s loss is Illinois’ gain as trains roll By Dave Zweifel Riverwest building rescued, repurposed as apartments By Tom Daykin Plans for new UWM student union By jsonline.com UWM students pass referendum to pay for new $160 million Union By Karen Herzog Villard Square, Veterans Manor among MANDI winners By Tom Daykin MMAC study looks at Bradley Center’s economic impact By Don Walker Video: Daykin discusses Riverworks Lofts By Tom Daykin Some questions about Sweet Water Organics By Zach Wisniewski How Influential, the Voice of Another By Stephanie Allewalt Milwaukee To Lose Unique Brewing Landmark; Preservationists, Where Are You? By James Rowen City needs to listen closely before changing ordinance By jsonline.com Wisconsin Highway Binge Continues Under “$mall Government” Walker By Angie Schmitt Irgens among suitors for U.S. Bank lakefront site By Sean Ryan Horne: Historic Preservation a balancing act at City Hall By Michael Horne File This $207 Million Highway Expansion Under “No Surprise…No Money…No Problem” By James Rowen Committee okays proposal to extend Lake Parkway into Oak Creek By Cary Docter High temps, gas prices fuel early-season bicycle sales By Tom Held Proposed changes to preservation ordinance draw concerns By Tom Daykin Park East advisory team includes Milwaukee 7, WEDC By Sean Ryan Waukesha responds to water sale concerns By Sean Ryan Preservationists band together to oppose changes to ordinance By Mary Louise Schumacher Milwaukee Water Council, UWM celebrate UN World Water Day By Holly Nearman Marriott developers plan $45 million tax-exempt bond sale By Tom Daykin Aurora relocates Walker’s Point clinic By Corrinne Hess Clarke Square homeowners eligible for free property repairs By Edgar Mendez Cash mobs tackle the issue of struggling local economies By Molly Snyder Metro area gasoline prices hit all-time high By Joe Taschler Abele’s Park East advisory panel to include Mandel, Block and Grunau By Sean Ryan Miller Park gets LEED certification By Don Walker Abele’s Park East advisory panel to include Mandel, Block and Grunau By Sean Ryan Green industry employment on upswing By Thomas Content President Hines takes part in briefing for minority contractors for Potawatomi hotel project By milwaukeecourieronline.com

City Land Sale for East Library Redevelopment Held at Committee

City Land Sale for East Library Redevelopment Held at Committee

At the March 27th, 2012 meeting of the Public Works Committee, the committee briefly took up the purchase agreement between the City of Milwaukee and HSI Properties, LLC, which had it been approved, would have been the next step in the city's effort redevelop the East Library site.

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 26. March 2012

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 26. March 2012

Green industry employment on upswing By Thomas Content President Hines takes part in briefing for minority contractors for Potawatomi hotel project By milwaukeecourieronline.com Remodel, don’t bulldoze preservation ordinance By Mary Louise Schumacher Development plans could mean new look for Milwaukee skyline By Wendy Strong Abele, Barrett testify at state Transportation Commission hearing By Katie DeLong Rezoning proposed for possible soccer center, apartments By Tom Daykin Leveraging the Lakefront: Developers forge deals for U.S. Bank property By Sean Ryan Barrett, Abele call for more Wisconsin money for local roads, transit By Sean Ryan Walker’s Point developments heat up By Andrew Weiland MCTS bus routes give Brewers fans alternative mode of travel By Chris Patterson Brady Street neighborhood house to be demolished for parking By Michael Horne Young Professionals Week comes to town April 16-21 By Jeff Sherman Riverfront site at Water and Brady to be sold, developed By Tom Daykin MSOE completes Park East land buy; project to start soon By Tom Daykin Walker backs halt to planning for train base By Larry Sandler Neighborhood around Washington Park showing new energy By Georgia Pabst CRE Guide: Take 5 – Anna-Marie Opgenorth By Sean Ryan Car sharing growing in popularity as gas prices skyrocket By Katie DeLong Smart Growth Safe For Another Year By 1000 Friends of Wisconsin Potawatomi to hire minority contractors for hotel project By Angelica Duria 27th St. boulevard plan near Wisconsin Ave. still alive By Tom Daykin Revisions to Milwaukee historic preservation law unveiled By Sean Ryan Gas prices over $4 at some Milwaukee stations By Katie DeLong Gas prices accelerating past $4 a gallon takes toll By Georgia Pabst and Joe Taschler

City Plan Commission Recommends Revised Jackson St. Apartment Building for Approval

City Plan Commission Recommends Revised Jackson St. Apartment Building for Approval

Dermond Property Investments' request for a change in zoning for the properties 1601 N. Jackson and 522 E. Pleasant, the former Joey's Restaurant location, from Local Business (LB2) to a Detailed Planned Development (DPD) was once again before the City Plan Commission. The proposal was required to go back before the City Plan Commission, because the number of rental units in the proposal had changed.

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 19. March 2012

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 19. March 2012

Gas prices accelerating past $4 a gallon takes toll By Georgia Pabst and Joe Taschler Hopes high for Milwaukee lakefront redevelopment plans By Sean Ryan Slideshow: Big names, big crowd at Business of Growing Milwaukee event By Mark Kass West side office building gets Redevelopment Authority OK By Tom Daykin Federal officials approve $1.7 billion to rebuild Zoo Interchange By Wendy Strong Legislators Ask Walker To Retain Talgo Jobs By wisn.com Reviving history: The Estabrook Park beer garden project By Lori Fredrich City paying up to $1.1 million for cleared Sydney Hih site By Tom Daykin New “Mke” flying into Mitchell International Airport By Jeff Sherman Green, supportive housing for veterans should become a national model By Kaid Benfield Barrett floats alternative for Milwaukee train maintenance plant By Sean Ryan CityCenter named only downtown LEED-certified multi-tenant office building By Tom Daykin A Shared Street Comes to Minneapolis By Sam Newberg Open for business? Really? By By Ernst-Ulrich Franzen for the Editorial Board Legislators buck Walker, reject train maintenance base By Larry Sandler Beerline B Apartments completed By Real Estate Weekly Plan to replace Amtrak trains with Talgo is mothballed By Beverly Taylor Wisconsin kills plan for Milwaukee train maintenance facility By Sean Ryan AT&T asks state to make Milwaukee pay for streetcar utility costs By Sean Ryan First cheese factory in Milwaukee to open soon By Mark Doremus Menomonee Valley restaurant to receive $255,000 Milwaukee loan By Sean Ryan Milwaukee 7 project will promote food and beverage cluster By The BizTimes Daily The Moderne, an early peek By Mary Louise Schumacher Demolition progresses at Marriott site, debate about to resurface By Mary Louise Schumacher East side apartments plan back before commission By Tom Daykin City to consider bond issue for proposed office building By Tom Daykin Gas prices continue to rise, some stations over $4 By Katie DeLong, updated Veterans Manor in Milwaukee By Sam Newberg Rio West owner plans waterside restaurant on Canal Street in Milwaukee By Sean Ryan Milwaukee gas prices climbing upward By Don Walker Free Buses Offered On St. Patrick’s Day By wisn.com Donovan challenger files election complaints By Georgia Pabst State of the Union: time to rebuild By UWM Post Editorial Board

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 12. March 2012

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 12. March 2012

Milwaukee-Area Gas Prices Near $4 A Gallon By wisn.com Administration wants to keep train base plans on track despite cost By Larry Sandler Disaster bonds proposed for Milwaukee office project By Sean Ryan Community comes together again for Snail’s Crossing By Royal Griggs MCTS Ridership Increases Slightly from 2010 to 2011 By MCTS Video: Daykin discusses Rocky Marcoux By Tom Daykin He Built This City (Barry Mandel) By John Rondy The do-it-yourself urbanism of the Clock Shadow Building By Mary Louise Schumacher Letter from 3 mayors questions Waukesha water bid By Don Behm Fiduciary, Opus want to build housing at former Gallun tannery By Sean Ryan An updated look at Lisbon Food Village By OnMilwaukee.com Staff Writers Lakeshore mayors question Waukesha over water By The BizTimes Daily Music, dance studio opens in Grand Avenue’s basement By Tom Daykin Rails project gets Walker’s help By Jeremiah Tucker, Sauk Prairie Eagle and Alicia Abercrombie Milwaukee County bus ridership up slightly in 2011 By Larry Sandler Three Lakefront Mayors Raise Water Diversion Questions Jointly With Waukesha By James Rowen GOP bid to block wind power rules fails By Patrick Marley Developer seeks quick approval to build office at 27th and Wisconsin By Sean Ryan By Sean Ryan Former Gallun tannery site eyed for possible apartments By Tom Daykin Fresh cheese right on time at Clock Shadow Creamery By Nancy J. Stohs Residential development planned for Gallun Tannery site By Real Estate Weekly More clean diesel-buses added to MCTS fleet; new-bus “Show ‘n Tell” Thurs., March 8 By MCTS Developer hopes to bring state offices to 27th and Wisconsin By Tom Daykin A Foggy Mist, Westown, Riverwalk By Local Trolley Clean diesel buses arrive in Milwaukee By Trisha Bee Moderne milestones: Apartment project on time and on budget By Sean Ryan Negotiations could clear way for Downtown Transit Center sale By Sean Ryan Moderne high-rise to open by September By Tom Daykin Milwaukee ‘dining tax’ second-lowest in U.S. By Rich Kirchen Developer seeks loan for south side office building By Tom Daykin Two hundred free parking spaces may become available in Pavilion By Steve Garrison Ambassador Hotel owner expands his apartment portfolio By Sean Ryan Analysis predicts imbalance between jobs, housing By Don Behm

UWM’s Free Parking Push is Teaching the Wrong Lesson

UWM’s Free Parking Push is Teaching the Wrong Lesson

Last year, the UWM Student Association successfully lobbied UWM to make approximately 700 parking spots available for free use, by raising fees on all students $15 per semester.

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 5. March 2012

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 5. March 2012

Analysis predicts imbalance between jobs, housing By Don Behm Can a slick Potawatomi hotel fit in with its industrial, kitschy neighbors? By Mary Louise Schumacher Miller Lite Free Rides™ By milwaukeecourieronline.com Possible Lake Parkway extension draws interest, controversy By Larry Sandler Carving out haiku on the Hiawatha By Kathy Flanigan Grand Cinemas ticket booth to become info kiosk By Tom Daykin Moderne is now tallest building west of Milwaukee River By Katie DeLong Chicago’s new economic development plan a good model for Milwaukee By Rob Henken BVHS alum’s tie to new turbine By Bay View Compass Candidate Q & A: Fourteenth District Aldermanic Race —Tony Zielinski and Jan Pierce By Bay View Compass No More Stadium Stuff By Getting Around Minneapolis Highland pedestrian bridge open in downtown Milwaukee By Cary Docter Planned mixed-use building generates hope for economic growth By Kenya Evans Highland Ave. pedestrian bridge reopens By Larry Sandler Brendan Conway leaves Channel 12 for county post By Duane Dudek Bus shelter vanguard By Michael Horne Public meeting unveils proposals to extend Hwy 794 south to Hwy 100 By Charlie Rosenberg Curto plans mid-year construction start on Park East Square apartments By Sean Ryan Sciortino’s bakery plans expansion on Milwaukee’s Brady Street By Sean Ryan Public meeting on Lake Parkway extension set for tonight By Cary Docter Disappointing 2011 may have put Kohl’s HQ project on hold By Real Estate Weekly Abele wants to create Park East corridor advisory work group By Real Estate Weekly Restaurant development planned for historic Walker’s Point building By Real Estate Weekly Plan Commission approves Potawatomi hotel plans By Real Estate Weekly Well City Milwaukee is ‘Going for the Gold’ By The BizTimes Daily Are the designs for the Potawatomi hotel improving? By Mary Louise Schumacher There’s Nothing Free About a Freeway Extension By Noah Kazis Milwaukee’s East Side loses a food icon By Sarah Hoye Officials Want Fresh $207 Million For A Suburban Freeway Mini-Extension By James Rowen Pilot program to cut paperwork on affordable housing projects By The Business Journal Plan Commission approves Potawatomi hotel plan By A.J. Bayatpour Stevens Point schedules Cyclovia, based on Ride the Drive events By Tom Held Read Milwaukee Co. Executive Chris Abele’s State of the County Address By Cary Docter Milwaukee’s assembly reps disagree on proposed “Boot Bill” By Candace Romano Washington Mall Extended By David Levinson Potawatomi to pitch 20-story hotel plans to city Monday By A.J. Bayatpour Food vendor found place in bars, local lore By Jim Stingl Food vendor found place in bars, local lore By Jim Stingl Planting Beds are Taking Shape By Edible Skyline: A Rooftop Revolution in Milwaukee Development task force for Park East planned By Steve Schultze

RSC & Associates Plan to Break Ground on Park East Square in 2012

RSC & Associates Plan to Break Ground on Park East Square in 2012

In December 2007 RSC & Associates closed on the purchase of Block 26 in the Park East for $2,725,000. Since then RSC & Associates has attempted a variety of method to develop the site, but due to economic conditions were unable to begin construction.

East Library Redevelopment Advances at City Plan Commission (Renderings)

East Library Redevelopment Advances at City Plan Commission (Renderings)

Following the model of the Villard Square Library redevelopment, The Board of Trustees of the Milwaukee Public Library selected HSI Properties, LLC proposal for a mixed-use building to replace the current East Library. The project took an important step forward yesterday as an associated land sale, and land vacation were recommend for approval at the City Plan Commission meeting.

City Plan Commission Recommends Potawatomi Hotel for Approval (Renderings)

City Plan Commission Recommends Potawatomi Hotel for Approval (Renderings)

At the February 27th, 2012 meeting of the City Plan Commission two requests for zoning changes were recommended for approval which will allow Potawatomi's luxury hotel proposal to move forward.

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 27. February 2012

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 27. February 2012

Food vendor found place in bars, local lore By Jim Stingl Planting Beds are Taking Shape By Edible Skyline: A Rooftop Revolution in Milwaukee Development task force for Park East planned By Steve Schultze Market Trend: Milwaukee’s Industrial Vacancy Decreases to 7.4% By Justin Sumner Proposed casino hotel has Plan Commission hearing Monday By Tom Daykin “Bicyclists are some of the most self centered, inconsiderate, reckelss people on the roads” By Dave Schlabowske Gas prices rose again overnight By Joe Taschler Contractors complete construction of wind turbine at city port By Thomas Content Lee will stay patient with Washington Square By Real Estate Weekly Water tech building sold, renovations start this summer By Tom Daykin Milwaukee Water Council completes purchase of accelerator building By Sean Ryan Analyst says Milwaukee gas prices could rise through weekend By Katie DeLong Could sales tax boost downtown Milwaukee? By Rich Kirchen CRE Guide: Take 5 – Dick Lincoln By Sean Ryan Apartment cluster pops up near Milwaukee River By Andrew Weiland Summerfest to use Charter Wire site for operations, storage By Stacy Vogel Davis Cyclists lobby for vulnerable user law with tougher penalties for motorists By Tom Held Lakeshore State Park getting new south entrance By OnMilwaukee.com Staff Writers CRE Guide: Community Spotlight – East Side By Kathy Bergstrom New state senate bill brings dispute over renters’ rights By Candace Romano CRE Guide: Community Spotlight – East Side By Kathy Bergstrom With Kohl’s out, city considers options on downtown buildings By Tom Daykin Baker Tilly relocating to US Bank tower By Rich Kirchen MSOE Business Plan Competition winners announced By MSOE Baker Tilly moving to downtown from Honey Creek By Tom Daykin Milwaukee Gas Prices Reach Record High By wisn.com

Third Ward Riverwalk Advances at Committee

Third Ward Riverwalk Advances at Committee

At the February 22nd, 2012 meeting of the Zoning, Neighborhoods & Development Committee a previously held file was approved that will allow the City of Milwaukee to fund a short section of the riverwalk in the Historic Third Ward.

Zoning Committee Votes for Approval of MSOE Parking Garage

Zoning Committee Votes for Approval of MSOE Parking Garage

MSOE's $28 million, 750 stall parking garage proposal received approval at the February 22nd, 2012 meeting of the Zoning, Neighborhoods & Development Committee meeting.

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?

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 20. February 2012

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 20. February 2012

Milwaukee Gas Prices Reach Record High By wisn.com Construction begins on Milwaukee’s first wind turbine By fox6now.com Could sales tax boost downtown Milwaukee? By Rich Kirchen Cash mob opens wallets to support indie bookshops By Bobby Tanzilo Milwaukee and state officials talk unity at North End groundbreaking By Sean Ryan Milwaukee’s first cheese factory: Clock Shadow Creamery By Lori Fredrich Marcoux pushes for industrial park at Northridge site By The BizTimes Daily Milwaukee County offered more than $20 million in Kohl’s incentives By Sean Ryan Bright notes in the effort to get Kohl’s By Ernst-Ulrich Franzen Get an Easy Ride from the Bradley Center By OnMilwaukee.com Staff Writers Kohl’s will not relocate corporate offices to Park East By Tom Daykin Police HQ would tie in with 27th St. boulevard proposal By Tom Daykin Author sees bright future for Milwaukee water hub By Steve Jagler Chief Flynn interested in relocating Dist. 1 police station By Cary Docter That sinking feeling in downtown Milwaukee By Gene Mueller Milwaukee could hire consultant to study Northridge area By Stacy Vogel Davis CRE Guide: Community Spotlight – Avenues West By Kathy Bergstrom Redevelopment underway in Bronzeville By Candace Romano Gas prices expected to jump this week By Katie DeLong Proposal Could Move Milwaukee Police Headquarters By wisn.com Milwaukee alderman proposes new police headquarters By Jesse Garza Bauman calls for new police HQ, station along Wisconsin Ave. By Stacy Vogel Davis Frozen yogurt shop to open in 3rd Ward By Stacy Vogel Davis Barrett wants slice of highway funding for local roads By Larry Sandler Opening Shop, Urban Milwaukee By Local Trolley Only the city can do it; now the hard part begins By jsonline.com Applications for WHEDA housing tax credits total $49.4 million By Sean Ryan

The Second Phase of The North End Breaks Ground Tomorrow

The Second Phase of The North End Breaks Ground Tomorrow

Mandel Group will be breaking ground on the second phase of The North End development project tomorrow. In January financing for the project was finalized with the completion of a $54.6 million WHEDA bond sale, and the completion of a direct placement of $7.75 million in tax-exempt bonds by Mandel Group.

Urban Milwaukee Book Club: The Great Lakes Water Wars
Urban Milwaukee Book Club

The Great Lakes Water Wars

Do you like cities and public policy? Can you read a book in a month? If you can answer yes to both questions, you should join us for a meeting of the Urban Milwaukee Book Club. This month's book is Peter Annin's The Great Lakes Water Wars, which gives a history of water policy and its impacts in the Great Lakes Basin.

MSOE’s Parking Garage #FAIL

MSOE’s Parking Garage #FAIL

Milwaukee County and the City of Milwaukee City Plan Commission both unanimously recommended approval of the Milwaukee School of Engineering's parking garage proposal in the Park East. These approvals point out that City of Milwaukee and Milwaukee County politicians are anxious to see new development in the Park East. Unfortunately, as currently conceived this isn't a project worthy of approval.

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 13. February 2012

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 13. February 2012

Barrett wants slice of highway funding for local roads By Larry Sandler Opening Shop, Urban Milwaukee By Local Trolley Only the city can do it; now the hard part begins By jsonline.com Applications for WHEDA housing tax credits total $49.4 million By Sean Ryan Mapping Station Use in the 2011 NiceRide Season By Jessica Schoner Riverwest dorm project dropped, but developer may return By Sean Ryan Trinitas withdraws plan for student apartments By Tom Daykin CRE Guide: Take 5 – Scott Ramlow By Sean Ryan Best little hen house in Milwaukee By Mary Louise Schumacher Bronzeville office renovations completed By Tom Daykin “Pedal Power” comes to Discovery World By Michael Horne Tech firm to move 50 jobs to Schlitz Park in Milwaukee By Sean Ryan Schlitz Park developers have big future plans By Real Estate Weekly Demolition work begins for downtown Marriott By Real Estate Weekly Schlitz Park lands suburban technology firm By Tom Daykin Milwaukee Public Market adds covered bike parking By Tom Held Barrett changes mind, supports pension trims By Larry Sandler MSOE parking structure, soccer field gains another OK By Tom Daykin Plan Commission opposes student apartments in Riverwest By Tom Daykin Demolition work begins at downtown Marriott site By Cary Docter Building falls for downtown Milwaukee Marriott By Sean Ryan Loss of Route 18 riles some south side riders By Matthew Bin Han Ong Purple Door Ice Cream to open storefront in Walker’s Point By Carol Deptolla The Valley north? By James E. Causey Go for the Gusto: Developers bet on Schlitz Park again By Andrew Weiland Plans for Northwest Quadrant slow to materialize By John Parnon State bill revives idea of busing sales tax in Milwaukee County By Sean Ryan Park East could be in play for Kohl’s By Tom Daykin Share Park East could be in play for Kohl’s By Tom Daykin

Riverwest private dorm recommended for denial by City Plan Commission

Riverwest private dorm recommended for denial by City Plan Commission

Trinitas Ventures' request for a change in zoning, from Industrial Light 2 to Detail Plan Development, was recommended for denial by the City Plan Commission at the February 6th, 2012 meeting.

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 6. February 2012

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 6. February 2012

State bill revives idea of busing sales tax in Milwaukee County By Sean Ryan Park East could be in play for Kohl’s By Tom Daykin Share Park East could be in play for Kohl’s By Tom Daykin City Hall clash stalling development plans By Tom Daykin Video: Daykin discusses 27th St. development By Tom Daykin Dedicated bike and pedestrian funding falls in committee vote By Tom Held Northridge owner plans redevelopment despite setbacks By Stacy Vogel Davis Cycles By Dave Schlabowske New John Doe investigation targets Democratic supervisor By Dan Bice House Transportation Bill Reverses Decades of Progress By Kevin Hardman Ald. Bauman Condemns Sheriff’s Fear-Mongering Over Transit Security By James Rowen Still Time to Save Cycling By Dave Schlabowske Bugline Trail paving project causing controversy By Laura Langemo Barrett to face primary in mayoral race By Larry Sandler Petri leads push to preserve money for bike, pedestrian projects By Tom Held Public art finalists selected By Michael Timm 1/17/12 Minneapolis Transportation & Public Works Committee By Alex Bauman Remarkable Milwaukee: A discussion without limits By Stephanie Beecher Streetcars electrify Kenosha’s tourism, transportation options By Royal Griggs New business brewing in Lindsay Heights By Kenya Evans Schiltz Park financing closed with U.S. Bank By The BizTimes Daily Biddle is right; long-term solution needed for transit By Ernst-Ulrich Franzen Schlitz Park RiverCenter renovations begin this week By Tom Daykin A recipe for a remarkable Milwaukee By Mary Louise Schumacher Financing complete for two new Mandel Group projects By OnMilwaukee.com Staff Writers Milwaukee streetcar receives federal approval By Sean Ryan Milwaukee streetcar receives federal approval By Sean Ryan Federal officials respond to Milwaukee streetcar utility, cost concerns By Sean Ryan Streetcar project gets federal backing By Larry Sandler Democrats introduce Workforce Mobility Act to reinvest in public transit system By Trisha Bee App design: there’s a class for that By John Parnon Crew begins deep tunnel video inspection By Don Behm Profiting from problematic parking By Stephanie Schmidt Milwaukee County looks at changing pension program By Steve Schultze Pete’s Fruit Market expanded and celebrated Grand Opening By milwaukeecourieronline.com

Key Riverwalk Project Held at Committee

Key Riverwalk Project Held at Committee

Most of Milwaukee's riverwalk system has been built as a public-private partnership as new developments occurred, but a file before yesterday's Zoning, Neighborhoods & Development committee proposed that the City of Milwaukee fund a short section of the system. City staff determined that an 80-foot stretch along Erie St., between River Renaissance and Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, is unlikely to see new development in the foreseeable future.

The North End Phase II to Break Ground in February

The North End Phase II to Break Ground in February

Mandel Group will be moving forward with the second phase of the North End development project in February.

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 30. January 2012

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 30. January 2012

‘Remarkable Milwaukee,” setting the stage for Milwaukee’s future By New Milwaukee Bus Routes Begin This Weekend By wisn.com Milwaukee Gets Arty in the Third Ward By Stephanie Davila Volunteers to clean up stretch of state land in Milwaukee By Cary Docter By Amtrak’s Hiawatha Service sets ridership record in 2011 By Cary Docter Potawatomi plan to build $36 million data center By The BizTimes Daily Amtrak’s Hiawatha line breaks ridership record By Larry Sandler Milwaukee contractor plans $3M apartment near North Ave. By Sean Ryan Select Milwaukee, LISC launch loan fund to stabilize neighborhoods By Heather Ronaldson and Erin Caughey Tommy Thompson and high-speed rail By Don Walker Can Water Save Milwaukee? By David Lepeska State considers two sites for Milwaukee train maintenance By Sean Ryan CRE Guide: Community Spotlight – Menomonee River Valley By Kathy Bergstrom Historic Milwaukee, Pabst Theater team up Jan. 30 By Candace Romano Milwaukee County panel approves MSOE land swap By Sean Ryan Committee approves land sale for MSOE parking ramp By Tom Daykin HMI celebration fetes Remarkable Milwaukee By Bobby Tanzilo Grant to help bring fresh food to corner stores By Kenya Evans Gallery Night reflection: snow, paintings, conversations, salsa dancing By Brian Jacobson Casino betting new hotel visitors would spend By Tom Daykin

Mixed-Use Building Proposed for West Fond du Lac Avenue

Mixed-Use Building Proposed for West Fond du Lac Avenue

A proposal from Nafiz Efe, owner of EFE Building and Remodeling, LLC, to purchase the city owned lots at 1922, 1924-26, and 1932-38 West Fond du Lac Avenue will go before the January 31st, 2012 Zoning, Neighborhoods & Development Committee.

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 23. January 2012

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 23. January 2012

Casino betting new hotel visitors would spend By Tom Daykin Visit Miami Beach – Come See Our Parking Garages By Craig Chester I walked ten miles to school in the snow… By Dave Schlabowske Wisconsin to support tenants in Milwaukee Water Council building By Sean Ryan State to invest in Milwaukee’s water cluster By The BizTimes Daily Stone Creek adding cafe to downtown roasting facility By Tom Daykin Midwestern Universities Wooing Chinese Students By Rustwire.com Top 10 American Downtowns By Amanda Green Stone Creek announces big plans for summer 2012 By OnMilwaukee.com Staff Writers Transit system’s ‘smart card’ fare system two years away By Steve Schultze Milwaukee to host Green Energy Summit By The Iron Block to be renovated for dental practice headquarters By Tom Daykin Potawatomi to build $150 million hotel in Menomonee Valley By fox6now.com Potawatomi unveil plans for 20-story hotel in valley By The BizTimes Daily Potawatomi confirms plans for a Menomonee Valley hotel By OnMilwaukee.com Staff Writers Potawatomi plan $150 million, 382-room hotel By Stacy Vogel Davis Election profile: City and County Comptroller By Patti Wenzel Potawatomi to announce plans for hotel near casino By The BizTimes Daily Alderperson candidate Ray Harmon’s vision for Northridge Mall in Dist. 9 By milwaukeecourieronline.com Schlitz Park gains another tenant By The BizTimes Daily AECOM moving 90 jobs to Schlitz Park in Milwaukee By Sean Ryan Good step forward on rail By Ernst-Ulrich Franzen MSOE parking structure plan for Park East moving forward By Tom Daykin Schlitz Park redevelopment effort lands office tenant By Tom Daykin Wisconsin, Minnesota ponder expanding Amtrak service By Larry Sandler

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 16. January 2012

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 16. January 2012

1000 Friends Testimony Before Transportation Finance and Policy Commission By 1000 Friends of Wisconsin Gov. Walker’s fateful decision on rail By Marc Eisen Video: Daykin discusses rezoning industrial areas By Tom Daykin What does winter weather have to offer Milwaukee? By Dr. Jeffrey Filipiak Apartments, health club planned for 3rd Ward By Tom Daykin Milwaukee County to solicit bids for beer gardens in some parks By Steve Schultze Real Estate market returning By Paul Gores East side apartment plan generates opposition By Tom Daykin Preview New Schedules Before They Become Effective January 29, 2012 By Milwaukee County Transit System More college graduates key to city’s economy By Jamie P. Merisotis Janet Zweig’s public artwork now fully operational By Mary Louise Schumacher Should we increase the cost of trail passes in Wisconsin? By Dave Schlabowske Apartments for homeless win support over neighbor objections By Tom Daykin CRE Guide: Community Spotlight – Downtown Milwaukee By Kathy Bergstrom Real Estate: Tribes plan major casino developments By Andrew Weiland Milwaukee County seeks beer garden operators By Stacy Vogel Davis Apartments plan for former school delayed By Tom Daykin See it ALL on Wisconsin Avenue By Pegi Christiansen Groups get involved in PSC’s streetcar utility case By Larry Sandler and Thomas Content Visions of post-industrial Milwaukee By Emma Mustich Holy numbers, holy grail By Getting Around Minneapolis Wetlands bill streamlines DNR procedures By Lee Bergquist 550 new hotel rooms to add competition in downtown Milwaukee By Tom Daykin

Car Culture: Want to spend less than $4,200 a year on gas?
Car Culture

Want to spend less than $4,200 a year on gas?

According to the Oil Price Information Service the average U.S. family spent $4,200 on gasoline in 2011. To put it in perspective, with that much money you could buy eight iPad 2s, or eight Trek 7.1 FX bicycles, or you might even purchase one expensive cruise to Dubai to see what your gas money is building.

Jackson Street Apartment Proposal Held at Committee

Jackson Street Apartment Proposal Held at Committee

Dermond Property Investments' request for a change in zoning for the properties 1601 N. Jackson and 522 E. Pleasant St. from Local Business (LB2) to a Detailed Planned Development (DPD) was held at today's Zoning, Neighborhoods & Development Committee.

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 9. January 2012

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 9. January 2012

Visions of post-industrial Milwaukee By Emma Mustich Holy numbers, holy grail By Getting Around Minneapolis Wetlands bill streamlines DNR procedures By Lee Bergquist 550 new hotel rooms to add competition in downtown Milwaukee By Tom Daykin The deer are in fear By Doug Russell PSC accepts 11 groups into Milwaukee streetcar case By Sean Ryan 2011 a year of change for Grand Avenue By Stacy Vogel Davis Urban Milwaukee: Reporting and advocacy on urban issues in the Cream City By Paige Rentz Milwaukee Arts Board grant to restore Esperanza Unida mural By Bay View Compass East Side apartment project planned By Real Estate Weekly Affordable housing development planned for south side warehouse By Real Estate Weekly Affordable senior apartments planned for west side By Real Estate Weekly Affordable housing development planned for former Malcolm X School building By Real Estate Weekly Get Ready For New Wisconsin Road Taxes, Fees, And/Or Tolls By James Rowen Drivers Need To Brace For Rise In Gas Prices By wisn.com While states roll ahead with high-speed rail plans, Wisconsin idles By Steven Elbow Abele, Barrett see little opposition in spring races By Steve Schultze and Larry Sandler Apartments proposed for east side site By Tom Daykin Coming to a City Near You in 2012 — New Transit Projects Underway By Angie Schmitt Milwaukee aldermen face opposition in re-election bids By Larry Sandler Abele draws no opponents for spring re-election bid By Steve Schultze Area commercial real estate market improves slowly By Tom Daykin UPAF, Rock ‘n Sole secure use of the Hoan; cycling commuters look to the street By Tom Held

Three predictions for three projects in 2012

Three predictions for three projects in 2012

We kickoff 2012 with three predictions about how three projects, which have the potential to change Milwaukee's landscape, will unfold in 2012. The projects? The reconfiguration of the Lake Interchange, the Milwaukee Streetcar, and Kohl's potential re-location to downtown Milwaukee.

Five-Story Apartment Building Proposed on Jackson Street

Five-Story Apartment Building Proposed on Jackson Street

Dermond Property Investments' request for a change in zoning for the properties 1601 N. Jackson and 522 E. Pleasant from Local Business (LB2) to a Detailed Planned Development (DPD) will go before the City Plan Commission on January 9th, 2012.

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 2. January 2012

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 2. January 2012

Fish farm creates jobs with city help By Michael Timm Former Ald. Sanchez girds for rematch against Witkowiak By Larry Sandler Alderman calls for new model at Grand Avenue By Stacy Vogel Davis Abele names Moreen chief of staff By Bruce Vielmetti New year will bring changes to Milwaukee County bus routes By Larry Sandler Hide House Lofts settles in By Tom Daykin Demolition Begins For Century City Site By wisn.com Pittsburgh Avenue’s Future By Michael Horne Brighten the Passage, Design Competition By Local Trolley Video: Daykin discusses Hide House Lofts By Tom Daykin Hundreds of Santa-clad cyclists participate in Santa Rampage By Jeremy Ross Washington Park Partners starts new year with new plan By Andrea Waxman US cities struggle to control sewer overflows By John Flesher O’Donnell parking garage tries to recover revenue By Steve Schultze

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 19. December 2011

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 19. December 2011

Legislatively Speaking – A Boondoggle indeed By Lena C. Taylor Paul Yank Sculpture Sold by County By Pegi Christiansen Gee! A Small-Minded Decision By Wisconsin’s DOT By James Rowen Regional approach is needed By jsonline.com WisDOT: No Bikes On Hoan By Dave Schlabowske WisDOT denies Hoan Bridge bicycle and pedestrian path By Jason McDowell Rampaging Santas set to cycle a holiday tradition By Tom Held Kohl’s could move headquarters to Park East Corridor By fox6now.com Bay View’s Sven’s Cafe to open Downtown location March 1 By Andrew Swofford Developer tries new financing plan for Pabst senior apartments By Tom Daykin Local state aid dropped by almost 10% By Gretchen Schuldt Potawatomi biogas plant zoning gains early approval By Sean Ryan Redevelopment plan endorsed for Reed Street Yards in Milwaukee By Sean Ryan Milwaukee has ‘constructive’ meeting with Northridge owner By Stacy Vogel Davis Wisconsin population is skewing older By The BizTimes Daily Work begins on Schlitz Park renovations By The BizTimes Daily St Paul’s Post-Fordist Future By twin cities sidewalks Schlitz Park renovations move forward with $5 million project By Tom Daykin Transit’s Not Sucking the Taxpayer Dry — Roads Are By Tanya Snyder New Year’s Eve with Miller Lite Free Rides By Milwaukee County Transit System Discovery World promotes water economy to high school students By Sean Ryan Why write about winter in the city? By Dr. Jeffrey Filipiak Metro-area existing home sales rise for a fifth month By Paul Gores Milwaukee tax bills sent with incorrect information By Larry Sandler Biddle to challenge Hines for Common Council seat By Steve Schultze Big changes in store for East Library By Jennifer Kaufman Inspiration from the Big Apple By Dave Schlabowske A year later, Walker rail blunder looks even worse By Cap Times Editorial Spending on train service spurs new round of wrangling in Legislature By Larry Sandler Milwaukee Fix: Construction Update By Edible Skyline “Cash mob” organized to support Riverwest businesses By fox6now.com The Road To Sprawlville, Chapter 52: Interchange To Nowhere Is Top Drawer By James Rowen Menomonee Valley Power Plant public hearing Monday By Eddee Daniel

2011 Milwaukee: A Year in Review
2011 Milwaukee

A Year in Review

As the US economy continued it slow recovery from the Great Recession, Milwaukee was left with a couple of failed development projects to complete or redefine, a changing real estate market, the opportunity to make small infrastructure changes, and questions about the future of transit.

Reed Street Yards Zoning Change Approved at Committee

Reed Street Yards Zoning Change Approved at Committee

At the December 13th, 2011 meeting of the Zoning, Neighborhoods & Development Committee, a zoning change and a proposed Development Incentive Zone (DIZ) overlay were approved to allow for future development of the Reed Street Yards. The 17-acre property, located between South 6th Street and South 3rd Street, is being redevelopment into a water research and development park in a collaborative effort between City of Milwaukee, the property owner Peter Mead, and General Capital Group.

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 12. December 2011

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 12. December 2011

“Cash mob” organized to support Riverwest businesses By fox6now.com The Road To Sprawlville, Chapter 52: Interchange To Nowhere Is Top Drawer By James Rowen Menomonee Valley Power Plant public hearing Monday By Eddee Daniel The Road To Sprawlville, Chapter 51: What Is And What Was By James Rowen Milwaukee makes top 20 healthiest housing market list By First Weber Group Neighbors oppose parts of a mixed-use proposal on land currently designated for a mail-processing facility. By Mark Schaaf DNR land could be sold to raise cash By Jim Massey Activity buzzing as Dover School prepares to become The Hive By Bobby Tanzilo MARKET SNAPSHOT: Milwaukee Reports a Low Average Vacancy for Midwestern Market By Erika Schnitzer Northwestern Mutual buys Joel Lee building for temporary space By Rich Kirchen Third Ward ‘lounge’ proposal offers a home for businesses By Rick Romell Lawmakers wrangle over train maintenance base By Larry Sandler Construction begins on downtown Hilton Garden Inn project By Real Estate Weekly Draft bill circulates on raising Milwaukee County sales tax By Sean Ryan biomass energy project By Thomas Content State reconsiders cost of Milwaukee train facility By Sean Ryan NML buying downtown building for temp office space By Tom Daykin Ring in a safe 2012 with Miller Lite Free Rides By Renee Lorenz LISC names 15 finalists for MANDIs By Peggy Schulz Wisconsin GOP Legislators Open To Amtrak Job Creation – – In Chicago By James Rowen UWM water school renovations to begin this month By Tom Daykin Milwaukee County moves ahead with plans to repair Estabrook Dam By Lee Bergquist Barrett to meet Northridge property owner on home turf By Rich Rovito Marcus Center parking structure plan endorsed By Sean Ryan Third Ward adds new center parking on Broadway By Jeff Sherman Potawatomi power plant, Reed Street Yards up for public hearings By Sean Ryan Cheese facility leads the way By Nancy Ettenheim Freshwater is Milwaukee’s ticket By Joel Brennan Downtown Hilton Garden Inn work begins, to open next fall By Tom Daykin Commuters get prepared for winter at the Winter Cycling Forum and Dance Party By Jason McDowell Amtrak upgrades are still on track in Milwaukee By Larry Sandler UWM chancellor to sign deal in China By Karen Herzog Apartment demand a bright spot for area developers By Tom Daykin Know Milwaukee: Shops of Grand Avenue By Natasha Anderson

Urbanized

Urbanized

Urbanized, the third film in Gary Hustwit’s design trilogy, shows the greatness and failures of city planning through vivid cinematography and informed speakers. The film bounds from Bogota to Detroit and issue to issue giving viewers a background on the history of urbanism, while introducing the concept as a global issue.

Historic Third Ward Broadway Streetscape Extension Nears Completion

Historic Third Ward Broadway Streetscape Extension Nears Completion

In 1992 the first portion of the Historic Third Ward's streetscaping plans were completed. That $3.5 million project included the mid-block parks on Broadway, Catalano Square, 285 pedestrian light poles, and two arches that designate the gateways to the Historic Third Ward.

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 5. December 2011

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 5. December 2011

Apartment demand a bright spot for area developers By Tom Daykin Know Milwaukee: Shops of Grand Avenue By Natasha Anderson Abele’s chief of staff Aldrich leaving in January By Rich Kirchen Leadership for Public Transit and Safe Streets: Chris Larson Continue reading on Examiner.com Leadership for Public Transit and Safe Streets: Chris Larson By Charlie Rosenberg PSC to rule on who will pay for streetcar utility costs By Larry Sandler and Thomas Content Kinnickinnic River naturalization engineering-project in full swing By Michael Timm PSC will consider and rule on Milwaukee streetcar utility relocation costs By Sean Ryan Developer proposes 275-unit student apartment for Riverwest By Tom Daykin Displeasure over lack of jobs prompts demonstration at Talgo By fox6now.com Milwaukee 7’s pursuit of W Solar started in March By Sean Ryan BRT Insincerity By Martin H. Duke BizTimes Real Estate Weekly: Fond du Lac firm to lead construction of downtown Milwaukee Marriott By The BizTimes Daily Indiana developers propose $35M apartment project targeting UWM students By Sean Ryan Waukesha seeks 25% water rate increase By Don Behm Milwaukee’s image will get a face lift By Tom Daykin An Uneven Recovery: The Chicago and Milwaukee Labor Markets By Max Lichtenstein and Scott Brave Push On For Bike Lane On Hoan Bridge By wisn.com 5,000 signatures for Hoan bike lane delivered to DOT By fox6now.com Milwaukee… a developing story By Andrew Weiland Sen. Larson set to present petitions supporting Hoan Bridge bike path By Tom Held Is Wisconsin Slow To Change? By Dave Schlabowske Buy Local Gift Fair is Sunday By Jan Uebelherr Region turns to clusters as growth strategy By John Schmid New Downtown Milwaukee Hotel To Bring Hundreds Of Jobs  By wisn.com Construction of East Side apartment building to resume By The BizTimes Daily Downtown Milwaukee Marriott set for mid-2013 opening By Sean Ryan Downtown Marriott hotel officially under construction By fox6now.com Milwaukee 5th Ward office building sold By Sean Ryan New senior housing on Becher offers more services By Georgia Pabst Change on the horizon at the Westlawn housing project By Candace Romano At Pete’s, knowledge, fresh produce are king By Tom Daykin

Reed Street Yards Redevelopment Funds Approved at Committee

Reed Street Yards Redevelopment Funds Approved at Committee

At the November 22nd, 2011 meeting of the Zoning, Neighborhoods & Development Committee funds for the construction of new infrastructure within the Reed Street Yards were approved. The 17-acre property, known as the Reed Street Yards, is located between South 6th Street and South 3rd Street, and has been targeted by the City of Milwaukee and the Water Council as the future center of Milwaukee’s water industry.

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 28. November 2011

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 28. November 2011

At Pete’s, knowledge, fresh produce are king By Tom Daykin Milwaukee’s climate has been getting wetter over last 60 years By Don Behm Social Circle: Are you really going to “buy local” this year? By OnMilwaukee.com Staff Writers Riverwest apartments approved, but billboard bashed By Tom Daykin East Library apartments plan wins Library Board approval By Tom Daykin Wisconsin wetlands seen as threat to jobs By Bill Lueders Staybridge auction date remains unscheduled By Tom Daykin Manhattan CB 2 Votes Unanimously for Hudson Street Bike Lane Upgrade By Noah Kazis Waukesha Officials To Cut Transit Links, Again – – And Undercut Water Plan, Again By James Rowen TMB Development still pursuing grants for Iron Block building By Sean Ryan Cuts planned to Waukesha-Milwaukee bus route By Laurel Walker From run-down to retail in Washington Heights By Candace Romano Iron Block Building restoration plan resurfaces By Tom Daykin 30: The Empire Building and the Riverside By Megan E. Daniels City hears public comment on streetcar project By fox6now.com Group helps welcome potential home buyers into the area with a bus tour By fox6now.com

Is WisDOT Inflating Traffic Counts in the Hoan Bridge Bicycle Study?

Is WisDOT Inflating Traffic Counts in the Hoan Bridge Bicycle Study?

Last week, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) gave a presentation regarding the possibility of adding a bike trail on the Hoan Bridge. The DOT laid out five potential alternatives, that covered a wide range of costs, and potential impacts such as traffic congestion.

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 21. November 2011

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 21. November 2011

30: The Empire Building and the Riverside By Megan E. Daniels City hears public comment on streetcar project By fox6now.com Group helps welcome potential home buyers into the area with a bus tour By fox6now.com Caught up in the Hoan Bridge bike lane congestion By Tom Held Bonds approved for North End development in Milwaukee By Sean Ryan North End apartments in Park East to start expansion in January By Tom Daykin Reed Street Yards infrastructure work approved By Sean Ryan Brother Ron, driving down Wisconsin Ave. for Jesus By Ben McCormick Governor Signs Bicycle “Tune-up” Bill By Kevin Hardman Talking transportation with former Milwaukee mayor John Norquist By John Greenfield City hears public comment on streetcar project Wednesday night By fox6now.com Neighborhood group rehabilitating foreclosed homes, hoping to draw buyers By fox6now.com County Board overrides most of Abele’s budget vetoes By Steve Schultze Downtown parking structure might be demolished By The BizTimes Daily Streetcar supporters outnumber opponents at hearing By Larry Sandler 27: Milwaukee Central Library By Megan E. Daniels Hoan Bridge bike path heavily favored at DOT open-house By Charlie Rosenberg Non-profit bike shop provides jobs for teens, bikes for kids By fox6now.com Senior apartments proposed for Washington Park neighborhood By Tom Daykin MLB commissions a Miller Park study By Don Walker Hoan Bridge remodel should include bike lane By Chris Larson Sheriff Clarke and Senator Larson clash over proposed Hoan Bridge bike path By Matt Montgomery Overflow Crowd At Hoan Meeting By Dave Schlabowske Northridge Mall’s doors opened, organizers hope to generate interest in redevelopment By fox6now.com DOT hears public comment on adding a bike lane to Hoan Bridge By fox6now.com Hundreds devote Packers pregame to Hoan Bridge details By Tom Held Apartment building in Riverwest includes ad space By Tom Daykin 24: Foundation By Megan E. Daniels MPS plan would close 3 elementary schools By Rick Romell Affordable senior apartments planned on Vliet Street in Milwaukee By Sean Ryan Planners rejected other routes for Milwaukee streetcar By Larry Sandler Assembling the parts By Rob Henken Unified economic development strategy urged By Tom Daykin

Important Hoan Bridge and Milwaukee Streetcar Meetings this Week

Important Hoan Bridge and Milwaukee Streetcar Meetings this Week

This week there are two important public meetings regarding the future of Milwaukee's built environment.

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 14. November 2011

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 14. November 2011

Assembling the parts By Rob Henken Unified economic development strategy urged By Tom Daykin The Hoan can be safe for bicyclists By Ernst-Ulrich Franzen DOT set to share details, gather opinions on Hoan Bridge bike path By Tom Held Video: Daykin discusses plans for lakefront redesign By Tom Daykin Walker signs comptroller bill for Milwaukee County By Patrick Marley Plans for East Library determined By nMilwaukee.com Staff Writers HSI Properties recommended to redevelop North Avenue library By Sean Ryan HSI apartment proposal recommended for East Library By Tom Daykin Milwaukee legislators report massive public support for bike lane on Hoan Bridge By Charlie Rosenberg Lawmakers say 5,000 have signed petition in support of Hoan Bridge bike lane By fox6now.com Hoan Bridge bike path advocates urge citizens to contact their representatives By Katherine Keller Raised cycle tracks By Twin Cities Streets for People WI Sen. Chris Larson Pushing Bike Access To Scenic, Lake Michigan Shoreline Bridge By James Rowen MMAC ‘blueprint’ pushes work force training By Rich Kirchen Terminal Milwaukee Recap: “Intersections” By Lane Burns Milwaukee County Board approves 2012 budget: by the numbers By TCD MPL Board reviews East Library redevelopment proposals Wed., Nov. 9, 5:30pm; meeting is open to public By Bay View Compass Public Transportation Meetings – Nov 14 and 16 By Coalition for Advancing Transit Public Transportation Meetings – Nov 14 and 16 By Coalition for Advancing Transit The future of the East Library to be decided By OnMilwaukee.com Staff Writers Plans to replace library with apartments, new library reviewed tonight By Tom Daykin Conservatives call bull on UW bicycling study By Tom Held The value of collective impact: LISC delegation joins Equity Summit 2011 By Peggy Schulz Taqueria trucks bring food closer to the people By Royal Griggs Hank Aaron State Trail extension ready for finishing touches By Tom Held Milwaukee businesswoman to lead transportation group By Rich Rovito Milwaukee council approves 2012 budget with 0.5 percent levy increase By The Business Journal MMAC pushes plan to close education gap in Milwaukee By Erin Richards Coral Gables to Resurface 30 Miles of Roads; No Mention of Bike Facilities (Yet) By Tony Garcia Full County Board approves Milwaukee County budget for 2012 By fox6now.com We passed the budget, and I’m home before 9:00. By Jason Haas County Board raises levy to soften costs to employees, program cuts By Steve Schultze Layton Boulevard West announces plan to improve quality of life By Edgar Mendez Neighbors of Layton Boulevard West steer a course toward quality By Georgia Pabst 18: Sherman Perk By Megan E. Daniels Fans, foes add to debate on elected Milwaukee comptroller By Steve Schultze

United Methodist Children’s Services Phase III Holds Groundbreaking Celebration

United Methodist Children’s Services Phase III Holds Groundbreaking Celebration

Although the official groundbreaking ceremony was held this past weekend, the United Methodist Children's Services (UMCS) Phase III development is well under construction. The 10-unit mixed-use apartment building, to be located at 3800 West Lisbon Ave., will provide quality affordable housing for low-income families.

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 7. November 2011

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 7. November 2011

Aldermen create city Department of International Trade By Larry Sandler Neighborhood leaders, funders, developers, lenders, corporations and city officials discuss success of Milwaukee’s central City By milwaukeecourieronline.com The Milwaukee Streetcar – Notice of Availability and Public Hearing By milwaukeecourieronline.com Hank Aaron Extension Has Been Extended By Dave Schlabowske 2012 County Budget Vote, Upcoming Event By Coalition for Advancing Transit Results from 11/3/11 Milwaukee County Board meeting By Jason Haas War Memorial Center needs and deserves TLC By Dave Begel County Board overrides Abele veto of ‘artistic bus shelter’ By Steve Schultze Construction work could begin this month for downtown Marriott By Real Estate Weekly Fred Boutique to open holiday shop at Grand Ave. By Stacy Vogel Davis Panel gives top priority to freeway work near Miller Park By Lee Bergquist Developers to share insights about key projects at conference By The BizTimes Daily Common Council OKs 2 charter schools By Tom Tolan and Larry Sandler City panel backs raising fees, continuing furloughs By Larry Sandler County panel hopes concessions lead to saving deputy jobs By Steve Schultze UW reserachers calculate biking benefits: $7 billion and 1,100 lives. By Tom Held Building cleanup for Milwaukee Marriott could begin this month By Sea Hearing scheduled on Milwaukee streetcar plan By Sean Ryan A plan emerges for Prospect Mall By OnMilwaukee.com Staff Writers Live Blogging 11/2 Budget Hearing By Jason Haas City may aid water tech park By Tom Daykin Milwaukee County Historical Society retools to bring our past into the future By Bobby Tanzilo Milwaukee County Historical Society retools to bring our past into the future By Bobby Tanzilo Can football succeed at UWM? By Don Walker Downtown Marriott demo work to begin Nov. 17 By Tom Daykin Charter school deserves city’s approval By Tim Sheehy TIF changes on the horizon in Wisconsin By Joe Peterangelo New scientists at Freshwater Sciences at UWM By Michael Timm Ald. Witkowiak helps announce improvement plans to park, named after his father By fox6now.com Abele vetoes $50,000 for Bay View sculpture By Bay View Compass Airport-Bayshore express bus proposed By Bay View Compass Airport-Bayshore express bus proposed By Bay View Compass Bike the Hoan? By Michael Timm Business leaders begin effort to help Bucks, Bradley Center By Don Walker Milwaukee Talks: The Alliance School’s lead teacher Tina Owen By Royal Griggs Bronzeville’s “Life’s Garden” newest artwork and great history lesson By milwaukeecourieronline.com Builder Magazine sees strong Milwaukee housing market for 2012 By OnMilwaukee.com Staff Writers County budget panel increases levy for 2012 over Abele’s objections By Steve Schultze WisDOT Hoan Bike Path Study Identifies 5 Options By Dave Schlabowske

Car Culture: The Federal Gas Tax: 98% versus the 2%
Car Culture

The Federal Gas Tax: 98% versus the 2%

Recently, multiple attempts to cut or eliminate bicycle and pedestrian funding from the federal transportation budget have been proposed under the premise that these funds are needed to rebuild America's infrastructure. So far all of these measures have failed, but do they even address the problem?

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 31. October 2011

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 31. October 2011

Milwaukee Talks: The Alliance School’s lead teacher Tina Owen By Royal Griggs Bronzeville’s “Life’s Garden” newest artwork and great history lesson By milwaukeecourieronline.com Builder Magazine sees strong Milwaukee housing market for 2012 By OnMilwaukee.com Staff Writers County budget panel increases levy for 2012 over Abele’s objections By Steve Schultze WisDOT Hoan Bike Path Study Identifies 5 Options By Dave Schlabowske Milwaukee County awarded federal bus grant By Sean Ryan Milwaukee County to get $19.1 million for express bus routes, DOT says By Larry Sandler Abele praises award of $12.7 million in transit funding that enables county to create express routes, maintain service By Bay View Compass Milwaukee County lands $12.7 million in federal funding for transit By The BizTimes Daily City closes downtown Renaissance Book Shop By Rick Romell Shorecrest Hotel sold to Astor Hotel owner By Tom Daykin Market tied to eminent domain dispute opens new building By Tom Daykin Is a new arena in UWM’s future? By Don Walker Night and day, galleries display work by local artists By Phoua Xiong How a Twin Cities Community Fought For Transit Equity — And Won By Carolyn Szczepanski MCTS Announces Steady Increase in Bike Rack Usage By Milwaukee County Transit System Bike racks on buses being used more often in Milwaukee County By fox6now.com Use of bike racks on county buses doubles in 2011 By Tom Held Bike Use on Milwaukee Buses Up 50% In 2011 By Kevin Hardman Abele selects Busalacchi as county transportation and public works director By The BizTimes Daily Another Spanish company to establish Milwaukee operations By The BizTimes Daily New bicycle law will make passing safer By Tim Damos Assembly relaxes bike-passing rules By fox6now.com County panels advances lakefront development plan By Steve Schultze Former DOT head Busalacchi named county transportation chief By Steve Schultze First Raised Bike Lane In Wisconsin By Dave Schlabowske County panel restores some parks funding By Steve Schultze Postal Service looking at alternate plans for Oak Creek site By Tom Daykin Residents have plenty of thoughts about Waukesha water request By Don Behm Wind turbine issue turns slowly By Thomas Content UWM to start water school project in early 2012 By Sean Ryan Forest County Potawatomi increase renewable energy use By milwaukeecourieronline.com The invisible bus By Peggy Schulz

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 24. October 2011

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 24. October 2011

UWM to start water school project in early 2012 By Sean Ryan Forest County Potawatomi increase renewable energy use By milwaukeecourieronline.com The invisible bus By Peggy Schulz Possible funding would create express routes, help save existing routes By Chris Abele Milwaukee County recommended to receive bus grants By The Business Journal Four panels recommend $12.7 million for express bus routes By Larry Sandler Bill would improve fiscal management By Journal Sentinel Editorial Auction sought for partly finished downtown Staybridge By Tom Daykin Wisconsin Assembly approves new TIF bill By The Business Journal Apartment building planned on East Side By Real Estate Weekly Gorman seeks brew pub for Pabst hotel By Real Estate Weekly New office building planned at Pabst brewery By Real Estate Weekly The Scandalously High Cost of Shortchanging Transit By Angie Schmitt Another community taken for a ride by Wal-Mart By John Michlig UWM names founding dean of Zilber School of Public Health By The BizTimes Daily PSC petitioned to rule on Milwaukee streetcar utility costs By Sean Ryan A transit plan for Milwaukee, but not for the region By Ernst-Ulrich Franzen Milwaukee Historic Preservation Commission is seeking nomination for preservation award By Bay View Compass Know Milwaukee: Art Milwaukee By Natasha Anderson Connecting the dots … By Twin Cities Streets for People New downtown residents group has first meeting Tuesday By Tom Daykin Downtown development site on river undergoes cleanup By Tom Daykin Developer hopes to begin building Pabst offices next spring By Tom Daykin County panel rejects effort to shift city streetcar funds to buses By Larry Sandler Plan to renovate lakefront unveiled By Steve Schultze No Room for Bicyclists in Small Wisconsin Town By Itir Sonuparlak Milwaukee county bus system saved again – for another year or two only By Charlie Rosenberg Museum of Wisconsin Art and St. John’s on the Lake form partnership By Mary Louise Schumacher Developer plans 14-unit east side apartment building By Tom Daykin A smart Wisconsin law may be dumbed down By Journal Sentinel Editorial SE Wisconsin Regional Transit: Stability, Instability And Insanity By James Rowen Planning, Plating And Plate Lunches By James Rowen Planners recommend bus system gets $11.8 million in federal funds By Larry Sandler Former downtown Borders lands Planet Fitness By Tom Daykin Mayor credits Ald. Bauman for helping with Pabst project By Tom Daykin Ground is broken on new Brewhouse Inn & Suites in downtown Milwaukee By fox6now.com County bus value pass could go up $6 By Sean Ryan Milwaukee County, Racine get bus grants By Sean Ryan Biking the Hoan would be better, riders conclude after trip downtown By Tom Held State lawmakers show support for adding bike lane to Hoan Bridge By fox6now.com Some Lawmakers Push For Hoan Bridge Bike, Pedestrian Lane By wisn.com The final days: Will the Hoan Bridge redevelopment include a multi-use path? By Jason McDowell Mitchell Street Market Lofts Project breaks ground By milwaukeecourieronline.com Amtrak marks a milestone in a special way in Milwaukee By fox6now.com Area legislators ready to […]

Toll Roads for Wisconsin!

Toll Roads for Wisconsin!

Traditionally, in Wisconsin toll roads are opposed by the right, because freeways are free, from the left because tolls are an attack on the middle class, and often by new urbanists, because freeways promote sprawl.

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 17. October 2011

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 17. October 2011

Pabst Brewery transformation in next phase By Tom Daykin UWM’s new chancellor has big day By Karen Herzog Villard Square Library debuts Saturday By Matthew Bin Han Ong County Budget Hearings Underway – Action Needed! By Coalition for Advancing Transit Michael Lovell inaugurated as UW-Milwaukee’s new chancellor By fox6now.com Developer may drop Pabst apartment project By Tom Daykin Lofts and indoor farmers market to replace longtime outdoor market By Edgar Mendez New Villard Square Library Dedication Saturday Morning By James Rowen Milwaukee County Board to consider city’s streetcar funds By Sean Ryan Human fecal bacteria detected in harbor water samples By Don Behm New chancellor Lovell to put UWM in spotlight By Karen Herzog Harbor Commission endorses bike traffic on Hoan Bridge By Tom Held What Does a Bridge in Milwaukee Mean for Bicycling in Wisconsin? By Kevin Hardman Harmony Initiative plans to build near Marcus Center By The BizTimes Daily Wisconsin town considers banning bicycles from its roads By Tom Held Harmony Initiative targets Marcus Center parking structure By Sean Ryan Day 5: Bay View Brew Haus By Megan E. Daniels Milwaukee RiverWalk voted one of the Great Public Places in America, 2011 By First Weber Group City launches energy efficiency program for businesses By The BizTimes Daily Milwaukee County 2012 budget hearings Day 2 By Jason Haas County Board committee takes up arts, parks budget cuts By fox6now.com Streetscape project renovates Milwaukee’s first boulevard By fox6now.com Craftsmen guild in Lindsay Heights rehabs homes, provides work By Kenya Evans Know Milwaukee: VETransfer By Natasha Anderson Lakefront development plan to have public hearing By Tom Daykin Students without cars could find access to jobs, school difficult By Jonathon Gorski Solar companies say demand is on the bright side By Thomas Content Gas tax short of covering roads By Larry Sandler Villard Avenue Library Closed; Villard Square Library Grand Opening Oct 15th By milwaukeecourieronline.com Who Pays for Roads in Wisconsin? By 1000 Friends of Wisconsin Lakefront Redevelopment plan hearing Tu., Oct 18, 5-6:30pm By Bay View Compass

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 10. October 2011

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 10. October 2011

Organization launches campaign to make Milwaukee ‘edible’ By Biztimes Bubblers Weekly UW president urges state to reinvest in universities By Karen Herzog and Jason Stein Construction to begin for hotel at Pabst brewery By The BizTimes Daily Would Milwaukee be left out in the cold? By Ernst-Ulrich Franzen Washington Square office tower still seeking tenants, loan By Tom Daykin Aldermen, supervisors want to shift streetcar money to buses By Larry Sandler Pay-as-you go roads By Journal Sentinel Editorial Milwaukee RiverWalk receives national recognition By Tom Daykin Milwaukee greenhouse project approved By Sean Ryan Urban Ecology Center breaks ground in Menomonee Valley By Mary Louise Schumacher Milwaukee’s downtown Riverwalk receives national attention By fox6now.com Marquette graduates develop apartment complex By Tom Daykin Tolls return as option to fund highways By Sean Ryan Smart Growth Law Would be Gutted by Proposed Legislation By 1000 Friends of Wisconsin Third Urban Ecology Center breaks ground in Menomonee Valley By Eddee Daniel Wauwatosa students celebrate International Walk to School Day By fox6now.com Highway-Happy Republicans Throw Away Another Federal Rail Grant In Transit-Poor Wisconsin By James Rowen Larson riding for bike path on Hoan Bridge By Tom Held Bike lanes for Bay Street expected in November By Bay View Compass Bay View wind turbine moving forward By Bay View Compass Last days for Dover Street School? By Jay Bullock Walker’s Point, West Bend affordable apartments opening By Tom Daykin Study revives toll road proposal for Wisconsin By Larry Sandler $6 million in federal funds for KRM withdrawn By Larry Sandler Menomonee Valley Branch of Urban Ecology Center breaks ground By Edgar Mendez UWM 12th most gay-friendly school in nation By Jonathon Gorski Hotel conversion at Pabst site holds groundbreaking By Tom Daykin Gorman & Company, Inc Requesting BIDs for Pabst Brewhouse Project By milwaukeecourieronline.com Marquette to celebrate opening of new Engineering Hall By The BizTimes Daily

“This is not a cab town” – Cabs in Milwaukee

“This is not a cab town” – Cabs in Milwaukee

It has been said that Milwaukee "is not a cab town," and it's true many Milwaukeeans don't utilize taxicab services.

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 3. October 2011

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 3. October 2011

Gorman & Company, Inc Requesting BIDs for Pabst Brewhouse Project By milwaukeecourieronline.com Marquette to celebrate opening of new Engineering Hall By The BizTimes Daily Northwestern Mutual to demolish downtown office building By The BizTimes Daily Milwaukee opens its recycling to more items By Lee Bergquist Groundbreaking planned for Mitchell Street apartment building By The BizTimes Daily Diverse team to tackle education in Milwaukee By Erin Richards and Tom Tolan Northwestern Mutual to replace 16-story downtown building By Tom Daykin Fish farm proposal surfaces near Story Hill neighborhood By Tom Daykin Abele budget to avoid transit cuts By The Business Journal Taxi drivers file lawsuit against City of Milwaukee for law limiting taxicab permits By fox6now.com Barrett budget has small levy increase By The Business Journal Bauman calls public hearing for Menomonee Valley coal plant By The BizTimes Daily Cycling in Milwaukee By Steven Vance Menomonee Valley design wins award By Eddee Daniel In “Broke” Wisconsin, New Interchange, Road To Serve Pabst Farms Mall Never Built By James Rowen Work begins to extend the Hank Aaron State Trail By Tom Held Abele plan taps federal funds to save bus lines By Larry Sandler Report says county transit cuts would make jobs inaccessible By The BizTimes Daily Get Out: 2011 Milwaukee Film Festival is Here! By Karen Cinpinski MMSD to pay $833,960 for deconstruction of 16 houses By Don Behm ‘Doors Open’ instills new tradition in Milwaukee By Natasha Anderson Cab drivers to sue Milwaukee over limit on permits By Bruce Vielmetti Milwaukee mayor’s budget cuts 12 firefighter jobs By Larry Sandler MSOE land swap talks continue; cleanup costs at issue By Tom Daykin Transit cuts put jobs out of reach of workers with out cars By Larry Sandler More apartments proposed in Milwaukee By Sean Ryan ’50s Michigan Street Diner all shook up over lease, foreclosure spat By Tom Daykin $20 million cleanup of PCBs in Lincoln Park begins By Lee Bergquist

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 26. September 2011

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 26. September 2011

Transit cuts put jobs out of reach of workers with out cars By Larry Sandler More apartments proposed in Milwaukee By Sean Ryan ’50s Michigan Street Diner all shook up over lease, foreclosure spat By Tom Daykin $20 million cleanup of PCBs in Lincoln Park begins By Lee Bergquist Loyalty Building tenant predicts betrayal By James Briggs Costs rise as terra cotta problems at City Hall stymie officials By Larry Sandler PNC Bank to replace Westbury Bank on E. North Ave. By Tom Daykin Water project wins federal funding By The Business Journal Bicycle Commuting up in Wisconsin Cities By Dave Schlabowske Competing East Library developments plans to be refined By Tom Daykin Potawatomi plans hotel development at casino By Real Estate Weekly Alterra breaks ground in Bay View By Real Estate Weekly Deal of the Week: East North Avenue building sold for $1.2 million By Real Estate Weekly Milwaukee must “Get Smarter” By Steve Jagler Potawatomi data center approved by city By Sean Ryan Milwaukee’s Historic Buildings on Display By Evan Rytlewski Wave Development Pays $2.3M for Office Property By Elizabeth Burke Iconic public art planned for Bay View By Mary Louise Schumacher Business leaders meet to discuss developing the area around Northridge Mall By fox6now.com Milwaukee officials work to capitalize on booming downtown nightlife By fox6now.com Doors open this weekend at U.S. Bank top floor, other buildings By Tom Daykin Harley plan to drop office development wins city OK By Tom Daykin Norquist calls for ‘no more malls’ By Patti Wenzel County supervisors call for restoration of state funding for Milwaukee County transit services By Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors Park East deadline extension endorsed By Sean Ryan Abele cuts ribbon on Domes’ new “green” entrance By OnMilwaukee.com Staff Writers Park East Square wins additional time to begin work By Tom Daykin Grant awarded to Milwaukee area colleges to create H20 Options program By fox6now.com Wangard group buys another east side commercial building By Tom Daykin Why you should care about Nicollet Avenue By Getting Around Minneapolis Cyclists wheel into Mitchell Park and spur bike lanes for Clarke Square By Edgar Mendez Solar panels installed at Lindsay Heights homes By Yiting Mao Milwaukee recognized for urban farms, aquaponics By Karen Herzog Journey House’s new south side center under way By Georgia Pabst PARK(ing) Day at UWM By Molly Lefeber RiverWalk turns 20 and is still growing By Tom Daykin

Carmageddon!

Carmageddon!

It has been more than a week since Wells Street was converted to two-ways, and it has indeed been Carmaggedon. Drivers have been confused by the unusual street configuration. Two-ways, really? The fear generated by being able to turn right and go East on to Wells St. has caused mass hysteria causing more than a few people to quickly park in available parking spots.

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 19. September 2011

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 19. September 2011

RiverWalk turns 20 and is still growing By Tom Daykin UWM study notes impact of county transit cuts By The BizTimes Daily Senior apartments at former hospital building now open By Tom Daykin Park(ing) Day Book Exchange By A Daily Dose of Architecture UWM Study Finds Transit, Jobs Strongly Linked By James Rowen Milwaukee without the beer and brats By Nancy Trejos GMC launches innovation initiative By The Business Journal County wants former KRM money for express bus routes By Larry Sandler Possible hotel site near convention center completes cleanup By Tom Daykin Large wind turbine to hit Milwaukee’s lakefront By fox6now.com Ahern land purchase in Menomonee Valley approved By The Business Journal Milwaukee County land sales could create development fund By The Business Journal Former school could become Bronzeville arts center By Tom Daykin Citizens share their views of Milwaukee’s transit future By Patti Wenzel Milwaukee County seeks $15 million in grants for buses By The Business Journal GMC receives grant to help boost design technology By Kathleen Gallagher Thomas says he’ll run for comptroller; Murphy won’t By Larry Sandler Grand Avenue plans to lease space to arts school By Tom Daykin Discussing the future of Milwaukee’s East Library By Jim Higgins Barrett, Thornton break ground on transformation of former school By Bobby Tanzilo Alterra Cafe and Bakery in Bay View slated to open June 1 By Andrew Swofford UW-Milwaukee the 12th most gay-friendly college in America By fox6now.com Development company to turn Jackie Robinson Middle School into senior living facility By fox6now.com Port of Milwaukee wind turbine project to move forward By Thomas Content Marquette dedicates new green space next week By OnMilwaukee.com Staff Writers East Library proposals subject of community meeting tonight By Tom Daykin Crews removing KK River’s concrete bed By Don Behm Harley dropping Valley project, will pay $700,000 to city By Tom Daykin Villard Square, Johnston Residences win apartment honors By Tom Daykin High-Energy Customers Don’t Want High-Voltage Lines Overhead By Laura J. Merisalo Lindsay Heights researchers ‘show’ interest in neighbors’ health By Peggy Schulz Special-Needs Finalists By Affordable Housing Finance

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 12. September 2011

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 12. September 2011

Parks director Black declined Chicago job By Steve Schultze MCTS Participates in the First Annual Doors Open Milwaukee By Milwaukee County Transit System PARK(ing) day project rolls into Shorewood By OnMilwaukee.com Staff Writers Transit supporters plan open houses By The Business Journal Keep system running By jsonline.com Walmart to donate $1 million to Growing Power By The BizTimes Daily Art and gardening in Milwaukee By Mary Louise Schumacher Two-way traffic to be extended all along Wells St. By Jesse Garza Milwaukee County Transit System running on fumes By Larry Sandler Gannett Fleming coming to Milwaukee By Sean Ryan Milwaukee throws open city’s doors By John Gurda

PARK(ing) Day 2011!

PARK(ing) Day 2011!

Once again this year UrbanMilwaukee.com will be hosting a PARK(ing) Day event in downtown Milwaukee PARK(ing) Day takes place on September 16th, 2011 and is quite simply a public space intervention. The UrbanMilwaukee.com installation will be located near the corner of Mason Street and Milwaukee Street from noon to 2 p.m.

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 5. September 2011

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 5. September 2011

Milwaukee throws open city’s doors By John Gurda Lake Michigan water plan would more than double Waukesha water bills By Don Behm East Town Association names new Executive Director By OnMilwaukee.com Staff Writers Water Council to redevelop Walkers Point warehouse By Andrew Weiland The City Cyclist: Which trail will you take? By Mark Wenzel Foreclosure suit targets Loyalty Building hotel conversion By Tom Daykin Incubator for water-tech firms planned for Walkers Point By Tom Daykin AT&T shows what lies underneath streetcar route on Broadway By Sean Ryan Red Rock Saloon owners buying McGillycuddy’s By Stacy Vogel Davis Downtown: How about a few pop up playgrounds? By Jeff Sherman Lakefront unveils Three Stooges art By OnMilwaukee.com Staff Writers Villard Square GrandFamily Most Valuable Project By Northwest Side Community Connection Grand Avenue: Foreclosure won’t affect mall operations By Business Journal Wind turbine stalled over minority contractor concerns By Michael Timm Enthusiasm mounts to bike the Hoan By Michael Timm Foreclosure suit may bring new Grand Avenue owner By Tom Daykin First chickens are Bay View chickens By Bay View Compass Downtown Marriott site sold; work to begin this year By Tom Daykin Wells and 2nd Streets convert to two-way traffic September 10 By OnMilwaukee.com Staff Writers Park East Square developer files for personal bankruptcy By Tom Daykin Zipcar deal brings new Ford models to UWM, Marquette By Steve Ivey Bike Fed offers valet parking for Badgers football opener By Tom Held Ahern moving facility, jobs from Falls to Menomonee Valley By Tom Daykin Doors placed out on Milwaukee streets this week By Mary-Louise Schumacher Last Day at the Loyalty Building By Diane Bacha 106seeboth joins bar / tapas scene By OnMilwaukee.com Staff Writers All for one and one for all By Dave Schlabowske Special Report: Communities arent food deserts, but healthy eating eludes many By Joshua McGowan Nonprofit to move to Schlitz Park By The BizTimes Daily Program Offers Open Door to Milwaukees Downtown By wisn.com More food trucks and trailers join the street party By Damien Jaques Long-awaited groundbreaking at Longfellow set for Sept. 16 By Edgar Mendez New Berlin affordable housing project starts next month By Sean Ryan UWM water school plans to undergo city review By Tom Daykin Schlitz Park adds second tenant since renovation announced By Journal Sentinel staff Targeted neighborhood investment produces results By milwaukeecourieronline.com Milwaukee Public Library invites public input about three finalists designs for new East Library branch By Bay View Compass Nine easy ways you can make Milwaukee better By Jeff Sherman Unveiling the Northwest Quadrant By John Parnon The FDOT Reindeer Games Continue on Biscayne Boulevard; 9th Crash in Less Than One Year, 2nd Crash in Four Days By Felipe Azenha 2012 Milwaukee County Budget – Transit Impacted By Coalition for Advancing Transit Save water, grow jobs with smart pricing By William J. Holahan and Charles O. Kroncke Demolition begins at Conway and Kinnickinnic By Katherine Keller Suzys project moves Menomonee Valley closer to jobs goal By Tom Daykin

Enough with the excuses already, add the bike lane to the Hoan Bridge

Enough with the excuses already, add the bike lane to the Hoan Bridge

Should the Hoan Bridge have a bike and pedestrian path or not? According to comment section of the Journal Sentinel it appears that there are numerous 'reasons' why a bike lane should not be built on the Hoan Bridge, but are they really valid?

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 8. August 2011

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 8. August 2011

Young professionals drawn to urban living By Tom Daykin Lakefront redevelopment rare case of cooperation By Sean Ryan Police bike squads serve, protect and pedal By Tom Held Lamers Connect Bus Line Now Bicycle Friendly! By Dave Schlabowske Apps for Milwaukee By Joe Peterangelo Former Concordia campus renovations beginning By Tom Daykin New tenants join Grand Avenue creativity program By The Business Journal Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin Restores $2 Million for Bike/Ped to State Budget By Darren Flusche Fear mongers be gone! Riding a bike is safe. By Dave Schlabowske A desire for streetcar? Yes, future relies on more transit options By Rose Locander Report: State budget pushes Milwaukee County deeper into fiscal hole By Larry Sandler Hoan Bridge overhaul to begin in 2013 By Bay View Compass Developer proposes 5-story apartment building in Riverwest By Tom Daykin Alderman: Waukesha water hearing should have been in Milwaukee By Don Behm Business incubator provides money, advice By Kathleen Gallagher East Town group moving offices; executive director leaving By Sean Ryan Upscale bridal salon to move downtown By Andrew Weiland Riverwest apartments will be market rate, developer says By Tom Daykin Milwaukees 3rd Bike Corral By Dave Schlabowske

Wells Street Two-Way Conversion Work Has Begun

Wells Street Two-Way Conversion Work Has Begun

Wasting no time, the Department of Public Works has already began work on the conversion of Wells Street to a two-way street throughout downtown.

Cafe Hollander Opens Milwaukee’s Third On-street Bike Corral

Cafe Hollander Opens Milwaukee’s Third On-street Bike Corral

Last week marked the installation of another on-street bike corral in Milwaukee. The newest on-street bike corral is located at Cafe Hollander on Milwaukee's East Side.

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 1. August 2011

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 1. August 2011

Milwaukees 3rd Bike Corral By Dave Schlabowske Streetscape alters look, feel of historic business district By Edgar Mendez Developers plan apartment building on North Avenue By The BizTimes Daily Food Truck Thursday at the Courthouse By Andrew Wagner East Town Association director taking similar post in Fresno By Jeff Sherman von Briesen & Roper stays at 411 building, expands space By Tom Daykin Sale of foreclosed homes wins council approval By Tom Daykin Milwaukee aldermen approve downtown streetcar project By The BizTimes Daily Milwaukee council approves loan for North End By Sean Ryan Downtown Milwaukee streetcar line gets Common Council approval By fox6now.com Milwaukee streetcar approval comes with spending safeguards By Sean Ryan Milwaukee Common Council approves streetcar plan By Jeff Engel Council approves conversion of Wells St. to two-way traffic By Tom Daykin Council approves city loan for Mandels North End apartments By Tom Daykin BizTimes Around Town: UWM School of Public Health By The BizTimes Daily Its time to celebrate Downtown employees By Andrew Wagner Moving downtown By jsonline.com Streetcar: Let these four know how you feel By Jeff Sherman

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 25. July 2011

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 25. July 2011

Downtown businesses hop onboard for streetcars By Steve Jagler Put a bike path on the Hoan and the world wont stop turning By Dave Schlabowske City plans sale of foreclosed homes to Maures, Brinshore By Tom Daykin New Berlin tentatively resolves housing dispute By Mike Johnson Legislature’s budget committee okays money for upgrades at Milwaukee train station By fox6now.com Milwaukee committee backs North End loan By Sean Ryan Plan to upgrade Milwaukee-to-Chicago rail line moves forward By The BizTimes Daily State Hiawatha service spending approved By Sean Ryan North End to tap out Park East TIF By Sean Ryan Juneau, Cathedral Square parks project would require tax levy By Steve Schultze Budget committee votes to spend $31.6 million on rail service By Jason Stein and Patrick Marley Milwaukees first urban island party By Mary Louise Schumacher Barrett, Kovac defend streetcar project By Sean Ryan North End loan clears comptroller review By Sean Ryan MSOE planned parking structure, soccer field still delayed By Tom Daykin Dean of new UWM freshwater school won’t just dip his toe in By John Schmid

UrbanMilwaukee.com Happy Hour! Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

UrbanMilwaukee.com Happy Hour! Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

We’re throwing a party to celebrate our third full year of coverage, and hopefully to be celebrating the Common Council's passing of the Milwaukee Streetcar project! We would love for our readers to come join us in this celebration. The fun starts at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 26th at Sublime.

City Loan for the North End Phase II Recommended for Approval at Committee

City Loan for the North End Phase II Recommended for Approval at Committee

At yesterday's meeting of the Zoning, Neighborhoods and Development Committee meeting Mandel Group's efforts to acquire financing for the next phase of The North End were recommended for approval.

Alderman Donovan Proposes Delaying the Streetcar Project

Alderman Donovan Proposes Delaying the Streetcar Project

Yesterday, Alderman Donovan called for a referendum to be held before moving forward with the Milwaukee Streetcar project. A referendum that wouldn't be held until the Spring primaries on February 21st, 2012. Making a proposal such as this reminds us that there wasn't a referendum for the Hoan Bridge reconstruction, the I-94 expansion, or the $810 million, not including utilities cost, Marquette Interchange project.

The Nomad is Home to Milwaukee’s Second On-Street Bike Corral

The Nomad is Home to Milwaukee’s Second On-Street Bike Corral

Portland has 67 on-street bike corrals while Milwaukee now has just two. With the latest being installed this past week at the Nomad on the Lower East Side. The Nomad's new bike corral is located in an used space along Warren St., and just as Alterra's on-street bike corral removed no regular automobile parking spots, none were removed to install these racks.

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 18. July 2011

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 18. July 2011

Dean of new UWM freshwater school won’t just dip his toe in By John Schmid City loan for Mandel apartments likely to be repaid, report says By Tom Daykin Streetcar utility costs likely to come down By Larry Sandler Great Transit News – – Milwaukee’s Long-Awaited Downtown Streetcar System Picking Up Fresh Speed By James Rowen Milwaukee streetcar plan passes committee By Jeff Engel Milwaukee streetcar plan on track for passage By Larry Sandler North End loan gains first approval By The Business Journal Proposed city loan for Mandel apartments crosses first hurdle By Tom Daykin Milwaukees Second Bike Corral By Dave Schlabowske Conversion of Wells, other downtown streets to two-way inches forward By Tom Daykin Southeastern Wisconsin Public Transit Testimonial Series: Scott VanderSanden (President, AT&T) By Launch Milwaukee DOT reconsiders biking / walking lane on the Hoan Bridge By Tom Held DOT will study possible Hoan Bridge biking, walking lane By Tom Daykin Bike Racks Come to the Thurston Woods Garden By The Thurston Woods Neighborhood and Agape Community Center Milwaukee streetcar garners business support By The Business Journal Wangard closes on financing for East Side apartment project By Real Estate Weekly Work begins immediately on east side apartments after loan closing By Tom Daykin Feds Tell Milwaukee Streetcar Funding Cannot Be Transferred To Other Purposes, And Can Be Withdrawn By James Rowen City seeks designs for new East Library By Bobby Tanzilo Milwaukee seeks developer for North Avenue library By Sean Ryan Planned downtown Marriott hires management firm By Tom Daykin Downtown Marriott developer names hotel manager By The Business Journal Commuter Paradise By Dave Schlabowske Planned King Drive grocery store seeks MEDC loan By Tom Daykin Tell Key Milwaukee Aldermen You Want The Milwaukee StreetcarTell Key Milwaukee Aldermen You Want The Milwaukee Streetcar By James Rowen Streetcar hearing draws a crowd By Sean Ryan City seeks development proposals for East Library By Tom Daykin Proposed food truck regulation causes stir By Stacy Vogel Davis Pabst buildings proposed for $22 million senior apartments project By Tom Daykin New Berlin residents divided on racism’s role in city’s housing decision By Bill Glauber Developer plans to buy and restore historic Iron Block building By BizTimes Daily Can Abele cut art project? By Steve Schultze Historic, troubled Iron Block selling to developer Trainer for 2nd time By Tom Daykin New York firm proposes senior housing at former Pabst complex By Sean Ryan

Milwaukee Moves Forward!

Milwaukee Moves Forward!

Council committee moves forward with the streetcar.

Brighten The Passage

Brighten The Passage

Walking from downtown to the Historic Third Ward can be an uncomfortable experience. I-794 and the sea of surface parking lots on Water St., Broadway, and Milwaukee St. create an isolated and intimidating dead spot that deters pedestrians from walking between the two districts.

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 11. July 2011

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 11. July 2011

New York firm proposes senior housing at former Pabst complex By Sean Ryan City of Milwaukee makes push to start streetcar By Sean Ryan One key to job growth By Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Cathedral Place TIF funds eyed for streetcar line By Larry Sandler Feds support New Berlin low-income, senior housing project By Mike Johnson and Bill Glauber 440th site could be renamed as business park By The Business Journal Miller Park sales-tax collections jump By Don Walker New Milwaukee DPW commissioner approved By The Business Journal New Town building Net-Zero home By John Rebchook Groundbreaking Thursday for new portion of UWM building at Pabst brewery By Real Estate Weekly Vacant E. Wisconsin Ave. space remodeling for new retail By Tom Daykin State budget cuts transit funding, but it could have been worse By Larry Sandler Silver City Townhomes and sports court celebrate opening By Edgar Mendez Neighborhood groups tap solar power, reduce costs By Yiting Mao Free energy-efficient products available to building owners By Jennifer Jorgensen New Library Branch to Open on Villard Ave By Matthew Myers Bike-sharing gears up in U.S. as gas prices soar By Daniel Lippman

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 4. July 2011

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 4. July 2011

The City Cyclist: Follow the River By Mark Wenzel Downtown Milwaukee Night Out By BID21 Senior housing transformation at Sacred Heart By Michael Timm Raised bike lane for Bay Street in Bay View By Bay View Compass Coal pile’s days likely numbered By Bay View Compass Dan Adams Knows a Thing or Two About Burnham Park/Neighborhood Project Week 2 By Lisa Goldman Soldiers Home named national landmark By Mary Louise Schumacher PNC Bank buys tax credits to help finance Westlawn redevelopment By Tom Daykin Scattered-Site Rental Housing By Max Max Barrett launches discounted water rate program By Doris Hajewski Mandel and city officials reach agreement on North End loan By Real Estate Weekly Real Estate Spotlight: Schlitz Park upgrades could increase competition for class B office tenants By Real Estate Weekly Summerfest begins today with revamped grounds By Real Estate Weekly New Berlin City Council meets for first since federal gov. filed lawsuit By fox6now.com Group proposes regional hub around Mitchell International Airport called aerotropolis By fox6now.com Latitude Apartments 100 percent leased By Real Estate Weekly ICC seeks development proposals for its property By Real Estate Weekly Citys first raised bicycle lane is getting on track By Tom Held Zoning changes recommended for Port redevelopment area By Tom Daykin B-cycle sets the stage for bike sharing in Milwaukee By Tom Held Toppers launches pizza truck By Doris Hajewski Bader gift supports construction of UWM science complex By The Business Journal Downtown Books to split into three locations By Tom Daykin Mandel and city officials reach agreement on $4.6 million North End loan By The BizTimes Daily Mandel, city of Milwaukee reach agreement for North End loan By Sean Ryan Mandel, city officials reach deal on proposed North End loan By Tom Daykin Streetcar: An economic engine for Downtown and the entire city By Jeff Sherman City proposes sale of tax-foreclosed homes to Gorman & Co. By Tom Daykin Milwaukee makes impression as convention host By Stacy Vogel Davis County balancing act: Abele seeks revenue boost to balance budget By Rich Kirchen Grand ideas By Alysha Schertz

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 27. June 2011

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 27. June 2011

Milwaukee makes impression as convention host By Stacy Vogel Davis County balancing act: Abele seeks revenue boost to balance budget By Rich Kirchen Grand ideas By Alysha Schertz Bike Sharing in Milwaukee … Soon? By Dave Schlabowske Downtown Books packs its stuff, says goodbye with a send-off party Thursday night By Nick Kotecki The B-Cycle bike share demo proves idea has legs (or wheels) By Jason McDowell Bike-sharing program bends the ear of local execs By Corrinne Hess U.S. sues New Berlin for rejecting affordable housing project By The Business Journal Report: Milwaukee is good market for hotel investors By The Business Journal Downtown two-way street plan draws supporters, opponents By Tom Daykin CommonBond completes Milwaukee project By Sean Ryan Downtown residents group, safer bars urged for night time economy By Tom Daykin Group suggests ways to improve downtown nightlife By Stacy Vogel Davis Marcus Prize winner announced By Mary Louise Schumacher Milwaukee to convert one-way streets to two-way streets By fox6now.com New strategies suggested for Downtown nightlife districts By Andrew Wagner Convention center opposes proposed Wells St. two-way conversion By Tom Daykin St. Johns on the Lake tower nears opening By Real Estate Weekly Schlitz Park adds amenities for bicycles By Real Estate Weekly National Soldiers Home named to Most Endangered Historic Places list By Real Estate Weekly I just joined the Bike Fed! By Dave Schlabowske Hank Aaron State Trail goes west! By Eddee Daniel Milwaukee may see more two-way streets downtown By Sean Ryan Work to start soon for Alterra Bay View project By Stacy Vogel Davis MCTS Gets You Straight to the Gate for Summerfest 2011 By Milwaukee County Transit System Green projects planned for South 6th Street By The Business Journal The 10 Most Convenient Cities in America By Jason Notte Fondy Market offers fresh food to city folks, initiates new farm By Molly Synder Schlitz Park improves bike facilities in time for criterium Tuesday By Jason McDowell In:Site to unveil ambitious public art project Saturday By Mary Louise Schumacher Schlitz Park prepares for biking pros and daily commuters By Tom Held …Milwaukee Streetcar.. By Hanna Seegers

Wells St. Two-way Street Conversion is Long Overdue

Wells St. Two-way Street Conversion is Long Overdue

At Thursday’s Public Safety Committee meeting a file will be voted on that would authorize the conversion of Wells St. to two-way operation from 6th St. to Prospect Ave.  According to the Journal Sentinel, the Wisconsin Center District Board voted to oppose part of this conversion, in particular from 4th Street to 6th Street, due to “safety” concerns.  These concerns miss the big picture and can be handled while bringing the benefits of making Wells St. two-ways in downtown Milwaukee. Well Street’s one-way configuration brings an assortment of issues that negatively impact the neighborhood it passes through.  In particular it is common to see cars continuously circling the block, because a parking spot is not easily accessible without circling the neighborhood.  Another direct result of Wells St. being a one-way street, with little congestion, and having multiple travel lanes is that people speed excessively.  This is an all too frequent occurrence.  Additionally, crashes occur when drivers attempt to turn left from the center lane, because the nature of the street doesn’t fit with the location, causing an accident. Finally, it is all to common to see are drivers heading in the wrong direction along Wells St. A two-way street conversion would alleviate these issues while bringing benefits to the city.  A benefit is that a two-way conversion will make Wells St. more pedestrian friendly, as no longer will one need to cross a “freeway” to get across the street.  It will bring enhanced visibility to retail establishments, drawing in more of the infrequent drivers passing through the neighborhood.  Additionally, for automobile drivers it will actually enhance connectivity by reducing the need to loop around to find a parking spot or a missed intersection.  Finally, it will reduce traffic speeds along Wells St., improving safety for both the pedestrian and the automobile driver. This change is long overdue and hopefully this is just another step toward a more connected, accessible, and safe built environment in downtown Milwaukee.

Bike-sharing is coming to Milwaukee!

Bike-sharing is coming to Milwaukee!

Bike-sharing is coming to Milwaukee, or at least to Discovery World for a limited time. On Thursday June 23rd, from 11am-2pm, B-cycle, a partnership between Humana, Trek Bicycle and Crispin Porter + Bogusky, will be bringing their 5-bike, demonstration station to Discovery World.

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 20. June 2011

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 20. June 2011

Milwaukee Mayor Asks Walker To Veto Budget Provisions Penalizing City By James Rowen Loan program proposed for Milwaukee solar power projects By Sean Ryan New Grand Avenue strategy based on St. Louis program By Stacy Vogel Davis Bonds approved for Milwaukee apartment renovation By Sean Ryan Trek rolls its bike-sharing system to Milwaukee By Tom Held Bay View project to get cleanup loan By The Business Journal Lakefront transit center tear down could come at a lower cost By Tom Daykin Downtown Milwaukee has much to offer Kohls By Steve Jagler Developers tweak downtown Marriott design By The BizTimes Daily Park Lafayette 90 percent leased By Sean Ryan Foreclosed Park Lafayette Towers reaches 90% occupancy rate By Tom Daykin Marriott hotel to preserve more of historic downtown buildings By Tom Daykin Marcus completes renovations at Hilton Milwaukee City Center By BizTimes Daily Narrower roads: Less expensive, safer, and more bike/pedestrian friendly By John Michlig Clybourn Bridge Now Bicycle Friendly By Dave Schlabowske Light rail from a sports point of view By Michael Hunt Chicagos Protected Bike Lane is Now Protected By Dave Schlabowske Barrett appoints new DPW commissioner By The Business Journal Hoan alternative: build up set to start on city’s first raised bike lane By Tom Held Bay Street to get Milwaukees first raised bike lane By Dave Schlabowske CRE Guide: Take 5 with Julie Penman By The Business Journal Soldiers Home District gets “Endangered” designation By Andrew Wagner Milwaukees Soldiers Home named to national list of endangered places By Mary Louise Schumacher Abele embarks on sharing government services By Rich Kirchen Sommer Bier keg tapping coming June 21 to Pere Marquette Park By Jeff Sherman Southeastern Wisconsin leaders ask state to restore mass transit funding By The BizTimes Daily Chicago sees the light, and it shining all the way from NYC By Dave Schlabowske Milwaukee pushes forward on streetcar By Sean Ryan Milwaukee still pushing for streetcar line By Larry Sandler Abele: Some Park East land could provide temporary parking By Larry Sandler Former Tower site redevelopment to use federal tax credits By Tom Daykin Milwaukee buzzing about entrepreneur efforts By Stacy Vogel Davis Civic group envisions design tech cluster in Milwaukee By Kathleen Gallagher Groups plan projects for Cathedral Square, Juneau parks Read more: Groups plan projects for Cathedral Square, Juneau parks By Sean Ryan State to receive $81 million for affordable housing By Paul Gores Loyalty hotel project partially approved By Sean Ryan Apartments planned for Bay View seek city loan for cleanup work By Tom Daykin Developer hopes to begin downtown Hilton project by September By Tom Daykin Developer plans $18 million Milwaukee apartment renovation By Sean Ryan Park East development plan gets more time from County Board panel By Tom Daykin LBWN fills National Avenue storefront with public art By Yiting Mao Summerfest sets up foundation to help renovate grounds By Tom Held Proposed Park East land sale for MSOE development still in talks By Tom Daykin Company uses free bikes as part of […]

MSOE Parking Garage Proposal Needs Work

MSOE Parking Garage Proposal Needs Work

Talks between M&I, MSOE, and Milwaukee County regarding MSOE's proposed parking garage in the Park East have dragged on for months, and it is likely because of a new detail that makes a marginal project into a bad project.

CNU 19: Growing Local – Recap
CNU 19

Growing Local – Recap

UrbanMilwaukee.com spent June 1st through June 4th in Madison live blogging CNU 19. The Congress for New Urbanism brings together architects, urban planners, government officials, and interested citizens to learn about topic related to the New Urbanism. We took part in sessions covering topics such as transit, incremental urbanism, bikeability, economic development, tactical urbanism, stormwater management, and urban design. Take a minute to see for yourself what CNU 19 was all about.

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 13. June 2011

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 13. June 2011

Company uses free bikes as part of wellness program By William D’Urso Locust Street Festival: Celebrate Riverwest! By Megan E. Daniels Waukesha needs water By Andrew Weiland Milwaukee-area CEOs pedal wellness By Corrinne Hess Hotel, bookstore moving to Broadway By Sean Ryan Abele makes it official: He’s killing the courthouse art project By Steve Schultze Park East developer files for bankruptcy on separate Chicago project By Tom Daykin Exploring the past, present and future with Historic Milwaukee By Kevin Mueller The City Cyclist: Time to ride By Mark Wenzel Eat this street too By Getting Around Minneapolis Loyalty Building hotel will be 128-room Hilton Garden Inn By The BizTimes Daily PODCAST: Ladies who ride: The Bella Donnas By Mark Metcalf Milwaukee County still unhappy with new plan to divide RTA cash By Larry Sandler Schlitz Park makeover to include demolition of 121-year-old Brewhouse building By Real Estate Weekly Commission to review proposed Loyalty Building conversion to hotel By Tom Daykin Finalists for $700,000 downtown Milwaukee sculpture revealed By Mary Louise Schumacher UWM names freshwater school’s founding dean By The Business Journal UWM names dean of School of Freshwater Sciences By John Schmid Spend some time in the county parks this summer By Dave Begel Can we call it “Bike to Work and Don’t Be a Jackass About It Week?” By Jason McDowell Grand Avenue lands two arts tenants By Stacy Vogel Davis Park East developer requests more time By Sean Ryan Waukesha mayor would send water project to referendum By Don Behm Touring Milwaukee with John Norquist By Mary Louise Schumacher Downtown: Kohls Corporate, a store or both? By Jeff Sherman Food trucks roll into Schlitz Park By Damien Jaques New Food Truck Gathering; Take Out Tuesday at the Schlitz Park starts June 7 By Andrew Swofford UPAF Ride for the Arts: The TCD Mega-Gallery! By Brian Jacobson Bike to Work Week tips from the author of the “Big Book of Bicycling” By Tom Held Petition to Bike the Hoan By Dave Schlabowske Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker to Spend up to $2 Billion on New Roads By Eric Jaffe Schlitz Park renovations to add more green By Andrew Wagner Building Boondoggles? By WISPIRG Milwaukees public works chief set to retire By Larry Sandler Schlitz Park renovations to include brew house demo, new park space By Tom Daykin Trek CEO pedals a product he loves By jsonline.com North End loan agreement getting closer By Sean Ryan Marquette students’ green design could catch water on S. 6th St. By Don Behm Oil Addiction: Is Your State Working to Break It? By Deron Lovaas Bike Instead of Drive This Week By Karen Cinpinski

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 6. June 2011

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 6. June 2011

Trek CEO pedals a product he loves By jsonline.com North End loan agreement getting closer By Sean Ryan Marquette students’ green design could catch water on S. 6th St. By Don Behm Oil Addiction: Is Your State Working to Break It? By Deron Lovaas Bike Instead of Drive This Week By Karen Cinpinski City official wants to untangle spaghetti of lakefront freeway ramps By Tom Daykin City officials push for bicycle, pedestrian access on Hoan Bridge By Tom Held Milwaukee groups receive state grants to promote local events Read more: Milwaukee groups receive state grants to promote local events By The Business Journal Master plan for Mitchell Park to get updated By Georgia Pabst Schlitz Park business park to undergo $30 million renovation By Tom Daykin Commute on Hank Aaron State Trail opens Tales from the Road By Mark Edmund Milwaukee officials hope to attract Kohl’s HQ By Real Estate Weekly Alterra sways city on key intersection By Michael Timm Summer festivals enhance Milwaukee’s image, economy By Andrew Wagner Lakefront development needs freeway ramp changes, Marcoux says By Tom Daykin Suburbanite Scare Watch: Summer By Matt Wild History inspires new apartment development in Lindsay Heights By Kenya Evans Menomonee Valley Passage tapped for design award By Andrea Waxman A Bicycle Built for You – Opportunity Wisconsin By Discover Wisconsin More Money For Wisconsin Highways, Less For Everything Else By James Rowen Aldermanic districts getting a look By Larry Sandler Market Trend: Milwaukees Retail Vacancy Stays at 6.8% By Justin Sumner

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 30. May 2011

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 30. May 2011

Market Trend: Milwaukees Retail Vacancy Stays at 6.8% By Justin Sumner Public art concepts for the Milwaukee County Courthouse to be unveiled By Mary Louise Schumacher Sun Fair to shine on Mitchell Street By Molly Synder Budget panel would shift $160 million in revenue to highways By Patrick Marley Abele rips cuts in Milwaukee County transit By The BizTimes Daily Mayor’s Design Awards announced By Mary Louise Schumacher Young and Coggs congratulate recipient of WHEDA tax credits By milwaukeecourieronline.com 9to5 asks court to enact sick leave law Read more: 9to5 asks court to enact sick leave law | The Business Journal By Se Downtown: A beer garden blog from 2008 may be gaining traction By Jeff Sherman PODCAST: A view of Milwaukee on two wheels By Mark Metcalf Clean Wisconsin: Committee votes to repeal clean water rules By Amber Meyer Smith Walker: heading into the transportation funding abyss? By Gretchen Schuldt Advocates say wind projects in jeopardy By Thomas Content Gas price spike predicted for holiday By Tom Held Transit: A Lifeline for People with Disabilities and Seniors By Make It Work Milwaukee! Coalition Growing Power gets grand prize from Green Giant By onmilaukee.com Experts Predict Gas Price Hike By wisn.com Grand opening Monday for veterans apartments By Real Estate Weekly Analyst: Gas prices may spike this week By The Business Journal Wisconsin slips to third in bike-friendly state rankings By Tom Held At least be fair By jsonline.com Norquist leads local planner reunion By Sean Ryan Group Emphasizes Scott Walker’s Rail Funding Fiascos (Yes, Plural) By James Rowen Facts About Wisconsin Transportation Funding By 1000 Friends of Wisconsin Walker Budget: Major Highway Project Restructuring By 1000 Friends of Wisconsin Council allows residents to keep chickens on their properties By Larry Sandler Sherman Park housing initiative announced By Georgia Pabst Make room for the grandkids By Karen Mahoney Milwaukee-area leaders call for more transit aid By Larry Sandler Milwaukee River Waterslide By Carrie Trousil Two Wisconsin firms make top 50 list for affordable housing developers By Tom Daykin Walker signs bills on veto power, MPS buildings By Jason Stein ICSC: Milwaukee officials seek franchisers By Stac Perspective home buyers choosing locations based on daily commutes By fox6now.com Milwaukee officials want more bus money By The Business Journal Schlitz Park to add electric vehicle charging station By The BizTimes Daily We need better alternatives to driving our cars By Steve Hiniker Don’t neglect sewers By jsonline.com South 13th Street offers colorful collection of shops and services By Molly Synder

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 23. May 2011

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 23. May 2011

We need better alternatives to driving our cars By Steve Hiniker Don’t neglect sewers By jsonline.com South 13th Street offers colorful collection of shops and services By Molly Synder Rebuilding homes and lives By milwaukeecourieronline.com Milwaukee’s Will Allen is named Grand Prize Winner in “The Green Awards” By fox6now.com Education is the key to Milwaukee’s future By Patti Wenzel Tax credits will support Tower Automotive project By The Business Journal Madison’s first bike-share stations to open Sunday By Tom Held MPS Forest Home Avenue School wins a library makeover from Target By Bobby Tanzilo Funding for public land program may be cut 30% By Jason Stein and Lee Bergquist Wind power plant winds up By Milwaukee News Buzz Urban creamery project has groundbreaking ceremony Thursday By Tom Daykin An American in Paris: Vélib test ride By Dave Schlabowske A vision for a better Milwaukee By Steve Jagler Sheehy floats using Miller Park tax for new arena By Don Walker Lakefront development efforts need “can do” attitude, Cudahy says By Tom Daykin Gathering of the food trucks By Damien Jaques Central Library renews environment via green roof By Bobby Tanzilo Bike rack use increases on Milwaukee County buses By Tom Held Capitol Drive bike/pedestrian bridge opening set for Memorial Day weekend By Tom Held Abele proposes changes to county By The Business Journal Groundbreaking Thursday for green commercial building in Walker’s Point By Real Estate Weekly City to issue Bronzeville RFPs By Real Estate Weekly Abele proposes changes for sick leave, vacation payouts By Steve Schultze Groundbreaking ceremony marks the start of green Healing Collective By Molly Synder Complete Street: cyclists invited By Dave Schlabowske Stone Creek unveils Grand Avenue Lounge By onmilwaukee.com Milwaukee retail grant programs endorsed By The Business Journal Pedestrian bridge proposed By Milwaukee News Buzz Construction on wind turbine project near Hoan Bridge could start in July By Thomas Content Manpower’s Joerres plans 3rd Ward penthouse By Sean Ryan New Land owners, AnchorBank settling foreclosure suit, counterclaim By Tom Daykin It’s time for a new arena By James E. Causey

Groundbreaking Events on S. 2nd Street this Thursday.

Groundbreaking Events on S. 2nd Street this Thursday.

Not only is there a planned ground breaking ceremony this Thursday, May 19th, for the Milwaukee Fix, but also a ribbon cutting for the redesigned S. 2nd Street. Both of these developments are ground breaking events for Milwaukee.

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 16. May 2011

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 16. May 2011

It’s time for a new arena By James E. Causey How much of Milwaukee do you see? By Andy Tarnoff Maritime Bank demo scheduled for first week of June By Katherine Keller Bay Views key intersection to be reconfigured By Michael Timm Alterra to begin demolishing Bay View building in June for new bakery By Tom Daykin Café Benelux opening in four weeks By Paul Schwartz Anchor institutions may be called on to do more By Anneliese Dickman Kohls looking at all alternatives for new headquarters Read more: Kohl’s looking at all alternatives for new headquarters By Stacy Vogel Davis 1st and Pittsburgh gets something new By Dave Schlabowske Transit in peril in state budget proposals By Coalition for Advancing Transit Kohls searching broadly for a new headquarters, CEO says By Doris Hajewski State picks plan for Zoo Interchange rebuild By Tom Held Democratic source: Kohl will not seek re-election By Craig Gilbert City could sue over recycling grants By Matt Hrodey Bill to give city control of vacant MPS buildings advances Read more: Bill to give city control of vacant MPS buildings advances By The Business Journal Kohls searching broadly for a new headquarters, CEO says By Doris Hajewski Milwaukee ranks high in transit study By Rich Rovito Truth-o-meter for Tom Helds readers By Dave Schlabowske Soon mobile workers can rent workspace by the month By Molly Synder State budget panel adopts tight limits on local property taxes By Jason Sein Milwaukee County supervisors seek 90% of unused RTA funds By Steve Schultze Loan to Helios increases; solar firm lands big European contract By Thomas Content MEDC approves loan for Mitchell Building purchase, remodeling By Tom Daykin Wangard Partners gets HUD loan guarantee for downtown apartment project By Real Estate Weekly The gateway to a high-speed future is bypassing Wisconsin By Tom Rave Sewers & Housing Policies By Brian Peters Developer plans apartments near former Tower Automotive site By Tom Daykin Wangard to build Milwaukee apartments By Sean Ryan Walker’s Point Center for the Arts creates space for kids, community By Molly Synder Enterprise Zone bill passed by Senate, headed for Walker By Jason Stein Senate supports letting city sell MPS buildings By Jason Stein East side apartments get HUD loan guarantee; construction starts soon By Tom Daykin Abele protests plan to split unused RTA money By Larry Sandler East side apartments get HUD loan guarantee, construction starts soon By Tom Daykin Cyclists paying our way, Walker style By Dave Schlabowske Milwaukees first bike corral By Dave Schlabowske Hundreds of volunteers work on 10 Habitat houses By Georgia Pabst Municipal leaders pan County Board redistricting plan By Steve Schultze Metro home prices forecast to rise slightly; dip statewide By Paul Gores Floridas High-Speed Rail Money Sent to 15 States and Amtrak By Government Technology Habitat for Humanity plans to build 50 Milwaukee homes in 2011 By fox6now.com Wisconsin left out of latest high-speed rail funding allocation By The BizTimes Daily Amtrak Hiawatha grant application unsuccessful By The Business Journal […]

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 9. May 2011

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 9. May 2011

2011 Bike Trail Construction Plans By Wisconsin Bike Routes Walker, GOP reversing green initiatives By Lee Bergquist and Thomas Content Abele wants to keep Black for parks By The Business Journal Bikers race to fill Riverwest 24 By Tom Held Settlement signed on lawsuit over partly completed downtown Staybridge By Tom Daykin Wisconsin Arts Board budget cut 66% By Mary Louise Schumacher Milwaukee plans another Winterfest By Don Walker Another step back By jsonline.com We Energies moves toward natural gas instead of coal for Milwaukee plant By Thomas Content Walker signs bill to kill Milwaukee sick leave law By The BizTimes Daily Gas prices reach record high in Wisconsin By The BizTimes Daily Scott Walker, Posterboy for Government Waste By Angie Schmitt Talks continue over possible city loan for The North End expansion By Tom Daykin Can we please put the “conserve” back in conservative? By Dave Schlabowske Rental market rebounds in metro Milwaukee By Stephanie Beecher Budget panel cuts $5 million for bike/pedestrian projects By Tom Held Oak Leaf Trail to Interurban update By Dave Schlabowske Checking in on Milwaukee’s WikiProject for Public Art By Kat Murrell Fuel nears all-time high in Wisconsin, Midwest By Joe Taschler and Sharif Durhams Transportation policies & Mayors By Brian Peters Council OKs loan for indoor Bay View farm By Larry Sandler “What Now, Milwaukee?”: Forum will feature the city’s leaders By The BizTimes Daily U.S. 41 could be converted to interstate By The Business Journal Milwaukee lures another Spanish manufacturer to town By The BizTimes DaMilwaukee lures another Spanish manufacturily Latest Move by Legislature to Kill Transit By Steve Hiniker Budget committee votes to eliminate RTAs By Patrick Marley Milwaukee Area Gas Prices Spike To $4.36 By wisn.com Gas prices break records throughout Wisconsin, Midwest By Sharif Durhams State seeks to upgrade Highway 41 to interstate By Patrick Marley

Alterra Opens Milwaukee’s First On-Street Bike Corral

Alterra Opens Milwaukee’s First On-Street Bike Corral

Cities such as Portland, San Francisco, Seattle, and Minneapolis have install on-street bike parking in recent years, and now you can add Milwaukee to the list.

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 2. May 2011

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 2. May 2011

Screw I-94 And Take Amtrak to Wisco By JoshMogerman Waukesha’s Amended Great Lakes Diversion Plan Underscores Why Regulation Is A Public Necessity By James Rowen Happy Milwaukee Beer Week! By Karen Cinpinski Summerfest approves Charter Wire property purchase By Stacy Vogel Davis Spreekler bringing its innovation Downtown to Shops of Grand Avenue By Jeff Sherman County picks stucco for ODonnell facade By Jack Zemlicka Wisconsin Ave. public art to go up by summer By Mary Louise Schumacher Quiet Garfield Avenue School is an architectural treasure By Bobby Tanzilo Trek Bicycle Donates B-cycle Bike Sharing System to City of Madison By Trek Quintessential Milwaukee: El Rey Super Mercado By James P. Larson UWM plans move forward for former Columbia St. Mary’s hospital By Tom Daykin Darling opposes plan to use general tax funds for highways By Patrick Marley Summerfest to buy former Charter Wire building By Tom Held State slaps down Eaton Corp. tax credit By Michael Horne Sweet Water project could eventually include green industry park By Tom Daykin Abele allows County Board trim to proceed By Steve Schultze The National Soldiers Home: an Architectural Recuperative Village By Megan E. Daniels TJ Maxx remodeling Grand Avenue space By Stacy Vogel Davis WHEDA awards $17.1 million in affordable housing tax credits By Real Estate Weekly Tax credits for Eaton Corp.’s move to Wauwatosa being dropped By Tom Daykin Walker’s budget would relax policies on the environment By James Briggs Plan Commission recommends against Walmart grocery near State Fair By Tom Daykin Habitat to build 40 Milwaukee houses By The Business Journal Closing the gap: Dane County moves to connect Capital City and Glacial Drumlin Trails By Tom Held Chris Abele starts his year of change and problem solving By Patti Wenzel Abele takes office, promises O’Donnell Park veto By Larry Sandler City financing recommended for Sweet Water Organics expansion By Tom Daykin No surprise: Bradley Center retail development proposal dead By Tom Daykin The future of an old hospital By Steve Garrison Awards build up for architects By Jonathon Gorski Walker takes credit for creating 125 jobs, and so does Doyle By Dan Bice Chicago’s Brinshore, Milwaukee’s Maures build three new projects; More planned for Harambee, Sherman Park Neighborhoods By Milwaukee Courier Milwaukee Drivers Running On Fumes By wisn.com Mayor Barrett questions legality of Recycling Fund raid By Milwaukee Courier

It’s Time to Bike and Walk the Hoan

It’s Time to Bike and Walk the Hoan

In June thousands of bicyclists will be riding over the Hoan Bridge during the UPAF Miller Lite Ride for the Arts, many of which will be signing up because it will be such a rare opportunity that can't be missed as the bridge isn't currently accessible to bicyclists.

Breaking Ground: An Introduction to Facility Planning for Nonprofits
Breaking Ground

An Introduction to Facility Planning for Nonprofits

LISC and IFF are pleased to present a seminar on managing facility expansion. This seminar is designed for nonprofit executives, staff and board members. Please share this information with others who might also be interested. This workshop helps participants take a thoughtful approach to facility planning; avoid the pitfalls; and learn from other people’s mistakes. Make smart facility decisions that support your mission. Determine what you can afford and whether it is smarter to buy or lease. Learn strategies to assess if your board and agency are ready to proceed. Date and Location Wednesday, May 18, 2011, 4 – 6 PM IndependenceFirst 540 South 1st Street, Milwaukee Cost and RSVP $20 per person RSVP to Amelia Pena apena@lisc.org or 414-273-1815 x10 Registration Deadline is May 13, 2011

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 25. April 2011

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 25. April 2011

Chicago’s Brinshore, Milwaukee’s Maures build three new projects; More planned for Harambee, Sherman Park Neighborhoods By Milwaukee Courier Milwaukee Drivers Running On Fumes By wisn.com Mayor Barrett questions legality of Recycling Fund raid By Milwaukee Courier Segregation – Next Steps By Casey Foltz Walker road plan driving him crazy By Steve Hiniker Poll finds strong support for wind energy in Wis. By The Daily Reporter Abele clashes with board on O’Donnell By Sean Ryan Impact of recession, foreclosures still seen in city property values By Larry Sandler County Board Votes Metal For O’Donnell Parking Structure By wisn.com King Drive Commons, Brown Deer project to expand with tax credits By Tom Daykin Pabst apartments, other Milwaukee projects receive tax credits By Tom Daykin Celebrate Earth Day every day By Third Coast Digest It’s the Sprawl, Stupid — The Budget Buster No One’s Talking About By Angie Schmitt Neighborhood supermarket planned for King Drive and North Ave. By Tom Daykin Hoan Bridge lifts interest in Ride for the Arts By Tom Held WHEDA awards $17 million in tax credits By Sean Ryan Pabst apartments, other Milwaukee projects receive tax credits By Tom Daykin Food Truck Fridays returns to Cathedral Square Park on May 6 By Jeff Sherman County Board opts for pricier metal and glass panels for O’Donnell Park By Steve Schultze Local gas prices hover just below $4 a gallon By Thomas Content ldermen push North End loan deal By Real Estate Weekly Baker Tilly plans move to proposed downtown office tower By Real Estate Weekly Grocery store planned at King and North By Real Estate Weekly UWM begins multi-phase energy project By The Business Journal Industrial, office markets improve By The Business Journal Barrett challenges state recycling cuts By The Business Journal Ashkenazy faces more mall trouble By Mark Holan Wisconsin tourism secretary promises bicyclists, “Your industry will not be forgotten.” By Tom Held A Successful Aerotropolis Needs Mass Transit By Jim Tarantino Unraveling the ‘Martial Law’ Rumor By Erik Gunn Organizers of Made In Milwaukee announce Bay View Gallery Night By Cortney Heimerl Celebrate an extended Earth Day By OnMilwaukee.com Crank Daddy’s new digs: best bike parking in Milwaukee By Dave Schlabowske Aldermen push new North End loan deal By The BizTimes Daily Baker Tilly plans move to proposed downtown office tower By The BizTimes Daily New downtown office tower might be moving forward with Baker Tilly By Tom Daykin Aldermen propose $4.7M North End loan By Sean Ryan Deaths of cyclists drive lobbying effort for vulnerable users law By Tom Held MCTS and MillerCoors team up for free rides for Earth Day By milwaukeecourieronline.com Growing Power Initiative to create 150 new jobs aimed at African American males By milwaukeecourieronline.com Braise brings its local food mission full circle By Renee Lorenz Governor backs down on recycling By Lee Bergquist

Upcoming Events for the Week of April 25th, 2011

Upcoming Events for the Week of April 25th, 2011

April 26, 2011 Community & Economic Development Committee Meeting April 26, 2011 9:00 am The Community and Economic Development Committee hears matters relating to community development, block grants, job development, business improvement districts, city public relations, industrial land banks and revenue bonds, emerging business enterprises, recreation, cultural arts and the library system. The Community and Economic Development Committee meetings start at 9:00 a.m. and are held in the Room 301-B, […] City Plan Commission Meeting April 26, 2011 1:30 pm The City Plan Commission (CPC) is the City’s official planning body established under State statute and is responsible for master planning activities. The CPC advises the Common Council on a variety of land development issues including zoning map changes, revisions in the zoning ordinance, subdivision approvals, business improvement districts, street and alley vacations, public land […] April 30, 2011 Outpost Natural Foods: Rain Barrels – Lecture only April 30, 2011 10:00 am to 11:30 am It’s easy to conserve water and save money on your bills by adding a rain barrel to your home! Learn how to use this rain collection system to water your garden and lawn. $15 owners and non-owners Register at Keep Greater Milwaukee Beautiful, http://kgmb.org/adult_programs.html or call 414-272-5462, Ext. 105 Outpost Capitol Drive 100 E. Capitol Drive Milwaukee, WI […] Outpost Natural Foods: Rain Gardens April 30, 2011 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm Save water, reduce runoff, and beautify your landscape! Learn how to deign your own rain garden full of native plants that attract butterflies and birds while maximizing water efficiency. $15 owners and non-owners Register at Keep Greater Milwaukee Beautiful, http://kgmb.org/adult_programs.html or call 414-272-5462, Ext. 105 Outpost Capitol Drive 100 E. Capitol Drive Milwaukee, WI 53212

Community & Economic Development Committee Meeting

Community & Economic Development Committee Meeting

The Community and Economic Development Committee hears matters relating to community development, block grants, job development, business improvement districts, city public relations, industrial land banks and revenue bonds, emerging business enterprises, recreation, cultural arts and the library system. The Community and Economic Development Committee meetings start at 9:00 a.m. and are held in the Room 301-B, City Hall, unless otherwise noted. Agenda

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 18. April 2011

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 18. April 2011

Deaths of cyclists drive lobbying effort for vulnerable users law By Tom Held MCTS and MillerCoors team up for free rides for Earth Day By milwaukeecourieronline.com Growing Power Initiative to create 150 new jobs aimed at African American males By milwaukeecourieronline.com Braise brings its local food mission full circle By Renee Lorenz Governor backs down on recycling By Lee Bergquist Mayor Norquist Heads Back to Milwaukee to Inaugurate WI-Chapter of CNU By Ben Schulman Big Frank’s Wiener Waggin comes home By Molly Snyder Milwaukee Library To Show Off Green Roof By wisn Stand up for transit system By John Rossetto Downtown: Watts may consolidate upstairs; lease more of its first floor By Jeff Sherman Lovell selected as next UWM Chancellor By BizTimes Daily Subsidized Housing & Housing Needs in WI By Brian Peters Business leaders praise UWM chancellor decision By Corrinne Hess County Board at odds with Abele over parking garage fix By Steve Schultze Lovell recommended as next UWM chancellor By Sharif Durhams Help John Norquist This Weekend Kick-Off Milwaukee’s CNU Chapter By James Rowen Urban Gardens lead the way for water policy in Milwaukee By Erin Petersen New front in the war on foreclosures By milwaukeenewsbuzz.com Web tool wins Marquette business contest By Kathleen Gallagher UWM guest lecturer to focus on cities and the ‘Green Economy’ By Tom Daykin Office and industrial vacancy rates down in region By Real Estate Weekly MSOE seeks $10 million in tax-exempt bonds for Park East parking structure By Real Estate Weekly MMAC applauds bill to block Milwaukee sick leave By The Biztimes Daily Crank Daddy’s reopens in beautiful new showroom just up the block By Bob Purvis Sick leave bill could end MMAC appeal By The Business Journal High Gas Prices Hurting Station Owners By wisn.com Budget cuts called depressing By Steve Schultze Creativity at work: The Cultural Alliance embarks on a new path By Erin Petersen Lake Express collecting bikes for redistribution in Milwaukee By Tom Held Abele names transition team By Steve Schultze Two of nation’s top 10 green buildings in Wisconsin By Mary Louise Schumacher The insiders By Michael Horne With gas pushing $4, drivers are cutting back By Tom Held Assembly approves sick leave bill By Sean Ryan The cruel world of local government finance By Rob Henken Assembly expected to vote to void sick leave law By Patrick Marley Will rising gas prices drive people to pedal? By Tom Held Assembly expected to approve sick leave bill By The Business Journal Bradley Center project never rose By Rich Kirchen Gasoline Reaches Dreaded $4 Mark By wisn.com Milwaukee officials oppose recycling cut By The Business Journal Sharing by city, suburbs takes first step By Steve Schultze Abele and Barrett say Walker’s budget is threat to Milwaukee By The Biztimes Daily Barrett opposes cuts to local road money By The Business Journal Suburbanites Prefer Their Bubble, No Bikes On Hoan, New Bay View Art Event. By Karen Cinpinski Growing Power to build 150 greenhouses By The Business Journal MSOE […]

Upcoming Events for the Week of April 18th, 2011

Upcoming Events for the Week of April 18th, 2011

April 19, 2011 Third Annual Wisconsin Bike Summit April 19, 2011 The Bike Fed’s 3rd Annual Wisconsin Bicycle Summit brings together hundreds of bike enthusiasts from every corner of the state to stand in support of making every ride we take in Wisconsin safe, enjoyable, and fun. Attend a variety of workshops led by the state’s leading bicycle experts. Learn from exciting international speakers who […] Keeping the Dream Alive April 19, 2011 11:30 am to 1:00 pm For over 20 years, the community based non profit My Home Your Home, Inc. is proud to announce their 2nd Annual “Keeping the Dream Alive” Luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 19, at the Harley Davidson Museum – Rumble Room located 400 West Canal Street in Downtown Milwaukee. My Home Your Home, […] April 20, 2011 Public Works Committee Meeting April 20, 2011 9:00 am The Public Works Committee is responsible for physical services provided by the city such as street and alley maintenance, waste collection, disposal and recycling, sewer, water and flood control projects, assessments, public buildings, land and waterways. Public Works Committee meetings start at 9:00 a.m. and are held in the Room 301-B, City Hall, unless otherwise noted.[…] April 21, 2011 Public Safety Committee Meeting April 21, 2011 9:00 am The Public Safety Committee is concerned with issues brought forth from the fire, police, health and neighborhood services departments as well as traffic control, emergency medical services and parking. It also licenses alarm businesses and public passenger vehicles and drivers.[…] Steering & Rules Committee Meeting April 21, 2011 1:30 pm The Steering and Rules committee, which consists of the Council President and the chairs of the other standing committees, formulate polices and rules for the Common Council, oversees charter schools, and considers extraordinary matters affecting multiple committees.[…]

City Plan Commission Meeting

City Plan Commission Meeting

The City Plan Commission (CPC) is the City’s official planning body established under State statute and is responsible for master planning activities. The CPC advises the Common Council on a variety of land development issues including zoning map changes, revisions in the zoning ordinance, subdivision approvals, business improvement districts, street and alley vacations, public land disposition and acquisition, new streets and the approval of development plans in certain overlay districts. City Plan Commission (CPC) meetings are held in the First Floor Boardroom at the Department of City Development, 809 North Broadway, unless otherwise noted. Agenda

Steering & Rules Committee Meeting

Steering & Rules Committee Meeting

The Steering and Rules committee, which consists of the Council President and the chairs of the other standing committees, formulate polices and rules for the Common Council, oversees charter schools, and considers extraordinary matters affecting multiple committees. Agenda

Public Safety Committee Meeting

Public Safety Committee Meeting

The Public Safety Committee is concerned with issues brought forth from the fire, police, health and neighborhood services departments as well as traffic control, emergency medical services and parking. It also licenses alarm businesses and public passenger vehicles and drivers. Agenda

Public Works Committee Meeting

Public Works Committee Meeting

The Public Works Committee is responsible for physical services provided by the city such as street and alley maintenance, waste collection, disposal and recycling, sewer, water and flood control projects, assessments, public buildings, land and waterways. Public Works Committee meetings start at 9:00 a.m. and are held in the Room 301-B, City Hall, unless otherwise noted. Agenda

Storefront Design Updates

Storefront Design Updates

Two small projects, one in East Town and the other on the East Side, are currently taking an existing poor design situation and attempting to activate the street through new designs.

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 11. April 2011

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 11. April 2011

Scott Walker: No Fan of Bike Lanes Either By Andrew Price Cities’ recycling funding to be cut this summer By arry Sandler and Lee Bergquist New businesses coming to Milwaukee’s Third Ward By Doris Hajewski 150 New Green Jobs in Milwaukee with Growing Power By Will Allen New Multifamily Development in Milwaukee By Matthew Myers Growing Number Of People Getting Around Without Fuel By wisn.com CVS considered, rejected downtown Borders space By The Business Journal Big shoulders rile advocates By Matt Hrodey Barrett Objects To State’s Sneaky New I-94 Lane Through City By James Rowen New high-speed rail applications will be decided by merit By Ray LaHood Milwaukee area office, industrial vacancy rates show improvement By Tom Daykin Transportation & Jobs By Brian Peters Weas pulls out of Baker Tilly, Von Briesen negotiations By Andrew Weiland O’Donnell Park structure restoration to be completed by July 1 By Charlie Rosenberg Hiawatha application faces competition By The Business Journal rea building vacancies decrease By The Business Journal Hiawatha upgrades total $225.3 million By The Business Journal Milwaukee County Executive-Elect Ready To Get To Work By wisn.com Survey reveals suburban perception of crime in Milwaukee not in line with reality By fox6now.com City gives I-94 work cold shoulder By Tom Held Bike lane on the Hoan Bridge? Gov. Walker still says ‘no’ By Tom Held Stone aide, sensing victory, reaches out early to Pratt By Steve Schultze Milwaukee County transit faces steep cut in Walker’s budget By Steve Schultze Now: 1% to walk and bike the Hoan, or forever hold your peace By Dave Schlabowske Abele wins County Exec race; Supreme Court “too close to call” By Andrew Wagner Haas beats Kraeger to take Larson’s County Board seat By Georgia Pabst Abele defeats Stone for Milwaukee County exec By Steve Schultze Dave Swanson opening Braise Restaurant in Walker’s Point By Andrew Swofford Eat St. App an easy way to find Milwaukee Street Food By Andrew Swofford Hoan Bridge Inspection Report: Read report and view photos By bayviewcompass.com Waukesha’s Water Diversion Application – – Connecting The Dots By James Rowen How the State Budget May Affect MCTS Bus Service By MCTS Assembly committee approves restriction on sick pay law By Sharif Durhams Distressed tax financing districts mainly in small communities By Tom Daykin Walker beefs up transportation funding By Patrick Marley For Mitchell tunnels, a new drill By Tom Held Parachute Project brings art to unlikely audiences, forgotten spaces By Bob Purvis Vote on sick leave bill scheduled By The Business Journal A Goldmann’s revival? By Georgia Pabst Millions spent to keep water supply clean By Don Behm Villard Library art commission puts community first By Judith Ann Moriarty Busses: Lean & Green By Riverwest Currents New school seeks to make Milwaukee healthier By milwaukeecourieronline.com LBWN awarded MANDI for Silver City Townhomes By Sharon McGowan Walker proposes major Hoan project By The Business Journal $300 million makeover planned for Hoan Bridge By Bill Glauber Gov. Walker Announces $300M Makeover For Hoan Bridge By wisn.com […]

Upcoming Events for the Week of April 11th, 2011

Upcoming Events for the Week of April 11th, 2011

April 11, 2011 Milwaukee County: Committee on Economic and Community Development April 11, 2011 9:00 am The Milwaukee County Committee on Economic & Community Development oversees the administration of federal, state and local housing programs in the county, including the Urban Community Development Block Grant Program. Matters pertaining to economic development of Milwaukee County, including the best disposition of county properties, are decided by this Committee. It also makes decisions on […] April 12, 2011 Milwaukee County: Committee on Parks, Energy and Environment Meeting April 12, 2011 9:00 am All matters concerning county parks and parkways are the responsibility of this Committee. Members set policy for the parks department, organized recreation, cultural activities, the University Extension program, the Environmental Services Division of the Department of Public Works and Zoo park services. Members have jurisdiction over matters concerning the conservation of all uses of energy […] Common Council Meeting April 12, 2011 9:00 am City Hall 200 East Wells St. Common Council Chambers Milwaukee, WI 53202[…] April 13, 2011 Creative Hub Live: Grand Opening April 13, 2011 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm Join Creativity Works! on April 13th at Moct in the Third Ward for the reveal of our new name and mission! Yes, Creativity Works! will be saying farewell to the names “Cultural Alliance of Greater Milwaukee” and “Creativity Works!” to adopt a new name and structure that better serves the broader creative industries. This event marks […] April 14, 2011 Capital Improvements Committee Budget Hearing April 14, 2011 1:30 pm The Capital Improvement Committee is tasked to develop, maintain, and update a long-term capital improvements program for the City’s construction and maintenance of its infrastructure and facilities. It is made up of the Commissioner of Public Works; the Department of Administration – Budget and Management Director; the Comptroller; the chair of the Public Works Committee; the […] Board of Zoning Appeals Meeting April 14, 2011 4:00 pm The Board of Zoning Appeals (BOZA) is in independent agency authorized to hear appeals in matters relating to all zoning ordinances and to review zoning ordinance interpretations made by the Department of City Development. Because the Board acts somewhat like a court, it is called a quasi-judicial body and is required to follow accepted procedures […] Cities and the Green Economy: What are the Real Options? April 14, 2011 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm This lecture is free and open to the public. The Charles Causier Memorial Lecture is held annually at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Department of Urban Planning in honor of the late alumnus and colleague. Charles Causier worked passionately as a professional planner, citizen planner and inspirational educator. This marks the seventh year […] April 15, 2011 Capital Improvements Committee Budget Hearing April 15, 2011 9:00 am The Capital Improvement Committee is tasked to develop, maintain, and update a long-term capital improvements program for the City’s construction and maintenance of its infrastructure and facilities. It is made up of the Commissioner of Public Works; the Department of Administration – […]

Capital Improvements Committee Budget Hearing

Capital Improvements Committee Budget Hearing

The Capital Improvement Committee is tasked to develop, maintain, and update a long-term capital improvements program for the City’s construction and maintenance of its infrastructure and facilities. It is made up of the Commissioner of Public Works; the Department of Administration – Budget and Management Director; the Comptroller; the chair of the Public Works Committee; the chair of the Finance and Personnel Committee; the Common Council President; and a public member appointed by the Mayor. All except the public member may name an alternate. The public member is subject to Common Council confirmation to a three-year term. The President of the Common Council names the chair of the committee. Agenda

Capital Improvements Committee Budget Hearing

Capital Improvements Committee Budget Hearing

The Capital Improvement Committee is tasked to develop, maintain, and update a long-term capital improvements program for the City’s construction and maintenance of its infrastructure and facilities. It is made up of the Commissioner of Public Works; the Department of Administration – Budget and Management Director; the Comptroller; the chair of the Public Works Committee; the chair of the Finance and Personnel Committee; the Common Council President; and a public member appointed by the Mayor. All except the public member may name an alternate. The public member is subject to Common Council confirmation to a three-year term. The President of the Common Council names the chair of the committee. Agenda

Common Council Meeting

Common Council Meeting

City Hall 200 East Wells St. Common Council Chambers Milwaukee, WI 53202 Agenda

Board of Zoning Appeals Meeting

Board of Zoning Appeals Meeting

The Board of Zoning Appeals (BOZA) is in independent agency authorized to hear appeals in matters relating to all zoning ordinances and to review zoning ordinance interpretations made by the Department of City Development. Because the Board acts somewhat like a court, it is called a quasi-judicial body and is required to follow accepted procedures and to fairly evaluate the relevant facts in each case that comes before it. The Board schedules approximately 15 hearings per year (one every three to four weeks) and hears roughly 700 cases each year. Agenda

Milwaukee County: Committee on Economic and Community Development
Milwaukee County

Committee on Economic and Community Development

The Milwaukee County Committee on Economic & Community Development oversees the administration of federal, state and local housing programs in the county, including the Urban Community Development Block Grant Program. Matters pertaining to economic development of Milwaukee County, including the best disposition of county properties, are decided by this Committee. It also makes decisions on the Research Park and the Airport Business Park. Meets at 9:00 A.M. on the 2nd Monday before the County Board Meeting in room 203-R of the Milwaukee County Courthouse. Agenda

Milwaukee County: Committee on Parks, Energy and Environment Meeting
Milwaukee County

Committee on Parks, Energy and Environment Meeting

All matters concerning county parks and parkways are the responsibility of this Committee. Members set policy for the parks department, organized recreation, cultural activities, the University Extension program, the Environmental Services Division of the Department of Public Works and Zoo park services. Members have jurisdiction over matters concerning the conservation of all uses of energy and make recommendations relating to conservation of air, water, energy and all other resources. Meets at 9:00 A.M. on the 2nd Tuesday before the County Board Meeting Agenda

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 4. April 2011

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 4. April 2011

Busses: Lean & Green By Riverwest Currents New school seeks to make Milwaukee healthier By milwaukeecourieronline.com LBWN awarded MANDI for Silver City Townhomes By Sharon McGowan Walker proposes major Hoan project By The Business Journal $300 million makeover planned for Hoan Bridge By Bill Glauber Gov. Walker Announces $300M Makeover For Hoan Bridge By wisn.com What next after O’Donnell Park? By Tom Daykin Governor Walker reveals Hoan Bridge and I-794 improvement projects By Fox 6 Now Beware! Data-fudgers from Detroit Might “Steal” Your Car in Milwaukee By Ben Schulman Electric Car Charging Station installed in Milwaukee on Sixth Street at MATC By Charlie Rosenberg Statement of the 1000 Friends of Wisconsin Board of Directors on the Proposed 2011-2013 State Budget By 1000 Friends of Wisconsin Bike maps. Get your bike maps! By Tom Held Businesses oppose new airport fees By BizTimes Daily Matt Rinka is Redesigning Milwaukee By Andrew Weiland WHEDA to pay federal tax on home loans By The Business Journal What is the Milwaukee Makerspace? By milwaukeemakerspace.org Business Owners Fight Proposed Airport Fee Hike By wisn.com Shorted on the stimulus By milwaukeenewsbuzz.com The right move By jsonline.com MPS to close and merge schools during budget crisis By wisn.com Wind turbine compromise proposed By Michael Timm The new Milwaukee by Bike maps are here! By Dave Schlabowske MANDI neighborhood development awards announced By Tom Daykin Public misinformed on water pollution By Bay View Compass Statement of Support for Wisconsin Arts Funding By Christine Harris Fond du Lac Ave. streetscape work approved By The Business Journal Pro-Sprawl Policies Help Make Milwaukee America’s Most Segregated Metro By Angie Schmitt RRF Receives 3rd Place in MillerCoors River Network Grant competition By milwaukeerrf.org Marquette High School to demolish apartment buildings for future expansion By Real Estate Weekly Summerfest may buy former Charter Wire building By Real Estate Weekly City Center at 735 adds several tenants By Real Estate Weekly MPS receives $1 million to improve 15 schools By The Business Journal Assembly Committee Discusses Blocking Paid Sick Leave Ordinances By wisn.com Midwest Wind suspends development work in state By Thomas Content El Ray Mexican Products Pays $1.6M for Milwaukee Supermarket By Emily Orschiedt Bill to override sick leave mandate moves closer to becoming law By BizTimes Daily Hearing held over mandatory sick pay for Milwaukee workers By fox6now.com MB3 launches bike support for business By Tom Held Chicago company suspends plans for Wis. wind farms By dailyreporter.com Scott Walker Seeking Federal Stimulus Funds For Rail Line Improvements, After Campaigning On Rejecting Them By trains4america.com Walker seeks federal stimulus funds for Hiawatha upgrades By Patti Milwaukee-Chicago rail upgrade is good news for ex-Tower site By Tom Daykin WisDOT withheld Zoo Interchange information: Murphy By Gretchen Schuldt The Fast Foodie By foodtrucktalk.com Gov. Walker announces plan to upgrade Amtrak line between Milwaukee, Chicago By Fox 6 Now Ceremony to unveil Milwaukee’s new creative hub By The Biztimes Daily Walker seeks federal funds to upgrade Hiawatha train line By BizTimes Daily State will seek federal Hiawatha […]

Upcoming Events for the Week of April 4th, 2011

Upcoming Events for the Week of April 4th, 2011

April 4, 2011 Community & Economic Development Committee Meeting April 4, 2011 9:00 am The Community and Economic Development Committee hears matters relating to community development, block grants, job development, business improvement districts, city public relations, industrial land banks and revenue bonds, emerging business enterprises, recreation, cultural arts and the library system. The Community and Economic Development Committee meetings start at 9:00 a.m. and are held in the Room 301-B, […] City Plan Commission Meeting April 4, 2011 1:30 pm The City Plan Commission (CPC) is the City’s official planning body established under State statute and is responsible for master planning activities. The CPC advises the Common Council on a variety of land development issues including zoning map changes, revisions in the zoning ordinance, subdivision approvals, business improvement districts, street and alley vacations, public land […] April 5, 2011 Innovative Planning Lectures: Urban Bicycle Standards in Five German and Dutch Cities April 5, 2011 12:00 pm to 1:20 pm Mr. Gary Peterson, APA-WI Chapter President April 6, 2011 Milwaukee County: Committee on Transporation, Public Works and Transit April 6, 2011 9:00 am The mission of the Department of Public Works, including the construction and maintenance of county highways, bridges and public structures are the responsibility of this Committee. Members discuss all matters pertaining to the policy of mass transit and the Milwaukee County Transit System, including fares, service routes and capital improvements. The Committee discusses all matters […] Zoning, Neighborhoods & Development Committee Meeting April 6, 2011 9:00 am The Zoning, Neighborhoods and Development Committee reviews issues relating to city development, zoning, historic preservation, incremental tax financing, building codes and housing projects. The Zoning, Neighborhoods and Development Committee meetings start at 9:00 a.m. and are held in the Room 301-B, City Hall, unless otherwise noted.[…] April 7, 2011 The Wheel & Sprocket Expo April 7, 2011 to April 10, 2011 The Wheel & Sprocket Expo will be April 7-10, 2011 at the Wisconsin Expo Center at State Fair Park in West Allis, Wis. It’s the nation’s largest single bicycle event. Admission is free. This event is a great way to learn and communicate with others about cycling. If you register for UPAF’s Ride for the […] Finance & Personnel Committee Meeting April 7, 2011 9:00 am The Finance and Personnel Committee considers appropriations, finances, taxation, revenues, labor relations, personnel, pensions and other benefits, insurance, audits and city budget. The Finance and Personnel Committee meetings are held in the Room 301-B, City Hall, unless otherwise noted.

Cities and the Green Economy: What are the Real Options?
Cities and the Green Economy

What are the Real Options?

This lecture is free and open to the public. The Charles Causier Memorial Lecture is held annually at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Department of Urban Planning in honor of the late alumnus and colleague. Charles Causier worked passionately as a professional planner, citizen planner and inspirational educator. This marks the seventh year of the Causier Lecture. It will be registered for 1.5 CM credit hours. Dr. Fitzgerald is professor and director of the graduate program in Law and Public Policy and a Senior Research Fellow at the Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy at Northeastern University. Her third book, Emerald Cities: Urban Sustainability and Economic Development (Oxford Univ. Press), examines how cities are creating economic development opportunities in several green sectors and discusses the state and national policy needed to support these efforts. Emerald Cities builds on her 2002 book, Economic Revitalization: Strategies and Cases for City and Suburb, (Sage) which identifies strategies for incorporating sustainability and social justice goals into urban economic development planning Her 2006 book, Moving Up in the New Economy, (Cornell Univ. Press) focuses on how to build career ladders for low-income workers. Fitzgerald has published in academic journals such as Economic Development Quarterly, Urban Affairs Quarterly, Urban Affairs and the political journal, The American Prospect. Her academic and consulting work has been supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur, Annie E. Casey, Rockefeller Brothers, Rockefeller, Surdna, Century, and Robert Wood Johnson Foundations. She has also conducted research for the U.S. Department of Labor, the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, the Boston Housing Authority and other government agencies. UWM School of Architecture and Urban Planning (SARUP) Room 170 2131 E. Hartford Ave. Milwaukee, WI 53201

Finance & Personnel Committee Meeting

Finance & Personnel Committee Meeting

The Finance and Personnel Committee considers appropriations, finances, taxation, revenues, labor relations, personnel, pensions and other benefits, insurance, audits and city budget. The Finance and Personnel Committee meetings are held in the Room 301-B, City Hall, unless otherwise noted.

Zoning, Neighborhoods & Development Committee Meeting

Zoning, Neighborhoods & Development Committee Meeting

The Zoning, Neighborhoods and Development Committee reviews issues relating to city development, zoning, historic preservation, incremental tax financing, building codes and housing projects. The Zoning, Neighborhoods and Development Committee meetings start at 9:00 a.m. and are held in the Room 301-B, City Hall, unless otherwise noted. Agenda

Community & Economic Development Committee Meeting

Community & Economic Development Committee Meeting

The Community and Economic Development Committee hears matters relating to community development, block grants, job development, business improvement districts, city public relations, industrial land banks and revenue bonds, emerging business enterprises, recreation, cultural arts and the library system. The Community and Economic Development Committee meetings start at 9:00 a.m. and are held in the Room 301-B, City Hall, unless otherwise noted. Agenda

Milwaukee County: Committee on Transporation, Public Works and Transit
Milwaukee County

Committee on Transporation, Public Works and Transit

The mission of the Department of Public Works, including the construction and maintenance of county highways, bridges and public structures are the responsibility of this Committee. Members discuss all matters pertaining to the policy of mass transit and the Milwaukee County Transit System, including fares, service routes and capital improvements. The Committee discusses all matters under its jurisdiction pertaining to railroads and public utilities in the county. Meets at 9:00 A.M. on the 3rd Wednesday before the County Board Meeting Agenda

City Plan Commission Meeting

City Plan Commission Meeting

The City Plan Commission (CPC) is the City’s official planning body established under State statute and is responsible for master planning activities. The CPC advises the Common Council on a variety of land development issues including zoning map changes, revisions in the zoning ordinance, subdivision approvals, business improvement districts, street and alley vacations, public land disposition and acquisition, new streets and the approval of development plans in certain overlay districts. City Plan Commission (CPC) meetings are held in the First Floor Boardroom at the Department of City Development, 809 North Broadway, unless otherwise noted. Agenda

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 28. March 2011

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 28. March 2011

Milwaukee could become first American city to use universal vouchers for education By Alan J. Borsuk Mostly white on purpose By O. Ricardo Pimentel Is Removing a Major Road Really a Good Idea? By Eric Jaffe Summerfest to buy Charter Wire property By Stacy Vogel Davis Milwaukee is in Need of a Plan By Julia Taylor Appeals court upholds sick leave law By The Business Journal Court of Appeals reinstates Milwaukee sick pay law By Geo Milwaukee’s sick-leave policy given the go-ahead by state Court of Appeals By fox6now.com Barrett, Hines remain opposed to sick leave law Read more: Barrett, Hines remain opposed to sick leave law By Corrinne Hess Other towns might seek authority to use TIFs for developments By Tom Daykin Walker to contact Barrett on sick leave By The Business Journal Walker’s attack on the arts could stunt economic growth By Patti Wenzel Milwaukee’s job market ranks fifth among major American cities By fox6now.com Eat local a hot topic at restaurant expo Read more: Eat local a hot topic at restaurant expo By Stacy Vogel Davis Airport Parking Full? Not Quite By Dave Schlabowske Walker would gut state arts funding By Matt Hrodey Zoo Interchange plan reroutes section of Oak Leaf Trail By Tom Held Wis. DOT reveals new cost effective plan for Zoo Interchange By Tami Hughes Some Milwaukee parents disappointed with MPS closures By Jenna Sachs Gas Prices Are Highest They’ve Been In 2 Years By wisn.com PS Committee Votes For Mergers, Closure By wisn.com Residency Bill To Affect Nearby Municipalities By wisn.com County Board establishes process for lakefront development By Real Estate Weekly World Water Day 2011: Urbanization, Water and Climate Change By Itir Sonuparlak Ingeteam completes $14 million financing By Rich Kirchen Price of gas rises to highest level in two years By Tom Held County board kills sustainability position By milwaukeenewsbuzz.com Cool bike camp for kids By Molly Synder News service to cover 3 Milwaukee neighborhoods By Georgia Pabst Witkowiak recall petition delivered By Georgia Pabst Developer sues New Berlin over blocked housing project By Mike Johnson Developer cancels plan for big wind farm By Thomas Content Artwork whets interest in water issues for Walnut Way youth By John Sterr Downer Garage sold for $1.5 million By The Business Journal Downtown lakefront plan to be created by Milwaukee County panel By Tom Daykin Silver City to celebrate community at ‘pop-up’ public art venue By Yiting Mao Legacy Redevelopment survives Legacy Bank’s demise By Tom Held MPS plans school closures By BizTimes Daily Oak Leaf Trail update: bridge work waits for warm weather By Tom Held Milwaukee area gains 13,000 jobs, placing 16th among 372 U.S. metros By The Business Journal Housing developer sues New Berlin By The Business Journal Revised Zoo Interchange project to seek go-ahead By Tom Held Zoo Interchange Public Hearing By Eddee Daniel Downer Garage sold for $1.5 million By Sean Ryan Feeding a Healthy City By Casey Foltz

Keeping the Dream Alive

Keeping the Dream Alive

For over 20 years, the community based non profit My Home Your Home, Inc. is proud to announce their 2nd Annual “Keeping the Dream Alive” Luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 19, at the Harley Davidson Museum – Rumble Room located 400 West Canal Street in Downtown Milwaukee. My Home Your Home, Inc. provides help to abused & neglected children in the foster care system as well as adults & families in the Milwaukee area. As a fully accredited non profit, their programs included helping the homeless, abused & neglected women, children & adults recovering from alcohol & drug abuse. My Home Your Home, Inc. is sensitive to the toll the economy has taken on all of us & feels that individuals as well as companies would be able to attend this fantastic event based on their budget. A single ticket for the event is $40.00 with table sponsorship for event ranging from $400.00 for Supporter, $600.00 for Guardian & $1,000 for Advocate. For further information, please contact Kathleen Miller, Business Manager of My Home Your Home, Inc., at (414) 874-2560 extension 130, e-mail kathleenmiller@myhomeyourhome.org or go to www.myhomeyourhome.org

Car Culture: $5 Deal?
Car Culture

$5 Deal?

No, this isn't an article about about the Subway lunch special, it's about the price of gasoline. The price of a gallon of gas is fast approaching $4, and recently experts have predict that a gallon of gas will go as high as $5 in 2012.

Upcoming Events for the Week of March 28th, 2011

Upcoming Events for the Week of March 28th, 2011

March 30, 2011 12th Annual MANDIs March 30, 2011 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm The Milwaukee Awards for Neighborhood Development Innovation (MANDIs) pay tribute to the people and organizations working tirelessly to make Milwaukee a great place to live, learn, work and grow. 5pm Awards Presentation 6:30-8pm Dinner and Celebration Pfister Hotel, Milwaukee March 31, 2011 Coalition for Advancing Transit Meeting March 31, 2011 6:30 pm IndependenceFirst, located at 540 S. 1st Street, Milwaukee, WI 53204 Located on Bus Route 15 or visit www.ridemcts.org to plan your trip RSVP to Kristi@uedawi.org or 414.562.9904As notes in an earlier update, the removal of collective bargaining provisions jeopardizes $46million in Federal transit aids for Wisconsin transit systems. The Governor’s 2011-2013 State Budget proposal contains a number […]

Coalition for Advancing Transit Meeting

Coalition for Advancing Transit Meeting

IndependenceFirst, located at 540 S. 1st Street, Milwaukee, WI 53204 Located on Bus Route 15 or visit www.ridemcts.org to plan your trip RSVP to Kristi@uedawi.org or 414.562.9904 As notes in an earlier update, the removal of collective bargaining provisions jeopardizes $46million in Federal transit aids for Wisconsin transit systems. The Governor’s 2011-2013 State Budget proposal contains a number of provisions that will have a negative impact on local transit systems, including a reduction of 10% in operating support to local transit systems. Learn more about these and other changes (including article and resource links) and spring election information by visiting our website at www.coalitionforadvancingtransit.com. Transit is a crucial part of a growing economy – in Milwaukee County close to 45% of individuals who use transit services take the bus to work or other job-related opportunities. In the Business Journal’s recent “40 Under 40” issue, winners were asked “Do you support an improved transit system in SE WI as a means of encouraging economic development?” 79% of them said “yes” with no other question generating such a strong, positive response. Emerging leaders in this region recognize that transit is absolutely vital to business growth, talent attraction and connecting our community. Join C.A.T. on Thursday, March 31st and learn more about crucial efforts to preserve and improve our transit systems! Get engaged in helping move forward with solutions for the challenges facing our local transit systems.

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 21. March 2011

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 21. March 2011

City aims to curb property tax cheating By Raquel Rutledge Walker reins in water rules By Lee Bergquist County board resolution calls for creation of Long-Range Lakefront Planning Committee By Milwaukee Couny Board of Supervisors Un-Wisconsin: A once Great Lakes leader backslides on the environment By Gary Wilson Corporate and civic leaders plot a new course through state’s budget crisis By Andrew Weiland Downtown: What to do with the former Greyhound station By Jeff Sherman County Board set process for lakefront development By The Business Journal Waukesha County Sued For Housing Discrimination By Jam 2011 Wisconsin LIHTC Applications By Ryan Sloan Bradley Center grant request denied By The Business Journal Wind turbine compromise proposed By Michael Timm Marcus: New Marriott will affect Courtyard, Residence Inn more than Pfister By Tom Daykin Today’s BizTimes Wisconsin budget crisis news roundup: Fiscal estimate projects lost revenue for school districts By BizTimes Daily Milwaukee County fears transit cuts By Larry Sandler Open the borders = Screw the city By uppitywis.org Free Rides on St. Patrick’s Day! By Carrie Trousil Loyalty, Mackie sell for $2.2 million By Sean Ryan Governor Walker’s Pro-Sprawl Agenda By Dave Reid UWM joins push for flexibility By Matt Hrodey New housing construction in Westlawn redevelopment begins in April By Tom Daykin Walker unveils $1.1 billion capital budget plan By Patrick Marley Milwaukee mayor proposes consolidating services with suburbs By Larry Sandler Farmland preservation program on chopping block By Mike Johnson Walker against $10 million Bradley Center request By The Business Journal MMSD says it would cut $165 million in projects under Walker budget By Don Behm Walker opposed to $10 million in borrowing for Bradley Center maintenance By Don Walker Former industrial building on north side being converted to apartments By Tom Daykin New Census Data By Brian Peters Walker proposes $1.1 billion capital budget By BizTimes Daily Governor Walker Rejection of High Speed Rail Costs Taxpayers $60 Million By 1kfriends.org The Green Sheet By 1kfriends.org UWM Health School seeks preservation commission OK at Pabst site By Tom Daykin Departure of Eaton does not quash optimism By Tom Tolan Housing shuttle working out kinks By Josh Kuck Clean Wisconsin’s Mark Redsten: Restore funds for recycling in state budget By Mark Redsten New exhibit teaches architecture to kids By Molly Synder Loyalty building sold to developer By Sean Ryan Proposed new transportation policy mirrors national debate By Rob Henken Ethnic grocery store guide, 2011 By Molly Snyder City wins IBM Smarter Cities Challenge grant to develop urban farms By Michael Levenston MATC installs charging station for electric vehicles By Thomas Content

Upcoming Events for the Week of March 21st, 2011

Upcoming Events for the Week of March 21st, 2011

March 22, 2011 FUEL Milwaukee: Growing a Community With Will Allen March 22, 2011 5:00 pm to 8:30 pm Who better to help us launch FUEL Milwaukee’s newest adopted nonprofits than Milwaukee’s urban farmer, Will Allen, a man who has devoted his life to community service? Start the evening by meeting all of our new adopted nonprofits; learn what they’re doing for the community and how you can get involved. Then, get inspired as […] March 23, 2011 Common Council Meeting March 23, 2011 9:00 am City Hall 200 East Wells St. Common Council Chambers Milwaukee, WI 53202 March 24, 2011 Capital Improvements Committee Meeting March 24, 2011 9:00 am The Capital Improvement Committee is tasked to develop, maintain, and update a long-term capital improvements program for the City’s construction and maintenance of its infrastructure and facilities. It is made up of the Commissioner of Public Works; the Department of Administration – Budget and Management Director; the Comptroller; the chair of the Public Works Committee; the […] Board of Zoning Appeals Meeting March 24, 2011 2:00 pm The Board of Zoning Appeals (BOZA) is in independent agency authorized to hear appeals in matters relating to all zoning ordinances and to review zoning ordinance interpretations made by the Department of City Development. Because the Board acts somewhat like a court, it is called a quasi-judicial body and is required to follow accepted procedures […] A View of Our City in Four Acts: HMI’s 2011 Panel Series – Act 3 What is Riverwest? March 24, 2011 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm Description: A vibrant, yet still often misunderstood community, Riverwest is home to dedicated Milwaukeeans who are passionate about positively and thoughtfully investing in their neighborhood. On this panel you will meet some of Riverwest’s most prominent and active community members who will discuss their local efforts to enhance the quality of experience in the neighborhood. Time: […]

Third Annual Great Milwaukee Garden Blitz

Third Annual Great Milwaukee Garden Blitz

The Blitz is a one day event, put on by The Victory Garden Initiative, aimed at installing as many new food-producing gardens as possible throughout the Milwaukee area. Help The Victory Garden Initiative as we install as many gardens as they can throughout the Milwaukee area on Blitz Day! The Victory Garden Initiative need your enthusiasm, your shovels, and your vision for a nutritious, sustainable food system. Real change, one garden at a time. They install garden beds throughout the day, then close the event with a Potluck to celebrate. Register to volunteer: http://bit.ly/hdKf9i Have a garden installed by volunteers: http://bit.ly/i2M3ie The Victory Garden Initiative said ‘This is a grassroots movement. Move grass. Grow food.’, now let’s put our shovels where our mouths are. We are planning a city-wide Victory Garden Blitz, where we will combine our Grassroots Victory Gardening efforts with Memorial Weekend camping, pot-lucking and celebrating. On Memorial Weekend The Victory Garden Initiative, and many, many other partners will be installing permaculture victory gardens throughout our great city to build community resilience, localize and secure our food source, reduce the use of fossil fuels, help our neighbors in a poor economy, and grow nutritious, delicious foods. The Victory Garden Initiative needs your help, your yard, your donations, your hook-ups, your stamina, your knowledge of growing veggies, your desire to learn, your shovels, your energy, your enthusiasm, and your spiritual presence to make this event great. There are many ways to get involved.

Capital Improvements Committee Meeting

Capital Improvements Committee Meeting

The Capital Improvement Committee is tasked to develop, maintain, and update a long-term capital improvements program for the City’s construction and maintenance of its infrastructure and facilities. It is made up of the Commissioner of Public Works; the Department of Administration – Budget and Management Director; the Comptroller; the chair of the Public Works Committee; the chair of the Finance and Personnel Committee; the Common Council President; and a public member appointed by the Mayor. All except the public member may name an alternate. The public member is subject to Common Council confirmation to a three-year term. The President of the Common Council names the chair of the committee.

Common Council Meeting

Common Council Meeting

City Hall 200 East Wells St. Common Council Chambers Milwaukee, WI 53202

Board of Zoning Appeals Meeting

Board of Zoning Appeals Meeting

The Board of Zoning Appeals (BOZA) is in independent agency authorized to hear appeals in matters relating to all zoning ordinances and to review zoning ordinance interpretations made by the Department of City Development. Because the Board acts somewhat like a court, it is called a quasi-judicial body and is required to follow accepted procedures and to fairly evaluate the relevant facts in each case that comes before it. The Board schedules approximately 15 hearings per year (one every three to four weeks) and hears roughly 700 cases each year.

Governor Walker’s Pro-Sprawl Agenda

Governor Walker’s Pro-Sprawl Agenda

It was clear that the election of Scott Walker to the Governorship was going to negatively impact transit as well as other services in Milwaukee, but beyond the 'fiscal' matters the agenda he has laid out goes far behind what even we predicted.

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 14. March 2011

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 14. March 2011

New exhibit teaches architecture to kids By Molly Synder Loyalty building sold to developer By Sean Ryan Proposed new transportation policy mirrors national debate By Rob Henken Ethnic grocery store guide, 2011 By Molly Snyder City wins IBM Smarter Cities Challenge grant to develop urban farms By Michael Levenston MATC installs charging station for electric vehicles By Thomas Content Innovation Park negotiating with developer on Eschweiler apartments By Tom Daykin 4th Grade Reading By Casey Foltz Council committee OKs loan for Bentley Packaging facility near airport By Tom Daykin Update on Downtown’s Zaafaran: Furniture now installed; Will soon open By Andrew Swofford City’s Hispanic population up 44 percent By The Business Journal Walker Administration Will Stop Publishing Some Air Quality Information By James Rowen City’s population drops to WWII level By Georgia Pabst Budget threatens all public transit By Ron Wolfe Milwaukee’s inner harbor filled with promise By Mary Louise Schumacher Hoan Bridge repair work begins By Bay View Compass Milwaukee aldermen opposed to eliminating city’s employee residency requirement By fox6now.com Milwaukee wins $400K IBM grant By The Business Journal Milwaukee wins IBM Smarter Cities grant By The Biztimes Bill Would End Residency Requirements For Milw. Police, Firefighters By wisn.com oan Bridge reconstruction begins By The Business Journal Walker budget could cost UWM $27 million By Corrinne Hess City wins grant to develop urban farms By Karen Herzog Walker slashes local street funding By Matt Hrodey Bentley World Packaging plans large airport-area facility, seeks city loan By Tom Daykin National Bike Summit Day 1 By Dave Schlabowske Six lanes eastbound; eight lanes north-south By Gretchen Schuldt East Town adding a Tuesday night farm market By Jeff Sherman UWM cutting lakefront parking program By Steve Schultze El Rey getting $500,000 MEDC loan for Sentry store conversion By Tom Daykin Growing Power promises new jobs By Matt Hrodey MIAD leases student housing By Tom Daykin Milwaukee leaders ask for help in monitoring tax-exempt properties By Raquel Rutledge Mayor Fights Police, Fire Unions On Budget Cuts By wisn.com The new right agenda against smart growth and sustainable transportation By Richard Layman Big decisions loom on county parks, cultural sites By Rob Henken Integrated Housing Example By Brian Peters MIAD leases east side apartments for student housing, pursues 3rd Ward project By Tom Daykin Park East Commons project gets more time to seek financing By Tom Daykin Walker’s budget will hurt Milwaukee By Tom Barrett MIAD opening east side student housing By Corrinne Hess Plan would not end need to recycle By Lee Bergquist Milwaukee Mayor Asks Fire, Police Unions For Concessions To Balance Budget By wisn.com Urban farming program gets aid By Larry Sandler Lax regulation of property tax exemptions costly By Raquel Rutledge Gallun Tannery demolition complete on Milwaukee River By Eddee Daniel

Upcoming Events for the Week of March 14th, 2011

Upcoming Events for the Week of March 14th, 2011

March 14, 2011 City Plan Commission Meeting March 14, 2011 1:30 pm The City Plan Commission (CPC) is the City’s official planning body established under State statute and is responsible for master planning activities. The CPC advises the Common Council on a variety of land development issues including zoning map changes, revisions in the zoning ordinance, subdivision approvals, business improvement districts, street and alley vacations, public land […] Historic Preservation Commission Meeting March 14, 2011 4:00 pm The Milwaukee Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) administers Milwaukee’s historic preservation ordinance, adopted in 1981, which provides certain kinds of legal protection for buildings or sites that have been declared historic by the Common Council. The HPC is responsible for designating historic landmarks and historic districts and for approving Certificates of Appropriateness (COAs) for permission to […] Wind Turbine Public Meeting March 14, 2011 6:00 pm Monday, March 14 at 6pm in the Bay View High School auditorium, 2751 S. Lenox St. More information.[…] March 17, 2011 Redevelopment Authority of the City of Milwaukee Regular Meeting March 17, 2011 1:30 pm The Redevelopment Authority of the City of Milwaukee (RACM) is an independent corporation created by state statute in 1958. The mission of the Redevelopment Authority is to eliminate blighting conditions that inhibit neighborhood reinvestment, to foster and promote business expansion and job creation, and to facilitate new business and housing development. Toward that end, the Redevelopment […] March 18, 2011 Zoning, Neighborhoods & Development Committee Meeting March 18, 2011 9:00 am The Zoning, Neighborhoods and Development Committee reviews issues relating to city development, zoning, historic preservation, incremental tax financing, building codes and housing projects. The Zoning, Neighborhoods and Development Committee meetings start at 9:00 a.m. and are held in the Room 301-B, City Hall, unless otherwise noted.[…] Finance & Personnel Committee Meeting March 18, 2011 1:30 pm The Finance and Personnel Committee considers appropriations, finances, taxation, revenues, labor relations, personnel, pensions and other benefits, insurance, audits and city budget. The Finance and Personnel Committee meetings are held in the Room 301-B, City Hall, unless otherwise noted.[…]

Gallery Night and Day

Gallery Night and Day

Gallery Night and Day is the premier art event in Milwaukee for both the experienced art connoisseur and most beginning admirer. An evening of gallery hopping and art viewing begins Friday, April 15 and continues during the day on Saturday, April 16. This Spring, the quarterly event showcases 57 venues throughout the downtown Milwaukee area. Admission is free to all venues during event hours. For more information, including venue event hours visit: http://bit.ly/GalleryNight or pick up a brochure at any participating venue.

Creative Hub Live: Grand Opening
Creative Hub Live

Grand Opening

Join Creativity Works! on April 13th at Moct in the Third Ward for the reveal of our new name and mission! Yes, Creativity Works! will be saying farewell to the names “Cultural Alliance of Greater Milwaukee” and “Creativity Works!” to adopt a new name and structure that better serves the broader creative industries. This event marks the first of many “Creative Hub Live” networking events to get you connected to your community and new opportunities. You’ll also learn about the new creative industries networking website and membership program, plus you’ll be able to take advantage of a special one-time membership discount at the event! As always, there will be plenty of people to connect with, good food and a local DJ mixing. Our last event sold out, so don’t wait to register! Register Now Where: Moct 240 E. Pittsburgh Ave Milwaukee, WI 53204

Historic Preservation Commission Meeting

Historic Preservation Commission Meeting

The Milwaukee Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) administers Milwaukee’s historic preservation ordinance, adopted in 1981, which provides certain kinds of legal protection for buildings or sites that have been declared historic by the Common Council. The HPC is responsible for designating historic landmarks and historic districts and for approving Certificates of Appropriateness (COAs) for permission to alter historic buildings. The HPC meets monthly on Mondays in City Hall, Room 301A, 200 E. Wells Street at 4:00 P.M. unless otherwise indicated. Agenda

Redevelopment Authority of the City of Milwaukee Regular Meeting

Redevelopment Authority of the City of Milwaukee Regular Meeting

The Redevelopment Authority of the City of Milwaukee (RACM) is an independent corporation created by state statute in 1958. The mission of the Redevelopment Authority is to eliminate blighting conditions that inhibit neighborhood reinvestment, to foster and promote business expansion and job creation, and to facilitate new business and housing development. Toward that end, the Redevelopment Authority: Redevelopment Authority of the City of Milwaukee meetings are held on Thursdays at 1:30 p.m. in the First Floor Boardroom at the Department of City Development, 809 North Broadway. Agenda

Finance & Personnel Committee Meeting

Finance & Personnel Committee Meeting

The Finance and Personnel Committee considers appropriations, finances, taxation, revenues, labor relations, personnel, pensions and other benefits, insurance, audits and city budget. The Finance and Personnel Committee meetings are held in the Room 301-B, City Hall, unless otherwise noted. Agenda

Zoning, Neighborhoods & Development Committee Meeting

Zoning, Neighborhoods & Development Committee Meeting

The Zoning, Neighborhoods and Development Committee reviews issues relating to city development, zoning, historic preservation, incremental tax financing, building codes and housing projects. The Zoning, Neighborhoods and Development Committee meetings start at 9:00 a.m. and are held in the Room 301-B, City Hall, unless otherwise noted. Agenda

UWM Should End the Parking Subsidy

UWM Should End the Parking Subsidy

Having an educated populace is good for society, it increases the earning of all workers, it helps to generate wealth and fuels innovation. Subsidized parking doesn't.

City Plan Commission Meeting

City Plan Commission Meeting

The City Plan Commission (CPC) is the City’s official planning body established under State statute and is responsible for master planning activities. The CPC advises the Common Council on a variety of land development issues including zoning map changes, revisions in the zoning ordinance, subdivision approvals, business improvement districts, street and alley vacations, public land disposition and acquisition, new streets and the approval of development plans in certain overlay districts. City Plan Commission (CPC) meetings are held in the First Floor Boardroom at the Department of City Development, 809 North Broadway, unless otherwise noted. Agenda

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 7. March 2011

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 7. March 2011

Milwaukee Mayor Asks Fire, Police Unions For Concessions To Balance Budget By wisn.com Urban farming program gets aid By Larry Sandler Lax regulation of property tax exemptions costly By Raquel Rutledge Gallun Tannery demolition complete on Milwaukee River By Eddee Daniel Highlight Milwaukee – Wisconsin Avenue By Casey Foltz MPS board details “worst case scenario” of governor’s budget By Bobby Tanzilo Downtown: Plankinton Avenue construction schedule By Jeff Sherman Developer again seeks more time for Park East Commons project By Tom Daykin Walker’s budget guts transit By Milwaukee Transit Riders Union What’s the story Milwaukee would tell? By Mary Louise Schumacher Milwaukee Bike Map: Could this be the final draft? By Dave Schlabowske Mafia don’s son stiffs his sisters By Michael Horne A stronger downtown By jsonline.com Grand Avenue restarts sales of bus tickets By Doris Hajewski The Moderne Breaks Ground in Milwaukee By Dees Stribling Sale of Loyalty, Mackie buildings could close this week By Real Estate Weekly Ceremony celebrates start of Moderne construction By Real Estate Weekly Law firm to move from Greenfield to Pabst brewery building By Real Estate Weekly House bill cuts brownfield money By milwaukeenewsbuzz.com Latest Update: Milwaukee Bike Map By Dave Schlabowske Walker’s budget eliminates state money for bike/pedestrian improvements By Tom Held Walker: Exempt prefab homes, veg oil By Rich Kirchen New stores open in Shops of Grand Avenue By The Business Journal Walker’s proposed budget would reduce arts funding By Mary Louise Schumacher Walker budget proposes transit cuts By The Business Journal I-94 resurfacing project starts tonight By Andrew Wagner Governor Walker’s budget cuts funding for recycling programs By fox6now.com Walker Budget Eliminates Transit As Transportation, So No Dedicated Money From Gas Taxes By James Rowen Full speed ahead for Zoo Interchange reconstruction By Tom Held Why High-Speed Rail is Right By West Wisconsin Rail Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett weighs in on Gov. Walker’s budget plan By fox6now.com Housing to WHEDA not WEDC By Brian Peters Big Hole in Walker’s Plan? By Bruce Murphy Downtown: Shovel those sidewalks By Jeff Sherman Feedback wanted: New 2011 Milwaukee by Bike Map By Dave Schlabowske EPA investigation threatens local brownfield funding By Matt Hrodey Cudahy proposes offices, hotel for O’Donnell Park By Caley Clinton Transportation By Casey Foltz Creating a Vision for Milwaukee By Casey Foltz The Grand Hostelries of the Fifth Ward By Megan E. Daniels Transitography 101: The Portland Metro – A Case Study on Regional Government By Ben Stearns Milwaukee city attorney claims Walker’s bill is unconstitutional By BizTimes Daily Walker’s budget address to outline sharp cuts By Don Walker and Jason Stein Cudahy proposes hotel, offices at O’Donnell Park By The Business Journal How much could your district lose under Walker’s budget? By Erin Richards Consolidation moves to front burner By Larry Sandler Race for Milwaukee County Executive candidates interview By Bay View Compass Race for 14th District County Supervisor candidate interviews By Bay View Compass Hotspotting could work for MPS By Jay Bullock

Upcoming Events for the Week of March 7th, 2011

Upcoming Events for the Week of March 7th, 2011

March 7, 2011 Milwaukee County: Committee on Economic and Community Development March 7, 2011 9:00 am The Milwaukee County Committee on Economic & Community Development oversees the administration of federal, state and local housing programs in the county, including the Urban Community Development Block Grant Program. Matters pertaining to economic development of Milwaukee County, including the best disposition of county properties, are decided by this Committee. It also makes decisions on […] March 8, 2011 Public Works Committee Meeting March 8, 2011 9:00 am The Public Works Committee is responsible for physical services provided by the city such as street and alley maintenance, waste collection, disposal and recycling, sewer, water and flood control projects, assessments, public buildings, land and waterways. Public Works Committee meetings start at 9:00 a.m. and are held in the Room 301-B, City Hall, unless otherwise noted.[…] Milwaukee County: Committee on Parks, Energy and Environment Meeting March 8, 2011 9:00 am All matters concerning county parks and parkways are the responsibility of this Committee. Members set policy for the parks department, organized recreation, cultural activities, the University Extension program, the Environmental Services Division of the Department of Public Works and Zoo park services. Members have jurisdiction over matters concerning the conservation of all uses of energy […] March 9, 2011 Public Safety Committee Meeting March 9, 2011 9:00 am The Public Safety Committee is concerned with issues brought forth from the fire, police, health and neighborhood services departments as well as traffic control, emergency medical services and parking. It also licenses alarm businesses and public passenger vehicles and drivers.[…]

Milwaukee County: Committee on Parks, Energy and Environment Meeting
Milwaukee County

Committee on Parks, Energy and Environment Meeting

All matters concerning county parks and parkways are the responsibility of this Committee. Members set policy for the parks department, organized recreation, cultural activities, the University Extension program, the Environmental Services Division of the Department of Public Works and Zoo park services. Members have jurisdiction over matters concerning the conservation of all uses of energy and make recommendations relating to conservation of air, water, energy and all other resources. Meets at 9:00 A.M. on the 2nd Tuesday before the County Board Meeting Agenda

Public Safety Committee Meeting

Public Safety Committee Meeting

The Public Safety Committee is concerned with issues brought forth from the fire, police, health and neighborhood services departments as well as traffic control, emergency medical services and parking. It also licenses alarm businesses and public passenger vehicles and drivers. Agenda

Public Works Committee Meeting

Public Works Committee Meeting

The Public Works Committee is responsible for physical services provided by the city such as street and alley maintenance, waste collection, disposal and recycling, sewer, water and flood control projects, assessments, public buildings, land and waterways. Public Works Committee meetings start at 9:00 a.m. and are held in the Room 301-B, City Hall, unless otherwise noted. Agenda

FUEL Milwaukee: Growing a Community With Will Allen
FUEL Milwaukee

Growing a Community With Will Allen

Who better to help us launch FUEL Milwaukee’s newest adopted nonprofits than Milwaukee’s urban farmer, Will Allen, a man who has devoted his life to community service? Start the evening by meeting all of our new adopted nonprofits; learn what they’re doing for the community and how you can get involved. Then, get inspired as Will Allen shares his story of dedication to the Milwaukee community. FEATURED SPEAKER Will Allen, son of a sharecropper, former professional basketball player, ex-corporate sales leader and now farmer, has become recognized as among the preeminent thinkers of our time on agriculture and food policy. The founder and CEO of Growing Power Inc., Will is widely considered the leading authority in the expanding field of urban agriculture. Will promotes the belief that all people, regardless of their economic circumstances, should have access to fresh, safe, affordable and nutritious foods at all times. In 2008, Will was named a John D. and Katherine T. McArthur Foundation Fellow and was awarded a prestigious foundation “genius grant” for his work. He is also a member of the Clinton Global Initiative and in February 2010, he was invited to the White House to join First Lady Michelle Obama in launching “Let’s Move!” her signature leadership program to reverse the epidemic of childhood obesity in America. In May 2010, Time magazine named Will to “The Time 100: World’s Most Influential People.” Will has been featured in: New York Times Magazine · The New York Times · O, The Oprah Magazine · TIME Register for this event today @ www.fuelmilwaukee.org REGISTRATION fee includes full-belly appetizers & cash bar Early Bird | now-March 14: $12 Members & Non-Members Late | March 15-22: $17 Members & Non-Members Membership & Event Package: $50 Event Ticket and FUEL Membership package-choose this option and save $12! LOCATION Centennial Hall

Milwaukee County: Committee on Economic and Community Development
Milwaukee County

Committee on Economic and Community Development

The Milwaukee County Committee on Economic & Community Development oversees the administration of federal, state and local housing programs in the county, including the Urban Community Development Block Grant Program. Matters pertaining to economic development of Milwaukee County, including the best disposition of county properties, are decided by this Committee. It also makes decisions on the Research Park and the Airport Business Park. Meets at 9:00 A.M. on the 2nd Monday before the County Board Meeting in room 203-R of the Milwaukee County Courthouse. Agenda

MSOE Students Present Design Concepts for Lakeshore State Park Interpretive Center (Renderings)

MSOE Students Present Design Concepts for Lakeshore State Park Interpretive Center (Renderings)

The original plans for Lakeshore State Park called for an interpretive center to be built on the park at a time when funds are able to be raised to pay for the development of the facility.

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 28. February 2011

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 28. February 2011

Race for Milwaukee County Executive candidates interview By Bay View Compass Race for 14th District County Supervisor candidate interviews By Bay View Compass Hotspotting could work for MPS By Jay Bullock Solar powers up former stockyards By Thomas Content Three area water projects need your help By Jeff Sherman Brewer and non-profit partner for third annual grant competition By Milwaukee Courier Pabst and present: Tapping into the history of Pabst Brewing Company By Renee Lorenz Law firm to move from Greenfield to Pabst brewery building By izTimes Daily M-7 strategic campaign passes $6 million By BizTimes Daily Former Pabst brewery building lands law firm as office tenant By Tom Daykin Tahrir Square By Dave Reid Downtown: Kohl’s, Target or Walmart? By Jeff Sherman The Beauty of (Not) Biking in Winter By Dave Steele Third Annual Wisconsin Bike Summit Announced By Dave Schlabowske Miller Lite Free Rides on St. Patrick’s Day By Milwaukee County Transit System Unions enjoy jobs on Milwaukee Moderne By Sean Ryan Milwaukee officials discuss public loans By Sean Ryan Barrett offers alternative to budget-repair bill By Larry Sandler Southwest to grow in Milwaukee, CEO says By Rich Rovito Barnes & Noble eyes Borders spaces By Stacy Vogel Davis Two Milwaukee groups get federal tax credits to help finance developments By Tom Daykin How Walker Will Transform Wisconsin By Bruce Murphy Chicago’s bold new bike boss By Dave Schlabowske Walker signs supermajority bill By Matt Hrodey How about an Alterra at the Downtown Borders space? By Jeff Sherman Wisconsin Gov Scott Walker: Let Them Drive Cars By Angie Schmitt Mixed-use project in Shorewood moves forward By Real Estate Weekly Voucher school enrollment declines By Matt Hrodey Elevator Statement By Dave Schlabowske Barrett looks for savings, partners and improvements By Patti Wenzel Hundreds turn out to support rail transit, raise more than $11k for campaign By Randy A. Simes The Road To Sprawlville, Chapter 48: Wetlands Filled, But Franklin, WI Grand Scheme Unravels By James Rowen Milwaukee Preservation at Stake By Megan E. Daniels Metro Milwaukee real estate update for January, 2011 By First Weber Group Milwaukee’s Mayor Says Walker’s Budget Will Impact City By wisn.com Republicans oppose local control By Charlie Rosenberg Transcript: Mayor Tom Barrett’s 2011 State of the City address By OnMilwaukee.com Staff Writers Milwaukee Mayor shares his State of the City speech By Fox 6 Now Milwaukee panel considers urban farm plan By Tom Tolan Target in Downtown Milwaukee By Jeramey Jannene Barrett backs high-speed rail to Chicago By Sean Ryan Goldmann’s renovation plan resurfaces By Sean Ryan

Upcoming Events for the Week of February 28th, 2011

Upcoming Events for the Week of February 28th, 2011

February 28, 2011 Milwaukee County: Committee of the Whole February 28, 2011 1:00 pm Some matters coming before the County Board have a significant policy impact or a unique set of circumstances which overlap specific committee jurisdiction. One example is the closing of a major county facility. On such occasions, the Committee of the Whole will meet at the call of the County Board Chairman. All 19 supervisors are […] March 1, 2011 Innovative Planning Lectures: Art Planning as Part of Smart Growth and the Neighborhood Planning Process March 1, 2011 12:00 pm to 1:20 pm Ms. Karin Wolf, Arts Program Administrator, Madison Arts Commission March 2, 2011 Milwaukee County: Committee on Transporation, Public Works and Transit March 2, 2011 9:00 am The mission of the Department of Public Works, including the construction and maintenance of county highways, bridges and public structures are the responsibility of this Committee. Members discuss all matters pertaining to the policy of mass transit and the Milwaukee County Transit System, including fares, service routes and capital improvements. The Committee discusses all matters […] Capital Improvements Committee Meeting March 2, 2011 9:00 am The Capital Improvement Committee is tasked to develop, maintain, and update a long-term capital improvements program for the City’s construction and maintenance of its infrastructure and facilities. It is made up of the Commissioner of Public Works; the Department of Administration – Budget and Management Director; the Comptroller; the chair of the Public Works Committee; the […] March 4, 2011 Milwaukee County Executive Forum with Candidates Chris Abele and Jeff Stone March 4, 2011 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm IndependenceFirst, 540 S. 1st Street , Milwaukee This is a great opportunity to hear from the candidates about their views on transportation, mental health services, Family Care and long-term care services, housing and more. RSVP to Melinda Kiltz at ARC of Greater Milwaukee at 414-774-6255 or melinda@arcmilwaukee.org March 5, 2011 Carnival Milwaukee March 5, 2011 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm UEDA’s 4th annual fundraising event, Carnival Milwaukee! The Zoofari Conference Center at the Milwaukee County Zoo 9715 W. Bluemound Road, Milwaukee, Wisconsin At Carnival Milwaukee you will find… Local restaurants and caterers showcasing their specialties for your sampling pleasure (think African, Cajun, Caribbean, French, German, Jamaican, Italian, Mexican, Middle Eastern, Puerto Rican, soul food…) Just as along the […]

Outpost Natural Foods: Rain Barrels – Lecture only
Outpost Natural Foods

Rain Barrels – Lecture only

It’s easy to conserve water and save money on your bills by adding a rain barrel to your home! Learn how to use this rain collection system to water your garden and lawn. $15 owners and non-owners Register at Keep Greater Milwaukee Beautiful, http://kgmb.org/adult_programs.html or call 414-272-5462, Ext. 105 Outpost Capitol Drive 100 E. Capitol Drive Milwaukee, WI 53212

Outpost Natural Foods: Rain Gardens
Outpost Natural Foods

Rain Gardens

Save water, reduce runoff, and beautify your landscape! Learn how to deign your own rain garden full of native plants that attract butterflies and birds while maximizing water efficiency. $15 owners and non-owners Register at Keep Greater Milwaukee Beautiful, http://kgmb.org/adult_programs.html or call 414-272-5462, Ext. 105 Outpost Capitol Drive 100 E. Capitol Drive Milwaukee, WI 53212

Outpost Natural Foods: Tree Care for Homeowners
Outpost Natural Foods

Tree Care for Homeowners

Trees add value and beauty to any property. Learn from the pros about tree selection, planting techniques, proper maintenance and care. $15 owners and non-owners Register at Keep Greater Milwaukee Beautiful, http://kgmb.org/adult_programs.html or call 414-272-5462, Ext. 105 Outpost Bay View 2826 S. Kinnickinnic Ave. Milwaukee, WI 53207

A View of Our City in Four Acts: HMI’s 2011 Panel Series – Act 3 What is Riverwest?
A View of Our City in Four Acts

HMI’s 2011 Panel Series – Act 3 What is Riverwest?

Description: A vibrant, yet still often misunderstood community, Riverwest is home to dedicated Milwaukeeans who are passionate about positively and thoughtfully investing in their neighborhood. On this panel you will meet some of Riverwest’s most prominent and active community members who will discuss their local efforts to enhance the quality of experience in the neighborhood. Time: 6 p.m. Social Hour, 7 p.m. Panel begins Location: Location TBD in Riverwest. Panelists: Local entrepreneurs, artists, activists, residents and supportive agents of thoughtful development in the community of Riverwest. Time: 6 p.m. Social Hour, 7 p.m. Panel Begins Moderator: Alderman Nik Kovak * Register Here! More Information.

Milwaukee County Executive  Forum with Candidates  Chris Abele and Jeff Stone

Milwaukee County Executive Forum with Candidates Chris Abele and Jeff Stone

IndependenceFirst, 540 S. 1st Street , Milwaukee This is a great opportunity to hear from the candidates about their views on transportation, mental health services, Family Care and long-term care services, housing and more. RSVP to Melinda Kiltz at ARC of Greater Milwaukee at 414-774-6255 or melinda@arcmilwaukee.org

Milwaukee County: Committee of the Whole
Milwaukee County

Committee of the Whole

Some matters coming before the County Board have a significant policy impact or a unique set of circumstances which overlap specific committee jurisdiction.  One example is the closing of a major county facility.  On such occasions, the Committee of the Whole will meet at the call of the County Board Chairman.  All 19 supervisors are members of the Committee of the Whole. Agenda

Tahrir Square

Tahrir Square

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

2011 Fat Tire Tour of Milwaukee

2011 Fat Tire Tour of Milwaukee

In keeping with the tradition of Fat Tire Tour of Milwaukee fighting for the little guy, or at least the skinny guy with a lot of makeup, it is honoring Pee Wee and Pee Wee’s Big Adventure for Fat Tire Tour of Milwaukee XXVII. After all it was and still is the greatest cycling movie ever made. It was seminal in the early FTTM years. FTTM XXVII to Start/Finish at Best Place If you’re going to start FTTM somewhere, why not pick the best place.  We’ll start and finish at Best Place, at 901 W Juneau. It’s the elegant old Visitor Center for the Pabst Brewery and was our first stop on the 2010 FTTM. Registration Form.

Third Annual Wisconsin Bike Summit

Third Annual Wisconsin Bike Summit

The Bike Fed’s 3rd Annual Wisconsin Bicycle Summit brings together hundreds of bike enthusiasts from every corner of the state to stand in support of making every ride we take in Wisconsin safe, enjoyable, and fun. Attend a variety of workshops led by the state’s leading bicycle experts. Learn from exciting international speakers who are leading the charge in bicycle planning and advocacy. Have the opportunity to meet with your state legislators and voice your support for state bicycling funding and policies. Network with bicycle industry leaders and other bicycle enthusiasts. Our 2011 keynote speaker is Andreas Rohl, head of the City of Copenhagen’s Bicycle Program. Andreas will give a dynamic presentation on how we can learn from Copenhagen’s dramatic success in expanding their bike infrastructure to become the world’s best bike city. Madison Concourse Hotel Register online by April 11 and save $10! $25 – Members, $35 – Non-Members After April 11 $35 – Members, $45 – Non-Members Online registration closes April 17! More information and registration.

Capital Improvements Committee Meeting

Capital Improvements Committee Meeting

The Capital Improvement Committee is tasked to develop, maintain, and update a long-term capital improvements program for the City’s construction and maintenance of its infrastructure and facilities. It is made up of the Commissioner of Public Works; the Department of Administration – Budget and Management Director; the Comptroller; the chair of the Public Works Committee; the chair of the Finance and Personnel Committee; the Common Council President; and a public member appointed by the Mayor. All except the public member may name an alternate. The public member is subject to Common Council confirmation to a three-year term. The President of the Common Council names the chair of the committee. Agenda

Milwaukee County: Committee on Transporation, Public Works and Transit
Milwaukee County

Committee on Transporation, Public Works and Transit

The mission of the Department of Public Works, including the construction and maintenance of county highways, bridges and public structures are the responsibility of this Committee. Members discuss all matters pertaining to the policy of mass transit and the Milwaukee County Transit System, including fares, service routes and capital improvements. The Committee discusses all matters under its jurisdiction pertaining to railroads and public utilities in the county. Meets at 9:00 A.M. on the 3rd Wednesday before the County Board Meeting Agenda

Life of Building 65 – Extraordinary & Uncertain

Life of Building 65 – Extraordinary & Uncertain

Building 65 is one of Milwaukee’s greatest and least commonly known architectural treasures. Please join us this Thursday for a discussion on this history of the building, neighborhood, and an inquiry into rehabilitation. See the attached flier for more information and forward to friends and colleagues who will be interested in attending. Life of Building 65 – Extraordinary & Uncertain Thursday, February 24, 2011 6pm Refreshments and Networking 7pm Panel Discussion You’re at 3533 North 27th Street. The building in front of you is shrouded in protective nets, windows are stabilized with lumber, and the landscape exhibits a dearth of human activity. Now rewind 70 years: The former A.O. Smith Research and Engineering Building, Building 65, is bustling with over 1,000 scientists and engineers from over 100 colleges and universities world-wide. Built by Chicago architects Holabird and Root (completed in 1931), this architectural feat was far ahead of its time. A masterful combination of design, engineering and business, its structure intrinsically maximized the use of light, air and space to provide an incredibly adaptable and climate-comfortable workspace for a company keen on researching and developing cutting-edge manufacturing processes and innovative machinery that would change the world. Currently, the A.O. Smith Research and Engineering Building is within the City of Milwaukee’s Economic Development Master Plan for the development of the 30th Street Industrial Corridor and what will be known as Century City Business Park. The purpose of the Master Plan is to “create…a long term vision for returning the corridor to a major business and jobs center.” Department of City Development commissioner Rocky Marcoux has no intention of demolishing the building, but the City’s purchase of the area is by no means a promise towards the architectural preservation and/or future restoration of the building. However, Commissioner Marcoux has been active in working with the city’s preservation community and the Century City neighborhood in order to bring this incredible building back to life.

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 21. February 2011

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 21. February 2011

Treasurers association cancels Milwaukee conference By The Business Journal MB3: Milwaukee Business By Bike By Dave Schlabowske Barrett endorses Abele, DCD plan By The Business Journal State unveils new Zoo Interchange plan By The Business Journal HUD investigating New Berlin WI housing controversy By Bob Voelker Could Milwaukee get a downtown Target? By Stacy Vogel Davis Republicans prepare to kill KRM By Rich Kirchen Alderman Hines and Alderman Bauman Urge State Legislature to Be Consistent, Fair in Budget Repair Bill By Willie L. Hines, Jr., and Robert Bauman Tom Barrett Endorses Chris Abele for Milwaukee County Executive By Brandon Lorenz Walmart plans smaller grocery for neighborhood east of State Fair Park By Tom Daykin Florida Gov. Rick Scott Has Some Strange Ideas About Job Creation By Angie Schmitt A Chronicle of A.F. Gallun and Sons Demolition: The North Building By Megan E. Daniels Milwaukee Bicycle Association… or something like that By Dave Schlabowske Lawmakers: Dissolve transit authorities By The Business Journal Federal transit aid gets mired in budget bill By Larry Sandler and Patrick Marley Walker to gut MPS, break up UW, education leaders say By Sharif Durhams Silver City to celebrate community at ‘pop-up’ public art venue By Yiting Mao UWM affiliate closes on purchase of Innovation Park site in Wauwatosa By Tom Daykin We Energies ponders Valley plant’s future By Thomas Content Site preparations begin for UWM School of Public Health project By Real Estate Weekly Interview: Bicycle Federation of WI By Dave Schlabowske Walker bill could put millions in transit aid at risk By Patrick Marley University of Wisconsin Purchases Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital By Melissa Sweeney A better plan for county transit system By Bob Chernow Prep work starts for UWM health school at Pabst site By Tom Daykin Land sale negotiations ‘going quite well,’ MSOE president says By Tom Daykin MMSD panel backs $252,000 contract to deconstruct 6 KK River houses By Don Behm Imported from Detroit Reminds us that Milwaukee Matters By Dave Reid UW-Milwaukee health school work begins By The Business Journal Diverse coalition calls for Milwaukee County government reforms By BizTimes Daily GMC proposes a downsizing for county government By Steve Schultze Olive Fine Organic Living coming to Downer Avenue By Jeff Sherman MCTS needs to step their game up By Zach Erdmann Downtown Milwaukee office foreclosed By Sean Ryan A Velorution Inspired By Dave Schlabowske Historic south side convent proposed for apartment project By Tom Daykin

Upcoming Events for the Week of February 21st, 2011

Upcoming Events for the Week of February 21st, 2011

February 21, 2011 State of the City Address February 21, 2011 8:00 am to 9:00 am Please join Mayor Tom Barrett as he delivers his State of the City Address Monday, February 21, 2011[…] Community & Economic Development Committee Meeting February 21, 2011 9:00 am The Community and Economic Development Committee hears matters relating to community development, block grants, job development, business improvement districts, city public relations, industrial land banks and revenue bonds, emerging business enterprises, recreation, cultural arts and the library system. The Community and Economic Development Committee meetings start at 9:00 a.m. and are held in the Room 301-B, […] City Plan Commission Meeting February 21, 2011 12:30 pm The City Plan Commission (CPC) is the City’s official planning body established under State statute and is responsible for master planning activities. The CPC advises the Common Council on a variety of land development issues including zoning map changes, revisions in the zoning ordinance, subdivision approvals, business improvement districts, street and alley vacations, public land […] February 22, 2011 Zoning, Neighborhoods & Development Committee Meeting February 22, 2011 9:00 am The Zoning, Neighborhoods and Development Committee reviews issues relating to city development, zoning, historic preservation, incremental tax financing, building codes and housing projects. The Zoning, Neighborhoods and Development Committee meetings start at 9:00 a.m. and are held in the Room 301-B, City Hall, unless otherwise noted.[…] February 23, 2011 Finance & Personnel Committee Meeting February 23, 2011 9:00 am The Finance and Personnel Committee considers appropriations, finances, taxation, revenues, labor relations, personnel, pensions and other benefits, insurance, audits and city budget. The Finance and Personnel Committee meetings are held in the Room 301-B, City Hall, unless otherwise noted.[…] All Things Water: Charting New Waters: National challenges, local solutions February 23, 2011 12:00 pm Charting New Waters: A Call to Action to Address U.S. Freshwater Challenges is a groundbreaking report released by The Johnson Foundation at Wingspread and its partners on September 15, 2010, and presented to the Obama Administration at a meeting of federal agencies convened by the White House Council on Environmental Quality. This report is the […] February 24, 2011 Board of Zoning Appeals Meeting February 24, 2011 4:00 pm The Board of Zoning Appeals (BOZA) is in independent agency authorized to hear appeals in matters relating to all zoning ordinances and to review zoning ordinance interpretations made by the Department of City Development. Because the Board acts somewhat like a court, it is called a quasi-judicial body and is required to follow accepted procedures […]

Wind Turbine Public Meeting

Wind Turbine Public Meeting

Monday, March 14 at 6pm in the Bay View High School auditorium, 2751 S. Lenox St. More information.

Innovative Planning Lectures: Urban Bicycle Standards in Five German and Dutch Cities
Innovative Planning Lectures

Urban Bicycle Standards in Five German and Dutch Cities

Mr. Gary Peterson, APA-WI Chapter President

Innovative Planning Lectures: Art Planning as Part of Smart Growth and the Neighborhood Planning Process
Innovative Planning Lectures

Art Planning as Part of Smart Growth and the Neighborhood Planning Process

Ms. Karin Wolf, Arts Program Administrator, Madison Arts Commission

Finance & Personnel Committee Meeting

Finance & Personnel Committee Meeting

The Finance and Personnel Committee considers appropriations, finances, taxation, revenues, labor relations, personnel, pensions and other benefits, insurance, audits and city budget. The Finance and Personnel Committee meetings are held in the Room 301-B, City Hall, unless otherwise noted. Agenda

Zoning, Neighborhoods & Development Committee Meeting

Zoning, Neighborhoods & Development Committee Meeting

The Zoning, Neighborhoods and Development Committee reviews issues relating to city development, zoning, historic preservation, incremental tax financing, building codes and housing projects. The Zoning, Neighborhoods and Development Committee meetings start at 9:00 a.m. and are held in the Room 301-B, City Hall, unless otherwise noted. Agenda

Community & Economic Development Committee Meeting

Community & Economic Development Committee Meeting

The Community and Economic Development Committee hears matters relating to community development, block grants, job development, business improvement districts, city public relations, industrial land banks and revenue bonds, emerging business enterprises, recreation, cultural arts and the library system. The Community and Economic Development Committee meetings start at 9:00 a.m. and are held in the Room 301-B, City Hall, unless otherwise noted. Agenda

Board of Zoning Appeals Meeting

Board of Zoning Appeals Meeting

The Board of Zoning Appeals (BOZA) is in independent agency authorized to hear appeals in matters relating to all zoning ordinances and to review zoning ordinance interpretations made by the Department of City Development. Because the Board acts somewhat like a court, it is called a quasi-judicial body and is required to follow accepted procedures and to fairly evaluate the relevant facts in each case that comes before it. The Board schedules approximately 15 hearings per year (one every three to four weeks) and hears roughly 700 cases each year. Agenda

City Plan Commission Meeting

City Plan Commission Meeting

The City Plan Commission (CPC) is the City’s official planning body established under State statute and is responsible for master planning activities. The CPC advises the Common Council on a variety of land development issues including zoning map changes, revisions in the zoning ordinance, subdivision approvals, business improvement districts, street and alley vacations, public land disposition and acquisition, new streets and the approval of development plans in certain overlay districts. City Plan Commission (CPC) meetings are held in the First Floor Boardroom at the Department of City Development, 809 North Broadway, unless otherwise noted. Agenda

All Things Water:  Charting New Waters: National challenges, local solutions
All Things Water

Charting New Waters: National challenges, local solutions

Charting New Waters: A Call to Action to Address U.S. Freshwater Challenges is a groundbreaking report released by The Johnson Foundation at Wingspread and its partners on September 15, 2010, and presented to the Obama Administration at a meeting of federal agencies convened by the White House Council on Environmental Quality. This report is the culmination of an intensive two-year, diverse collaboration of leaders from business, nongovernmental organizations, agriculture, academia, government, foundations, and communities, and is believed to be the first such comprehensive, cross-sector examination of U.S. freshwater challenges and solutions. It explores the nature and breadth of these challenges, articulates potential solutions, and offers recommendations to ensure our freshwater resources are secure for the 21st century. In her presentation, Ms. Seidelman will outline this report’s findings, what lies ahead, and how this pertains to our region. SPEAKERS: Susie Seidelman, Environmental Program Associate The Johnson Foundation at Wingspread, Racine EXTRAS: See the Charting New Waters report at http://www.johnsonfdn.org/chartingnewwaters. LOCATION: UWM Union 240 2200 E. Kenwood Blvd. Milwaukee, WI 53201

Summer Soulstice Music Festival

Summer Soulstice Music Festival

It’s time to start thinking about original live music, high flying Division BMX stunt teams, Milwaukee’s dodge ball competition and enjoying an ice-cold Miller Beer on North Avenue! Summer Soulstice Music Festival, Milwaukee’s best street music festival, is back for our eleventh time – Saturday, June 18 on Milwaukee’s East Side. Now accepting band kits and dodge ball team inquiries. Vendor applications will be available in March. Contact Lisa Liljegren at 414.224.0212 or lliljegren@meyerwallis.com for more information.

Imported from Detroit Reminds us that Milwaukee Matters

Imported from Detroit Reminds us that Milwaukee Matters

"That's our story. Now it's probably not the one you have been reading in the papers, the one being written by folks who've never even been here."

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 14. February 2011

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 14. February 2011

Downtown Milwaukee office foreclosed By Sean Ryan A Velorution Inspired By Dave Schlabowske Historic south side convent proposed for apartment project By Tom Daykin Downtown sites seek tax credits to build apartments By Tom Daykin Frommer’s: Milwaukee Public Market is one of “America’s best” By Jeff Sherman Historic south side building proposed for apartment project By Tom Daykin Milwaukee Riverkeeper Still Pressing For Estabrook Dam Removal By Jim Rowen Developers pursue WHEDA housing credits By Sean Ryan Eyon Biddle, Cavalier Johnson, for dedicated transit funds in 10th District race By Charlie Rosenberg Transit system director to retire By Larry Sandler Metro home sales up 18% in January By Paul Gores Talgo undecided on move from Milwaukee By Sean Ryan Mandel sales top 100 condo units at Point By The Business Journal Downtown historic building seeks tax credits to build apartments By Tom Daykin Water problems coming? By Matt Hrodey Making Connections By Dave Schlabowske Wetland Destruction Bill Passes on World Wetlands Day By Milwaukee Riverkeeper MSOE plan for Park East to have city hearing Monday By Tom Daykin FBI may relocate downtown office By Andrew Weiland City won’t lose parking ramp revenue despite new Aloft parking lot By Tom Daykin Would city share streetcar money? By milwaukeenewsbuzz.com Once Upon a Time… By Dave Schlabowske Civic Entrepreneurship, the Pecha Kucha talk caught on video By imby twitter linked in google facebook Greg Tracy Mayor backs bike sharing in Milwaukee By Tom Held Wind farm bill meets stiff resistance By Thomas Content Aldermen approve new transportation review panel By Larry Sandler Gov. Walker stops spending Knowles-Nelson Stewardship money By Tom Held One El Rey market to open, another to close By Molly Snyder Walker Strikes Again: DNR Suspending Stewardship Fund Grants By James Rowen Milwaukee River sediment removal to start in spring By Lee Bergquist North End developer seeks city money By Marie Rohde North End developer seeks city money By Marie Rohde Milwaukee County Taking First Steps Towards Open Government By Dave Reid Council to consider transit advisory board By Larry Sandler Zim’s is closed By Jeff Sherman UWM Restaurant Operations to Participate in Composting Program By Zach Brooke Parking discussion makes a rolling stop By Zach Erdmann Spreenkler Talent Labs’ ‘Hackathon’ is race to design best app By Stanley A. Miller II

Upcoming Events for the Week of February 14th, 2011

Upcoming Events for the Week of February 14th, 2011

February 14, 2011 Redevelopment Authority of the City of Milwaukee Regular Meeting February 14, 2011 1:30 pm The Redevelopment Authority of the City of Milwaukee (RACM) is an independent corporation created by state statute in 1958. The mission of the Redevelopment Authority is to eliminate blighting conditions that inhibit neighborhood reinvestment, to foster and promote business expansion and job creation, and to facilitate new business and housing development. Toward that end, the Redevelopment […] February 19, 2011 Community Gardening Workshop February 19, 2011 10:00 am to 12:00 pm In 2011, MUG celebrates ten years of serving citizens of Milwaukee. We will be holding events monthly to celebrate and help promote community gardening in Milwaukee. In February, join MUG for a community gardening workshop. Come learn about how to start a community garden or discuss how to make your community […] Food & Froth February 19, 2011 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm Sip stout in the Streets of Old Milwaukee, devour hors d’oeuvres with the dinosaurs, and rhumba in the rainforest during the 13th Annual Food & Froth Fest at the Milwaukee Public Museum. A celebration of all types of beer – from across town to halfway around the world – Food & Froth will also feature […]

Redevelopment Authority of the City of Milwaukee Regular Meeting

Redevelopment Authority of the City of Milwaukee Regular Meeting

The Redevelopment Authority of the City of Milwaukee (RACM) is an independent corporation created by state statute in 1958. The mission of the Redevelopment Authority is to eliminate blighting conditions that inhibit neighborhood reinvestment, to foster and promote business expansion and job creation, and to facilitate new business and housing development. Toward that end, the Redevelopment Authority: Redevelopment Authority of the City of Milwaukee meetings are held on Thursdays at 1:30 p.m. in the First Floor Boardroom at the Department of City Development, 809 North Broadway. Agenda

Milwaukee County Taking First Steps Towards Open Government

Milwaukee County Taking First Steps Towards Open Government

To say that access to Milwaukee County records has been less than transparent is an understatement. Milwaukee County's committee agendas are poorly formatted, currently contain little information, lack the associated public input documentation, and almost no committee meetings are carried on TV, so the context and history of legislation is often difficult to ascertain.

Shop the Historic Third Ward during Diva Night!

Shop the Historic Third Ward during Diva Night!

Visit participating retailers on Thursday, February 10 from 5 to 9pm and get your Diva Card punched at each store you visit. Then bring the card to Club Charlies (320 E. Menomonee St.) at 9pm for the prize drawing (must be present to win). The more punches, the more entries you’ll receive to win prizes from participating retailers. Plus, the first 25 Divas to arrive at Club Charlies after 9pm with three or more punches receive a swag bag full of goodies! Visit www.shoptheward.com for complete details!

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 7. February 2011

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 7. February 2011

Spreenkler Talent Labs’ ‘Hackathon’ is race to design best app By Stanley A. Miller II Water views don’t mesh with reality By Jeff Martinka James Richardson: Buffalo connections no longer surprise me By James Richardson Legislature won’t take up Walker’s wind siting bill By Thomas Content Hofbrauhaus to open at former Pabst brew house By Tom Daykin Biking in Dollars and Cents By David Steele Walker’s wind bill dead By Scott Bauer Barrett Gains $42M Loan for High Rise By Robert Carr Beat the snow by bicycle By Jason McDowell Affordable senior apartment development planned in Walker’s Point By Real Estate Weekly Milwaukee housing market to hit bottom this year By Real Estate Weekly Apartments for elderly proposed in Walker’s Point By Tom Daykin Mercy Housing is Planning a Walker’s Point Building By Dave Reid Herman’s Railway Exchange Building By Megan E. Daniels National Center for Safe Routes to School Awards Grant to Thurston Woods By Thurston Woods Neighborhood Abele announces job creation, economic development plan By BizTimes Daily Rust Belt or…Prosperity Belt? By Brian Peters Reducing county board becomes campaign issue By Matt Hrodey Mayor Barrett ‘angry’ over tax credits for possible Eaton development By Tom Daykin Tilting at turbines By Michael Timm Not the biggest worry By Gretchen Schuldt Highway spending vs rail spending — the graphic By Gretchen Schuldt Gillen move would let Horny Goat grow By Sean Ryan Biking to and from General Mitchell Field Airport in Milwaukee By Dave Schlabowske Plale should step down By Cap Times Editorial Lost Milwaukee: White Tower By MKEmurmur Holloway: Rental car tax best for buses By Matt Hrodey UWM reports future water markets By Jonathon Gorski Donatelli Building Again in Columbia Heights By Ken Johnson Milwaukee County Board to consider use of rental car tax for bus system By Larry Sandler Milwaukee will get Coyote Ugly By BizTimes City leaders, lawmakers forge plan for vacant schools By Erin Richards

Upcoming Events for the Week of February 7th, 2011

Upcoming Events for the Week of February 7th, 2011

February 8, 2011 Common Council Meeting February 8, 2011 9:00 am City Hall 200 East Wells St. Common Council Chambers Milwaukee, WI 53202[…] February 9, 2011 Capital Improvements Committee Meeting February 9, 2011 9:00 am The Capital Improvement Committee is tasked to develop, maintain, and update a long-term capital improvements program for the City’s construction and maintenance of its infrastructure and facilities. It is made up of the Commissioner of Public Works; the Department of Administration – Budget and Management Director; the Comptroller; the chair of the Public Works Committee; the […] February 11, 2011 All Things Water: Microbial contamination of drinking water: US and global perspectives February 11, 2011 9:00 am Timothy Ford, Vice President for Research and Dean of Graduate Studies, University of New England presents Microbial contamination of drinking water: US and global perspectives ***School of Freshwater Sciences Ballroom*** 600 E. Greenfield Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53204 Directions: http://www4.uwm.edu/freshwater/about/directions.cfm

All Things Water: Microbial contamination of drinking water: US and global perspectives
All Things Water

Microbial contamination of drinking water: US and global perspectives

Timothy Ford, Vice President for Research and Dean of Graduate Studies, University of New England presents Microbial contamination of drinking water: US and global perspectives ***School of Freshwater Sciences Ballroom*** 600 E. Greenfield Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53204 Directions: http://www4.uwm.edu/freshwater/about/directions.cfm

Capital Improvements Committee Meeting

Capital Improvements Committee Meeting

The Capital Improvement Committee is tasked to develop, maintain, and update a long-term capital improvements program for the City’s construction and maintenance of its infrastructure and facilities. It is made up of the Commissioner of Public Works; the Department of Administration – Budget and Management Director; the Comptroller; the chair of the Public Works Committee; the chair of the Finance and Personnel Committee; the Common Council President; and a public member appointed by the Mayor. All except the public member may name an alternate. The public member is subject to Common Council confirmation to a three-year term. The President of the Common Council names the chair of the committee. Agenda

Common Council Meeting

Common Council Meeting

City Hall 200 East Wells St. Common Council Chambers Milwaukee, WI 53202 Agenda

Downtown Dining Week

Downtown Dining Week

Be prepared to salivate! Downtown Dining Week is back for its sixth season with sizzling deals like $10 three-course lunches and $20 or $30 three-course dinners at 40 restaurants. More Info

Walker’s Point Senior Housing Development Project Renderings

Walker’s Point Senior Housing Development Project Renderings

As we reported yesterday, Mercy Housing Lakefront's planning a senior-housing apartment building to be located at the Southeast corner of 1st St. and Pittsburgh Ave. in Walker's Point. At press time these additional renderings, by Korb Tredo Architects, weren't available for publication.

State of the City Address

State of the City Address

Please join Mayor Tom Barrett as he delivers his State of the City Address Monday, February 21, 2011 Milwaukee Job Corps Center 6665 North 60th Street Milwaukee, Wisconsin Mayor’s Reception 8:00 a.m. Welcome 8:25 a.m. State of the City Address 8:30 a.m. RSVP by email to mayorrsvp@milwaukee.gov or by calling (414) 286-2200 2011 State of the City Invitation

Mercy Housing is Planning a Walker’s Point Building

Mercy Housing is Planning a Walker’s Point Building

Mercy Housing Lakefront is proposing a five-story apartment building, which would be located at the Southeast corner of 1st St. and Pittsburgh Ave. in Walker's Point. This 55 unit apartment building is intended to serve independent adults 55 and older with incomes ranging between 30% and 60% of the area median income.

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 31. January 2011

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 31. January 2011

Milwaukee will get Coyote Ugly By BizTimes City leaders, lawmakers forge plan for vacant schools By Erin Richards Are kids prisoners? By David Lewellen Award-Winning Preservation: Milwaukee City Hall Provides Lessons for When “the Sky is Falling” By Charles M. Engberg UPAF cyclists get to ride the Hoan Bridge By Tom Held Tom Daykin Disclosed Tax Credit Flim-Flam For Research Park Project By Jim Rowen $10 million for Milwaukee’s homeless By Milwaukee News Buzz Study finds taverns not hurt by smoking bans By Matt Hrodey Stone questiosn County Board size & full time status By Patrick Dorwin Federal regulators could kill plan to move Eaton Corp. to Tosa By Michael Horne Sweet music for cyclists: Ride for the Arts will roll over the Hoan By Tom Held Nurturing creativity By jsonline.com Vangard to renovate Milwaukee building By Sean Ryan Weishan touts alternate plan to UWM Innovation Park development By Tom Daykin Tracking cultural change By Dave Schlabowske City attorney’s letter and legal opinion about siting wind turbines on port lands in relation to the public trust doctrine By Grant F. Langley Holloway asks Walker to OK transit tax By Steve Schultze Van Buren seeks re-zoning for properties near King Drive By Real Estate Weekly Outside Milwaukee, Water Policy May Drain Cities and Destroy Rural Towns By Angie Schmitt Gallun Tannery Site Presents Opportunity and Challenges By Jeramey Jannene Wisconsin no longer open for wind-power business? By Michael Horne Legislative winds could blow business to Illinois By James Briggs Double feature: finding second lives for Milwaukee’s forgotten theaters By Bob Purvis Madison moves forward on deal to offer bike-sharing through Trek By Tom Held County supervisors reject Cudahy’s plan for O’Donnell Park By Steve Schultze Republican Jeff Stone Goes Negative In Early County Exec Campaign Literature By Jim Rowen Art in the stacks By milwaukeenewsbuzz.com County could fund new czar of green By Matt Hrodey Measuring open-mindedness across the Great Lakes By Andy Guy Developer seeks new zoning for Park East area building, vacant lot By Tom Daykin Survey questions water pollution awareness By Don Behm Illinois wind industry responds to Walker By The Business Journal Innovation Park payment extension could stall Milwaukee-area projects By Joe Lanane It Ain’t Cheap in Brookfield & New Berlin By Brian Peters County officials consider Mike Cudahy’s idea to redevelop O’Donnell Park By Tom Daykin UWM plea for time to pay for county’s Innovation Park site wins key vote By Tom Daykin UWM assists in Milwaukee windmill project By Mike LaCount Mayor Daley’s impact on Milwaukee By Daniel Libit Parking structure, topped with soccer field, also done in Canada By Tom Daykin Milwaukee County Budget Could Suffer Under UWM Land Sale Payment Delay By James Rowen

Upcoming Events for the Week of January 31st, 2010

Upcoming Events for the Week of January 31st, 2010

January 31, 2011 Community & Economic Development Committee Meeting January 31, 2011 9:00 am The Community and Economic Development Committee hears matters relating to community development, block grants, job development, business improvement districts, city public relations, industrial land banks and revenue bonds, emerging business enterprises, recreation, cultural arts and the library system. The Community and Economic Development Committee meetings start at 9:00 a.m. and are held in the Room 301-B, […] City Plan Commission Meeting January 31, 2011 1:30 pm The City Plan Commission (CPC) is the City’s official planning body established under State statute and is responsible for master planning activities. The CPC advises the Common Council on a variety of land development issues including zoning map changes, revisions in the zoning ordinance, subdivision approvals, business improvement districts, street and alley vacations, public land […] February 1, 2011 Zoning, Neighborhoods & Development Committee Meeting February 1, 2011 9:00 am The Zoning, Neighborhoods and Development Committee reviews issues relating to city development, zoning, historic preservation, incremental tax financing, building codes and housing projects. The Zoning, Neighborhoods and Development Committee meetings start at 9:00 a.m. and are held in the Room 301-B, City Hall, unless otherwise noted.[…] Lincoln Park Project Update Informational Open House February 1, 2011 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm The Lincoln Park and Milwaukee River Channels Sediment Project will be holding an informational open house to go over major project elements as we move forward toward project implementation. The open house will be held on Wednesday February 1, 2011 from 4-7 pm in the upper level of the Blatz Pavilion. We would like you to come […] February 2, 2011 Finance & Personnel Committee Meeting February 2, 2011 9:00 am The Finance and Personnel Committee considers appropriations, finances, taxation, revenues, labor relations, personnel, pensions and other benefits, insurance, audits and city budget. The Finance and Personnel Committee meetings are held in the Room 301-B, City Hall, unless otherwise noted.[…]

Carnival Milwaukee

Carnival Milwaukee

UEDA’s 4th annual fundraising event, Carnival Milwaukee! The Zoofari Conference Center at the Milwaukee County Zoo 9715 W. Bluemound Road, Milwaukee, Wisconsin At Carnival Milwaukee you will find… Local restaurants and caterers showcasing their specialties for your sampling pleasure (think African, Cajun, Caribbean, French, German, Jamaican, Italian, Mexican, Middle Eastern, Puerto Rican, soul food…) Just as along the Sambodromo in Rio de Janeiro, help us fill the Zoofair with revelers on March 5th! Live entertainment by internationally known Congolese musician, Ricardo Lemvo & Makina Loca Activities representative of the Carnival celebrations from around the world Opportunities to win fabulous raffle prizes Guests in Carnival costumes or cultural attire – this year we have partnered with Miller and Campbell Costume Service Individual tickets: $40 per person Just as along the Sambodromo in Rio de Janeiro, help us fill the Zoofari with revelers on March 5th! Visit www.carnivalmilwaukee.com or call 414.562.9904 to purchase your tickets. This fundraiser for UEDA, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, will help support the organization’s homeownership outreach and foreclosure intervention project that addresses the current housing crisis facing Milwaukee.

The Wheel & Sprocket Expo

The Wheel & Sprocket Expo

The Wheel & Sprocket Expo will be April 7-10, 2011 at the Wisconsin Expo Center at State Fair Park in West Allis, Wis. It’s the nation’s largest single bicycle event. Admission is free. This event is a great way to learn and communicate with others about cycling. If you register for UPAF’s Ride for the Arts, sponsored by Miller Lite, at the Expo you will receieve a $5 discount.

Finance & Personnel Committee Meeting

Finance & Personnel Committee Meeting

The Finance and Personnel Committee considers appropriations, finances, taxation, revenues, labor relations, personnel, pensions and other benefits, insurance, audits and city budget. The Finance and Personnel Committee meetings are held in the Room 301-B, City Hall, unless otherwise noted. Agenda

Community & Economic Development Committee Meeting

Community & Economic Development Committee Meeting

The Community and Economic Development Committee hears matters relating to community development, block grants, job development, business improvement districts, city public relations, industrial land banks and revenue bonds, emerging business enterprises, recreation, cultural arts and the library system. The Community and Economic Development Committee meetings start at 9:00 a.m. and are held in the Room 301-B, City Hall, unless otherwise noted. Agenda

Zoning, Neighborhoods & Development Committee Meeting

Zoning, Neighborhoods & Development Committee Meeting

The Zoning, Neighborhoods and Development Committee reviews issues relating to city development, zoning, historic preservation, incremental tax financing, building codes and housing projects. The Zoning, Neighborhoods and Development Committee meetings start at 9:00 a.m. and are held in the Room 301-B, City Hall, unless otherwise noted. Agenda

Momentum Building on South 2nd Street?

Momentum Building on South 2nd Street?

Momentum, development, and a touch of new life on South 2nd Street in Walker's Point? Yes. The complete street redesign for S. 2nd St., was just the start. Although there is still work to be completed, the street has re-opened to two-way traffic, the bike lanes have been painted, the grass has been planted, and the wider sidewalks are in place. And now there are signs of new life on the street.

City Plan Commission Meeting

City Plan Commission Meeting

The City Plan Commission (CPC) is the City’s official planning body established under State statute and is responsible for master planning activities. The CPC advises the Common Council on a variety of land development issues including zoning map changes, revisions in the zoning ordinance, subdivision approvals, business improvement districts, street and alley vacations, public land disposition and acquisition, new streets and the approval of development plans in certain overlay districts. City Plan Commission (CPC) meetings are held in the First Floor Boardroom at the Department of City Development, 809 North Broadway, unless otherwise noted. Agenda

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 24. January 2011

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 24. January 2011

Barrett backs Hines’ call for regional project effort By Sean Ryan UWM group wants until Feb. 15 to close on Wauwatosa land purchase By Tom Daykin What would Whitney say? By Michael Horne After Marriott vote, Preservation Commission discusses procedures By Tom Daykin Plale Gets a Hefty Perk By Jim Rowen Milwaukee Marriott review ends By Sean Ryan Milwaukee freeways rank 44th in traffic congestion, report finds By Tom Held Water think tank gets grant By John Schmid Milwaukee to revamp energy efficiency program By Thomas Content Home demolition begins for Kinnickinnic floodplain project By Don Behm New television report makes the case for investing in American passenger rail By Ray LaHood UWM Water School projects looking at 2012 construction start By Tom Daykin Common Council approves downtown Marriott hotel project By BizTimes Daily Milwaukee Common Council approves Marriott hotel By William O’Brien Alterra to Introduce On-Street Bike Parking to Milwaukee (Renderings) By Dave Reid City aldermen approve riverfront preservation plan By Larry Sandler Weekend workshop teaches popular urban farming technique By Bob Purvis Council did the right thing By Steve Jagler Op-Ed: Wind Ban is Jobs Killer By Keith Reopelle Marriott developer reaches agreement with hotel management company By BizTimes Daily Research Park approves land sale for new Eaton division headquarters By Tom Daykin In Defense of the Historic Preservation Commission By Megan E. Daniels Closer Chicago ties By jsonline.com Outside Government Actions Drain Milwaukee Economy By James Rowen More thoughts on the Marriott By Mary Louise Schumacher Grand Avenue in payment spat with transit system By Stacy Vogel Davis Belling castigates “cabal” of Jewish leaders By Michael Horne The graphic wind turbine testimony By Gretchen Schuldt Hiawatha seen as prime candidate for high-speed upgrade By Larry Sandler

Upcoming Events for the Week of January 24th, 2010

Upcoming Events for the Week of January 24th, 2010

January 24, 2011 Milwaukee County: Committee on Economic and Community Development January 24, 2011 9:00 am The Milwaukee County Committee on Economic & Community Development oversees the administration of federal, state and local housing programs in the county, including the Urban Community Development Block Grant Program. Matters pertaining to economic development of Milwaukee County, including the best disposition of county properties, are decided by this Committee. It also makes decisions on […] January 25, 2011 Milwaukee County: Committee on Parks, Energy and Environment Meeting January 25, 2011 9:00 am All matters concerning county parks and parkways are the responsibility of this Committee. Members set policy for the parks department, organized recreation, cultural activities, the University Extension program, the Environmental Services Division of the Department of Public Works and Zoo park services. Members have jurisdiction over matters concerning the conservation of all uses of energy […] Milwaukee’s City Birdthday Party January 25, 2011 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm A block party in January? Yes! The Milwaukee Press Club is proud to celebrate the City of Milwaukee’s 165th birthday this year with The Ultimate City Neighborhood Block Party. The Press Club also will be unveiling the ultimate neighborhood trivia contest on January 10 that will lead up to the annual City of Milwaukee Birthday […] January 26, 2011 Public Works Committee Meeting January 26, 2011 9:00 am The Public Works Committee is responsible for physical services provided by the city such as street and alley maintenance, waste collection, disposal and recycling, sewer, water and flood control projects, assessments, public buildings, land and waterways. Public Works Committee meetings start at 9:00 a.m. and are held in the Room 301-B, City Hall, unless otherwise noted.[…] January 27, 2011 Public Safety Committee Meeting January 27, 2011 9:00 am The Public Safety Committee is concerned with issues brought forth from the fire, police, health and neighborhood services departments as well as traffic control, emergency medical services and parking. It also licenses alarm businesses and public passenger vehicles and drivers.[…]

Public Works Committee Meeting

Public Works Committee Meeting

The Public Works Committee is responsible for physical services provided by the city such as street and alley maintenance, waste collection, disposal and recycling, sewer, water and flood control projects, assessments, public buildings, land and waterways. Public Works Committee meetings start at 9:00 a.m. and are held in the Room 301-B, City Hall, unless otherwise noted. Agenda

Public Safety Committee Meeting

Public Safety Committee Meeting

The Public Safety Committee is concerned with issues brought forth from the fire, police, health and neighborhood services departments as well as traffic control, emergency medical services and parking. It also licenses alarm businesses and public passenger vehicles and drivers. Agenda

Community Gardening Workshop

Community Gardening Workshop

In 2011, MUG celebrates ten years of serving citizens of Milwaukee. We will be holding events monthly to celebrate and help promote community gardening in Milwaukee. In February, join MUG for a community gardening workshop. Come learn about how to start a community garden or discuss how to make your community garden better. Apply for City permits and hydrant permits and talk with other community gardeners. MUG is a part of the good food revolution and urban agriculture movement going on in this city and across the country. We are a land trust, which means we buy land, lease land, or acquire easements in order to secure land for gardens and community-managed open space. Location: Urban Ecology Center 1500 East Park Place Milwaukee, WI, 53211

Milwaukee County: Committee on Economic and Community Development
Milwaukee County

Committee on Economic and Community Development

The Milwaukee County Committee on Economic & Community Development oversees the administration of federal, state and local housing programs in the county, including the Urban Community Development Block Grant Program. Matters pertaining to economic development of Milwaukee County, including the best disposition of county properties, are decided by this Committee. It also makes decisions on the Research Park and the Airport Business Park. Meets at 9:00 A.M. on the 2nd Monday before the County Board Meeting in room 203-R of the Milwaukee County Courthouse. Agenda

Milwaukee County: Committee on Parks, Energy and Environment Meeting
Milwaukee County

Committee on Parks, Energy and Environment Meeting

All matters concerning county parks and parkways are the responsibility of this Committee. Members set policy for the parks department, organized recreation, cultural activities, the University Extension program, the Environmental Services Division of the Department of Public Works and Zoo park services. Members have jurisdiction over matters concerning the conservation of all uses of energy and make recommendations relating to conservation of air, water, energy and all other resources. Meets at 9:00 A.M. on the 2nd Tuesday before the County Board Meeting Agenda

Marriott Approved. Greenwich Park Apartments Approved

Marriott Approved. Greenwich Park Apartments Approved

Two controversial development projects received key approvals at the January 19th, 2011 meeting of the Common Council.

Alterra to Introduce On-Street Bike Parking to Milwaukee (Renderings)

Alterra to Introduce On-Street Bike Parking to Milwaukee (Renderings)

Back on Park(ING) Day we wrote about the possibility of on-street bike corrals, and how small changes to the built environment can help make for a better, more interesting Milwaukee. But to create those small changes we need the City of Milwaukee and local businesses to work together to get things rolling.

MPS isn’t Coke or Pepsi, it’s Walmart

MPS isn’t Coke or Pepsi, it’s Walmart

America's suburban landscape has become littered with empty blight inducing big-box stores. As Walmart uses up a market, the company shutters stores and moves on to the next neighborhood, leaving hulking vacant boxes and thousands of empty, litter-filled parking spots in its wake.

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 17. January 2011

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 17. January 2011

Design refinements needed on Marriott proposal By Mary Louise Schumacher Renew: Bill would slam door on wind development By Thomas Content Study recommends lower city loan for Mandel apartment expansion By Tom Daykin Marriott Hotel Project Wins Appeal on 3-2 Vote at Zoning Committee By Dave Reid Marriott setback lifted by council committee By Patti Wenzel Mayor meets Marcus executives on downtown hotel concerns By Tom Daykin Alterra creating new bike corral on Prospect Ave. By Jeff Sherman Auf Wiedersehen, Gallun By Megan E. Daniels Plan for lakefront wind turbine stirs debate By Thomas Content Walker’s wetland bill is criticized By Lee Bergquist Panel approves Marriott plan without setback condition By Sean Ryan Marriott appeal wins zoning committee approval By Tom Daykin Wisconsin and Ohio Scrapped HSR – So What Are They Doing Instead? By Eric Jaffe Marriott developer’s appeal wins zoning committee approval By Tom Daykin David Uihlein says report on Marcus/Marriott meeting is a ‘lie’ By Tom Daykin Wind turbine by port: What would it look like? By Thomas Content Downtown apartment market strong, condo demand still weak By Tom Daykin Making quick work of Marriott review By Sean Ryan Common Council panel to review Marriott appeal Thursday By BizTimes Daily Metro Milwaukee apartment rents level off By Real Estate Weekly Marriott developers to appeal Historic Preservation Commission ruling By Real Estate Weekly Washington Square could reach 26 stories tall By Real Estate Weekly Construction begins for The Moderne By Real Estate Weekly Common Council may consider planned Marriott’s jobs on appeal By Tom Daykin Mercy hopes to begin building east side apartments this summer By Tom Daykin Yes to turbines By Journal Sentinel Marriott developers to appeal Historic Preservation Commission ruling By BizTimes Daily Solar boom? By Matt Hrodey New office tower to be built near Pfister By BizTimes Daily Highway Expansion Rampant in Wisconsin, Which “Can’t Afford” Rail By Angie Schmitt Commission OK’s Marriott — on one condition By Patti Wenzel New Milwaukee office tower planned By Sean Ryan “Washington Square” office tower name has roots in ’80s proposal By Tom Daykin Marriott OK’d, but with a big catch By Tom Daykin The Case for a Parks District in Milwaukee County & Wisconsin By Dan Cody What can Milwaukee look forward to in 2011? By Dave Reid Bonds, Hines argue school building sales By The Business Journal Godfrey & Kahn commits to anchor proposed downtown office tower By BizTimesDaily Ald. Witkowski seeks council review of Historic Preservation Commission By Tom Daykin King Drive Commons seeks tax credits for apartment expansion By Tom Daykin City considering lakefront wind turbines By Thomas Content 22-story office tower planned By Tom Daykin

Upcoming Events for the Week of January 17th, 2010

Upcoming Events for the Week of January 17th, 2010

January 19, 2011 Common Council Meeting January 19, 2011 9:00 am City Hall 200 East Wells St. Common Council Chambers Milwaukee, WI 53202[…] Milwaukee County: Committee on Transporation, Public Works and Transit January 19, 2011 9:00 am The mission of the Department of Public Works, including the construction and maintenance of county highways, bridges and public structures are the responsibility of this Committee. Members discuss all matters pertaining to the policy of mass transit and the Milwaukee County Transit System, including fares, service routes and capital improvements. The Committee discusses all matters […] Historic Preservation Commission Meeting January 19, 2011 1:30 pm The Milwaukee Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) administers Milwaukee’s historic preservation ordinance, adopted in 1981, which provides certain kinds of legal protection for buildings or sites that have been declared historic by the Common Council. The HPC is responsible for designating historic landmarks and historic districts and for approving Certificates of Appropriateness (COAs) for permission to […] January 20, 2011 Capital Improvements Committee Meeting January 20, 2011 9:00 am The Capital Improvement Committee is tasked to develop, maintain, and update a long-term capital improvements program for the City’s construction and maintenance of its infrastructure and facilities. It is made up of the Commissioner of Public Works; the Department of Administration – Budget and Management Director; the Comptroller; the chair of the Public Works Committee; the […] January 21, 2011 Milwaukee County Executive Candidates Forum January 21, 2011 12:00 pm to 1:15 pm The major candidates in the race for Milwaukee County Executive will make their first joint appearance Friday, Jan. 21, at Marquette University Law School during a forum co-sponsored by the Law School and the Milwaukee Press Club. The 75-minute event will begin at 12:00 noon and will be held in the […] Artworks for Milwaukee’s 3rd Annual Gallery Night Event “Art in the Neighborhood” January 21, 2011 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm Artworks for Milwaukee unveils the completed art work of our Apprentice Artists created in the two Fall 2010 programs: “Positive Influence Project” and “Safe Place Mural”. Under the guidance of Lead Artist Kasia Drake-Hames, the “Positive Influence Project” give accolades to Milwaukee residents who make a difference in our communities. The “Safe Place Mural” Program with Lead […] Gallery Night and Day January 21, 2011 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm Gallery Night and Day is the premier art event in Milwaukee for gallery hopping and art viewing. This January 21 and 22, the quarterly event showcases 47 venues throughout downtown. Admission is free to all participating venues during event hours. For more information, including venue event hours visit: http://bit.ly/GalleryNight or pick up a brochure at […]

Food & Froth

Food & Froth

Sip stout in the Streets of Old Milwaukee, devour hors d’oeuvres with the dinosaurs, and rhumba in the rainforest during the 13th Annual Food & Froth Fest at the Milwaukee Public Museum. A celebration of all types of beer – from across town to halfway around the world – Food & Froth will also feature appetizers from a variety of local restaurants and caterers and music from local bands. www.mpm.edu Purchase tickets today! This event sells out fast! Call (414) 278-2728 or (888) 700-9069 during museum hours.

Milwaukee’s City Birthday Party

Milwaukee’s City Birthday Party

A block party in January? Yes! The Milwaukee Press Club is proud to celebrate the City of Milwaukee’s 165th birthday this year with The Ultimate City Neighborhood Block Party. The Press Club also will be unveiling the ultimate neighborhood trivia contest on January 10 that will lead up to the annual City of Milwaukee Birthday Party, to be held January 25, 2011 in the Expo Center at Potawatomi Bingo Casino from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. The ultimate neighborhood trivia contest, developed with assistance from Milwaukee historian John Gurda and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel neighborhoods reporter Tom Tolan, will challenge contestants in their knowledge of historical, fun and quirky trivia regarding Milwaukee’s storied neighborhoods.  In addition to complimentary neighborhood-inspired food and beverages, live local music and giveaways, party guests will also enjoy a short historical presentation by Gurda and Tolan, and join Mayor Tom Barrett, Common Council President Willie Hines and others in a toast to the City’s 165th birthday. Those interested in attending or learning more about the Ultimate City Neighborhood Block Party can register immediately at www.milwaukeepressclub.org. Official contest rules and entry instructions will be available on the site beginning January 10. Information is also available by following the Milwaukee Press Club on Twitter at www.twitter.com/MKEPressClub, or follow the hashtag #MKEbdayparty. The trivia contest winner’s name will be announced by at the event, to be hosted by the Press Club from 5:30 to 8 p.m. in the Expo Center at Potawatomi Bingo Casino, 1721 West Canal Street. Admission is $25. Free parking is available in the garage south of the casino, or guests may take advantage of complimentary valet parking, courtesy of Potawatomi Bingo Casino.

Milwaukee County: Committee on Transporation, Public Works and Transit
Milwaukee County

Committee on Transporation, Public Works and Transit

The mission of the Department of Public Works, including the construction and maintenance of county highways, bridges and public structures are the responsibility of this Committee. Members discuss all matters pertaining to the policy of mass transit and the Milwaukee County Transit System, including fares, service routes and capital improvements. The Committee discusses all matters under its jurisdiction pertaining to railroads and public utilities in the county. Meets at 9:00 A.M. on the 3rd Wednesday before the County Board Meeting Agenda

Common Council Meeting

Common Council Meeting

City Hall 200 East Wells St. Common Council Chambers Milwaukee, WI 53202 Agenda

Capital Improvements Committee Meeting

Capital Improvements Committee Meeting

The Capital Improvement Committee is tasked to develop, maintain, and update a long-term capital improvements program for the City’s construction and maintenance of its infrastructure and facilities. It is made up of the Commissioner of Public Works; the Department of Administration – Budget and Management Director; the Comptroller; the chair of the Public Works Committee; the chair of the Finance and Personnel Committee; the Common Council President; and a public member appointed by the Mayor. All except the public member may name an alternate. The public member is subject to Common Council confirmation to a three-year term. The President of the Common Council names the chair of the committee. Agenda

Historic Preservation Commission Meeting

Historic Preservation Commission Meeting

The Milwaukee Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) administers Milwaukee’s historic preservation ordinance, adopted in 1981, which provides certain kinds of legal protection for buildings or sites that have been declared historic by the Common Council. The HPC is responsible for designating historic landmarks and historic districts and for approving Certificates of Appropriateness (COAs) for permission to alter historic buildings. The HPC meets monthly on Mondays in City Hall, Room 301A, 200 E. Wells Street at 4:00 P.M. unless otherwise indicated. Agenda

Marriott Hotel Project Wins Appeal on 3-2 Vote at Zoning Committee

Marriott Hotel Project Wins Appeal on 3-2 Vote at Zoning Committee

At yesterday's meeting of the Zoning, Neighborhoods & Development Committee Jackson Street Management LLC won an appeal of the Historic Preservation Commission's ruling regarding their request to demolish five buildings within the East Side Commercial Historic District to make way for a new Marriott Hotel.

Milwaukee County Executive Candidates Forum

Milwaukee County Executive Candidates Forum

The major candidates in the race for Milwaukee County Executive will make their first joint appearance Friday, Jan. 21, at Marquette University Law School during a forum co-sponsored by the Law School and the Milwaukee Press Club. The 75-minute event will begin at 12:00 noon and will be held in the Appellate Courtroom of Eckstein Hall, which is located at the corner of 11th Street and Clybourn Avenue. Invitations to the forum have been extended to philanthropist Chris Abele, interim Milwaukee County Executive Lee Holloway, State Rep. Jeff Stone and former State Sen. Jim Sullivan. The candidates will be questioned by a panel of Milwaukee journalists. The candidates will square off in a Feb. 15 primary. The top two contenders will advance to the April 5 general election. Public admission to the candidate forum is free, but seating is limited, and pre-registration is suggested. To pre-register for the event, visit http://law.marquette.edu/cgi-bin/site.pl?forms/county-executive. A light lunch will be served. For additional information, please contact Joette Richards at the Milwaukee Press Club at milwaukeepressclub@gmail.com. The candidates forum is part of the Milwaukee Press Club’s Newsmaker Series.  The Milwaukee Press Club’s Newsmaker Luncheon Series is sponsored by Journal Communications and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Cost: No Charge Per Person Location: Marquette University Law School Appellate Courtroom fo Eckstein Hall Milwaukee, WI

Greenwich Park Apartments Zoning Change Approved by Committee

Greenwich Park Apartments Zoning Change Approved by Committee

Mercy Housing Lakefront's $8.5 million Greenwich Park Apartments project received approval at the January 11th, 2011 meeting of the Zoning, Neighborhoods & Development Committee.

Gallery Night and Day

Gallery Night and Day

Gallery Night and Day is the premier art event in Milwaukee for gallery hopping and art viewing. This January 21 and 22, the quarterly event showcases 47 venues throughout downtown. Admission is free to all participating venues during event hours. For more information, including venue event hours visit: http://bit.ly/GalleryNight or pick up a brochure at any participating venue. Winter Gallery Night and Day will also be the host of Sculptures on Ice, Milwaukee’s annual ice sculpting exhibition. Bundle up and bring your family and friends to witness these artistic cold weather creations! Between 10am and 6pm on Friday, watch local artists and sculptors form five foot blocks of ice into creative pieces of art in Catalano Square in the Historic Third Ward (Broadway & E. Menomonee St.). It will be truly amazing to see!

Washington Square Office Tower Renderings

Washington Square Office Tower Renderings

Godfrey & Kahn could soon anchor a 22-story class A office tower, known as Washington Square, in downtown Milwaukee.

Lincoln Park Project Update Informational Open House

Lincoln Park Project Update Informational Open House

The Lincoln Park and Milwaukee River Channels Sediment Project will be holding an informational open house to go over major project elements as we move forward toward project implementation. The open house will be held on Wednesday February 1, 2011 from 4-7 pm in the upper level of the Blatz Pavilion. We would like you to come and learn about the design for sediment removal and habitat restoration, ask questions and provide feedback as we move forward toward project permitting and bidding. We will also be having a 30 day comment period and public meeting for permitting requirements sometime in late March, early April 2011, which will be announced after the draft permits are completed. More information Location Blatz Pavilion, Upper Level 1301 West Hampton Avenue Milwaukee, WI

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%.

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 10. January 2011

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 10. January 2011

The Urbanist’s Ideal Milwaukee County Executive Platform By Jeramey Jannene New design unveiled for downtown Marriott project By BizTimes Daily Take a spin through Milwaukee on two wheels By Renee Lorenz Barrett weighs in on vacant MPS buildings By Bobby Tanzilo Land sale endorsed for Mercy Housing By The Business Journal New downtown Marriott design won’t save all facades By Sean Ryan Motivated buyer looking for vacant school buildings By Patti Wenzel Former Gallun tannery buildings face wrecking ball By TomDaykin Known for walking tours preservation non-profit steps up advocacy role By Bob Puvis Real estate rebound By Matt Hrodey Marriott “compromise proposal” to be unveiled later Thursday By Tom Daykin Zipcars bring car sharing concept to Brew City By Molly Snyder Re-zoning approved for 5-story “vertical farm” By Real Estate Weekly Alderman blasts Barrett for support of Marriott project By Andrew Weiland Developer revising Marriott plan; saving some facades a ‘challenge’ By Tom Daykin Common sense means repaving, not widening, for I-94 By Gretchen Schuldt MCTS Service Changes Go Into Effect January 2nd By MCTS Next Act surpasses goal, starts building new theater in February By Jim Higgins Riding Milwaukee’s longest bus route By Molly Synder Next Act tops capital campaign goal By The Business Journal Park East amendment proposed for MSOE By Sean Ryan South Water Works project, in Walker’s Point, stages Next Act By Tom Daykin

Upcoming Events for the Week of January 10th, 2010

Upcoming Events for the Week of January 10th, 2010

January 10, 2011 Community & Economic Development Committee Meeting January 10, 2011 9:00 am The Community and Economic Development Committee hears matters relating to community development, block grants, job development, business improvement districts, city public relations, industrial land banks and revenue bonds, emerging business enterprises, recreation, cultural arts and the library system. The Community and Economic Development Committee meetings start at 9:00 a.m. and are held in the Room 301-B, […] Historic Preservation Commission Meeting January 10, 2011 4:00 pm The Milwaukee Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) administers Milwaukee’s historic preservation ordinance, adopted in 1981, which provides certain kinds of legal protection for buildings or sites that have been declared historic by the Common Council. The HPC is responsible for designating historic landmarks and historic districts and for approving Certificates of Appropriateness (COAs) for permission to […] January 11, 2011 Zoning, Neighborhoods & Development Committee Meeting January 11, 2011 9:00 am The Zoning, Neighborhoods and Development Committee reviews issues relating to city development, zoning, historic preservation, incremental tax financing, building codes and housing projects. The Zoning, Neighborhoods and Development Committee meetings start at 9:00 a.m. and are held in the Room 301-B, City Hall, unless otherwise noted.[…] January 12, 2011 Public Safety Committee Meeting January 12, 2011 9:00 am The Public Safety Committee is concerned with issues brought forth from the fire, police, health and neighborhood services departments as well as traffic control, emergency medical services and parking. It also licenses alarm businesses and public passenger vehicles and drivers.[…] January 13, 2011 Finance & Personnel Committee Meeting January 13, 2011 9:00 am The Finance and Personnel Committee considers appropriations, finances, taxation, revenues, labor relations, personnel, pensions and other benefits, insurance, audits and city budget. The Finance and Personnel Committee meetings are held in the Room 301-B, City Hall, unless otherwise noted.[…]

Historic Preservation Commission Meeting

Historic Preservation Commission Meeting

The Milwaukee Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) administers Milwaukee’s historic preservation ordinance, adopted in 1981, which provides certain kinds of legal protection for buildings or sites that have been declared historic by the Common Council. The HPC is responsible for designating historic landmarks and historic districts and for approving Certificates of Appropriateness (COAs) for permission to alter historic buildings. The HPC meets monthly on Mondays in City Hall, Room 301A, 200 E. Wells Street at 4:00 P.M. unless otherwise indicated. Agenda

Finance & Personnel Committee Meeting

Finance & Personnel Committee Meeting

The Finance and Personnel Committee considers appropriations, finances, taxation, revenues, labor relations, personnel, pensions and other benefits, insurance, audits and city budget. The Finance and Personnel Committee meetings are held in the Room 301-B, City Hall, unless otherwise noted. Agenda

Public Safety Committee Meeting

Public Safety Committee Meeting

The Public Safety Committee is concerned with issues brought forth from the fire, police, health and neighborhood services departments as well as traffic control, emergency medical services and parking. It also licenses alarm businesses and public passenger vehicles and drivers. Agenda

Zoning, Neighborhoods & Development Committee Meeting

Zoning, Neighborhoods & Development Committee Meeting

The Zoning, Neighborhoods and Development Committee reviews issues relating to city development, zoning, historic preservation, incremental tax financing, building codes and housing projects. The Zoning, Neighborhoods and Development Committee meetings start at 9:00 a.m. and are held in the Room 301-B, City Hall, unless otherwise noted. Agenda

Community & Economic Development Committee Meeting

Community & Economic Development Committee Meeting

The Community and Economic Development Committee hears matters relating to community development, block grants, job development, business improvement districts, city public relations, industrial land banks and revenue bonds, emerging business enterprises, recreation, cultural arts and the library system. The Community and Economic Development Committee meetings start at 9:00 a.m. and are held in the Room 301-B, City Hall, unless otherwise noted. Agenda

Milwaukee Firkin Craft Beer Fest 2011

Milwaukee Firkin Craft Beer Fest 2011

Milwaukee Firkin Craft Beer Fest is a celebration of Milwaukee beer, past, present and future. We know our beer is great now but the future looks pretty firkin bright from where we are sitting. After all, we’re from Milwaukee and we ought to know…yah der hey! Milwaukee Firkin is located at Cathedral Square Park in Downtown Milwaukee

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 3. January 2011

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 3. January 2011

Distinctiveness: A Big Secret to Cities’ Success By Alex Marshall New DNR Deputy Secretary Wanted A Weaker Great Lakes Compact By James Rowen Rules tie up Milwaukee Public Schools real estate By Becky Vevea California solar firm, 620 jobs coming to Wisconsin By Paul Gores Hotel Milwaukee By Brewtown Gumshoe UPAF gains high-level support to put Ride for the Arts over the Hoan By Tom Held Light Rail Transforming Cities, Guiding Development By JJ Sutherland Tea Partiers See a Global Conspiracy in Local Planning Efforts By Willy Staley Best of 2010: New Transit Systems By Garrett Bradford Gorman & Co. to Begin Pabst Redevelopment By Matthew Myers Site preparation work underway for The Moderne By Real Estate Weekly Ex-Shell president sees $5 gas in 2012 By Laurie Segall Want a safe place to raise kids? Look to the cities By Carla Saulter Dream Neighborhoods By Chris Timmerman Marriott proposal set for Jan. 10 historic commission hearing By Tom Daykin Big-Box Retailers Move To Smaller Stores In Cities By Franklyn Cater States building with Wisconsin’s rail money By Joe Lanane Court approves Park Lafayette sale By Sean Ryan Strapped Cities Hit Nonprofits With Fees By Ianthe Jeanne Dugan Urban farming 2.0: No soil, no sun By Jennifer Alsever ‘Fuel apocalypse’ to come: Gas could top $3.75 by spring, analyst says By Brett Clanton

Public Works Committee Meeting

Public Works Committee Meeting

The Public Works Committee is responsible for physical services provided by the city such as street and alley maintenance, waste collection, disposal and recycling, sewer, water and flood control projects, assessments, public buildings, land and waterways. Public Works Committee meetings start at 9:00 a.m. and are held in the Room 301-B, City Hall, unless otherwise noted. Agenda

2010 Not the Year of the Park East… Even Worse

2010 Not the Year of the Park East… Even Worse

Our belief that 2010 could have been the Year of the Park East, came up a bit short, and unfortunately it wasn't the only project that was derailed in 2010.

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 27. December 2010

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 27. December 2010

Urban farming 2.0: No soil, no sun By Jennifer Alsever ‘Fuel apocalypse’ to come: Gas could top $3.75 by spring, analyst says By Brett Clanton EDITORIAL: Rail funding a gift from Ohio and Wisconsin By fresnobee.com Talgo says the Milwaukee business community did not speak out in support of Wisconsin’s high-speed rail project as it was being killed By politifact.com Illinois forms partnership to develop high-speed rail to St. Louis By BizTimes Daily DNR awards funds to assess Century City site By The Business Journal Meet the Governor: UPAF may get the Hoan By Dave Schlabowske I-94 Repaving Project Can Cause Heavy Traffic By wisn.com Moderne high-rise loan finalized, work to begin in early 2011 By Tom Daykin These Businesses Wanted To Win Contracts From Which Milwaukee Firm By James Rowen A Physicist Solves the City By Jonah Lehrer Bay View apartments win zoning committee approval By Tom Daykin The Battle for Control of Smart Cities By Greg Lindsay Departing rail money puts freight line in a pinch By Joe Lanane I-94 repaving project will slow traffic between Waukesha, Milwaukee By Tom Held

The Wealth of Cities by John Norquist – Book Review

The Wealth of Cities by John Norquist – Book Review

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

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 20. December 2010

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 20. December 2010

Bay View apartments win zoning committee approval By Tom Daykin The Battle for Control of Smart Cities By Greg Lindsay Departing rail money puts freight line in a pinch By Joe Lanane I-94 repaving project will slow traffic between Waukesha, Milwaukee By Tom Held Bank to soon take ownership of Park Lafayette condo development By Tom Daykin Milwaukee water technology company makes acquisition By John Schmid 400 Santas Walk Into a Bar By bikesafer.blogspot.com Should Minnesota sue Wisconsin over high-speed rail? Probably not yet By Steve Berg Walkable neighborhoods have higher levels of trust, community participation By Kaid Benfield Arts-driven revitalization in Kentucky – yes, Kentucky By Kaid Benfield TheStreet and Bundle Special Report: America’s best and worst commutes By Joe Mont Harmony Initiative considers Marcus Center parking structure site By Real Estate Weekly Ten Water Tech Startups To Watch, All 2010 Imagine H2O Competition Finalists By Lora Kolodny Talgo to keep 60 jobs here, saving state millions By Larry Sandler Dems say Walker’s train rejection could cost state $113 million By BizTimes Daily Car-Sharing Service Zipcar Adds $21 Million To Its Coffers By Robin Wauters High-Speed Train Derailed in Wisconsin By Sam Newberg Historic Preservation Commission wants facades preserved for Marriott project By Real Estate Weekly UWM waives contingency, moving forward on Wauwatosa land purchase By Tom Daykin Historic Preservation Commission approves Pabst hotel project By Real Estate Weekly Why the Division Over High-Speed Rail? By Bruce Murphy Grit Patterns Gallery Event By Microcosm Studio Smart growth principles for the 21st century By Kaid Benfield Downtowns Get a Fresh Lease By Anton Troianovski New report: State transportation decisions could save money and reduce carbon emissions By Alex Goldschmidt A windfall for California By L.A. Times Why a Gas Tax Is About Deficit Reduction By Robert Puentes Money disappears for Intermodal train shed work By Marie Rohde Destroying the Transportation Fund in Order to Save It By Dave Cieslewicz Historic Buildings vs. New Hotel Downtown By Ann-Elise Henzl Aloft Hotel could get temp parking lot in Park East Sydney Hih block By Tom Daykin Plan for downtown Marriott Hotel supported, but with conditions By Tom Daykin Razing of historic buildings approved for Marriott – if facades preserved By Tom Daykin Hotel proposed for Pabst site undergoes historic review Monday By Tom Daykin

Upcoming Events for the Week of December 20th, 2010

Upcoming Events for the Week of December 20th, 2010

December 20, 2010 Community & Economic Development Committee Meeting December 20, 2010 9:00 am The Community and Economic Development Committee hears matters relating to community development, block grants, job development, business improvement districts, city public relations, industrial land banks and revenue bonds, emerging business enterprises, recreation, cultural arts and the library system. The Community and Economic Development Committee meetings start at 9:00 a.m. and are held in the Room 301-B, […] December 21, 2010 Common Council Meeting December 21, 2010 9:00 am City Hall 200 East Wells St. Common Council Chambers Milwaukee, WI 53202[…] Blue Sky Sustainability Lunch December 21, 2010 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm Inspired by the success of Green Drinks Milwaukee. The idea is to get folks together to talk about sustainability, to network and build momentum for the sea change in sustainable consciousness that is on its way! Buy your own lunch and/or beverages, and get in there and meet people! No RSVP necessary and feel free to […] December 22, 2010 Capital Improvements Committee Meeting December 22, 2010 9:00 am The Capital Improvement Committee is tasked to develop, maintain, and update a long-term capital improvements program for the City’s construction and maintenance of its infrastructure and facilities. It is made up of the Commissioner of Public Works; the Department of Administration – Budget and Management Director; the Comptroller; the chair of the Public Works Committee; the […]

Common Council Meeting

Common Council Meeting

City Hall 200 East Wells St. Common Council Chambers Milwaukee, WI 53202 Agenda

Capital Improvements Committee Meeting

Capital Improvements Committee Meeting

The Capital Improvement Committee is tasked to develop, maintain, and update a long-term capital improvements program for the City’s construction and maintenance of its infrastructure and facilities. It is made up of the Commissioner of Public Works; the Department of Administration – Budget and Management Director; the Comptroller; the chair of the Public Works Committee; the chair of the Finance and Personnel Committee; the Common Council President; and a public member appointed by the Mayor. All except the public member may name an alternate. The public member is subject to Common Council confirmation to a three-year term. The President of the Common Council names the chair of the committee. Agenda

Community & Economic Development Committee Meeting

Community & Economic Development Committee Meeting

The Community and Economic Development Committee hears matters relating to community development, block grants, job development, business improvement districts, city public relations, industrial land banks and revenue bonds, emerging business enterprises, recreation, cultural arts and the library system. The Community and Economic Development Committee meetings start at 9:00 a.m. and are held in the Room 301-B, City Hall, unless otherwise noted. Agenda

UPAF Ride for the Arts – Sponsored by Miller Lite

UPAF Ride for the Arts – Sponsored by Miller Lite

UPAF’s Ride for the Arts, sponsored by Miller Lite, is proud to announce that this year’s Ride will include three routes (25, 50 and 75-mile roues) that will ride over the Daniel Hoan Memorial Bridge. The date of the Ride is Sunday, June 5, 2011. This is the first time in decades that bicycle riders will be able to experience this unique landmark and its stunning views of the city skyline and Lake Michigan. On the day of the Ride, UPAF is planning a two-hour closure of the northbound and southbound lanes of I-794 beginning from Lincoln Memorial Drive on the north to Car Ferry Drive on the south. The 5 and 12-mile routes will remain the same as last year and there will be a second 25-mile route that will not cross over the Hoan Bridge.

CNU 19: Growing Local.  The 19th Annual Event from the Congress for the New Urbanism
CNU 19

Growing Local. The 19th Annual Event from the Congress for the New Urbanism

CNU 19 offers excellent educational and networking opportunities, terrific 202s, tours, and speakers, and a fantastic setting in Madison, a city that takes new urbanism principles to heart. June 1-4, 2011 Madison, WI

A Possible Solution for the Marriott Proposal?

A Possible Solution for the Marriott Proposal?

Last night the Historic Preservation Commission voted to allow Wave Development, LLC to demolish the historic structures located along Milwaukee St. and Wisconsin Ave. to build a new Marriott Hotel. Under the condition that the project would save and restore the buildings' facades as part of the new development.

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 13. December 2010

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 13. December 2010

With the site decided, move to other concerns By Journal Sentinel Cavalier Johnson Press Release: Notes on High Speed Rail By Cavalier Johnson MPD, MPS, and Open Data By Dave Reid Feds may not help pay for Intermodal train station upgrades By Marie Rohde Holloway: Top county appointees must resign and reapply By Steve Schultze The Politics of Open Government By Christian Madera Bikes on Bridges: A How-To Guide for Advocates By Tanya Snyder Fort Worth’s streetcar plan is derailed By John Henry Playing in the Street – Smacking The Culture of Fear on the Nose By Michael Colville-Andersen DOT redirecting $1.195 billion for high-speed rail projects nationwide By Ray LaHood Milwaukee mayor offers angry response to death of high-speed rail By Marie Rohde Marriott developer claims Bauman has conflict, asks him to not vote By Tom Daykin UWM health school plan for Pabst site wins final Regents approval By Tom Daykin Talgo: ‘We can’t stay and manufacture in Milwaukee’ By Marie Rohde Preserving the History By Yance Marti Preservationists, developer prepare for Monday hearing on Marriott By Tom Daykin A creative solution to save historic buildings By David J. Brown And Dawn H. McCarthy Obama administration to take $1.2 billion in high-speed rail money from Wisconsin, Ohio By fox6now.com More U.S. Rail Funds for 12 States as Two Reject Aid By Michael Cooper Report: Wisconsin to lose high-speed rail project By BizTimes Daily Feds will pull, redistribute state’s high-speed rail money By Larry Sandler Wisconsin High-Speed Rail Money To Go Elsewhere By WISN.com U.S. Department of Transportation Redirects $1.195 Billion in High-Speed Rail Funds By DOT Park East project a potential site for Harmony Initiative By Sean Ryan A note from Will Allen -Farmer, Founder and CEO By Will Allen Summerfest to sell $25 million in bonds By The Business Journal Mandel gets $24 million in bonds through WHEDA for North End project By Real Estate Weekly Historic Preservation Commission to review hotel projects By Real Estate Weekly Immigrant Flow Shifts to Smaller Cities By Frank Nelson Two major bridge closures downtown prompt concerns By Larry Sandler Santa Claus ditches his sleigh for a Schwinn By Bob Purvis 10 Great Gift Ideas for Urbanists By Yuri Artibise ‘State loan’ for Mandel apartments isn’t being borrowed from the state By Tom Daykin UWM plan to lease Pabst space for health school goes to Regents By Tom Daykin Proposed MSOE soccer field will have no seats, president says By Tom Daykin Plan Commission recommends approval for east side apartments By Tom Daykin Mercy Housing’s East Side Proposal is Recommended for Approval by City Plan Commission By Dave Reid Political battle escalates over proposed Milwaukee Marriott By Marie Rohde UW-Milwaukee to cut 700 free parking spaces By Zach Erdmann Park East developers seek more time to land UWM, ballet project By Tom Daykin MSOE parking plan gets positive reception from county supervisors By Tom Daykin It’s time to update the definition of “smart growth” By Kaid Benfield Congress Must Act to Keep […]

Upcoming Events for the Week of December 13th, 2010

Upcoming Events for the Week of December 13th, 2010

December 13, 2010 Community & Economic Development Committee Meeting December 13, 2010 9:00 am The Community and Economic Development Committee hears matters relating to community development, block grants, job development, business improvement districts, city public relations, industrial land banks and revenue bonds, emerging business enterprises, recreation, cultural arts and the library system. The Community and Economic Development Committee meetings start at 9:00 a.m. and are held in the Room 301-B, […] Historic Preservation Commission Meeting December 13, 2010 4:00 pm The Milwaukee Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) administers Milwaukee’s historic preservation ordinance, adopted in 1981, which provides certain kinds of legal protection for buildings or sites that have been declared historic by the Common Council. The HPC is responsible for designating historic landmarks and historic districts and for approving Certificates of Appropriateness (COAs) for permission to […] December 15, 2010 Finance & Personnel Committee Meeting December 15, 2010 9:00 am The Finance and Personnel Committee considers appropriations, finances, taxation, revenues, labor relations, personnel, pensions and other benefits, insurance, audits and city budget. The Finance and Personnel Committee meetings start at 1:30 p.m. and are held in the Room 301-B, City Hall, unless otherwise noted.[…] December 17, 2010 Zoning, Neighborhoods & Development Committee Meeting December 17, 2010 9:00 am The Zoning, Neighborhoods and Development Committee reviews issues relating to city development, zoning, historic preservation, incremental tax financing, building codes and housing projects. The Zoning, Neighborhoods and Development Committee meetings start at 9:00 a.m. and are held in the Room 301-B, City Hall, unless otherwise noted.[…]

Historic Preservation Commission Meeting

Historic Preservation Commission Meeting

The Milwaukee Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) administers Milwaukee’s historic preservation ordinance, adopted in 1981, which provides certain kinds of legal protection for buildings or sites that have been declared historic by the Common Council. The HPC is responsible for designating historic landmarks and historic districts and for approving Certificates of Appropriateness (COAs) for permission to alter historic buildings. The HPC meets monthly on Mondays in City Hall, Room 301A, 200 E. Wells Street at 4:00 P.M. unless otherwise indicated. Agenda

Finance & Personnel Committee Meeting

Finance & Personnel Committee Meeting

The Finance and Personnel Committee considers appropriations, finances, taxation, revenues, labor relations, personnel, pensions and other benefits, insurance, audits and city budget. The Finance and Personnel Committee meetings start at 1:30 p.m. and are held in the Room 301-B, City Hall, unless otherwise noted. Agenda

Zoning, Neighborhoods & Development Committee Meeting

Zoning, Neighborhoods & Development Committee Meeting

The Zoning, Neighborhoods and Development Committee reviews issues relating to city development, zoning, historic preservation, incremental tax financing, building codes and housing projects. The Zoning, Neighborhoods and Development Committee meetings start at 9:00 a.m. and are held in the Room 301-B, City Hall, unless otherwise noted. Agenda

Community & Economic Development Committee Meeting

Community & Economic Development Committee Meeting

The Community and Economic Development Committee hears matters relating to community development, block grants, job development, business improvement districts, city public relations, industrial land banks and revenue bonds, emerging business enterprises, recreation, cultural arts and the library system. The Community and Economic Development Committee meetings start at 9:00 a.m. and are held in the Room 301-B, City Hall, unless otherwise noted. Agenda

MPD, MPS, and Open Data

MPD, MPS, and Open Data

Bradley Tech, a fight, gangs, guns, and more squad cars than you can count. And no news. Why? What happened?

Apartment Proposal on Kinnickinnic is Recommended for Approval by City Plan Commission

Apartment Proposal on Kinnickinnic is Recommended for Approval by City Plan Commission

HKS Holdings LLC. proposal for a $12 million mixed-use apartment building in Bay View was recommend for approval at the December 6th, 2010 City Plan Commission meeting.

Mercy Housing’s East Side Proposal is Recommended for Approval by City Plan Commission

Mercy Housing’s East Side Proposal is Recommended for Approval by City Plan Commission

Mercy Housing Lakefront's Greenwich Park Apartments proposal was recommended for approval at the December 6th, 2010 meeting of the City Plan Commission.

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 6. December 2010

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 6. December 2010

Revisiting the facts about rail debate By Larry Sandler The disconnect on connections By John Gurda High-Speed Fail By Jack Zemlicka Bureau lowers cost to run high-speed rail By Larry Sandler Smart growth and fiscal responsibility By Daniel Nairin No Free Parking By Eric Betz Hotel May Replace Five Historic Milwaukee Buildings By Margaret Foster Moderne high-rise project seeks city street work permit By Tom Daykin Mandel gets $24 million in bonds from WHEDA for North End project By BizTimes Daily Mandel Group Receives a $24 million WHEDA loan for The North End Phase II (Renderings) By Dave Reid North End apartment expansion obtains $24 million in state financing By Tom Daykin Kovacs’ suit over Downer Ave. parking garage tossed; couple faces counterclaim By Tom Daykin Moving, not closing, possibly in Downtown Books’ future By Matt Wild The Hines fundraiser By Michael Horne Lessons in neighborhood planning and architecture, from history and today By Kaid Benfield Cycle City, USA By Jay Walljasper USGBC Takes Wraps Off LEED for Retail Program By Tim Trainor New York City Bike Wars By ecomobility.tv Where’s the ‘official’ push to keep Talgo in Milwaukee? By Marie Rohde Glorioso family moves store into larger space on Brady Street By Doris Hajewski Developer Joe Kaye bankrupt; D’Amato, Kohler, Fowler among creditors By Tom Daykin MSOE parking ramp plan for Park East going to County Board committee By Tom Daykin Apartment building planned in Bay View By BayView Doyle: Wisconsin would regret nixing train By Rich Kirchen St. Marcus gets $460,000 grant for $12 million expansion project By Real Estate Weekly Survey shows public support for high-speed rail By BizTimes Daily NJ must pay $271M for killing rail tunnel By Larry Higgs A study of the Economics of Historic Preservation By Megan E. Daniels All Around Us By Dave Cieslewicz Madison prepares plea for high-speed rail By James Briggs Countries And Companies Talk Climate Change At COP 16 In Cancun By Lora Kolodny East Side, Bay View apartment projects set for Plan Commission review By Tom Daykin Walkable Urbanism: Back to the Future By Yuri Artibise Miller Lite Free Rides Keep You Safe New Year’s Eve By MCTS Switching Gears: More Commuters Bike To Work By Allison Aubrey Giving up my car was best decision ever By Chris Hrubesh Milwaukee awaits census data By Bill Glauber Rail as controversy is not at all new By Samuel Cutler Jr.

Upcoming Events for the Week of December 6th, 2010

Upcoming Events for the Week of December 6th, 2010

December 6, 2010 Milwaukee County: Committee on Economic and Community Development December 6, 2010 9:00 am The Milwaukee County Committee on Economic & Community Development oversees the administration of federal, state and local housing programs in the county, including the Urban Community Development Block Grant Program. Matters pertaining to economic development of Milwaukee County, including the best disposition of county properties, are decided by this Committee. It also makes decisions on […] City Plan Commission Meeting December 6, 2010 1:30 pm The City Plan Commission (CPC) is the City’s official planning body established under State statute and is responsible for master planning activities. The CPC advises the Common Council on a variety of land development issues including zoning map changes, revisions in the zoning ordinance, subdivision approvals, business improvement districts, street and alley vacations, public land […] December 7, 2010 Milwaukee County: Committee on Parks, Energy and Environment Meeting December 7, 2010 9:00 am All matters concerning county parks and parkways are the responsibility of this Committee. Members set policy for the parks department, organized recreation, cultural activities, the University Extension program, the Environmental Services Division of the Department of Public Works and Zoo park services. Members have jurisdiction over matters concerning the conservation of all uses of energy […] December 8, 2010 Public Works Committee Meeting December 8, 2010 9:00 am The Public Works Committee is responsible for physical services provided by the city such as street and alley maintenance, waste collection, disposal and recycling, sewer, water and flood control projects, assessments, public buildings, land and waterways. Public Works Committee meetings start at 9:00 a.m. and are held in the Room 301-B, City Hall, unless otherwise noted.[…] Green Drinks December 8, 2010 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm Green Drinks is a monthly event where you can meet people, network, do a business deal, learn something new or maybe even find a job! Check out green drinks to get an idea of the scope of this movement! Join like-minded people in an informal and unstructured setting to talk about the latest […] December 9, 2010 Public Safety Committee Meeting December 9, 2010 9:00 am The Public Safety Committee is concerned with issues brought forth from the fire, police, health and neighborhood services departments as well as traffic control, emergency medical services and parking. It also licenses alarm businesses and public passenger vehicles and drivers.[…] Grit Patterns Exhibit December 9, 2010 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm The Grit Patterns exhibit at Bay View’s BYO Studio Lounge assembles the work of fourteen student designers conducting materials research at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Architecture and Urban Planning. In their research, students search for the hidden beauty in ordinary construction materials. Wood, steel and aluminum donated by local manufacturers are transformed into […] December 11, 2010 Santa Cycle Rampage 2010 December 11, 2010 10:30 am Dress up as Santa and come barreling through the streets of Milwaukee spreading holiday cheer and discovering hole-in-the-wall taverns. Cafe Hollander 2608 N Downer Ave Milwaukee, WI[…] […]

Artworks for Milwaukee’s 3rd Annual Gallery Night Event “Art in the Neighborhood”

Artworks for Milwaukee’s 3rd Annual Gallery Night Event “Art in the Neighborhood”

Artworks for Milwaukee unveils the completed art work of our Apprentice Artists created in the two Fall 2010 programs: “Positive Influence Project” and “Safe Place Mural”. Under the guidance of Lead Artist Kasia Drake-Hames, the “Positive Influence Project” give accolades to Milwaukee residents who make a difference in our communities. The “Safe Place Mural” Program with Lead Artist Katie Van Velzer, creates powerful anti-gun/gang/drug messages by youth, for youth through stunning arrays of color and mixed media. Artworks for Milwaukee is a 501(c)3 nonprofit which prepares underserved teens to enter Milwaukee’s workforce by utilizing the arts as a method to teach employability skills. Support our youth, meet the artists and view their work on January 21, 2011 from 5-8pm at Artworks for Milwaukee (706 S. 5th Street). For more information visit www.artworksformilwaukee.org or contact Meghan Koven at (414)708-9996. Art will be available for auction and sale. All proceeds will support future programs and operations. The event is free and open to the public. Location: 706 S. 5th Street Milwaukee, W

Milwaukee Bike Swap

Milwaukee Bike Swap

Mark your calendars for the Bike Fed’s 3rd Annual Milwaukee Bike Swap on December 12, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the UW-Milwaukee Union in the 2nd Floor Ballroom. Come to buy and sell parts, accessories, complete bicycles, clothing and bike-themed crafts. The event attracts people from as far north as Green Bay, as far west as Madison and as far south as Chicago. (With the lake right there, about as far east as they’ll be coming from is Lincoln Memorial Drive.) Want to sell your stuff? Through November 29, retailers can reserve two display tables for $150 ($50 each for additional tables), and individuals and non-profits pay $40 per table. After that, the fees go up to $175 for two retailer tables and $50 for one individual/non-profit table. There are only 70 tables, so reserve yours now. The swap is a fundraiser for the Milwaukee Junior Cycling Team and the UW-Milwaukee Cycling Club. The Junior Cycling Team gets Milwaukee middle and high school kids involved in bicycle racing first for fun and then for health, recreation and enjoyment to last a lifetime. Location: UW-Milwaukee Union 2200 E Kenwood Blvd Milwaukee, WI, 53211

Public Safety Committee Meeting

Public Safety Committee Meeting

The Public Safety Committee is concerned with issues brought forth from the fire, police, health and neighborhood services departments as well as traffic control, emergency medical services and parking. It also licenses alarm businesses and public passenger vehicles and drivers. Agenda

Public Works Committee Meeting

Public Works Committee Meeting

The Public Works Committee is responsible for physical services provided by the city such as street and alley maintenance, waste collection, disposal and recycling, sewer, water and flood control projects, assessments, public buildings, land and waterways. Public Works Committee meetings start at 9:00 a.m. and are held in the Room 301-B, City Hall, unless otherwise noted. Agenda

Mandel Group Receives $24 million of WHEDA financing for The North End Phase II (Renderings)

Mandel Group Receives $24 million of WHEDA financing for The North End Phase II (Renderings)

WHEDA announced today that Mandel Group Inc. will receive a $24.1 in financing to support the development of the second phase of The North End.

Blue Sky Sustainability Lunch

Blue Sky Sustainability Lunch

Inspired by the success of Green Drinks Milwaukee. The idea is to get folks together to talk about sustainability, to network and build momentum for the sea change in sustainable consciousness that is on its way! Buy your own lunch and/or beverages, and get in there and meet people! No RSVP necessary and feel free to pass this around. Every fourth Tuesday at NOON held at the Milwaukee Public Market, 400 N. Water Street. Meet in the 2nd floor common area. For more information, contact Mike Mangan at ebikemike@yahoo.com

Green Drinks

Green Drinks

Green Drinks is a monthly event where you can meet people, network, do a business deal, learn something new or maybe even find a job! Check out green drinks to get an idea of the scope of this movement! Join like-minded people in an informal and unstructured setting to talk about the latest sustainability happenings in Milwaukee and globally. Meet people in various green professions. Have a drink (alcoholic or not), order food (or not), but enjoy lively conversations and good ideas. Anyone interested in green and sustainability is welcome. No RSVP is necessary and feel free to pass this notice on to others who might be interested. Location: Club Charlies (located between Milwaukee St. and Broadway St. – across from MIAD in the third ward). 320 E. Menomonee Milwaukee, WI 53202. The back area of the bar will be reserved for Milwaukee Green Drinks and there is lots of street parking out front.

Milwaukee County: Committee on Parks, Energy and Environment Meeting
Milwaukee County

Committee on Parks, Energy and Environment Meeting

All matters concerning county parks and parkways are the responsibility of this Committee. Members set policy for the parks department, organized recreation, cultural activities, the University Extension program, the Environmental Services Division of the Department of Public Works and Zoo park services. Members have jurisdiction over matters concerning the conservation of all uses of energy and make recommendations relating to conservation of air, water, energy and all other resources. Meets at 9:00 A.M. on the 2nd Tuesday before the County Board Meeting Agenda

The Great Good Place by Ray Oldenburg – Book Review

The Great Good Place by Ray Oldenburg – Book Review

The Great Good Place, by Ray Oldenburg, discusses a part of community life that is fading in the U.S.

Milwaukee County: Committee on Economic and Community Development
Milwaukee County

Committee on Economic and Community Development

The Milwaukee County Committee on Economic & Community Development oversees the administration of federal, state and local housing programs in the county, including the Urban Community Development Block Grant Program. Matters pertaining to economic development of Milwaukee County, including the best disposition of county properties, are decided by this Committee. It also makes decisions on the Research Park and the Airport Business Park. Meets at 9:00 A.M. on the 2nd Monday before the County Board Meeting in room 203-R of the Milwaukee County Courthouse. Agenda

City Plan Commission Meeting

City Plan Commission Meeting

The City Plan Commission (CPC) is the City’s official planning body established under State statute and is responsible for master planning activities. The CPC advises the Common Council on a variety of land development issues including zoning map changes, revisions in the zoning ordinance, subdivision approvals, business improvement districts, street and alley vacations, public land disposition and acquisition, new streets and the approval of development plans in certain overlay districts. City Plan Commission (CPC) meetings are held in the First Floor Boardroom at the Department of City Development, 809 North Broadway, unless otherwise noted. Agenda

MillerCoors 2010 Holiday Lites in Miller Valley

MillerCoors 2010 Holiday Lites in Miller Valley

The free show will run for three consecutive weekends from 4:40 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on the following dates: December 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, and 18th. It will take place in Miller Valley at the MillerCoors Milwaukee Brewery on State Street, between 38th and 41st Streets. The show features 300,000 LED lights synchronized to music by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra and is the largest of its kind in the Midwest. MillerCoors encourages visitors to bring a toy to donate to Toys for Tots, or a non-perishable food item to donate to Feeding America.

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 29. November 2010

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 29. November 2010

Giving up my car was best decision ever By Chris Hrubesh Milwaukee awaits census data By Bill Glauber Rail as controversy is not at all new By Samuel Cutler Jr. Continuing UWM’s progress during the coming months By Michael R. Lovell Janette Sadik-Khan: Urban Reengineer By Lisa Taddeo The End of Automania By Bradford Plumer Open government and “next generation democracy” By Tim O’Reilly Reporter checks out bike-sharing, with BIXI Bikes in Montreal By Jim Nelson Rail route could be built – without a Madison stop By Larry Sandler Developer says Harmony Initiative considering Rainier Properties’ Park East project By Real Estate Weekly Downtown Milwaukee launches ‘Holly Loop’ By BizTimes Daily Affordable housing project breaks ground in Walker’s Point By Real Estate Weekly People in Wisconsin ride trains By Dan Johnson-Weinberger Talgo seeks business input on rail plan By Bill Glauber Indoor Perch Farm Does The Work For Lake Michigan By Susan Bence Milwaukee Council approves bond financing for Summerfest upgrade By Marie Rohde Milwaukee area apartment vacancy rate dropping, more units opening By Tom Daykin Grunau to lobby Walker on rail By Rich Kirchen Potawatomi to start ex-Concordia campus remodeling by early 2011 By Tom Daykin Developer’s office, creamery proposal draws opposition from club fans By Tom Daykin Multi-Family Construction Begins in Milwaukee By Matthew Myers GOP Wants to Bring Transpo Policy Back to the 1950s By Tanya Snyder New Capitol Drive bridge on Oak Leaf Trail By Wisconsin Bike Routes

Upcoming Events for the Week of November 29th, 2010

Upcoming Events for the Week of November 29th, 2010

November 30, 2010 All Things Water: Water, water everywhere – Water-related illness in children in the United States November 30, 2010 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm Waterborne illness is one of the leading causes of childhood mortality in the developing world. Although the burden of such illness is far less in the United States, thanks to the generally high quality of water treatment and delivery systems, there are millions of cases of water-related illness each year in this country. Recent research […] Sustainable Urbanism: A Pragmatic Intersection of Habitat and the Environment November 30, 2010 12:00 pm to 1:20 pm Speaker: Mr. Robert Monnat Mr. Robert Monnat is a Partner and Chief Operating Officer of Mandel Group, Inc. He has been with the firm since its inception in 1991 through 1994, rejoining the firm in 1999 to present. Mr. Monnat oversees all aspects of Mandel Group’s development and construction activities. Mandel Group has […] December 1, 2010 Milwaukee County: Committee on Transporation, Public Works and Transit December 1, 2010 9:00 am The mission of the Department of Public Works, including the construction and maintenance of county highways, bridges and public structures are the responsibility of this Committee. Members discuss all matters pertaining to the policy of mass transit and the Milwaukee County Transit System, including fares, service routes and capital improvements. The Committee discusses all matters […] December 2, 2010 At a Crossroads – Demystifying the Public Transit Puzzle and What It Means for Arts and Culture December 2, 2010 8:30 am to 9:45 am Metro Milwaukee is at an historic crossroads. There are several modern transit opportunities at critical milestones, and also a reality that our local transit systems may be cut back severely in the next couple of years under the current antiquated structure. With so much at stake, here’s an opportunity for members of the arts and culture […] December 5, 2010 2010 Our Milwaukee Buy Local Fair December 5, 2010 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm The Our Milwaukee Buy Local Fair, in conjunction with the Outpost Alternative Gift Fair is back and better than ever! The Buy Local, Give Local Fair is a positive holiday experience for everyone. Shop for holiday gifts that support locally owned, independent businesses and local non-profit organizations – products and services unique only to metro Milwaukee. […]

Green Development Planned for S. 2nd Street

Green Development Planned for S. 2nd Street

Kaufmann LeSage, led by Juli Kaufmann, plans to develop a four-story 30,000 square foot environmentally-friendly commercial building, located at 538 S. 2nd Street in the Historic Walker's Point Neighborhood. The project, known as the Milwaukee Fix,will take green development to the next level, going beyond LEED standards.

Milwaukee County: Committee on Transporation, Public Works and Transit
Milwaukee County

Committee on Transporation, Public Works and Transit

The mission of the Department of Public Works, including the construction and maintenance of county highways, bridges and public structures are the responsibility of this Committee. Members discuss all matters pertaining to the policy of mass transit and the Milwaukee County Transit System, including fares, service routes and capital improvements. The Committee discusses all matters under its jurisdiction pertaining to railroads and public utilities in the county. Meets at 9:00 A.M. on the 3rd Wednesday before the County Board Meeting Agenda

MCTS Should Take the Next Step to Government 2.0

MCTS Should Take the Next Step to Government 2.0

Government 2.0 is the idea of exposing government controlled data to the public, in an open standardized format.

Sustainable Urbanism: A Pragmatic Intersection of Habitat and the Environment
Sustainable Urbanism

A Pragmatic Intersection of Habitat and the Environment

Speaker: Mr. Robert Monnat Mr. Robert Monnat is a Partner and Chief Operating Officer of Mandel Group, Inc. He has been with the firm since its inception in 1991 through 1994, rejoining the firm in 1999 to present. Mr. Monnat oversees all aspects of Mandel Group’s development and construction activities. Mandel Group has completed over $500 million of real estate development, mostly in metropolitan Milwaukee, since its inception. This seminar will speak to the need of developers and environmentalists to work together in order to integrate natural resources in urban settings, into the neighborhood fabric that is made vital by their presence and accessibility. It will touch on the resolution of extreme viewpoints of each side, and the resolution of these views for the betterment of urban living. The seminar incorporates a water-centric examination of the dynamic of environment and development in downtown Milwaukee. Mr. Monnat will argue that cities such as Milwaukee, which have substantial water resources, need to embrace a new attitude with regard to working together toward the best possible urban environment. Finally, he will discuss how the urban transect presents a “have your cake and eat it too” opportunity, to provide better habitation as well as a beneficial improvement in our impact on the environment. This presentation will be registered for 1.0 CM credits for AICP members in attendance and free pizza will be provided, courtesy of the Urban Planning Department. Please visit http://www4.uwm.edu/sarup/planning/smartgrowth/index.html for more information. Location: UWM AUP 345 Milwaukee, WI

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 22. November 2010

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 22. November 2010

Multi-Family Construction Begins in Milwaukee By Matthew Myers GOP Wants to Bring Transpo Policy Back to the 1950s By Tanya Snyder New Capitol Drive bridge on Oak Leaf Trail By Wisconsin Bike Routes Other flaws cited in O’Donnell collapse By Steve Schultze Is it absurd to call a garage ‘green’? A new Chicago parking structure, while handsome, raises more questions than it answers By Blair Kamin Opposition to rail may cost Walker By Matt Pommer South Second Street to reopen to two-way traffic By BizTimes Daily Who will own “Fear the Deer”? By Matt Hrodey Metro Place, east side apartment plan, may soon get loan guarantee ruling By Tom Daykin Homeless have a place to heal mind and soul By Meg Kissinger Waukesha demands private water meeting with DNR By Joe Lanane Schwarzenegger asks for Wisconsin’s high-speed rail dollars By BizTimes Daily Schwarzenegger bids for Wisconsin high-speed rail money By Larry Sandler Wisconsin should be open for business by rail By Willie Hines Wisconsin’s high-speed rail funds may go to N.C. Read more: Wisconsin’s high-speed rail funds may go to N.C. | The Business Journal By Erik Spanberg Moderne high-rise loan closing expected by December, HUD says By Tom Daykin Green commercial building planned in Walker’s Point By Real Estate Weekly Oak Leaf Trail bridge installation set over Capitol Dr. By Tom Held 10 Books Every Urbanist Must Read By Yuri Artibise The Power of Cities By Richard Florida Developer Mike Dilworth buying unsold condos at troubled 601 Lofts By Tom Daykin CRG may help in recall effort against Supervisor Marina Dimitrijevic By Steve Schultze LaHood says Wisconsin high-speed rail cash could go to N.C. By Larry Sandler GOP Cong. Petri promoted high-speed rail for the Midwest last year By Craig Gilbert Public Art, Public Space and Great Places By Jonna McKone LaHood: DOT Will Quickly Reassign Spurned State Rail Funds By Jason Plautz It’s Easy Being Green: Laying the Track for High-Speed Rail By Center for American Progress Sweet Water on NBC By NBC Milwaukee panel delays downtown Marriott hearing By Marie Rohde Water as a Global Business Issue – Or How I Talked Myself Out of a Job By Barry Nelson New usage figures refuel debate over bike racks on buses By Tom Held Randy’s Ramblings: Who’ll stop the train? By Randy Hanson Downtown Marriott plan to be reviewed By The Business Journal Are People Really Fleeing Shrinking Cities? By Aaron Renn State projects will drive funding for high-speed rail By Michael D. Bolden Walker open to redirecting high-speed train money to other rail projects By Larry Sandler Activists ask Walker to reconsider decision on high-speed rail By Dinesh Ramde Hundreds rally for high speed rail jobs in Milwaukee By Michael Rosen Barrett signs city budget without vetoes By Larry Sandler Windows on Wisconsin is a step toward making the avenue grand again By Jeff Sherman Road builders’ donations swung heavily to Walker By Daniel Bice Walker’s Rail/Roads Statement “Mostly Fiction Diction” By Jim Rowen Telecommunications firm new […]

Upcoming Events for the Week of November 22th, 2010

Upcoming Events for the Week of November 22th, 2010

November 26, 2010 Shop the Ward November 26, 2010 12:00 am to 7:00 pm Skip the mall…Shop the Ward! It’s a holiday shopping spree in the Historic Third Ward on Friday, November 26. The day after Thanksgiving is a day for shopping, shopping and more shopping! Make your list and check it twice, then visit the Historic Third Ward for your best shopping adventure ever! Find great savings, fun boutiques […]

Colby Abbot Pop-up Stores are Open for Business

Colby Abbot Pop-up Stores are Open for Business

Although, the renovation of the first floor of Colby Abbot, located at 759 N. Milwaukee St., building is taking a little longer than expected, the change is a welcome improvement to Milwaukee St.

City Committee Approves Financing Agreement for Summerfest South End Project (Renderings)

City Committee Approves Financing Agreement for Summerfest South End Project (Renderings)

Earlier this week the Zoning, Neighborhoods & Development Committee recommended the approval of a Redevelopment Authority of the City of Milwaukee financing agreement with Milwaukee World Festival, Inc.

Mercy Housing Lakefront Presents Updated Design to East Side Residents (Renderings)

Mercy Housing Lakefront Presents Updated Design to East Side Residents (Renderings)

At last night's East Side town hall meeting Mercy Housing Lakefront presented a further refined design for an $8.5 million apartment building to be constructed at the corner of N. Farwell Ave. and Thomas St. on Milwaukee's East Side.

Historic Preservation Commission sets December 13th Public Hearing for the Marriott Proposal

Historic Preservation Commission sets December 13th Public Hearing for the Marriott Proposal

A large crowd turned out, at a commission meeting to speak about a request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to demolish buildings located at 319-327 East Wisconsin Ave., and 625-631 North Milwaukee St.

Grit Patterns Exhibit

Grit Patterns Exhibit

The Grit Patterns exhibit at Bay View’s BYO Studio Lounge assembles the work of fourteen student designers conducting materials research at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Architecture and Urban Planning.  In their research, students search for the hidden beauty in ordinary construction materials.  Wood, steel and aluminum donated by local manufacturers are transformed into exotic wall and ceiling installations inspired by the fluidity and complexity of living organisms.  Students conduct this work as a form of community outreach in collaboration with Milwaukee businesses.  Participating business owners get an opportunity to upgrade their interiors for a fraction of the usual cost.  This melding of academic research and local business provides a way to insert small works of forward-looking interior design into existing establishments, providing a refreshing change of pace and a moment of visual interest for customers. After exhibiting the work at BYO Studio Lounge, one installation will go to its permanent home at Roast Coffee Company located at 2132 E Locust St.  This ceiling installation will provide a new backdrop for the service counter.  Another piece is headed for Hi Hat Lounge located at 1709 N Arlington Place, where it will provide a new backdrop for the bar. Opening Event: Thursday, December 9, 2010, 7:00PM-9:00PM Gallery Exhibition: December 9, 2010 through December 26, 2010 Location: BYO Studio Lounge 2246 S Kinnickinnic Ave Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53207 Flyer

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 15. November 2010

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 15. November 2010

Lindsay Heights housing gets grant By Georgia Pabst Lubar backs Walker, high-speed rail By Rich Kirchen Exchanging investments for U.S. green cards By Tom Daykin The arguments against rail just don’t measure up By Journal Sentinel Cancellation of high speed rail will kill jobs By Courier Staff State’s freight rail lines require upgrades By Joe Lanane Milwaukee Alderman annouce support for high speed rail By Michael Rosen LaHood to states: Proceed with rail projects or give up stimulus funds By Steve Kastenbaum MSOE proposal draws concerns from County Board committee chairman By Tom Daykin Did “racial politics” lead to tavern suspension? By Michael Horne Milwaukee County officials poke holes in MSOE project By Marie Rohde Athletic field important part of MSOE development plan, Viets says By Tom Daykin Talgo might move plant to Illinois if Walker kills train project By Larry Sandler Marcus Center’s Peck Pavilion finally getting a facelift By Jeff Sherman MSOE proposes $30 million project By Sean Ryan MSOE plans $30 million parking garage, athletic fields in Park East area By MSOE plans parking structure, athletic field in Park East corridor By BizTimes Daily Illinois Wants Wisconsin’s Rail Dollars By WISN.com Walker holding firm on the wrong side of the tracks By Jim Stingl MSOE plans $30 million parking structure, athletic field in Park East By Tom Daykin Regional rail rides high in Minnesota, Illinois By Joe Lanane 70-unit upscale apartment building proposed in Bay View By Tom Daykin Little hope for using train money for roads, Petri says By Jason Stein Illinois: We’ll take Wisconsin’s $810M in stimulus money By Mary Wisniewski LaHood threatens to stop Wisconsin rail project By Dow Jones Newswires-Wall Street Journal Doyle: Canceling rail line will cost $100 million, cut 400 jobs By Larry Sandler Doyle, Walker meet today on train, transition By Lee Bergquist Ward helped to shape area’s civic culture By John Diedrich Photo gallery from a pre-ride on the Hank Aaron State Trail extension By Tom Held

Upcoming Events for the Week of November 15th, 2010

Upcoming Events for the Week of November 15th, 2010

November 15, 2010 Community & Economic Development Committee Meeting November 15, 2010 9:00 am The Community and Economic Development Committee hears matters relating to community development, block grants, job development, business improvement districts, city public relations, industrial land banks and revenue bonds, emerging business enterprises, recreation, cultural arts and the library system. The Community and Economic Development Committee meetings start at 9:00 a.m. and are held in the Room 301-B, […] Historic Preservation Commission Meeting November 15, 2010 4:00 pm The Milwaukee Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) administers Milwaukee’s historic preservation ordinance, adopted in 1981, which provides certain kinds of legal protection for buildings or sites that have been declared historic by the Common Council. The HPC is responsible for designating historic landmarks and historic districts and for approving Certificates of Appropriateness (COAs) for permission to […] November 16, 2010 Zoning, Neighborhoods & Development Committee Meeting November 16, 2010 9:00 am The Zoning, Neighborhoods and Development Committee reviews issues relating to city development, zoning, historic preservation, incremental tax financing, building codes and housing projects. The Zoning, Neighborhoods and Development Committee meetings start at 9:00 a.m. and are held in the Room 301-B, City Hall, unless otherwise noted.[…] Is Milwaukee Ready for an Aerotropolis? (What’s an Aerotropolis)? November 16, 2010 12:00 pm to 1:20 pm Tom Rave, Executive Director of The Gateway To Milwaukee, will talk about the evolution of The Gateway and its role in leading the exploration and development of a new type of urban development called an “aerotropolis”. An aerotropolis reflects the interaction of airport-centered commerce, real-estate development and multi-modal transportation shaped by contemporary financial, marketing […] Menomonee River Open House November 16, 2010 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm The Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD), together with Alderman Michael Murphy, will be hosting an open house meeting for the public to learn about upcoming projects along the Menomonee River. on Tuesday, November 16th between 7:00 P.M. – 8:30 P.M. at the Marine Credit Union. The meeting will focus on the removal of 1,000-ft of concrete channel […] November 17, 2010 Finance & Personnel Committee Meeting November 17, 2010 9:00 am The Finance and Personnel Committee considers appropriations, finances, taxation, revenues, labor relations, personnel, pensions and other benefits, insurance, audits and city budget. The Finance and Personnel Committee meetings start at 1:30 p.m. and are held in the Room 301-B, City Hall, unless otherwise noted.[…]

Is Milwaukee Ready for an Aerotropolis?  (What’s an Aerotropolis)?

Is Milwaukee Ready for an Aerotropolis? (What’s an Aerotropolis)?

Tom Rave, Executive Director of The Gateway To Milwaukee, will talk about the evolution of The Gateway and its role in leading the exploration and development of a new type of urban development called an “aerotropolis”. An aerotropolis reflects the interaction of airport-centered commerce, real-estate development and multi-modal transportation shaped by contemporary financial, marketing and strategic management processes. The Gateway To Milwaukee is the brand name for an area around General Mitchell International Airport plus for three organizations, the lead one of which is the Airport Gateway Business Association (AGBA). Mr. Rave has been the Executive Director of AGBA since May, 2008 and was a director for the prior nine months. The other two organizations are Airport Gateway Business Improvement District #40 in Milwaukee and Milwaukee Gateway Aerotropolis Corporation, both of which are managed by AGBA. The Gateway’s role is to improve the vitality in the aerotropolis footprint by actively impacting government direction, enhancing the area through security and beautification, marketing the area for economic development and creating mutually beneficial networking opportunities for businesses in The Gateway. Mr. Rave’s previous career for 38 years in Milwaukee was with three banking companies, First Wisconsin/Firstar Banks, Norwest/Wells Fargo Banks and Tri City National Bank. Most of the assignments having were as an account officer and division head/manager in commercial banking, including one stint resolving “problem loans” to troubled organizations. Other functions during those years included training young bankers, private banking, business development for senior and subordinated debt in leveraged transactions, managing cash management and payroll processing businesses, systems development as a user, marketing and strategic planning. The education of Mr. Rave resulted in an MBA from University of Wisconsin – Whitewater in 1980, a BS with psychology as a major from Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH in 1967 and advanced studies in clinical psychology at the University of Florida and Loyola University in Chicago. Related current involvements of Mr. Rave are: Steering Committee chair of the Coalition for Advancing Transit in Southeast Wisconsin Participant and Milwaukee Mark Subcommittee chair on the Milwaukee Image & Perception Task Force Ex officio director of Greater Milwaukee Hotel & Lodging Association Location: UWM Campus AUP 345

Finance & Personnel Committee Meeting

Finance & Personnel Committee Meeting

The Finance and Personnel Committee considers appropriations, finances, taxation, revenues, labor relations, personnel, pensions and other benefits, insurance, audits and city budget. The Finance and Personnel Committee meetings start at 1:30 p.m. and are held in the Room 301-B, City Hall, unless otherwise noted. Agenda

Zoning, Neighborhoods & Development Committee Meeting

Zoning, Neighborhoods & Development Committee Meeting

The Zoning, Neighborhoods and Development Committee reviews issues relating to city development, zoning, historic preservation, incremental tax financing, building codes and housing projects. The Zoning, Neighborhoods and Development Committee meetings start at 9:00 a.m. and are held in the Room 301-B, City Hall, unless otherwise noted. Agenda

Community & Economic Development Committee Meeting

Community & Economic Development Committee Meeting

The Community and Economic Development Committee hears matters relating to community development, block grants, job development, business improvement districts, city public relations, industrial land banks and revenue bonds, emerging business enterprises, recreation, cultural arts and the library system. The Community and Economic Development Committee meetings start at 9:00 a.m. and are held in the Room 301-B, City Hall, unless otherwise noted. Agenda

Menomonee River Open House

Menomonee River Open House

The Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD), together with Alderman Michael Murphy, will be hosting an open house meeting for the public to learn about upcoming projects along the Menomonee River. on Tuesday, November 16th between 7:00 P.M. – 8:30 P.M. at the Marine Credit Union. The meeting will focus on the removal of 1,000-ft of concrete channel liner that will be replaced with natural rock material and pool/riffle features.

Historic Preservation Commission Meeting

Historic Preservation Commission Meeting

The Milwaukee Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) administers Milwaukee’s historic preservation ordinance, adopted in 1981, which provides certain kinds of legal protection for buildings or sites that have been declared historic by the Common Council. The HPC is responsible for designating historic landmarks and historic districts and for approving Certificates of Appropriateness (COAs) for permission to alter historic buildings. The HPC meets monthly on Mondays in City Hall, Room 301A, 200 E. Wells Street at 4:00 P.M. unless otherwise indicated. Agenda

Marriott Proposal to Go Before Historic Preservation Commission on Monday (Renderings)

Marriott Proposal to Go Before Historic Preservation Commission on Monday (Renderings)

Wave Development, LLC is seeking a Certificate of Appropriateness to demolish the buildings located at 319-327 East Wisconsin Ave., and 625-631 North Milwaukee St. to construct a Marriott Hotel. This request will be taken up at the November 15th, 2010 meeting of the Historic Preservation Commission.

$12 Million Mixed-Use Building Proposed in Bay View

$12 Million Mixed-Use Building Proposed in Bay View

HKS Holdings, LLC is proposing a $12 million 5-story mixed-use building, which would be located on the southeast corner of Kinnickinnic Ave. and Conway St. in Bay View.

Shop the Ward

Shop the Ward

Skip the mall…Shop the Ward! It’s a holiday shopping spree in the Historic Third Ward on Friday, November 26. The day after Thanksgiving is a day for shopping, shopping and more shopping! Make your list and check it twice, then visit the Historic Third Ward for your best shopping adventure ever! Find great savings, fun boutiques and unique gifts…all while supporting locally owned businesses. And, to make the holidays very bright, enter to win a gift certificate donated by Third Ward merchants! Over $2,000 worth of gift certificates will be given away to lucky shoppers. Click here for details and store hours.

MSOE Proposes Parking Garage with Athletic Field in the Park East (Renderings)

MSOE Proposes Parking Garage with Athletic Field in the Park East (Renderings)

Milwaukee School of Engineering is proposing the construction of a $30 million, 780-car parking garage, that would have an athletic field on the roof of the building. About 500 of the 780 parking spots would be leased to business and the general public, generating taxable revenue for MSOE.

New Segment of the Hank Aaron State Trail is Open!

New Segment of the Hank Aaron State Trail is Open!

Yesterday marked the opening of a new section of the Hank Aaron State Trail. This $6.1 million expansion creates an east-west bicycle connection to downtown Milwaukee for bike commuters, and recreational users.

Growing Power is Going Vertical (Renderings)

Growing Power is Going Vertical (Renderings)

Will Allen, who has made Growing Power into a nationally-recognized organization is attempting to take the urban farming movement to the next level with his vertical farm proposal.

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 8. November 2010

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 8. November 2010

Photo gallery from a pre-ride on the Hank Aaron State Trail extension By Tom Held Young People on Car Ownership: Meh By Angie Schmitt Casting call for Zweig public art project By Mary Louise Schumacher There are jobs at stake: Scott Walker and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood should sit down to iron out differences on fast rail. By Journal Sentinel Incoming New York governor asks for Wisconsin’s share of high-speed rail funds By BizTimes Daily Milwaukee aldermen adopt budget with small tax cut By Larry Sandler Scott Walker asks train maker Talgo to remain open here By Jason Stein We Can Work It Out By Dave Cieslewicz N.Y. Gov.-elect Cuomo says he’ll take piece of Wisconsin’s federal train aid By The Daily Reporter The architectural maturation of Portland food carts By Robert Orr Janet Zweig – Pedestrian Drama By Denise Lubotsky Will the Republican wave wash out the bike lane? By Tom Held Quasi Urbanism: Missing the Mark By Yuri Artibise Maritime Bank will be demolished for Alterra’s expansion into Bay View By Katherine Keller Demolition of the Wheelhouse has begun! By River Revitalization Foundation IN:SITE adds art to Capitol Drive By Molly Snyder 10 Urban Visionaries Who Aren’t Jane Jacobs By Yuri Artibise Alterra now plans to demolish–not remodel–Bay View building By Tom Daykin Hofbrauhaus developers still looking for a Milwaukee restaurant site By Tom Daykin Extended stay hotel proposed at Pabst brewery By RealEstateWeekly Marriott hotel proposal faces historic preservation battle By RealEstateWeekly What Now? By Dave Schlabowske New Land Enterprises gives Goll Mansion to bank in lieu of foreclosure By Tom Daykin Hotel proposed for downtown, but alderman opposes demolition plans By Tom Daykin Milw voters & taxpayers back County Bd. Finance Committee budget over Walker’s By Charlie Rosenberg C.D Smith awarded train shed job By Marie Rohde and Joe Lanane Zipcars coming to Marquette campus By The Business Journal State, feds quietly sign deal to solidify high-speed rail project By Larry Sandler Milwaukee Marriott developers may run into historic roadblock By Marie Rohde Park Lafayette condo buyers to get earnest money back, contracts nixed By Tom Daykin Milwaukee needs a fountain By Jeff Sherman Should Cities Be Run Like Software? By Melissa Lafsky Some library hours may increase in 2011, but radical consolidations loom on horizon By Michael Timm Minimize parking, maximize the city By Paul McMorrow The Next Real Estate Boom By Patrick C. Doherty Can Cities Help You Forget Your Troubles, C’mon Get Happy? By Hazel Borys Hank Aaron State Trail Opening By Wisconsin Bike Routes

Upcoming Events for the Week of November 8th, 2010

Upcoming Events for the Week of November 8th, 2010

November 8, 2010 Annual Meeting of the County Board of Supervisors November 8, 2010 8:30 am Budget Adoption Milwaukee County Courthouse Room 200[…] Capital Improvements Committee Meeting November 8, 2010 9:00 am The Capital Improvement Committee is tasked to develop, maintain, and update a long-term capital improvements program for the City’s construction and maintenance of its infrastructure and facilities. It is made up of the Commissioner of Public Works; the Department of Administration – Budget and Management Director; the Comptroller; the chair of the Public Works Committee; the […] Opening of the Valley Passage and Trail Extension! November 8, 2010 11:00 am The State of Wisconsin, City of Milwaukee, Menomonee Valley Partners, Friends of the Hank Aaron State Trail and Urban Ecology Center invite you to get connected at the Hank Aaron State Trail Ribbon Cutting & Grand Opening Monday, November 8, 2010 11:00 AM 3700 W. Pierce Street Program to be followed by a stroll or bike ride […] City Plan Commission Meeting November 8, 2010 1:30 pm The City Plan Commission (CPC) is the City’s official planning body established under State statute and is responsible for master planning activities. The CPC advises the Common Council on a variety of land development issues including zoning map changes, revisions in the zoning ordinance, subdivision approvals, business improvement districts, street and alley vacations, public land […] November 9, 2010 Milwaukee Arts Board Meeting November 9, 2010 4:00 pm The Milwaukee Arts Board (MAB) was created to enhance the development, cultural diversity, accessibility and enjoyment of the arts for Milwaukee’s citizens. Arts Board meetings are usually held the 2nd Tuesday of every month; no meeting is held in August. Meetings take place at 4:00 p.m. in Room 301A of City Hall, 200 E. Wells […] November 10, 2010 Public Works Committee Meeting November 10, 2010 9:00 am The Public Works Committee is responsible for physical services provided by the city such as street and alley maintenance, waste collection, disposal and recycling, sewer, water and flood control projects, assessments, public buildings, land and waterways. Public Works Committee meetings start at 9:00 a.m. and are held in the Room 301-B, City Hall, unless otherwise noted.[…] All Things Water: Flotsam or jetsam? Invasive species litter the bottom of Lake Michigan November 10, 2010 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm Speaker: Russell Cuhel, Senior Scientist, UWM School of Freshwater Sciences Long ago (pre-1990), the bottom of Lake Michigan was pretty bare once you got deeper than 10 meters (33 feet) or so. The water was mostly turbid (cloudy) nearshore, and deeper areas were dark even at midday. In the late 1980s, zebra mussels […] November 11, 2010 Public Safety Committee Meeting November 11, 2010 9:00 am The Public Safety Committee is concerned with issues brought forth from the fire, police, health and neighborhood services departments as well as traffic control, emergency medical services and parking. It also licenses alarm businesses and public passenger vehicles and drivers.[…] Steering & Rules Committee Meeting November 11, 2010 2:00 pm The […]

Steering & Rules Committee Meeting

Steering & Rules Committee Meeting

The Steering and Rules committee, which consists of the Council President and the chairs of the other standing committees, formulate polices and rules for the Common Council, oversees charter schools, and considers extraordinary matters affecting multiple committees. Agenda City Hall 200 East Wells Street Room 301-B Milwaukee, WI 53202

Public Safety Committee Meeting

Public Safety Committee Meeting

The Public Safety Committee is concerned with issues brought forth from the fire, police, health and neighborhood services departments as well as traffic control, emergency medical services and parking. It also licenses alarm businesses and public passenger vehicles and drivers. Agenda

Public Works Committee Meeting

Public Works Committee Meeting

The Public Works Committee is responsible for physical services provided by the city such as street and alley maintenance, waste collection, disposal and recycling, sewer, water and flood control projects, assessments, public buildings, land and waterways. Public Works Committee meetings start at 9:00 a.m. and are held in the Room 301-B, City Hall, unless otherwise noted. Agenda

Annual Meeting of the County Board of Supervisors

Annual Meeting of the County Board of Supervisors

Budget Adoption Milwaukee County Courthouse Room 200 Agenda

Capital Improvements Committee Meeting

Capital Improvements Committee Meeting

The Capital Improvement Committee is tasked to develop, maintain, and update a long-term capital improvements program for the City’s construction and maintenance of its infrastructure and facilities. It is made up of the Commissioner of Public Works; the Department of Administration – Budget and Management Director; the Comptroller; the chair of the Public Works Committee; the chair of the Finance and Personnel Committee; the Common Council President; and a public member appointed by the Mayor. All except the public member may name an alternate. The public member is subject to Common Council confirmation to a three-year term. The President of the Common Council names the chair of the committee. Agenda

Alterra opts for new construction in Bay View project (Renderings)

Alterra opts for new construction in Bay View project (Renderings)

Alterra Coffee Roasters Inc. recently dropped plans to retrofit the Maritime Bank building, located between Kinnickinnic Ave. and Howell Ave., in Bay View, opting for new construction.

Car-sharing in Milwaukee…

Car-sharing in Milwaukee…

Car-sharing offers people the ability to rent a car or truck, often a hybrid, for a time period less than a day, and for an affordable amount that includes insurance and fuel.

Opening of the Valley Passage and Trail Extension!

Opening of the Valley Passage and Trail Extension!

The State of Wisconsin, City of Milwaukee, Menomonee Valley Partners, Friends of the Hank Aaron State Trail and Urban Ecology Center invite you to get connected at the  Hank Aaron State Trail Ribbon Cutting & Grand Opening Monday, November 8, 2010 11:00 AM 3700 W. Pierce Street Program to be followed by a stroll or bike ride on the newly expanded Hank Aaron State Trail.  Parking available on Canal Street and Pierce Street.

City Plan Commission Meeting

City Plan Commission Meeting

The City Plan Commission (CPC) is the City’s official planning body established under State statute and is responsible for master planning activities. The CPC advises the Common Council on a variety of land development issues including zoning map changes, revisions in the zoning ordinance, subdivision approvals, business improvement districts, street and alley vacations, public land disposition and acquisition, new streets and the approval of development plans in certain overlay districts. City Plan Commission (CPC) meetings are held in the First Floor Boardroom at the Department of City Development, 809 North Broadway, unless otherwise noted. Agenda

Milwaukee Arts Board Meeting

Milwaukee Arts Board Meeting

The Milwaukee Arts Board (MAB) was created to enhance the development, cultural diversity, accessibility and enjoyment of the arts for Milwaukee’s citizens. Arts Board meetings are usually held the 2nd Tuesday of every month; no meeting is held in August. Meetings take place at 4:00 p.m. in Room 301A of City Hall, 200 E. Wells Street. Agenda

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 1. November 2010

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 1. November 2010

Should Cities Be Run Like Software? By Melissa Lafsky Some library hours may increase in 2011, but radical consolidations loom on horizon By Michael Timm Minimize parking, maximize the city By Paul McMorrow The Next Real Estate Boom By Patrick C. Doherty Can Cities Help You Forget Your Troubles, C’mon Get Happy? By Hazel Borys Hank Aaron State Trail Opening By Wisconsin Bike Routes Zilber Neighborhood Initiative expands south side revitalization By Georgia Pabst Anti-Rail Candidates Take Aim at High Speed Dreams in the Midwest By Tanya Snyder Federal dollars flow to bike and pedestrian paths By Tom Held Bike lane on the Hoan? Walker says no. Barrett says maybe. By Tom Held Trail segment, garden planned for valley land By Tom Held Beer Line, Oak Leaf and Hank Aaron Trails awarded federal grants By Tom Held Rail and District Energy: Streets Paved in Better Than Gold By Mary Vogel Open Source Urbanism: Where Data Meets Urban Form By Yuri Artibise This Was Licensing As It Should Be By Robert Bauman Milwaukee Getting Money for Beerline Trail and Pedestrain Plan By Dave Schlabowske Another Marriott may be checking in to Milwaukee By Marie Rohde Wisconsin, Illinois awarded $3.7 million for Hiawatha line By Larry Sandler Port plan aims for $100 million growth By Michael Horne Mixed-use development proposed for Bay View By Marie Rohde Mortgage-interest tax deduction cuts on the table By Adam/Market Urbanism Beyond Madison – Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship By Alexander Fraser The World’s First “Transit Appliance” By Clarence Eckerson, Jr. Bike sharing is the newest transit mode By Erik Weber Streets as Places By Yuri Artibise Bank of America takes control of Grand Avenue mall; Ashkenazy out By Tom Daykin Grand Avenue minority stake acquired by firm that holds mall’s debt By Tom Daykin Bridge over Hawley Road installed on Hank Aaron State Trail By Tom Held New Study Says Young People Want Apartments, Not Houses; iPhones, Not Cars By Lloyd Alter Big Ideas: The Hoan rises above them all By Dave Schlabowske Investing in urban centers key to growing new U.S. economy: Brookings By Palash R. Ghosh Milwaukee County hoping land sales will pay for infrastructure needs By Joe Lanane Michael Cudahy giving $2 million for UWM Innovation Park project By Tom Daykin Lighthouse project shines in Fifth Ward By Tom Daykin The High Cost of Free Parking (Video) By Yuri Artibise

Upcoming Events for the Week of November 1st, 2010

Upcoming Events for the Week of November 1st, 2010

November 3, 2010 Common Council Meeting November 3, 2010 9:00 am City Hall 200 East Wells St. Common Council Chambers Milwaukee, WI 53202[…] November 5, 2010 Common Council Meeting November 5, 2010 9:00 am City Hall 200 East Wells St. Common Council Chambers Milwaukee, WI 53202 Night By The River: ArtWorks for Milwaukee’s Annual Fundraiser November 5, 2010 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm As labor markets tighten, Milwaukee’s teens are not being prepared to successfully transition out of high school and into the workforce. Low skill-levels and high unemployment stand in the way of even the best students. ArtWorks for Milwaukee, Inc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that hires and pays an hourly wage to teams of teenage apprentices for […]

Common Council Meeting

Common Council Meeting

City Hall 200 East Wells St. Common Council Chambers Milwaukee, WI 53202

Common Council Meeting

Common Council Meeting

City Hall 200 East Wells St. Common Council Chambers Milwaukee, WI 53202 Agenda

At a Crossroads – Demystifying the Public Transit Puzzle and What It Means for Arts and Culture

At a Crossroads – Demystifying the Public Transit Puzzle and What It Means for Arts and Culture

Metro Milwaukee is at an historic crossroads. There are several modern transit opportunities at critical milestones, and also a reality that our local transit systems may be cut back severely in the next couple of years under the current antiquated structure. With so much at stake, here’s an opportunity for members of the arts and culture community to be at the table, to be informed and active as these initiatives develop and possibly advance. Join us to hear the latest on major initiates such as KRM commuter rail, the Milwaukee Downtown Streetcar Circulator, the high-speed rail, and how they could impact the arts and culture. FREE to Public Register

Greater Milwaukee Tour de Cure

Greater Milwaukee Tour de Cure

Event Details Tour de Cure is a fundraising event for the American Diabetes Association. Tour de Cure is a ride not a race so it is perfect for all ages and skill levels. There are four different routes (Family Fun Ride, 25K, 50K, and 100K) that all take advantage of the beautiful Ozaukee Interurban Trail and great Wisconsin scenery. All riders are greeted by cheering volunteers, food and fun at the end of the ride. URL or phone # for RSVP http://main.diabetes.org/tourdecuremilwaukee Grafton High School Address 1950 Washington St. City, State Grafton, WI Date June 18, 2011 Time 6:45AM Cost $25 + min. $150 Fundraising

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 25. October 2010

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 25. October 2010

All Carrot, No Stick: A proposed Senate bill contains some of the most progressive ideas in urban planning today. The catch? The legislation doesn’t quite mandate anything. By Karrie Jacobs Induced Traffic Demand Works Both Ways By John Yung UWM requests extension to close land sale By Joe Lanane Wanted: Big Ideas By Dave Schlabowske State business rallies around high-speed rail By Joe Lanane Milwaukee train shed job slips away from Immel By Marie Rohde Summerfest shoots for new look By Marie Rohde Want to walk to school? Laguna Beach says nope, not here By Kaid Benfield UWM Having Trouble Raising Private Dollars for County Grounds Campus By James Rowen UWM seeks 30-day extension to raise funds for Tosa land purchase By Tom Daykin Hank Aaron State Trail adds bridge over Hawley Road By Tom Held National Lofts construction to begin by November on south side By Tom Daykin Commission OKs southern Wis. interstate expansion By The Daily Reporter Milwaukee Water Supply Will Help Waukesha Compete For Businesses, Waukesha Official Says By James Rowen Johnson Foundation says water shortages could undermine economy By John Schmid Walker tells high-speed rail advocates to ’slow down’ By Joe Lanane Suburbanite Scare Watch: Downtown Milwaukee By Matt Wild The inanity of airport connectors By Stephen Smith New Portland Grocery Store Has More Parking for Bikes Than Cars By A.K. Streeter

Upcoming Events for the Week of October 25th, 2010

Upcoming Events for the Week of October 25th, 2010

October 25, 2010 Community & Economic Development Committee Meeting October 25, 2010 9:00 am The Community and Economic Development Committee hears matters relating to community development, block grants, job development, business improvement districts, city public relations, industrial land banks and revenue bonds, emerging business enterprises, recreation, cultural arts and the library system. The Community and Economic Development Committee meetings start at 9:00 a.m. and are held in the Room 301-B, […] Milwaukee County: Committee on Economic and Community Development October 25, 2010 9:00 am The Milwaukee County Committee on Economic & Community Development oversees the administration of federal, state and local housing programs in the county, including the Urban Community Development Block Grant Program. Matters pertaining to economic development of Milwaukee County, including the best disposition of county properties, are decided by this Committee. It also makes decisions on […] October 26, 2010 Zoning, Neighborhoods & Development Committee Meeting October 26, 2010 9:00 am The Zoning, Neighborhoods and Development Committee reviews issues relating to city development, zoning, historic preservation, incremental tax financing, building codes and housing projects. The Zoning, Neighborhoods and Development Committee meetings start at 9:00 a.m. and are held in the Room 301-B, City Hall, unless otherwise noted.[…] Finance & Personnel Committee Meeting: Budget Hearing October 26, 2010 1:30 pm The Finance and Personnel Committee considers appropriations, finances, taxation, revenues, labor relations, personnel, pensions and other benefits, insurance, audits and city budget. The Finance and Personnel Committee meetings start at 1:30 p.m. and are held in the Room 301-B, City Hall, unless otherwise noted.[…] October 27, 2010 Finance & Personnel Committee Meeting October 27, 2010 9:00 am The Finance and Personnel Committee considers appropriations, finances, taxation, revenues, labor relations, personnel, pensions and other benefits, insurance, audits and city budget. The Finance and Personnel Committee meetings start at 1:30 p.m. and are held in the Room 301-B, City Hall, unless otherwise noted.[…] Creativity Works! Public Information Session October 27, 2010 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm Creativity Works! is fostering new opportunities and collaborations as we set the stage for a strong, vibrant economic future for the Milwaukee 7 Region. JOIN Creativity Works at this free public information session and reception! Wednesday, October 27th 4:30-6:30pm Bradley Pavilion, Marcus Center for the Performing Arts FREE & open to the public Beverages & appetizers provided[…] October 28, 2010 Finance & Personnel Committee Meeting: Budget Amendments October 28, 2010 9:00 am The Finance and Personnel Committee considers appropriations, finances, taxation, revenues, labor relations, personnel, pensions and other benefits, insurance, audits and city budget. The Finance and Personnel Committee meetings start at 1:30 p.m. and are held in the Room 301-B, City Hall, unless otherwise noted.[…] Finance & Personnel Committee Meeting: Budget Amendments October 28, 2010 9:00 am The Finance and Personnel Committee considers appropriations, finances, taxation, revenues, labor relations, personnel, pensions and other benefits, insurance, audits and city budget. The Finance and Personnel Committee meetings start at 1:30 p.m. and are held in the Room 301-B, City Hall, unless otherwise noted. Finance & […]

Milwaukee County: Committee on Economic and Community Development
Milwaukee County

Committee on Economic and Community Development

The Milwaukee County Committee on Economic & Community Development oversees the administration of federal, state and local housing programs in the county, including the Urban Community Development Block Grant Program. Matters pertaining to economic development of Milwaukee County, including the best disposition of county properties, are decided by this Committee. It also makes decisions on the Research Park and the Airport Business Park. Meets at 9:00 A.M. on the 2nd Monday before the County Board Meeting in room 203-R of the Milwaukee County Courthouse. Agenda

Finance & Personnel Committee Meeting: Budget Amendments
Finance & Personnel Committee Meeting

Budget Amendments

The Finance and Personnel Committee considers appropriations, finances, taxation, revenues, labor relations, personnel, pensions and other benefits, insurance, audits and city budget. The Finance and Personnel Committee meetings start at 1:30 p.m. and are held in the Room 301-B, City Hall, unless otherwise noted.

Finance & Personnel Committee Meeting: Budget Amendments
Finance & Personnel Committee Meeting

Budget Amendments

The Finance and Personnel Committee considers appropriations, finances, taxation, revenues, labor relations, personnel, pensions and other benefits, insurance, audits and city budget. The Finance and Personnel Committee meetings start at 1:30 p.m. and are held in the Room 301-B, City Hall, unless otherwise noted.

Finance & Personnel Committee Meeting: Budget Amendments
Finance & Personnel Committee Meeting

Budget Amendments

The Finance and Personnel Committee considers appropriations, finances, taxation, revenues, labor relations, personnel, pensions and other benefits, insurance, audits and city budget. The Finance and Personnel Committee meetings start at 1:30 p.m. and are held in the Room 301-B, City Hall, unless otherwise noted. Agenda

Finance & Personnel Committee Meeting

Finance & Personnel Committee Meeting

The Finance and Personnel Committee considers appropriations, finances, taxation, revenues, labor relations, personnel, pensions and other benefits, insurance, audits and city budget. The Finance and Personnel Committee meetings start at 1:30 p.m. and are held in the Room 301-B, City Hall, unless otherwise noted. Agenda

Finance & Personnel Committee Meeting: Budget Hearing
Finance & Personnel Committee Meeting

Budget Hearing

The Finance and Personnel Committee considers appropriations, finances, taxation, revenues, labor relations, personnel, pensions and other benefits, insurance, audits and city budget. The Finance and Personnel Committee meetings start at 1:30 p.m. and are held in the Room 301-B, City Hall, unless otherwise noted. Agenda

Zoning, Neighborhoods & Development Committee Meeting

Zoning, Neighborhoods & Development Committee Meeting

The Zoning, Neighborhoods and Development Committee reviews issues relating to city development, zoning, historic preservation, incremental tax financing, building codes and housing projects. The Zoning, Neighborhoods and Development Committee meetings start at 9:00 a.m. and are held in the Room 301-B, City Hall, unless otherwise noted. Agenda

Community & Economic Development Committee Meeting

Community & Economic Development Committee Meeting

The Community and Economic Development Committee hears matters relating to community development, block grants, job development, business improvement districts, city public relations, industrial land banks and revenue bonds, emerging business enterprises, recreation, cultural arts and the library system. The Community and Economic Development Committee meetings start at 9:00 a.m. and are held in the Room 301-B, City Hall, unless otherwise noted. Agenda

Santa Cycle Rampage 2010

Santa Cycle Rampage 2010

Dress up as Santa and come barreling through the streets of Milwaukee spreading holiday cheer and discovering hole-in-the-wall taverns. Cafe Hollander 2608 N Downer Ave Milwaukee, WI Flyer

12th Annual MANDIs

12th Annual MANDIs

The Milwaukee Awards for Neighborhood Development Innovation (MANDIs) pay tribute to the people and organizations working tirelessly to make Milwaukee a great place to live, learn, work and grow. 5pm Awards Presentation 6:30-8pm Dinner and Celebration Pfister Hotel, Milwaukee

2010 Our Milwaukee Buy Local Fair

2010 Our Milwaukee Buy Local Fair

The Our Milwaukee Buy Local Fair, in conjunction with the Outpost Alternative Gift Fair is back and better than ever! The Buy Local, Give Local Fair is a positive holiday experience for everyone. Shop for holiday gifts that support locally owned, independent businesses and local non-profit organizations – products and services unique only to metro Milwaukee. Food and beverage are available for purchase. Support local independent businesses and non-profits and keep your holiday spending dollars local. Check out some of last year’s fun. Location: Lakefront Palm Garden 1872 N. Commerce Street FREE admission!

Public Safety Committee Meeting

Public Safety Committee Meeting

The Public Safety Committee is concerned with issues brought forth from the fire, police, health and neighborhood services departments as well as traffic control, emergency medical services and parking. It also licenses alarm businesses and public passenger vehicles and drivers. Agenda

Public Works Committee Meeting

Public Works Committee Meeting

The Public Works Committee is responsible for physical services provided by the city such as street and alley maintenance, waste collection, disposal and recycling, sewer, water and flood control projects, assessments, public buildings, land and waterways. Public Works Committee meetings start at 9:00 a.m. and are held in the Room 301-B, City Hall, unless otherwise noted. Agenda

Demolish Part of Downtown Milwaukee?  No.

Demolish Part of Downtown Milwaukee? No.

Recently, it was reported that Robert and Michael Levine are once again considering the demolition of historic buildings along Wisconsin Ave. and Broadway, with the hope of landing a hotel development.

Much Like Milwaukee’s Past, Its Future Can be Fueled by Water

Much Like Milwaukee’s Past, Its Future Can be Fueled by Water

History has given the Milwaukee area a firm foundation in water technology and research that can be applied to water issues facing the world.

Milwaukee County: Committee on Transporation, Public Works and Transit
Milwaukee County

Committee on Transporation, Public Works and Transit

The mission of the Department of Public Works, including the construction and maintenance of county highways, bridges and public structures are the responsibility of this Committee. Members discuss all matters pertaining to the policy of mass transit and the Milwaukee County Transit System, including fares, service routes and capital improvements. The Committee discusses all matters under its jurisdiction pertaining to railroads and public utilities in the county. Meets at 9:00 A.M. on the 3rd Wednesday before the County Board Meeting Agenda

City Plan Commission Meeting

City Plan Commission Meeting

The City Plan Commission (CPC) is the City’s official planning body established under State statute and is responsible for master planning activities. The CPC advises the Common Council on a variety of land development issues including zoning map changes, revisions in the zoning ordinance, subdivision approvals, business improvement districts, street and alley vacations, public land disposition and acquisition, new streets and the approval of development plans in certain overlay districts. City Plan Commission (CPC) meetings are held in the First Floor Boardroom at the Department of City Development, 809 North Broadway, unless otherwise noted. Agenda

Mercy Housing Lakefront Updates Design for East Side Proposal (Renderings)

Mercy Housing Lakefront Updates Design for East Side Proposal (Renderings)

Mercy Housing Lakefront Inc. presented an updated design for a nine-story LEED certified affordable housing apartment building to the Greenwich Village Neighborhood Association.

Finance & Personnel Committee Meeting: Budget Hearing
Finance & Personnel Committee Meeting

Budget Hearing

The Finance and Personnel Committee considers appropriations, finances, taxation, revenues, labor relations, personnel, pensions and other benefits, insurance, audits and city budget. The Finance and Personnel Committee meetings start at 1:30 p.m. and are held in the Room 301-B, City Hall, unless otherwise noted.

Finance & Personnel Committee Meeting: Budget Hearing
Finance & Personnel Committee Meeting

Budget Hearing

The Finance and Personnel Committee considers appropriations, finances, taxation, revenues, labor relations, personnel, pensions and other benefits, insurance, audits and city budget. The Finance and Personnel Committee meetings start at 1:30 p.m. and are held in the Room 301-B, City Hall, unless otherwise noted. Agenda

Finance & Personnel Committee Meeting: Budget Hearing
Finance & Personnel Committee Meeting

Budget Hearing

The Finance and Personnel Committee considers appropriations, finances, taxation, revenues, labor relations, personnel, pensions and other benefits, insurance, audits and city budget. The Finance and Personnel Committee meetings start at 1:30 p.m. and are held in the Room 301-B, City Hall, unless otherwise noted. Agenda

Finance & Personnel Committee Meeting: Budget Hearing
Finance & Personnel Committee Meeting

Budget Hearing

The Finance and Personnel Committee considers appropriations, finances, taxation, revenues, labor relations, personnel, pensions and other benefits, insurance, audits and city budget. The Finance and Personnel Committee meetings start at 1:30 p.m. and are held in the Room 301-B, City Hall, unless otherwise noted.

Finance & Personnel Committee Meeting: Budget Hearing
Finance & Personnel Committee Meeting

Budget Hearing

The Finance and Personnel Committee considers appropriations, finances, taxation, revenues, labor relations, personnel, pensions and other benefits, insurance, audits and city budget. The Finance and Personnel Committee meetings start at 1:30 p.m. and are held in the Room 301-B, City Hall, unless otherwise noted. Agenda

Stand Up For Your Trains Wisconsin!

Stand Up For Your Trains Wisconsin!

Stand up for your trains Wisconsin! For the last 14 years, different administrations, elected officials, agencies and travelers have been working towards rejuvenating Wisconsin’s passenger rail service. However, In the last 18 months critics have tried to derail this effort. It’s time to stand up in support of modernizing and extending passenger rail in Wisconsin and the Midwest. Let’s build on the very successful Hiawatha service and connect Chicago, Milwaukee, Madison and other cities in Wisconsin to a midwestern passenger rail network. The construction and operation of an intercity rail system will bring jobs and economic development to Wisconsin. This event is hosted by the Wisconsin Sierra Club, WISPIRG, ProRail and several other organizations. Location: Country Springs Hotel, 2810 Golf Road, Pewaukee, Wisconsin 12:00 PM Cost: Free Address Country Springs Hotel, 2810 Golf Road Pewaukee, WI 53072-5449 RSVP

Creativity Works! Public Information Session

Creativity Works! Public Information Session

Creativity Works! is fostering new opportunities and collaborations as we set the stage for a strong, vibrant economic future for the Milwaukee 7 Region. JOIN Creativity Works at this free public information session and reception! Wednesday, October 27th 4:30-6:30pm Bradley Pavilion, Marcus Center for the Performing Arts FREE & open to the public Beverages & appetizers provided RSVP Here

Capital Improvements Committee Meeting

Capital Improvements Committee Meeting

The Capital Improvement Committee is tasked to develop, maintain, and update a long-term capital improvements program for the City’s construction and maintenance of its infrastructure and facilities. It is made up of the Commissioner of Public Works; the Department of Administration – Budget and Management Director; the Comptroller; the chair of the Public Works Committee; the chair of the Finance and Personnel Committee; the Common Council President; and a public member appointed by the Mayor. All except the public member may name an alternate. The public member is subject to Common Council confirmation to a three-year term. The President of the Common Council names the chair of the committee. Agenda

Common Council Meeting

Common Council Meeting

City Hall 200 East Wells St. Common Council Chambers Milwaukee, WI 53202 Agenda

Lend Your Support to the Milwaukee Makeover Project.  Vote Today!

Lend Your Support to the Milwaukee Makeover Project. Vote Today!

The Milwaukee Healthy Neighborhoods Initiative together with the Greater Milwaukee Foundation and the City of Milwaukee have developed the Milwaukee Makeover Project.

UrbanMilwaukee.com S. 2nd Street Happy Hour

UrbanMilwaukee.com S. 2nd Street Happy Hour

Here at UrbanMilwaukee.com we’re happy to see the reconstruction of S. 2nd Street being done in a way that will meet the needs of the neighborhood, and we want to do our part to help businesses during the construction. So please join us for our first UrbanMilwaukee.com S. 2nd Street Happy Hour. We’ll be having it at Sabbatic on Friday, October 15th, 2010 starting at 5 pm. Please stop in for one before you head out for Gallery Night. Location: Sabbatic 700 S 2nd Street Milwaukee, WI 53202

Beerline Bash

Beerline Bash

In late 2009 The River Revitalization Foundation, Milwaukee’s urban rivers land trust, purchased a 2.8 acre developed site along the Milwaukee River that includes the abandoned Wheelhouse restaurant. By late 2011, the property will be green and in the midst of a major restoration effort! The project will restore blighted urban riverfront land to preserved green space and increase shoreline stabilization and floodplain protection. In addition, the site will connect to the recently-completed Beerline Trail, a segment of Milwaukee County Parks’ Oak Leaf Trail System. The Trail (also a project of River Revitalization Foundation), located on an abandoned railroad line formerly known as the “Beerline,” preserves invaluable natural areas along the Milwaukee River, provides public open space and recreational opportunities, and offers commuters access to downtown. Gathering Waters Conservancy and the River Revitalization Foundation are co-hosting the Beerline Bash to celebrate the demolition of the Wheelhouse and the completion of the Beerline Trail. Enjoy a leisurely hike along the Trail, a Wheelhouse site tour, and a reception overlooking the Milwaukee River. For more information and directions, please visit our website here. Please RSVP by October 13. Call 608-251-9131 x 15 or email info@gatheringwaters.org.

Beerline B Apartment Complex to Break Ground in November (Renderings)

Beerline B Apartment Complex to Break Ground in November (Renderings)

General Capital Group plans to break ground on the 140-unit Beerline B apartment project, located at the long vacant corner of Commerce St. and Pleasant St., in November.

S. 2nd Street Update and Happy Hour

S. 2nd Street Update and Happy Hour

After years of working with the Department of Public Works, neighborhood residents, property owners, and business owners were able to convince the City of Milwaukee to redesign S. 2nd Street to fit the needs of the neighborhood.

Historic Colby-Abbot Building Renovation is Underway

Historic Colby-Abbot Building Renovation is Underway

Construction has begun on the long anticipated renovation of the 134-year old, 6-story, Colby-Abbot Building, located at 759 N. Milwaukee St.

City of Milwaukee 2010 Trick or Treat Hours

City of Milwaukee 2010 Trick or Treat Hours

Boo!! City of Milwaukee 2010 Trick or Treat will be held from 1:00 – 4:00 pm on Sunday, Oct. 31st.

Finance & Personnel Committee Meeting: Budget Hearing
Finance & Personnel Committee Meeting

Budget Hearing

The Finance and Personnel Committee considers appropriations, finances, taxation, revenues, labor relations, personnel, pensions and other benefits, insurance, audits and city budget. The Finance and Personnel Committee meetings start at 1:30 p.m. and are held in the Room 301-B, City Hall, unless otherwise noted. Agenda

Finance & Personnel Committee Meeting: Budget Hearing
Finance & Personnel Committee Meeting

Budget Hearing

The Finance and Personnel Committee considers appropriations, finances, taxation, revenues, labor relations, personnel, pensions and other benefits, insurance, audits and city budget. The Finance and Personnel Committee meetings start at 1:30 p.m. and are held in the Room 301-B, City Hall, unless otherwise noted.

Finance & Personnel Committee Meeting: Budget Hearing
Finance & Personnel Committee Meeting

Budget Hearing

The Finance and Personnel Committee considers appropriations, finances, taxation, revenues, labor relations, personnel, pensions and other benefits, insurance, audits and city budget. The Finance and Personnel Committee meetings start at 1:30 p.m. and are held in the Room 301-B, City Hall, unless otherwise noted. Agenda

Finance & Personnel Committee Meeting: Budget Hearing
Finance & Personnel Committee Meeting

Budget Hearing

The Finance and Personnel Committee considers appropriations, finances, taxation, revenues, labor relations, personnel, pensions and other benefits, insurance, audits and city budget. The Finance and Personnel Committee meetings start at 1:30 p.m. and are held in the Room 301-B, City Hall, unless otherwise noted. Agenda

Finance & Personnel Committee Meeting

Finance & Personnel Committee Meeting

The Finance and Personnel Committee considers appropriations, finances, taxation, revenues, labor relations, personnel, pensions and other benefits, insurance, audits and city budget. The Finance and Personnel Committee meetings start at 1:30 p.m. and are held in the Room 301-B, City Hall, unless otherwise noted. Agenda

Zoning, Neighborhoods & Development Committee Meeting

Zoning, Neighborhoods & Development Committee Meeting

The Zoning, Neighborhoods and Development Committee reviews issues relating to city development, zoning, historic preservation, incremental tax financing, building codes and housing projects. The Zoning, Neighborhoods and Development Committee meetings start at 9:00 a.m. and are held in the Room 301-B, City Hall, unless otherwise noted. Agenda

Community & Economic Development Committee Meeting

Community & Economic Development Committee Meeting

The Community and Economic Development Committee hears matters relating to community development, block grants, job development, business improvement districts, city public relations, industrial land banks and revenue bonds, emerging business enterprises, recreation, cultural arts and the library system. The Community and Economic Development Committee meetings start at 9:00 a.m. and are held in the Room 301-B, City Hall, unless otherwise noted. Agenda

Photo Gallery: Refurbished Streetcar-Stops Tie Milwaukee’s Past to its Future
Photo Gallery

Refurbished Streetcar-Stops Tie Milwaukee’s Past to its Future

On Wednesday September 29th, 2010 the Friends of the Hank Araon State Trail celebrated the return to service of two refurbished historic car-stops as functioning pieces of history.

Next Up? E. Wells Street

Next Up? E. Wells Street

Now that E. State. Stree has been converted to two-way traffic in East Town, next up for conversion is E. Well Street.

Planning and a Pint

Planning and a Pint

The UW-Milwaukee Urban Planning Alumni Chapter is hosting a “Planning and a Pint” event on October 6th, 5:30 to 7:30 at Trocadero in Milwaukee. The topic is Economic impacts of High Speed Rail. Panelists are Bob Dennik from Milwaukee County, Dan Ertl from the City of Brookfield and Tom Rave from Gateway to Milwaukee. It should be a lively discussion! Online registration is strongly recommended. http://www4.uwm.edu/alumni/chapters/urbplan_rsvp_oct.cfm Flyer

Board of Zoning Appeals Meeting

Board of Zoning Appeals Meeting

The Board of Zoning Appeals (BOZA) is in independent agency authorized to hear appeals in matters relating to all zoning ordinances and to review zoning ordinance interpretations made by the Department of City Development. Because the Board acts somewhat like a court, it is called a quasi-judicial body and is required to follow accepted procedures and to fairly evaluate the relevant facts in each case that comes before it. The Board schedules approximately 15 hearings per year (one every three to four weeks) and hears roughly 700 cases each year. Agenda

E. State St. is Open for Two-way Traffic in East Town

E. State St. is Open for Two-way Traffic in East Town

All throughout this summer the city had been repaving, repainting, and installing new lights along E. State St. in preparation to open most of it to two-way traffic. As of this weekend, E. State St. in East Town from Prospect Ave. to Market St. is open to two-way traffic.

Finance & Personnel Committee Meeting: Budget Hearing
Finance & Personnel Committee Meeting

Budget Hearing

The Finance and Personnel Committee considers appropriations, finances, taxation, revenues, labor relations, personnel, pensions and other benefits, insurance, audits and city budget. The Finance and Personnel Committee meetings start at 1:30 p.m. and are held in the Room 301-B, City Hall, unless otherwise noted.

Finance & Personnel Committee Meeting: Budget Hearing
Finance & Personnel Committee Meeting

Budget Hearing

The Finance and Personnel Committee considers appropriations, finances, taxation, revenues, labor relations, personnel, pensions and other benefits, insurance, audits and city budget. The Finance and Personnel Committee meetings start at 1:30 p.m. and are held in the Room 301-B, City Hall, unless otherwise noted. Agenda

Public Safety Committee Meeting

Public Safety Committee Meeting

The Public Safety Committee is concerned with issues brought forth from the fire, police, health and neighborhood services departments as well as traffic control, emergency medical services and parking. It also licenses alarm businesses and public passenger vehicles and drivers. Agenda

Public Works Committee Meeting

Public Works Committee Meeting

The Public Works Committee is responsible for physical services provided by the city such as street and alley maintenance, waste collection, disposal and recycling, sewer, water and flood control projects, assessments, public buildings, land and waterways. Public Works Committee meetings start at 9:00 a.m. and are held in the Room 301-B, City Hall, unless otherwise noted. Agenda

Night By The River: ArtWorks for Milwaukee’s Annual Fundraiser
Night By The River

ArtWorks for Milwaukee’s Annual Fundraiser

As labor markets tighten, Milwaukee’s teens are not being prepared to successfully transition out of high school and into the workforce. Low skill-levels and high unemployment stand in the way of even the best students. ArtWorks for Milwaukee, Inc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that hires and pays an hourly wage to teams of teenage apprentices for each of its programs, who work with a local, professional Lead Artists to create visual, literary, and mixed media art projects. This collaboration uses an art project- complete with a budget, deadlines, and performance reviews- to teach valuable job and life skills to teenagers that need it most. All of our programming promotes teamwork, tolerance for diversity, project management, and prepares young people to successfully enter the workforce in any industry. Can you think of someone who helped you prepare for your career? Now’s your chance to help the next generation! The goal of this event is to raise the funds needed to support ArtWorks’ 2011 programming. With your help, we can reach our goal to raise enough money to add an additional program session next year to train even more underserved teens. The need for our services is increasing. Be a part of the solution! Join us on November 5, 2010 from 6-9pm: Craft Beer & Fine Wine Tasting Delectable Hors d’oeuvres View of the Milwaukee River Eclectic Silent Auction Local Art Work Live Auction Hosted by emcee Mark Metcalf, Seinfeld’s “Maestro” Night by the River tickets cover the entrance fee to the event, food, entertainment and tastings. Location: Manpower, Inc. Global HQ 100 Manpower Place Milwaukee, WI 53212 More information: http://www.nightbytheriver.com Phone: 414-708-9996

Photo Gallery: Milwaukee Park(ing) Day
Photo Gallery

Milwaukee Park(ing) Day

Although, we just had a basic setup for our Park(ing) Day installation, we did have a great turnout of interested citizens stop by to take part in our efforts to look at the urban hardscape in a new light.

Sobelman’s Buy Local Bicycle Rally

Sobelman’s Buy Local Bicycle Rally

THE RIDE Begins 11am @ Tallgrass Grill (1952 N Farwell) Ends @ Sobelman’s Pub & Grill (1900 W St Paul) Get a FREE event t-shirt with the purchase of a beer THE PARTY Enjoy the afternoon at Sobelman’s Pub & Grill with drink specials, great food, and give aways. $1 from every burger sold will go to the Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin

Public Safety Committee Approves New Milwaukee Bike Plan

Public Safety Committee Approves New Milwaukee Bike Plan

The Bicycle Master Plan was presented to the Public Safety Committee at the September 16th, 2010 meeting.

Historic Preservation Commission Meeting

Historic Preservation Commission Meeting

The Milwaukee Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) administers Milwaukee’s historic preservation ordinance, adopted in 1981, which provides certain kinds of legal protection for buildings or sites that have been declared historic by the Common Council. The HPC is responsible for designating historic landmarks and historic districts and for approving Certificates of Appropriateness (COAs) for permission to alter historic buildings. The HPC meets monthly on Mondays in City Hall, Room 301A, 200 E. Wells Street at 4:00 P.M. unless otherwise indicated. Agenda

Downtown Plan Gains Approval at Zoning, Neighborhoods & Development Committee

Downtown Plan Gains Approval at Zoning, Neighborhoods & Development Committee

Department of City Development staff presented the Downtown Plan Update at the September 15th 2010 Zoning, Neighborhoods & Development Committee meeting. Similar to the City Plan Commission meeting staff presented the overall themes and the eight catalytic projects, which are geared towards increasing density and connectivity throughout downtown, whiles creating a sense of place.

Special Common Council Meeting

Special Common Council Meeting

Message from His Honor, Tom Barrett, relative to the proposed executive budget for the year 2011 and to consider the following: Communication from the Mayor transmitting the proposed budget for the year 2011. City Hall 200 East Wells St. Common Council Chambers Milwaukee, WI 53202 More Information Agenda

Milwaukee County: Committee on Parks, Energy and Environment Meeting
Milwaukee County

Committee on Parks, Energy and Environment Meeting

All matters concerning county parks and parkways are the responsibility of this Committee. Members set policy for the parks department, organized recreation, cultural activities, the University Extension program, the Environmental Services Division of the Department of Public Works and Zoo park services. Members have jurisdiction over matters concerning the conservation of all uses of energy and make recommendations relating to conservation of air, water, energy and all other resources. Meets at 9:00 A.M. on the 2nd Tuesday before the County Board Meeting Agenda

Milwaukee County: Committee on Economic and Community Development
Milwaukee County

Committee on Economic and Community Development

The Milwaukee County Committee on Economic & Community Development oversees the administration of federal, state and local housing programs in the county, including the Urban Community Development Block Grant Program. Matters pertaining to economic development of Milwaukee County, including the best disposition of county properties, are decided by this Committee. It also makes decisions on the Research Park and the Airport Business Park. Meets at 9:00 A.M. on the 2nd Monday before the County Board Meeting in room 203-R of the Milwaukee County Courthouse. Agenda

PARK(ing) Day Comes to Milwaukee

PARK(ing) Day Comes to Milwaukee

The mission of PARK(ing) Day is to call attention to the need for more urban open space, to generate critical debate around how public space is created and allocated, and to improve the quality of urban human habitat … at least until the meter runs out!

City Plan Commission Meeting

City Plan Commission Meeting

The City Plan Commission (CPC) is the City’s official planning body established under State statute and is responsible for master planning activities. The CPC advises the Common Council on a variety of land development issues including zoning map changes, revisions in the zoning ordinance, subdivision approvals, business improvement districts, street and alley vacations, public land disposition and acquisition, new streets and the approval of development plans in certain overlay districts. City Plan Commission (CPC) meetings are held in the First Floor Boardroom at the Department of City Development, 809 North Broadway, unless otherwise noted. Agenda

Gallery Night and Day

Gallery Night and Day

Gallery Night and Day is the premier art event in Milwaukee for both the experienced art connoisseur and most beginning admirer. An evening of gallery hopping and art viewing begins Friday, October 15 and continues during the day on Saturday, October 16. This fall, the quarterly event showcases 61 venues throughout the downtown Milwaukee area. Admission is free to all venues during event hours. For more information, including venue event hours visit: http://bit.ly/GalleryNight or pick up a brochure at any participating venue.

Zoning, Neighborhoods & Development Committee Meeting

Zoning, Neighborhoods & Development Committee Meeting

The Zoning, Neighborhoods and Development Committee reviews issues relating to city development, zoning, historic preservation, incremental tax financing, building codes and housing projects. The Zoning, Neighborhoods and Development Committee meetings start at 9:00 a.m. and are held in the Room 301-B, City Hall, unless otherwise noted. Agenda

Community & Economic Development Committee Meeting

Community & Economic Development Committee Meeting

The Community and Economic Development Committee hears matters relating to community development, block grants, job development, business improvement districts, city public relations, industrial land banks and revenue bonds, emerging business enterprises, recreation, cultural arts and the library system. The Community and Economic Development Committee meetings start at 9:00 a.m. and are held in the Room 301-B, City Hall, unless otherwise noted. Agenda

2011 Milwaukee County Budget Public Hearing

2011 Milwaukee County Budget Public Hearing

The Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors Finance and Audit Committee has announced two public hearing sessions regarding the 2011 Milwaukee County Budget. The public is invited to attend these hearings to express their thoughts on funding for county programs and services, including transit service. Location: Kosciuszko Community Center 2201 S. 7th Street ▪ Milwaukee (Bus Routes: 53, 80) 6:00 p.m – 7:30 p.m.

2011 Milwaukee County Budget Public Hearing

2011 Milwaukee County Budget Public Hearing

The Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors Finance and Audit Committee has announced two public hearing sessions regarding the 2011 Milwaukee County Budget. The public is invited to attend these hearings to express their thoughts on funding for county programs and services, including transit service. Location: Mary Ryan Boys and Girls Club 3000 N. Sherman Boulevard ▪ Milwaukee (Bus Routes: 30, 60) 6:00 p.m – 7:30 p.m.

Growing Power’s National-International Urban & Small Farm Conference

Growing Power’s National-International Urban & Small Farm Conference

Come to Milwaukee and help grow the good food revolution. Hosted by Growing Power—a national organization headed by the sustainable urban farmer and MacArthur Fellow Will Allen—this international conference will teach the participant how to plan, develop and grow small farms in urban and rural areas. Learn how you can grow food year-round, no matter what the climate, and how you can build markets for small farms. See how you can play a part in creating a new food system that fosters better health and more closely-knit communities. Location : Wisconsin State Fair Grounds http://www.wistatefair.com For more information: http://www.growingpowerfarmconference.org/

Coalition for Advancing Transit Meeting

Coalition for Advancing Transit Meeting

The meeting will be held at Manpower International, 100 Manpower Place, Milwaukee.  Check-in and Networking will begin at 7:30AM and we should wrap up between 9:30-10:00AM.  We will provide an overview of what’s been happening over the summer, in particular with MCTS and the County Budget, as well as some recommended strategies that the Coalition can utilize in early 2011 to push the newly elected state legislature to act on this issue.  Please contact kristi@uedawi.org if you plan to attend.

Milwaukee Intermodal Station Train Shed Project to Start in October (Renderings)

Milwaukee Intermodal Station Train Shed Project to Start in October (Renderings)

The second phase of the redevelopment of the Milwaukee Intermodal Station will begin construction next month.

All Things Water: Water, water everywhere – Water-related illness in children in the United States
All Things Water

Water, water everywhere – Water-related illness in children in the United States

Waterborne illness is one of the leading causes of childhood mortality in the developing world. Although the burden of such illness is far less in the United States, thanks to the generally high quality of water treatment and delivery systems, there are millions of cases of water-related illness each year in this country. Recent research has revealed potentially alarming deficiencies in our water infrastructure that pose risks to public health, an overview of which will be provided in this presentation. Speaker: Marc Gorelick, Chief of Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Medical College of Wisconsin The UWM School of Freshwater Sciences announces another semester of All Things Water seminars, featuring presentations on freshwater topics by faculty, scientists, and industry and community professionals, followed by discussion. The seminars are geared toward general audiences, and are free and open to the public. Bring your own lunch. Lectures are 12-1pm in the UWM Union (check schedule at freshwater.uwm.edu/events for specific room), at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2200 E. Kenwood Blvd.

All Things Water: Flotsam or jetsam? Invasive species litter the bottom of Lake Michigan
All Things Water

Flotsam or jetsam? Invasive species litter the bottom of Lake Michigan

Speaker: Russell Cuhel, Senior Scientist, UWM School of Freshwater Sciences Long ago (pre-1990), the bottom of Lake Michigan was pretty bare once you got deeper than 10 meters (33 feet) or so. The water was mostly turbid (cloudy) nearshore, and deeper areas were dark even at midday. In the late 1980s, zebra mussels moved in, and coastal water clarity increased dramatically in the warmer months. Deeper areas (30 meters or 100 feet or more) were still bare. Then the quagga mussel ran the zebra mussel out of town after 2003, and colonized a huge part of the lake bottom. This video tour of Southwestern Lake Michigan benthic (bottom) habitats will show you the extent of change, how sudden storms affect the lake bottom, and other scientifically relevant amusements. The UWM School of Freshwater Sciences announces another semester of All Things Water seminars, featuring presentations on freshwater topics by faculty, scientists, and industry and community professionals, followed by discussion. The seminars are geared toward general audiences, and are free and open to the public. Bring your own lunch. Lectures are 12-1pm in the UWM Union (check schedule at freshwater.uwm.edu/events for specific room), at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2200 E. Kenwood Blvd.

All Things Water – The Great Lakes in miniature: A peek into the lives of microplankton
All Things Water – The Great Lakes in miniature

A peek into the lives of microplankton

Speaker: Rudi Strickler, Shaw Distinguished Professor, UWM Department of Biological Sciences The Great Lakes are full of microscopic organisms that form a critical strand in the food web, but their small size makes them challenging to study and understand. In this seminar, Rudi Strickler will talk about how his lab is using a combination of high-tech and low-tech equipment to peer in on the small-scale lives of some of the Great Lakes ’ tiniest inhabitants. Videos and photographs will provide an up-close and personal look at these microplankton and the microfluidics devices Strickler uses to study them. The UWM School of Freshwater Sciences announces another semester of All Things Water seminars, featuring presentations on freshwater topics by faculty, scientists, and industry and community professionals, followed by discussion. The seminars are geared toward general audiences, and are free and open to the public. Bring your own lunch. Lectures are 12-1pm in the UWM Union (check schedule at freshwater.uwm.edu/events for specific room), at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2200 E. Kenwood Blvd.

Engineers Without Borders: La Garrucha, Guatemala potable water system
Engineers Without Borders

La Garrucha, Guatemala potable water system

Speaker: Michael Paddock, Senior Project Manager, CH2M HILL, and USA Board of Directors, Engineers Without Borders The UWM School of Freshwater Sciences announces another semester of All Things Water seminars, featuring presentations on freshwater topics by faculty, scientists, and industry and community professionals, followed by discussion. The seminars are geared toward general audiences, and are free and open to the public. Bring your own lunch. Lectures are 12-1pm in the UWM Union (check schedule at freshwater.uwm.edu/events for specific room), at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2200 E. Kenwood Blvd.

Projected climate impacts and adaptation strategies for Wisconsin’s urban areas

Projected climate impacts and adaptation strategies for Wisconsin’s urban areas

Speaker: David Liebl, Faculty Associate, Department of Engineering Professional Development, UW-Madison, and Statewide Extension Specialist, Solid and Hazardous Waste Education Center, UW-Cooperative Extension The UWM School of Freshwater Sciences announces another semester of All Things Water seminars, featuring presentations on freshwater topics by faculty, scientists, and industry and community professionals, followed by discussion. The seminars are geared toward general audiences, and are free and open to the public. Bring your own lunch. Lectures are 12-1pm in the UWM Union (check schedule at freshwater.uwm.edu/events for specific room), at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2200 E. Kenwood Blvd.

Public Works Committee Meeting

Public Works Committee Meeting

The Public Works Committee is responsible for physical services provided by the city such as street and alley maintenance, waste collection, disposal and recycling, sewer, water and flood control projects, assessments, public buildings, land and waterways. Public Works Committee meetings start at 9:00 a.m. and are held in the Room 301-B, City Hall, unless otherwise noted. Agenda

It’s not that easy being green… It’s that easy saying you’re green

It’s not that easy being green… It’s that easy saying you’re green

Bein’ green might not be that easy for Kemit, but for some development projects it seems all to easy “bein’ green.”

SARUP Lecture Series: Simulated Landscapes, Rachel Bruya Walker and Piper Vollmer
SARUP Lecture Series

Simulated Landscapes, Rachel Bruya Walker and Piper Vollmer

Simulated Landscapes, Rachel Bruya Walker and Piper Vollmer Rachel Bruya Walker and Piper Vollmer will discuss their artwork featured in the Architecture Gallery. Both artists create miniature environments with dramatically different visuals. Influenced by popular culture and her experience working in the highly political San Francisco architecture industry, Bruya Walker creates paper structures employing printmaking and photography. Vollmer’s 3D prints envision planned communities cultivated from religious utopian desires. UWM – AUP 170

SARUP Lecture Series: What Makes Early American Architecture American: The Origins of Regional Building Practices
SARUP Lecture Series

What Makes Early American Architecture American: The Origins of Regional Building Practices

Carl Lounsbury, PhD, Lecturer at Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Williamsburg, Virginia Lounsbury’s lecture will consider how English colonists reworked their building practices in response to regional conditions in the American colonies, especially during the 18th century. He will consider how English technologies and building forms changed in response to new materials as well as contact with other colonists and indigenous peoples. Co-sponsored with UWM Buildings-Landscapes-Cultures Initiative and the Department of Art History, the Department of Landscape Architecture, and the Material Culture Program at UW-Madison. For more information, contact Assistant Professor Arijit Sen at sena@uwm.edu. UW-Madison Elvehjem Building L140

SARUP Symposium: Embodied Placemaking in Urban Public Spaces
SARUP Symposium

Embodied Placemaking in Urban Public Spaces

This interdisciplinary symposium, which focuses on our engagement with the urban environment in its material and social contexts, will include speakers Swati Chattopadhyay, Associate Professor of History of Art and Architecture at UC-Santa Barbara; Jennifer Cousineau, architectural historian with Parks Canada; Charlotte Fonrobert, Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Stanford; James Rojas, urban planner, artist, and founder of Latino Urban Forum in Los Angeles; Joseph Sciorra, Associate Director for Academic and Cultural Programs at Queens College’s John D. Calandra Italian American Institute; and Karen E. Till, Associate Professor of Urban Affairs and Planning at Virginia Tech. Co-sponsored with UWM Buildings-Landscapes-Cultures Initiative, Center for Jewish Studies, Cultures & Communities Program, Peck School of the Arts, Departments of Anthropology and Geography, and the Urban Studies Program. The symposium organizers at UWM – Joe Austin (History), Arijit Sen (Architecture), Lisa Silverman (History), and coordinator Kate Kramer offer a special thank you to Simone Ferro (Dance). For more information, contact Assistant Professor Arijit Sen at sena@uwm.edu. UWM – Curtin 175

SARUP Lecture Series: Green Pathways out of Poverty and into Prosperity
SARUP Lecture Series

Green Pathways out of Poverty and into Prosperity

Raquel Pinderhughes, Professor of Urban Studies, San Francisco State University Workforce development programs are gearing up to prepare men and women from low-income communities for jobs and careers in the green economy. The training and preparation for these jobs and careers are seen as a ‘green pathway out of poverty’ strategy, aiming to leverage green economy opportunities as a sustainable solution for moving individuals from dependency to self-sufficiency. This presentation will focus on the role that green job training can play in preparing low-income youth and adults for the green economy both as workers and activists who come from the communities most impacted by environmental problems and injustices. UWM – AUP 170

SARUP Lecture Series: Infrastructural Ecologies
SARUP Lecture Series

Infrastructural Ecologies

Clare Lyster, Principal, CLUAA, Chicago, and Assistant Professor of Architecture, University of Illinois at Chicago Architects are increasingly turning to infrastructure as a site of research and design practice. The lecture contemplates architecture’s agency in the “infrastructural project”, though research on the disciplines fall out with the networks of Post-Fordist Space, what Manuel Castells calls “the space of flows”. This is presented through projects that identify new networks that challenge traditional notions of infrastructure; expose new architectural typologies in contemporary urban systems and establish new techniques for the representation of urban delivery networks. UWM – AUP 170

SARUP Lecture Series: The Placemakers Guide to Building Community
SARUP Lecture Series

The Placemakers Guide to Building Community

Nabeel Hamdi, Emeritus Professor of Housing and Urban Development, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, England Nabeel Hamdi is one of the pioneers of participatory planning and his book Small Change has been highly influential in describing the role that informality plays in urban life. It sets out a way of thinking on cities that gives precedence to small-scale, incremental change over large-scale projects. He shows how the trickle-down effect advocated by conservatives everywhere does not produce the sort of large-scale changes that are predicted. Instead, the trickle-up effect of self-organized systems produce the biggest changes Location: UWM – AUP 170

The Role of the Creative Sector  in Community and Economic Development

The Role of the Creative Sector in Community and Economic Development

The City of Milwaukee, the Cultural Alliance of Greater Milwaukee, and the Greater Milwaukee Committee (GMC) invite you to a very special panel discussion with the Chair for the National Endowment for the Arts, Rocco Landesman. The Role of the Creative Sector in Community and Economic Development moderated by Lt Governor Barbara Lawton. Friday, September 17th Panel Discussion 10:30-11:45 am Milwaukee Art Museum, Lubar Auditorium RSVP requested Space limited, open to the public FREE Join the Cultural Alliance of Greater Milwaukee to get an update on the Creativity Works!project; to hear the perspective of the NEA on the importance of our creative sector; and to enjoy spirited discussion on how the creative sector contributes to our community’s livability and sustainability. Chair Landesman is visiting Milwaukee to acknowledge and support our being awarded an NEA/Mayors Institute on City Design grant for Creativity Works! Milwaukee Regional Creative Economy Project. This project is a partnership between the City of Milwaukee, the Cultural Alliance of Greater Milwaukee, and the GMC. We have received one of only 21 grants awarded nationally, out of 200+ applicants.We look forward to seeing you on September 17.

Bay View Beach Cleanup

Bay View Beach Cleanup

Volunteers are needed for the Sept. 25 Bay View Beach cleanup, 9-11am. Meet at Bay View Park stairs. Sponsored by Bay View Neighborhood Association’s Environment & Transportation Committee.

Book Review: The High Cost of Free Parking
Book Review

The High Cost of Free Parking

The High Cost of Free Parking makes the American Planning Association’s 100 Essential Books of Planning, and for good reason.

4 Season Harvest – Full Moon Festival

4 Season Harvest – Full Moon Festival

Weber’s Greenhouses located at 4215 N. Green Bay Ave. is planning a 4 Season Harvest – Full Moon Festival on Friday September 24 and Saturday September 25. We would like you to participate. This event is FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! Friday Night is from 6 – 11pm and will be a huge party to kick off the event featuring the Milwaukee Band the EX-CLEAVERS (New Age Punk Rock) for those of you who know them. This will cost $5, and we have tickets for early sale. BYOB. There will also be kegs from The Ale House. Saturday will run from 10am – 6pm and will feature guest speakers including… Tony from Lamborganics – A delightful man who is in the worm farm business. We will be giving away free samples of his castings. Franz from Weber’s AKA The Germanator – I will discuss alternative energy for the poor urban farmer and other strategies for a more sustainable Milwaukee. I too will be giving away free samples of vegetable starts in celebration of the 4 season harvest. Urban food production and four season harvest demonstration and resources: Container gardening and vermi-culture combo: grow soil and food at the same time Single and double coverage for extended season harvest in an unheated hoop-house (space available) Four season harvest seedlings available (driven by demand – submit your wish list soon) Seed saving and harvest preservation techniques Low cost container, cold frames and greenhouses available Soil and seeds available when “all the other places have closed” Bees and other pollinators Low cost energy strategies for the urban environment: Milwaukee’s first bicycle powered Laundromat “Down and Dirty” solar hot air and solar hot water systems, “free heat on a budget” Bicycle power basics Cargo bicycles and bicycle trailers PV and wind systems basics Low cost battery storage and dump load diversion

Common Council Meeting

Common Council Meeting

City Hall 200 East Wells St. Common Council Chambers Milwaukee, WI 53202 Agenda

The Milwaukee Electric Railway & Light Company – System

The Milwaukee Electric Railway & Light Company – System

Join author Charles Damaske as he provides an historic overview of Milwaukee’s past interurban rail lines and some city service via the Milwaukee Street Car Line. This program includes information on the Burlington Line, East Troy Line, Lakeside Line, Milwaukee Northern Line, Rapid Transit Line, Watertown Line, West Junction to Waukesha Line, and the Milwaukee – Racine – Kenosha Line. Damaske is the author of Along the Right-of-Way, a series of books exploring events that occurred along the service routes of the Milwaukee Electric Railway & Light Company. For more information on this program and the Franklin exhibit, go to http://www.mpl.org/file/franklin_exhibit.htm. Friday, September 10 – 2:00-4:00 p.m. Central Library, 1st Floor Meeting Room

UEDA: 10th Annual Community Development Summit
UEDA

10th Annual Community Development Summit

The 10th Annual Community Development Summit will be held on the morning of Tuesday, October 12, 2010 at the Italian Conference Center in Milwaukee. “Foreclosure: Impacts and Opportunities” will provide an update of the foreclosure situation in Milwaukee and innovative approaches currently being utilized to address the issue. This year’s event will also feature keynote speaker John Taylor, President & CEO of the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC). Registration details to follow to stay tuned! Questions? Contact us at (414)562-9904 Web: http://www.uedawi.org/

Port of Milwaukee Redevelopment Plan

Port of Milwaukee Redevelopment Plan

Alderman Zielinski is holding a neighborhood meeting to discuss the Port of Milwaukee Redevelopment Plan on Wednesday, September 1st, 6 p.m. at the Port of Milwaukee, 2323 S. Lincoln Memorial Dr. The City of Milwaukee approved the boundary for the Port Redevelopment Plan in March 2009 and directed the Department of City Development to prepare a draft of the Plan. A map of the boundary is available online at: http://www.mkedcd. org/planning/ Port/index.html

Downtown Plan Approved by City Plan Commission

Downtown Plan Approved by City Plan Commission

The preparation of the Downtown Plan Update involved various public input sessions, countless hours of community and stakeholder input, resident surveys, the involvement of the business community, and the work of city staff.

Milwaukee Intermodal Station Train Shed Public Meeting

Milwaukee Intermodal Station Train Shed Public Meeting

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) is announcing a public information meeting to discuss reconstruction of the train shed at the Milwaukee Intermodal Station. The train shed is a 50,000 square foot facility immediately south of the station that is used to protect trains and passengers from the elements. The project will bring the facility into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The new structure will be 121 feet wide, 400 feet long, and 56 feet high. The train shed will include a partial mezzanine spanning 5 tracks and 3 boarding platforms, stairways, escalators, elevators, ventilation systems, lighting, and signage. The meeting is scheduled from 4 to 7 p.m. on August 24, 2010 at the Milwaukee Intermodal Station Atrium, 433 West St. Paul Avenue, Milwaukee and will include information on the train shed’s reconstruction. Members of the WisDOT project team will be on hand to answer questions and discuss the project. The public is encouraged to attend the meeting, provide input and ask questions concerning the project. Drawings showing the proposed train shed will be on display. If you are unable to attend the workshop or would like more information, contact Alyssa Macy at (414) 550-9407. Written comments regarding the project can be mailed to Wisconsin Department of Transportation, High-speed Passenger Rail Team, 433 W. St. Paul Avenue, Suite 300, Milwaukee, WI 53203-3007. Citizens who are deaf or hard of hearing and require an interpreter may request one by contacting Alyssa Macy at least three working days prior to the meeting via the Wisconsin Telecommunications Relay System (dial 711). For more information, contact: Alyssa Macy, High-speed Rail Program (414) 550-9407, Alyssa.macy@dot.wi.gov

The Monarch Trail Summer Moon Picnic!

The Monarch Trail Summer Moon Picnic!

Join the Monarch Trail Friends for a picnic and watch the sunset and moonrise over the County Grounds. Irish Music provided by: Ceol Cairde www.ceolcairde.com Where: The Monarch Trail – Milwaukee County Grounds, 9480 W Watertownplank Rd. Wauwatosa, Wisconsin When: 6:00 – 8 pm, (simultaneous sunset/moonrise: 7:15 pm) What: There will be a guided tour at 6:15 pm Why: Due to development plans, this may be one of the last opportunities to see the moonrise and sunset in this vast open space. Bring: Pack a picnic or snacks, and skeeto repellant 2010 will be a much better year to view the migration. This pre-migration event will provide information for people who would like to come out in September to see where they gather and where they roost at night. Themonarchtrail.org will update the migration daily the 2nd and 3rd week in September. Rain Date: We will hold a Migration launch on September 11th, same time, same place. The moon will not be attending that evening! Contact: Barb Agnew, 414-454-0222

Sad to See Chancellor Santiago Leave UWM

Sad to See Chancellor Santiago Leave UWM

Recently, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Chancellor Carlos Santiago announced his resignation from UWM to become the Chief Executive Officer of the Hispanic College Fund in Washington, D.C.

City Plan Commission Meeting

City Plan Commission Meeting

The City Plan Commission (CPC) is the City’s official planning body established under State statute and is responsible for master planning activities. The CPC advises the Common Council on a variety of land development issues including zoning map changes, revisions in the zoning ordinance, subdivision approvals, business improvement districts, street and alley vacations, public land disposition and acquisition, new streets and the approval of development plans in certain overlay districts. City Plan Commission (CPC) meetings are held in the First Floor Boardroom at the Department of City Development, 809 North Broadway, unless otherwise noted. Agenda

Irish Fest Summer School

Irish Fest Summer School

If you’ve ever wanted to learn more about Irish music, dance, song, arts, history, language and culture – this is the opportunity you’ve been waiting for. To help celebrate the 30th anniversary of Milwaukee Irish Fest, a talented and engaging group of instructors will pass along their knowledge to those who enroll in the 2010 Milwaukee Irish Fest Summer School at the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE). This year’s school, which is traditionally held the week prior to Milwaukee Irish Fest, is scheduled for August 16-20, 2010. Venue MSOE-Milwaukee School of Engineering Address 1025 N. Broadway City, State Milwaukee, WI Date Aug. 16-20 Time 9am-9pm Cost Classes start at $10

Eschweiler Excursions Part II

Eschweiler Excursions Part II

Historic Milwaukee Inc. has planned a second set of trolley tours of Eschweiler buildings 
on Thursday, September 16 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. and again on Saturday, September 18 from 11:30 to 2:30 p.m. 
The tour will be narrated by Win Thrall, curator of the 2007 exhibition “Alexander Eschweiler in Milwaukee” 
at the Charles Allis Art Museum – the first exhibition in history to feature the work of Alexander Eschweiler. 
Limited edition exhibition catalogues will be available for purchase for tour-goers only. This year the tour will focus on commercial buildings in the downtown as well 
as a selection of residences in the East Side. 
One step-off tour will be into the 1937 Art Moderne, Hotel Metro once known as the 
Mariner Building to get a great view of the Telephone Building from the Hotel’s rooftop. 
Another highlight has been added to end the tour. There will be a stop into the 
Wisconsin Architectural Archive in the Milwaukee Public Library. The library’s Humanities Department staff members will present building research information 
and there will be a showing of a short DVD documenting the 2007 “Alexander Eschweiler in Milwaukee” exhibition. 
The Archive will have architectural renderings and Mark Heffron’s exhibition photographs on display. Historic Milwaukee is pleased to be collaborating with event sponsors Hotel Metro and 
Thomas and Gabriele Eschweiler, as well as partnering with the Milwaukee Public Library 
and the Wisconsin Architectural Archive. Attendance is limited and these are popular tours so sign up early! Seating is limited. $25 for HMI Members and $35 for NonMembers. For more information, call 414–277–7795 or see www.historicmilwukee.org Sign Up here

Brookfield: Common Council Meeting
Brookfield

Common Council Meeting

The Brookfield Common Council is holding a public meeting to discuss the station location for the Amtrak Hiawatha extension. Please consider attending the meeting to show your support for the project. It is important to use this opportunity to educate the Common Council and the public about the level of support for rail and the importance of rail to our economic competitiveness and growth. A one page fact sheet can be downloaded by clicking here Common Council Meeting- Meeting starts at 7:45. Public comment is the first item on the agenda at 7:45. Brookfield-Tuesday, August 17, 2010 2000 N. Calhoun Road, Brookfield, WI

Food Cart Friday!

Food Cart Friday!

Today, starting at 11 am and running until 3 pm, in Cathedral Square, the East Town Association is holding what is hopefully the first of many Food Cart Fridays.

Summer Sizzle Jazz Festival

Summer Sizzle Jazz Festival

Ray Silkman will heat up the Main Stage at the Historic Third Ward Jazz Festival: Summer Sizzle, which runs 11am to 11pm, Saturday, August 7, in Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward. Featuring four stages of continuous jazz, the event will take place on North Broadway between E. St. Paul Avenue and E. Menomonee Street. Admission is free. Eighteen local, regional and Chicago jazz groups complete the musical lineup with a variety of styles: traditional, Latin, swing, smooth, Dixieland and more. Food highlights at the festival include fresh pizza cooked in a wood burning oven, chicken on a spit, roasted corn and other ethnic and American dishes. A “shoppers’ paradise” marketplace is filled with apparel, jewelry, art, imports, one-of-a-kind gifts and specialty items. Location: Historic Third Ward North Broadway

Milwaukee County: Committee of the Whole
Milwaukee County

Committee of the Whole

Some matters coming before the County Board have a significant policy impact or a unique set of circumstances which overlap specific committee jurisdiction.  One example is the closing of a major county facility.  On such occasions, the Committee of the Whole will meet at the call of the County Board Chairman.  All 19 supervisors are members of the Committee of the Whole. Agenda

Common Council Meeting

Common Council Meeting

City Hall 200 East Wells St. Common Council Chambers Milwaukee, WI 53202 Agenda

Blue Sky Sustainability Lunch

Blue Sky Sustainability Lunch

Inspired by the success of Green Drinks Milwaukee. The idea is to get folks together to talk about sustainability, to network and build momentum for the sea change in sustainable consciousness that is on its way! Buy your own lunch and/or beverages, and get in there and meet people! No RSVP necessary and feel free to pass this around. Every fourth Tuesday at NOON held at the Milwaukee Public Market, 400 N. Water Street. Meet in the 2nd floor common area. For more information, contact Mike Mangan at ebikemike@yahoo.com

Book Review: City Comforts – How to Build an Urban Village
Book Review

City Comforts – How to Build an Urban Village

“City Comforts - How to Build an Urban Village” by David Sucher is almost a CliffsNotes on the topic of urban planning.

2011 Preliminary Budget Hearing

2011 Preliminary Budget Hearing

The City of Milwaukee will hold a 2011 Preliminary Budget Hearing to ensure the 2011 City of Milwaukee Budget addresses the needs of our community. Mayor Tom Barrett, Finance and Personnel Committee Chair, Alderman Michael J. Murphy, Budget Director Mark Nicolini and budget staff will provide information regarding the budget planning process and give attendees an opportunity to share input on city services. City residents are encouraged to attend. WHAT: 2011 Preliminary Budget Hearing WHEN: Monday, August 2nd 5:30-7:00 p.m. WHERE: Zeidler Municipal Building, Room 102 841 N. Broadway (use the Broadway Street entrance) Upon reasonable notice, efforts will be made to accommodate the needs of persons with disabilities through sign language interpreters or auxiliary aids. For additional information or to request this service, contact the office of the Mayor, 286-2200, (TDD) 286-2025, or by writing to the Office of the Mayor at Room 201, City Hall, 200 E. Wells Street, Milwaukee, WI 53202. Information

Bronzeville Takes a Small Step Forward

Bronzeville Takes a Small Step Forward

At the July 20th, 2010 meeting of the Zoning, Neighborhoods and Development Committee the committee unanimously voted to approve $171,000 in TIF funds, from TID #59, to assist in the redevelopment of a building at 642 W. North Ave.

High Speed Rail is Coming to Milwaukee

High Speed Rail is Coming to Milwaukee

According to the Department of Transportation, up to $100 million of the $810 million allocation for the Milwaukee to Madison connection could be spent on the high speed rail project by early 2011.

Zoning, Neighborhoods & Development Committee Meeting

Zoning, Neighborhoods & Development Committee Meeting

The Zoning, Neighborhoods and Development Committee reviews issues relating to city development, zoning, historic preservation, incremental tax financing, building codes and housing projects. The Zoning, Neighborhoods and Development Committee meetings start at 9:00 a.m. and are held in the Room 301-B, City Hall, unless otherwise noted. Agenda

Historic Preservation Commission Meeting

Historic Preservation Commission Meeting

The Milwaukee Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) administers Milwaukee’s historic preservation ordinance, adopted in 1981, which provides certain kinds of legal protection for buildings or sites that have been declared historic by the Common Council. The HPC is responsible for designating historic landmarks and historic districts and for approving Certificates of Appropriateness (COAs) for permission to alter historic buildings. The HPC meets monthly on Mondays in City Hall, Room 301A, 200 E. Wells Street at 4:00 P.M. unless otherwise indicated. Agenda

Community & Economic Development Committee Meeting

Community & Economic Development Committee Meeting

The Community and Economic Development Committee hears matters relating to community development, block grants, job development, business improvement districts, city public relations, industrial land banks and revenue bonds, emerging business enterprises, recreation, cultural arts and the library system. The Community and Economic Development Committee meetings start at 9:00 a.m. and are held in the Room 301-B, City Hall, unless otherwise noted. Agenda

Sizzlin Saturday Outdoor Market

Sizzlin Saturday Outdoor Market

Visit the Historic Third Ward on June 19 when over 40 merchants will sell antiques, art, clothing, jewelry, collectibles, fresh produce and more! Enjoy jazz by local musicians; a fashion show and a fun kids’ corner! Great food and fun! Location: Commission Row in the Historic Third Ward 300 N Broadway (between St. Paul and Buffalo) Milwaukee, WI For more info: http://www.historicthirdward.org/events/sizzlinsaturdays.php

Milwaukee County: Committee on Parks, Energy and Environment Meeting
Milwaukee County

Committee on Parks, Energy and Environment Meeting

All matters concerning county parks and parkways are the responsibility of this Committee. Members set policy for the parks department, organized recreation, cultural activities, the University Extension program, the Environmental Services Division of the Department of Public Works and Zoo park services. Members have jurisdiction over matters concerning the conservation of all uses of energy and make recommendations relating to conservation of air, water, energy and all other resources. Meets at 9:00 A.M. on the 2nd Tuesday before the County Board Meeting Agenda

Milwaukee is Moving Forward with New Bicycle Plan

Milwaukee is Moving Forward with New Bicycle Plan

Milwaukee’s first bicycle plan came out in 1993. Since that time the city has realized most of the plan’s major recommendations and has added over 115 miles of bicycle lanes and routes to the city. The new plan lays out a Vision for Milwaukee 2020. That would include adding over 170 miles of new on-street bike infrastructure and almost 7 miles of new paved trails.

Midwest High Speed Rail Association – Brown Bag Lunch

Midwest High Speed Rail Association – Brown Bag Lunch

This will be a casual event to discuss the future of high-speed rail in the Midwest. Bring your own lunch. The event is free, but please consider a $5.00 donation at the door. Please let us know that you are coming. Click here to RSVP. Where: Milwaukee Public Market 400 N. Water Street Milwaukee, WI 53202

Water Summit IV: Blue Footprint
Water Summit IV

Blue Footprint

In a blink of an eye the United States has turned its attention to the carbon footprint – the measure of our individual and collective impact on the environment. From electricity to heating to transportation we now have a number on how much carbon dioxide we produce. Should there not be parallel growth in something comparable for water, perhaps an effort called a Blue Footprint. The Milwaukee Water Council’s Water Summit IV will be devoted to understanding and exploring the impact of the Blue Footprint on you as a business leader, research, environmentalist, elected official, student and as a person. Where: Harbor Lights Room at O’Donnell Park For more information and to register click here.

Milwaukee County: Committee on Economic and Community Development
Milwaukee County

Committee on Economic and Community Development

The Milwaukee County Committee on Economic & Community Development oversees the administration of federal, state and local housing programs in the county, including the Urban Community Development Block Grant Program. Matters pertaining to economic development of Milwaukee County, including the best disposition of county properties, are decided by this Committee. It also makes decisions on the Research Park and the Airport Business Park. Meets at 9:00 A.M. on the 2nd Monday before the County Board Meeting in room 203-R of the Milwaukee County Courthouse. Agenda

Green Drinks

Green Drinks

Green Drinks is a monthly event where you can meet people, network, do a business deal, learn something new or maybe even find a job! Check out green drinks to get an idea of the scope of this movement! Join like-minded people in an informal and unstructured setting to talk about the latest sustainability happenings in Milwaukee and globally. Meet people in various green professions. Have a drink (alcoholic or not), order food (or not), but enjoy lively conversations and good ideas. Anyone interested in green and sustainability is welcome. No RSVP is necessary and feel free to pass this notice on to others who might be interested. Location: Club Charlies (located between Milwaukee St. and Broadway St. – across from MIAD in the third ward). 320 E. Menomonee Milwaukee, WI 53202. The back area of the bar will be reserved for Milwaukee Green Drinks and there is lots of street parking out front.

Photo Gallery: Erie Street Plaza
Photo Gallery

Erie Street Plaza

Much like the recently opened Zilber Park, the new Erie Street Plaza differs from a typical park in Milwaukee, as it isn’t a lot of grass and trees, but it is certainly a unique space. The design as implemented has changed significantly from originally planned, it was to have bamboo, but was built with quaking aspen trees due to budgetary concerns, neighborhood opposition, and failed test plantings.

Milwaukee County: Committee on Transporation, Public Works and Transit
Milwaukee County

Committee on Transporation, Public Works and Transit

The mission of the Department of Public Works, including the construction and maintenance of county highways, bridges and public structures are the responsibility of this Committee. Members discuss all matters pertaining to the policy of mass transit and the Milwaukee County Transit System, including fares, service routes and capital improvements. The Committee discusses all matters under its jurisdiction pertaining to railroads and public utilities in the county. Meets at 9:00 A.M. on the 3rd Wednesday before the County Board Meeting Agenda

City Plan Commission Meeting

City Plan Commission Meeting

The City Plan Commission (CPC) is the City’s official planning body established under State statute and is responsible for master planning activities. The CPC advises the Common Council on a variety of land development issues including zoning map changes, revisions in the zoning ordinance, subdivision approvals, business improvement districts, street and alley vacations, public land disposition and acquisition, new streets and the approval of development plans in certain overlay districts. City Plan Commission (CPC) meetings are held in the First Floor Boardroom at the Department of City Development, 809 North Broadway, unless otherwise noted. Agenda

Reconstruction of S. 2nd Street Starts Today

Reconstruction of S. 2nd Street Starts Today

The S. 2nd Street project, which was approved in December 2009 by the Common Council despite Alderman Dudzik’s last minute attempt to derail the project, officially gets going today.

City Announces New Downtown Plan

City Announces New Downtown Plan

This week the City of Milwaukee announced its new downtown plan.

Harris Presents the 2010 Milwaukee Wine Festival

Harris Presents the 2010 Milwaukee Wine Festival

inPLAY EVENTS announces the return of the 2010 Milwaukee Wine Festival presented by Harris to be held Aug. 20-21 on the grounds of the Milwaukee Art Museum The two-day, outdoor event, will provide festival-goers an opportunity to sample more than 200 fine wines from around the globe in a relaxed setting along the shore of Lake Michigan with a beautiful view of the Santiago Calatrava. Wine seminars and cooking demonstrations are conducted by event sponsors, exhibiting wineries, area chefs and restaurateurs. Guests will have the opportunity to enjoy live music that will be performed on the festival stage as well as enjoy some of the area’s most exquisite food from local restaurants. Adult Wine Tasting Tickets are $25 in advance and $35 at the gate. Advance tickets can be purchased through Thursday, August 19th. This ticket price includes a souvenir wine glass, 10 tastings, a Festival Program and food and wine demonstrations and musical entertainment. Additional tasting coupons may be purchased at the festival. Designated Driver tickets are $10 in advance or at the gate. This ticket includes two non-alcoholic drinks, a Festival Program, food and wine seminars, access to cooking demonstrations, musical entertainment and a souvenir wine glass upon departure. Attendees under 21 are admitted for free when accompanied by a paid adult. For groups of 15 or more, tasting tickets are discounted to $22.50. To purchase group tickets, order 15 or more tickets online or call 877-722-5425. Tickets can be purchased online at www.milwaukeewinefestival.com or by phone at 877-772-5425. Please note an additional fee applies for phone orders. Phone center hours are 8:00am to 9:00pm Central time – 7 days a week. Advanced tickets can also be purchased at the Milwaukee Art Museum Store. Tickets will also be available for purchase on the festival grounds at the Milwaukee Art Museum on the day of the festival. The festival takes place rain or shine. This year’s festival features the following wine exhibitors: Cass Winery, Evaton, Inc., The Hess Collection Winery, Michael-David Family of Wines, PKNT, Antares Wine Company, BR Cohn Winery, Hentley Farm and St. James Winery. Participating restaurants include Café Calatrava, The Capital Grille, Eddie Martini’s, California Pizza Kitchen, Palermo’s Pizza, Mason Street Grill, Milwaukee Chop House and Kil@wat. The following are additional exhibitors you will see at the festival: Bath Fitter, Cutco Cutlery, Kangaroo Pita Chips, Chicago Chocolate Caravan, Punch Cigars, Kerrygold Irish Cheeses, Renewal by Andersen, Venture Sculpture, Sandals, Beaches and Royal Plantation Resorts. The Milwaukee Wine Festival is presented by Harris. Sponsors include Sendik’s Food Markets Balistreri, AirTran, FIJI Water, Anheuser-Busch (Stella, Leffe, Hoegaarden), Marcus Group, Milwaukee Magazine, Audi, 99.1 WMYX, 103.7 KISS FM and Audi North Shore & International Audi. For more information about the 2010 Milwaukee Wine Festival, please visit www.milwaukeewinefestival.com Tickets are $25 in advance and $35 at the gave. Designated Driver tickets are $10. WHERE: The grounds of the Milwaukee Art Museum 700 Art Museum Drive Milwaukee, WI

Harris Presents the 2010 Milwaukee Wine Festival

Harris Presents the 2010 Milwaukee Wine Festival

inPLAY EVENTS announces the return of the 2010 Milwaukee Wine Festival presented by Harris to be held Aug. 20-21 on the grounds of the Milwaukee Art Museum The two-day, outdoor event, will provide festival-goers an opportunity to sample more than 200 fine wines from around the globe in a relaxed setting along the shore of Lake Michigan with a beautiful view of the Santiago Calatrava. Wine seminars and cooking demonstrations are conducted by event sponsors, exhibiting wineries, area chefs and restaurateurs. Guests will have the opportunity to enjoy live music that will be performed on the festival stage as well as enjoy some of the area’s most exquisite food from local restaurants. Adult Wine Tasting Tickets are $25 in advance and $35 at the gate. Advance tickets can be purchased through Thursday, August 19th. This ticket price includes a souvenir wine glass, 10 tastings, a Festival Program and food and wine demonstrations and musical entertainment. Additional tasting coupons may be purchased at the festival. Designated Driver tickets are $10 in advance or at the gate. This ticket includes two non-alcoholic drinks, a Festival Program, food and wine seminars, access to cooking demonstrations, musical entertainment and a souvenir wine glass upon departure. Attendees under 21 are admitted for free when accompanied by a paid adult. For groups of 15 or more, tasting tickets are discounted to $22.50. To purchase group tickets, order 15 or more tickets online or call 877-722-5425. Tickets can be purchased online at www.milwaukeewinefestival.com or by phone at 877-772-5425. Please note an additional fee applies for phone orders. Phone center hours are 8:00am to 9:00pm Central time – 7 days a week. Advanced tickets can also be purchased at the Milwaukee Art Museum Store. Tickets will also be available for purchase on the festival grounds at the Milwaukee Art Museum on the day of the festival. The festival takes place rain or shine. This year’s festival features the following wine exhibitors: Cass Winery, Evaton, Inc., The Hess Collection Winery, Michael-David Family of Wines, PKNT, Antares Wine Company, BR Cohn Winery, Hentley Farm and St. James Winery. Participating restaurants include Café Calatrava, The Capital Grille, Eddie Martini’s, California Pizza Kitchen, Palermo’s Pizza, Mason Street Grill, Milwaukee Chop House and Kil@wat. The following are additional exhibitors you will see at the festival: Bath Fitter, Cutco Cutlery, Kangaroo Pita Chips, Chicago Chocolate Caravan, Punch Cigars, Kerrygold Irish Cheeses, Renewal by Andersen, Venture Sculpture, Sandals, Beaches and Royal Plantation Resorts. The Milwaukee Wine Festival is presented by Harris. Sponsors include Sendik’s Food Markets Balistreri, AirTran, FIJI Water, Anheuser-Busch (Stella, Leffe, Hoegaarden), Marcus Group, Milwaukee Magazine, Audi, 99.1 WMYX, 103.7 KISS FM and Audi North Shore & International Audi. For more information about the 2010 Milwaukee Wine Festival, please visit www.milwaukeewinefestival.com Tickets are $25 in advance and $35 at the gave. Designated Driver tickets are $10. WHERE: The grounds of the Milwaukee Art Museum 700 Art Museum Drive Milwaukee, WI

Gallery Night and Day

Gallery Night and Day

Gallery Night and Day is the premier art event in Milwaukee for both the experienced art connoisseur and most beginning admirer. An evening of gallery hopping and art viewing begins Friday, July 23 and continues during the day on Saturday, July 24. This summer, the quarterly event showcases 63 venues throughout the downtown Milwaukee area. Admission is free to all venues during event hours. For more information, including venue event hours visit: http://bit.ly/GalleryNight or pick up a brochure at any participating venue.

Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says About Us) – Book Review
Traffic

Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says About Us) – Book Review

Tom Vanderbilt's in-depth, fact filled, and thought provoking "Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says About Us)" dives into how factors, such as human nature, the automobile, and the built environment impact how we drive.

Zoning, Neighborhoods & Development Committee Meeting

Zoning, Neighborhoods & Development Committee Meeting

The Zoning, Neighborhoods and Development Committee reviews issues relating to city development, zoning, historic preservation, incremental tax financing, building codes and housing projects. The Zoning, Neighborhoods and Development Committee meetings start at 9:00 a.m. and are held in the Room 301-B, City Hall, unless otherwise noted. Agenda

Community & Economic Development Committee Meeting

Community & Economic Development Committee Meeting

The Community and Economic Development Committee hears matters relating to community development, block grants, job development, business improvement districts, city public relations, industrial land banks and revenue bonds, emerging business enterprises, recreation, cultural arts and the library system. The Community and Economic Development Committee meetings start at 9:00 a.m. and are held in the Room 301-B, City Hall, unless otherwise noted. Agenda

Common Council Meeting

Common Council Meeting

City Hall 200 East Wells St. Common Council Chambers Milwaukee, WI 53202 Agenda

Public Safety Committee Meeting

Public Safety Committee Meeting

The Public Safety Committee is concerned with issues brought forth from the fire, police, health and neighborhood services departments as well as traffic control, emergency medical services and parking. It also licenses alarm businesses and public passenger vehicles and drivers. Agenda

Public Works Committee Meeting

Public Works Committee Meeting

The Public Works Committee is responsible for physical services provided by the city such as street and alley maintenance, waste collection, disposal and recycling, sewer, water and flood control projects, assessments, public buildings, land and waterways. Public Works Committee meetings start at 9:00 a.m. and are held in the Room 301-B, City Hall, unless otherwise noted. Agenda

Blue Sky Sustainability Lunch

Blue Sky Sustainability Lunch

Inspired by the success of Green Drinks Milwaukee. The idea is to get folks together to talk about sustainability, to network and build momentum for the sea change in sustainable consciousness that is on its way! Buy your own lunch and/or beverages, and get in there and meet people! No RSVP necessary and feel free to pass this around. Every fourth Tuesday at NOON held at the Milwaukee Public Market, 400 N. Water Street. Meet in the 2nd floor common area. For more information, contact Mike Mangan at ebikemike@yahoo.com

UrbanMilwaukee.com Happy Hour – This Friday

UrbanMilwaukee.com Happy Hour – This Friday

We’re throwing a party this Friday to celebrate our second year of coverage, and we would love for you to join us.  The fun starts at 6:00 p.m. this Friday, June 18th at Taylor’s. Taylor’s is located at 795 N. Jefferson Street, just off the southwest corner of Cathedral Square.  We’ll be there all night, so don’t worry if you can’t make it out early. Hope to see you Friday!

Downtown Area Plan Public Open House

Downtown Area Plan Public Open House

Residents are invited to attend an Open House for the Downtown Area Plan. The plan is an update to the 1999 Downtown Plan and will layout land use recommendations and an overall vision for the continued growth of Milwaukee’s Downtown. Where: City Hall – 3rd Floor, Room 301 200 E. Wells Street When: Wednesday, June 30th, 2010 Anytime between 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm For more information, Click here. Parking: Limited parking for persons attending meetings in City Hall is available at reduced rates (5 hour limit) at the Milwaukee Center on the SW corner of E. Kilbourn and N. Water Street. Parking tickets must be validated in Room 205 (City Clerk’s Office) or on the first floor Information Booth in City Hall.

Common Council Meeting

Common Council Meeting

City Hall 200 East Wells St. Common Council Chambers Milwaukee, WI 53202 Agenda

Historic Preservation Commission Meeting

Historic Preservation Commission Meeting

The Milwaukee Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) administers Milwaukee’s historic preservation ordinance, adopted in 1981, which provides certain kinds of legal protection for buildings or sites that have been declared historic by the Common Council. The HPC is responsible for designating historic landmarks and historic districts and for approving Certificates of Appropriateness (COAs) for permission to alter historic buildings. The HPC meets monthly on Mondays in City Hall, Room 301A, 200 E. Wells Street at 4:00 P.M. unless otherwise indicated. Agenda

Milwaukee County: Committee on Parks, Energy and Environment Meeting
Milwaukee County

Committee on Parks, Energy and Environment Meeting

All matters concerning county parks and parkways are the responsibility of this Committee. Members set policy for the parks department, organized recreation, cultural activities, the University Extension program, the Environmental Services Division of the Department of Public Works and Zoo park services. Members have jurisdiction over matters concerning the conservation of all uses of energy and make recommendations relating to conservation of air, water, energy and all other resources. Meets at 9:00 A.M. on the 2nd Tuesday before the County Board Meeting Agenda

Sizzlin Saturday Outdoor Market

Sizzlin Saturday Outdoor Market

Visit the Historic Third Ward on June 19 when over 40 merchants will sell antiques, art, clothing, jewelry, collectibles, fresh produce and more! Enjoy jazz by local musicians; a fashion show and a fun kids’ corner! Great food and fun! Location: Commission Row in the Historic Third Ward 300 N Broadway (between St. Paul and Buffalo) Milwaukee, WI For more info: http://www.historicthirdward.org/events/sizzlinsaturdays.php

Milwaukee County: Committee on Economic and Community Development
Milwaukee County

Committee on Economic and Community Development

The Milwaukee County Committee on Economic & Community Development oversees the administration of federal, state and local housing programs in the county, including the Urban Community Development Block Grant Program. Matters pertaining to economic development of Milwaukee County, including the best disposition of county properties, are decided by this Committee. It also makes decisions on the Research Park and the Airport Business Park. Meets at 9:00 A.M. on the 2nd Monday before the County Board Meeting in room 203-R of the Milwaukee County Courthouse. Agenda

Veterans Manor Apartments Breaks Ground

Veterans Manor Apartments Breaks Ground

On what has long been an underutilized site, at 35th and Wisconsin Avenue, The Center for Veterans Issues is working with Cardinal Capital Management to develop a four-story, 52-unit apartment building known as Veterans Manor.

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 County: Committee on Transporation, Public Works and Transit
Milwaukee County

Committee on Transporation, Public Works and Transit

The mission of the Department of Public Works, including the construction and maintenance of county highways, bridges and public structures are the responsibility of this Committee. Members discuss all matters pertaining to the policy of mass transit and the Milwaukee County Transit System, including fares, service routes and capital improvements. The Committee discusses all matters under its jurisdiction pertaining to railroads and public utilities in the county. Meets at 9:00 A.M. on the 3rd Wednesday before the County Board Meeting Agenda

Zoning, Neighborhoods & Development Committee Meeting

Zoning, Neighborhoods & Development Committee Meeting

The Zoning, Neighborhoods and Development Committee reviews issues relating to city development, zoning, historic preservation, incremental tax financing, building codes and housing projects. The Zoning, Neighborhoods and Development Committee meetings start at 9:00 a.m. and are held in the Room 301-B, City Hall, unless otherwise noted. Agenda

Community & Economic Development Committee Meeting

Community & Economic Development Committee Meeting

The Community and Economic Development Committee hears matters relating to community development, block grants, job development, business improvement districts, city public relations, industrial land banks and revenue bonds, emerging business enterprises, recreation, cultural arts and the library system. The Community and Economic Development Committee meetings start at 9:00 a.m. and are held in the Room 301-B, City Hall, unless otherwise noted. Agenda

Book Review: Green Metropolis
Book Review

Green Metropolis

Author David Owen, makes a strong argument, and one that flies in the face of many activities and technologies that are traditionally labeled as 'green'. Instead he argues that truly living green, is living dense.

A Small MPS Reform Could Save Money, Add to the Tax Base, and Enhance Competition

A Small MPS Reform Could Save Money, Add to the Tax Base, and Enhance Competition

People have been looking for a magic bullet to fix Milwaukee's education system, and although what I proposed here isn't the broad sweeping change many are looking for, I do believe in making incremental changes, when possible, to improve individual processes.

City Plan Commission Meeting

City Plan Commission Meeting

The City Plan Commission (CPC) is the City’s official planning body established under State statute and is responsible for master planning activities. The CPC advises the Common Council on a variety of land development issues including zoning map changes, revisions in the zoning ordinance, subdivision approvals, business improvement districts, street and alley vacations, public land disposition and acquisition, new streets and the approval of development plans in certain overlay districts. City Plan Commission (CPC) meetings are held in the First Floor Boardroom at the Department of City Development, 809 North Broadway, unless otherwise noted. Agenda

An Urban Benefit to the Smoking Ban

An Urban Benefit to the Smoking Ban

The indoor smoking ban goes in to effect in Wisconsin on July 5th, 2010, and certainly there are strong arguments on both sides of this issue.

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 31. May 2010

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 31. May 2010

“The Neighborhood Project”: Havenwoods | The Milwaukee Asian Market By Adam Carr Townhomes funded by Recovery Act to begin construction By milwaukeecourieronline.com Ohio’s Third Frontier may offer a model for economic development By jsonline.com City’s land-use strategies determine its success By Rocky Marcoux Unique Vehicle Rolling Around Town Stopping at Third Ward Bars By WISN.COM Additional $2.5 million donated for new building By milwaukeecourieronline.com Chicago has top 2 truck bottlenecks in nation, study finds (Milwaukee Xchange 28th) By Jon Hilkevitch An open letter to Steve Nass (R-Whitewater) who is calling to ban European Style Bike Boxes By Jason McDowell Jobs group wants MORE for Talgo project By Sean Ryan Milwaukee Builds By milwaukeecourieronline.com Gear yourself up for the Tour de Farce By Andy Tarnoff Wisconsin Receives First Block of High-Speed Rail Funds By Jeramey Jannene The scoop on Jake’s Big Dog Frozen Custard By Jeff Sherman Backyard Cottages Absorb Density While Maintaining Neighborhoods By Kaid Benfield City fund to subsidize Wisconsin Ave. retail approved by Common Council By Tom Daykin First round of High Speed Rail funds flowing to States By Ray LaHood A green Maryland Avenue playground would benefit entire neighborhood By Bobby Tanzilo BP Gulf Spill Forces Us to Confront Our Oil Addiction By Rob Perks FTA Administrator Peter Rogoff Delivers Tough Love to Transit Advocates By Aaron Ren Marquette area McDonald’s goes blue and gold By Jeff Sherman Pitch’s Lounge, Miss Katie’s Diner operator opening lakefront eatery By Tom Daykin A college goes cycle crazy By Matt Hrodey Task force to consider future of Milwaukee police headquarters By Larry Sandler Alterra’s Bay View project gains final city approval By Tom Daykin Urban bloggers seek to drive city’s direction By Bill Glauber Are shop windows endangered as a species? By Kaid Benfield You don’t really need growth to generate sprawl By Kaid Benfield The Great Lakes’ water: Liquid gold By The Economist HUD Announces the End of Urban Sprawl as We Know It, New Urbanists Feel Fine By Greg Lindsay Partnership may fix blight at Garden Homes By Tom Tolan The Open Government Initiative Enabling Techies to Solve Problems By Vivek Wadhwa Bamboo park going forward — without the bamboo By Mary Louise Schumacher Borkowski proposes $1 bus fares again By Steve Schultze Community engagement is key to making Milwaukee sustainable By Michael Carriere Don’t just build roads and bridges, fix them By Johanna Lathrop Proposed east side zoning district repeal goes to Plan Commission By Tom Daykin First impressions of Target Field, or why it’s silly MKE doesn’t have light rail By Michael Hunt Groups hope to restore Milwaukee’s urban rivers By Tom Tolan

UrbanMilwaukee.com Happy Hour

UrbanMilwaukee.com Happy Hour

We’re throwing a party to celebrate our second full year of coverage, and we would love for you to join us. The fun starts at 6:00 p.m. Friday, June 18th at Taylor’s. Taylor’s is located at 795 N. Jefferson Street, just off the southwest corner of Cathedral Square. We’ll be there all night, so don’t worry if you can’t make it out early. Hope to see you there!

Public Safety Committee Meeting

Public Safety Committee Meeting

The Public Safety Committee is concerned with issues brought forth from the fire, police, health and neighborhood services departments as well as traffic control, emergency medical services and parking. It also licenses alarm businesses and public passenger vehicles and drivers. Agenda

Public Works Committee Meeting

Public Works Committee Meeting

The Public Works Committee is responsible for physical services provided by the city such as street and alley maintenance, waste collection, disposal and recycling, sewer, water and flood control projects, assessments, public buildings, land and waterways. Public Works Committee meetings start at 9:00 a.m. and are held in the Room 301-B, City Hall, unless otherwise noted. Agenda

Book Review: Pedaling Revolution
Book Review

Pedaling Revolution

Jeff Mapes, author of “Pedaling Revolution: How Cyclists Are Changing American Cities,” provides an in-depth history of cycling, and looks at how cycling is changing U.S. cities for the better.

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 24. May 2010

Weekly Bookmarks – Monday, 24. May 2010

First impressions of Target Field, or why it’s silly MKE doesn’t have light rail By Michael Hunt Groups hope to restore Milwaukee’s urban rivers By Tom Tolan 30th Annual Ride for the Arts sponsored by Miller Lite By milwaukeecourieronline.com Scott Walker says he opposes the KRM commuter rail line By Larry Sandler A bicycle built to party By Don Walker Madison Aldermen discuss high-speed rail site options By Darryl Enriquez Bradley Center is a state treasure that deserves state support By Steve Costello Park Lafayette will likely be rentals, not condos, under new owner By Tom Daykin State building panel backs aid to Bradley Center By Don Walker The Mayor’s Design Awards unveiled By Mary Louise Schumacher Park East strip might get green while waiting for development By Tom Daykin Battle brews over Soldiers Home project By Sean Ryan Groundbreaking ceremony held for Valley Passage By Real Estate Weekly Developer sees slim chance for road widening By Sean Ryan Waukesha water battle only deepens with firm’s proposal By Laurel Walker Small office development planned for north side By Tom Daykin The US Initiative By CEOs for Cities Plan calls for city money to lure retailers downtown By Tom Daykin Transit authority rolls on commuter rail planning By Sean Ryan Transit panel backs commuter rail planning By Larry Sandler Area developers go shopping in Las Vegas By Doris Hajewski

Common Council Meeting

Common Council Meeting

City Hall 200 East Wells St. Common Council Chambers Milwaukee, WI 53202 Agenda

Zoning, Neighborhoods & Development Committee Meeting

Zoning, Neighborhoods & Development Committee Meeting

The Zoning, Neighborhoods and Development Committee reviews issues relating to city development, zoning, historic preservation, incremental tax financing, building codes and housing projects. The Zoning, Neighborhoods and Development Committee meetings start at 9:00 a.m. and are held in the Room 301-B, City Hall, unless otherwise noted. Agenda

Blue Sky Sustainability Lunch