Graham Kilmer

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What Happened At 6th and McKinley?

What Happened At 6th and McKinley?

Water bottles thrown by protestors, police firing tear gas and rubber bullets but no molotov cocktail seen.

Northside Testing Center Up and Running

Northside Testing Center Up and Running

A new center, replacing one shut down more than a week ago, started testing Monday.

How to Protest During a Pandemic

How to Protest During a Pandemic

Local health officials offers do's and don'ts that could save your life.

LGBTQ Bar Holding Virtual Pride Festival

LGBTQ Bar Holding Virtual Pride Festival

PrideFest is cancelled, but This Is It! will be streaming drag shows and DJ performances.

Fourth Night of Protest Begins Peacefully

Fourth Night of Protest Begins Peacefully

“We are peaceful, we are peaceful,” the protesters shouted.

Activist Blasts Those Committing Violence

Activist Blasts Those Committing Violence

But protest leader Vaun Mayes also criticizes church leaders, other march organizers.

Dining: Bay View Taco Stop Opens
Dining

Bay View Taco Stop Opens

New restaurant promises authentic Mexican food.

Transit Union Blasts MCTS Mask Policy

Transit Union Blasts MCTS Mask Policy

Transit system leadership is wary of trying to enforce a mask requirement for riding buses.

COVID-19 Spreading Faster Out State Than In Milwaukee County

COVID-19 Spreading Faster Out State Than In Milwaukee County

COVID-19 cases are growing slower in Milwaukee County, compared to the WOW counties and the rest of the state.

Employment Still in Nosedive

Employment Still in Nosedive

Record levels of claims continue to be filed.

Transportation: Mitchell Airport Traffic Down 90%
Transportation

Mitchell Airport Traffic Down 90%

Revenue down just as much. Director says social distancing incredibly difficult to arrange.

Transportation: County Buses Will Collect Fares Again
Transportation

County Buses Will Collect Fares Again

Given county fiscal crisis MCTS needs revenue, will begin collecting fares again on June 1st

MKE County: County Wants Its CARES Money Back
MKE County

County Wants Its CARES Money Back

$103 million allocated for Milwaukee County ended up with the state. County officials demand the money.

All Inmates, Staff at Downtown Prison Being Tested

All Inmates, Staff at Downtown Prison Being Tested

No confirmed cases among inmates yet, but 99 percent of tests are still pending. Seven confirmed cases among staff.

MKE County: Pools Closed for 2020 Season
MKE County

Pools Closed for 2020 Season

Many wading pools and splash pads will remain open.

MKE County: Many Parks Restrictions Lifted
MKE County

Many Parks Restrictions Lifted

Newly re-opened amenities are "use at your own risk." Social distancing is still required.

1 in 4 Workers Unemployed

1 in 4 Workers Unemployed

Pandemic continues to ravage economy.

State Blows Up County Youth Corrections Plan

State Blows Up County Youth Corrections Plan

Milwaukee County plan brutally slashed while three other counties get what they requested.

MKE County: No New Infections at House of Correction
MKE County

No New Infections at House of Correction

In April had outbreak with 105 cases of COVID-19. Latest testing shows no new cases.

Transportation: Amtrak, Buses, Uber Requiring Masks
Transportation

Amtrak, Buses, Uber Requiring Masks

Train, bus and ride share companies taking various steps to combat the pandemic.

Number of New Unemployment Claims Decreasing, Still In Millions

Number of New Unemployment Claims Decreasing, Still In Millions

Lowest number of new claims submitted since pandemic began.

MKE County: COVID-19 Could Cost County $450 Million
MKE County

COVID-19 Could Cost County $450 Million

Milwaukee County being squeezed by increased costs, declining revenue.

MKE County: Weishan Running for Register of Deeds
MKE County

Weishan Running for Register of Deeds

After 20 years on the county board Sup. John Weishan, Jr. seeks a better paying position.

U.S. Unemployment at Over 14 Percent

U.S. Unemployment at Over 14 Percent

Jobs report shows unemployment rate is tracking closely with number of unemployment claims.

COVID-19 vs Influenza, They’re Not The Same

COVID-19 vs Influenza, They’re Not The Same

In every metric, COVID-19 is a far more dangerous virus, and it will not go away or become manageable without significant intervention.

EMS Calls Show 54% Spike in Drug Overdoses, 80% Increase in Suicide Attempts

EMS Calls Show 54% Spike in Drug Overdoses, 80% Increase in Suicide Attempts

Milwaukee County experiencing a death toll beyond the disease itself.

Post-Recession Job Growth Wiped Out

Post-Recession Job Growth Wiped Out

Federal government will release official unemployment rate tomorrow.

MKE County: County Creating More Space in Parks
MKE County

County Creating More Space in Parks

As parks usage spikes, officials closing some parkways to cars to create more space for recreation.

MKE County: Nicholson Picks New Board’s Leaders
MKE County

Nicholson Picks New Board’s Leaders

While new board chair rewarded some allies, some who opposed her retained positions.

MKE County: Crowley Makes First Cabinet Picks
MKE County

Crowley Makes First Cabinet Picks

A new chief of staff and two new department directors, all promoted from Abele's administration.

Library Will Lend Books Again

Library Will Lend Books Again

Milwaukee Public Library will start offering a drive-thru book lending service.

MKE County: Crowley Sworn In As County Exec
MKE County

Crowley Sworn In As County Exec

First elected African-American Milwaukee County Executive in history seeks more equity, more state funding.

Will Pandemic Lead to a Surge in Divorces?

Will Pandemic Lead to a Surge in Divorces?

Wisconsin Legal Bank sees a surge in sales of divorce papers.

Insomnia Cookies Opens in Deer District

Insomnia Cookies Opens in Deer District

Focused on delivery for time being, bakery is in connector between Old World Third St. and Fiserv Forum.

Milwaukee County Struggling To Pass COVID-19 Peak

Milwaukee County Struggling To Pass COVID-19 Peak

After a peak in early April there was a drop in COVID-19 transmission, but the rate again climbed

1 in 5 Workers File For Unemployment During Pandemic

1 in 5 Workers File For Unemployment During Pandemic

18 percent of the U.S. workforce has lost their job since the start of the pandemic.

MKE County: Racial Equity Ordinance Signed Into Law
MKE County

Racial Equity Ordinance Signed Into Law

First major piece of legislation addressing racial inequity since Milwaukee County declared racism a public health crisis.

Dining: Bay View Getting New Italian Restaurant
Dining

Bay View Getting New Italian Restaurant

Called Sorella, whose owners are industry veterans who plan on southern Italian fare.

Unions Join Legal Battle Over Evers’ Order

Unions Join Legal Battle Over Evers’ Order

GOP suit asking Wisconsin Supreme Court to quash stay-at-home order threatens workers' lives, union lawyer argues.

Brew City: The Return of the Beer Drive-Thru
Brew City

The Return of the Beer Drive-Thru

Third drive thru in less than a month features 11 craft brewers for buyers, and helps a struggling industry.

Dining: Mexican Restaurant Planned for Bay View
Dining

Mexican Restaurant Planned for Bay View

Co-owner of Las 7 Estrellas plans new restaurant on S. Kinnickinnic Ave.

At Least 40 COVID-19 Cases Tied to Election in Milwaukee

At Least 40 COVID-19 Cases Tied to Election in Milwaukee

Number up five-fold from Monday, final report still pending.

Nicholson Elected County Board Chairwoman

Nicholson Elected County Board Chairwoman

Marcelia Nicholson beats Willie Johnson, Jr. out for leadership of the county board.

1 in 7 Workers File For Unemployment During Pandemic

1 in 7 Workers File For Unemployment During Pandemic

Unemployment continues to rise in Wisconsin and across the country.

105 Cases of COVID-19 at House of Correction

105 Cases of COVID-19 at House of Correction

As the results come in from mass testing over the weekend the case count continues to grow.

Walnut Way Using New Dashboard to Boost Homeownership

Walnut Way Using New Dashboard to Boost Homeownership

Developed by Northwestern Mutual, UWM and Marquette, new tool allows better insight into changing Lindsay Heights neighborhood

Dining: Betty’s Burgers Planned for Brady Street
Dining

Betty’s Burgers Planned for Brady Street

Roufus brothers planning Betty's Burgers and Custard in former Bella's Fat Cat.

MKE County: New Board Sworn In at a Parking Lot
MKE County

New Board Sworn In at a Parking Lot

Nicholson and Johnson, Jr. vying for leadership position of County Board Chairperson.

63 House of Correction Inmates Have COVID-19

63 House of Correction Inmates Have COVID-19

And many more cases expected as test results of more than 900 inmates and staff come in.

27 COVID-19 Cases at House of Correction, All Inmates To Be Tested

27 COVID-19 Cases at House of Correction, All Inmates To Be Tested

Milwaukee County launches public dashboard tracking COVID-19 cases in three detention facilities.

Near West Side Partners Provides Small Business Grants, Rent Assistance

Near West Side Partners Provides Small Business Grants, Rent Assistance

Non-profit organization shifts programs focused on new home owners and businesses to helping those in need.

More Than 22 Million Lost Jobs During Pandemic

More Than 22 Million Lost Jobs During Pandemic

A pair of economists estimate the unemployment rate is as high as 20 percent.

MKE County: County COVID-19 Expenses Are Rising
MKE County

County COVID-19 Expenses Are Rising

Already in the millions. County may need to levy property taxes above the state-imposed limit.

Company Designs COVID Care Facilities

Company Designs COVID Care Facilities

Prefabricated facilities designed to connect to hospitals and can provide hospital-level care.

Grants Target COVID-19 Racial Disparities

Grants Target COVID-19 Racial Disparities

More than $1 million in grants will fund programs in Milwaukee County.

Campaign Aims To Buy Gift Cards for Bus Drivers

Campaign Aims To Buy Gift Cards for Bus Drivers

Crowdfunding campaign looks to raise $15,000 to thank transit employees for keeping things rolling.

MKE County: County Budget Will Be Hit Hard by COVID-19 Shutdown
MKE County

County Budget Will Be Hit Hard by COVID-19 Shutdown

2021 budget deficit could be $40 million or more.

One in 10 American Workers Lost Their Job in Past Month

One in 10 American Workers Lost Their Job in Past Month

Over 6.6 million people filed for unemployment last week

Construction Starting Soon On State Fair Park Care Facility

Construction Starting Soon On State Fair Park Care Facility

Army Corps of Engineers already mobilizing at State Fair Park.

House of Correction Has 7 COVID-19 Cases

House of Correction Has 7 COVID-19 Cases

The first confirmed case was announced Friday. Six more inmates being tested.

Transportation: Buses Limited to 10 Riders
Transportation

Buses Limited to 10 Riders

Starting Thursday a limit of 10 passengers on county buses to prevent spread of COVID-19.

County Overdose Deaths Up 50% in 2020

County Overdose Deaths Up 50% in 2020

Medical Examiner warns current pace would result in 640 deaths in 2020.

House of Correction Has Confirmed COVID-19 Case

House of Correction Has Confirmed COVID-19 Case

One inmate has confirmed case, several others showing symptoms. Nurse that works at jail also tests positive.

Washington Heights Mural Has Simple Message

Washington Heights Mural Has Simple Message

Artist Fred Kaems paints a message of solidarity on his own garage.

State Fair Park Selected for Overflow Care Facility

State Fair Park Selected for Overflow Care Facility

Exposition Center will house extra hospital beds. Local leaders requesting state and federal government act quickly.

Unemployment Claims Set New Record, Again

Unemployment Claims Set New Record, Again

6.6 million people file for unemployment, breaking record set just last week.

Vote Absentee, Local Officials Plead

Vote Absentee, Local Officials Plead

Barrett, Abele warn that crowds at polling centers represent a threat to public health.

Milwaukee Prepares for COVID-19 Surge

Milwaukee Prepares for COVID-19 Surge

More hospital capacity, ventilators, protective equipment needed for coming onslaught.

Aurora Setting Up COVID-19 Triage Tents

Aurora Setting Up COVID-19 Triage Tents

Triage tents outside every emergency department will handle a surge of COVID-19 patients.

New Homeless COVID-19 Shelter Opens

New Homeless COVID-19 Shelter Opens

County, city, National Guard, archdiocese partner on facility for homeless at risk for disease.

Brew City: Beer Drive-Thru This Saturday
Brew City

Beer Drive-Thru This Saturday

You can support six Milwaukee breweries by picking up some beer at a drive-thru in St. Francis.

Help Sew Masks for Healthcare Workers

Help Sew Masks for Healthcare Workers

Wantable is using its expertise to crowdsource masks for those on the frontline of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Transportation: Free Bus Rides Start Saturday
Transportation

Free Bus Rides Start Saturday

Riders can use rear door eliminating interaction between drivers and passengers.

U.S. Sees A Historic Number of Unemployment Claims

U.S. Sees A Historic Number of Unemployment Claims

More than 3.3 million claims filed last week.

David Bowen, Gwen Moore Talk COVID-19 From Quarantine

David Bowen, Gwen Moore Talk COVID-19 From Quarantine

Two black political leaders share their story and why social distancing is key.

Trump Can’t Lift Pandemic Restrictions

Trump Can’t Lift Pandemic Restrictions

In a state of emergency local health officials have broad authority to maintain restrictions.

African-Americans Hit Hard by COVID-19

African-Americans Hit Hard by COVID-19

Majority of cases in the City of Milwaukee are African Americans.

Support Downtown Business, Win Gift Card

Support Downtown Business, Win Gift Card

Downtown BID offers fun way to gain more support for local businesses.

Transportation: County Supervisors Push Free Bus Rides
Transportation

County Supervisors Push Free Bus Rides

Passengers could use side door, away from bus drivers, to protect them from getting virus.

Unemployment Claims Have Skyrocketed

Unemployment Claims Have Skyrocketed

Up 1200% in Wisconsin! And with more layoffs and filings likely to come.

County Asks for Equipment Donations

County Asks for Equipment Donations

Help save healthcare workers' lives; donate masks, gloves, disinfectants, safety glasses.

Send Your Favorite Bartender a Tip

Send Your Favorite Bartender a Tip

Tip MKE is a directory that helps you find local bartenders and servers to tip during the shutdown.

First Responders React To Supply Shortage, Change Operations

First Responders React To Supply Shortage, Change Operations

Police officers and firefighters are having trouble accessing the personal protective equipment they need.

Bus Driver Tests Positive for COVID-19

Bus Driver Tests Positive for COVID-19

Transit union calls for personal protective equipment for operators. MCTS says drivers protected by shield.

Milwaukee County Releases Interactive Map of COVID-19 Outbreak

Milwaukee County Releases Interactive Map of COVID-19 Outbreak

64 cases confirmed in Milwaukee County. Tracker allows public to better monitor outbreak.

State Rep. Brostoff Quarantining After Coronavirus Exposure

State Rep. Brostoff Quarantining After Coronavirus Exposure

Brostoff, the latest Wisconsin politico to be exposed to the virus, is "keeping a cool head".

Pabst Theater Group Creates Employee Relief Fund

Pabst Theater Group Creates Employee Relief Fund

More than $34,000 has already been donated to support over 200 employees.

COVID-19 Testing Supplies Running Low

COVID-19 Testing Supplies Running Low

State and local officials prioritizing tests for worst cases, so results understate spread of disease.

40 COVID-19 Cases in Milwaukee County

40 COVID-19 Cases in Milwaukee County

Up 67% since yesterday. Abele favors moving back the spring election.

Taverns: This Is It! Needs Your Help
Taverns

This Is It! Needs Your Help

Historic LGBT bar in Cathedral Square in danger of closing forever during COVID-19 shutdown.

Milwaukee Officials Ask Public to Stay Home, As Much as Possible

Milwaukee Officials Ask Public to Stay Home, As Much as Possible

As cases of COVID-19 grow in Milwaukee County and the state, preventive measures now will save lives in the future.

Milwaukee Man Creates Democratic Hat

Milwaukee Man Creates Democratic Hat

MAGA red hat, meet your True Blue American alternative. Let the cap wars begin.

Giannis Pledges $100,000 for Fiserv Workers

Giannis Pledges $100,000 for Fiserv Workers

The Bucks said they would match their star forward's donation during the league suspension.

Dining: Bars, Restaurants and COVID-19
Dining

Bars, Restaurants and COVID-19

How restaurants and taverns in Milwaukee are reacting to the Coronavirus.

Brew City: Explorium Opening Milwaukee Brewpub
Brew City

Explorium Opening Milwaukee Brewpub

Brewery will add second location in city with specialty food, cocktails, and 24 house-made beers.

Transportation: How Can Transit Connect To Jobs?
Transportation

How Can Transit Connect To Jobs?

New bus route to Amazon at county's far end or night buses to jobs in more urban areas?

Dining: Brady St. Boasts Mexican Ice Cream Shop
Dining

Brady St. Boasts Mexican Ice Cream Shop

Jona’s Pit Stop sells authentic Mexican ice cream, and other Mexican treats.

County Sales Tax Legislation Gets Hearing

County Sales Tax Legislation Gets Hearing

Bill supported by local business leaders allows hike in county sales tax for local purposes.

MKE County: Federal Grant Funds New Opioid Program
MKE County

Federal Grant Funds New Opioid Program

County has state's highest rates of deaths and hospital visits related to opioid addiction.

Dining: Three New Food Trucks
Dining

Three New Food Trucks

One is a massive trailer for smoked meats, the other two are pioneers in the side by side sale of Mexican, Greek and American fare.

Transportation: Airport’s Passenger Traffic Down in 2019
Transportation

Airport’s Passenger Traffic Down in 2019

Grounding of Boeing 737 Max a key factor. But airport continues to grow, add features.

Dining: Asian Papayoyo To Become Swahili Kitchen
Dining

Asian Papayoyo To Become Swahili Kitchen

New restaurant will serve East African dishes along with a few North American staples.

Brew City: Wizard Works Brewing Coming to Third Ward
Brew City

Wizard Works Brewing Coming to Third Ward

Brewer credits former presidential candidate with inspiring his vision.

Transportation: Bus Rapid Transit Faces Delays, Higher Costs
Transportation

Bus Rapid Transit Faces Delays, Higher Costs

Trump administration mismanagement of grant program costing county time and money.

Dining: Street Chefs Coming to Brady Street
Dining

Street Chefs Coming to Brady Street

Food cart owner bringing restaurant to vacant space at the corner of Brady and Van Buren.

Dining: Greens & Things Coming To Northwest Side
Dining

Greens & Things Coming To Northwest Side

New soul food spot with counter service is opening soon.

Zoo Backs Off On Elephant’s Transport

Zoo Backs Off On Elephant’s Transport

Animal rights advocates assailed move of elephant from Pittsburgh Zoo to Milwaukee's.

2020 County Exec Race: Nath Kicked Out Of Voces Event
2020 County Exec Race

Nath Kicked Out Of Voces Event

In interview with Urban Milwaukee, Nath gives her version of events.

Museum Would Monitor Workers’ Health Choices

Museum Would Monitor Workers’ Health Choices

Public Museum's union workers must share data, show improved wellness program results.

Dining: Red June Cafe Has Closed
Dining

Red June Cafe Has Closed

After three years, Cathedral Square cafe modeled after one in Chicago closes.

Dining: Got Dogs, Milwaukee’s Latest Hot Dog
Dining

Got Dogs, Milwaukee’s Latest Hot Dog

Tom Pappas wants his business to be "The Hot Dog of Milwaukee."

MKE County: County Exec Candidates Discuss Fiscal Crisis
MKE County

County Exec Candidates Discuss Fiscal Crisis

Lipscomb, Larson, Crowley and Nath present their vision for addressing Milwaukee County's fiscal challenges.

MKE County: County Exec Race Upended
MKE County

County Exec Race Upended

State Election Commission disqualifies Kennedy and Sullivan. Abele's $6,000 donation wasted?

Dining: It’s Named For Patron Saint of Hangovers
Dining

It’s Named For Patron Saint of Hangovers

That's St. Bibiana, the upscale restaurant and bar coming to Brady Street.

2020 County Exec Race: Seven Will Run for County Executive
2020 County Exec Race

Seven Will Run for County Executive

Gwen Moore endorses Lipscomb, Crowley has raised $53,000, no word from Abele.

Witkowski’s Winter Wonderland

Witkowski’s Winter Wonderland

Former alderman helps create huge annual display of holiday lights on South Side.

Mayor Bloomberg Comes to Town

Mayor Bloomberg Comes to Town

Presidential candidate opens campaign office in Milwaukee and tours Public Market.

Green Project at ‘Tent City’ Site Finalized

Green Project at ‘Tent City’ Site Finalized

City, state, MMSD cooperate on stormwater project. But its timing raises questions.

Transportation: Bridge on North Ave. is “Functionally Obsolete”
Transportation

Bridge on North Ave. is “Functionally Obsolete”

Replacement needed for portion of North Ave traversing the Oak Leaf Trail.

2020 County Exec Race: Jim Sullivan Will Run For County Executive
2020 County Exec Race

Jim Sullivan Will Run For County Executive

County administrator and former legislator emphasizes need for sound management.

MKE County: Wilson Park Homeless Warming Center Debated
MKE County

Wilson Park Homeless Warming Center Debated

Public meeting gets unruly on proposal to let homeless sleep overnight in senior center.

MKE County:  New Area for South Shore Beach Chosen
MKE County

New Area for South Shore Beach Chosen

One of most polluted beaches in U.S. could be fixed -- if funding can be secured.

City Creating Green Project Under I-794

City Creating Green Project Under I-794

MMSD-funded infrastructure on state land to capture 150,000 gallons of stormwater in a heavy rain.

2020 County Exec Race: Six Now Running for County Executive
2020 County Exec Race

Six Now Running for County Executive

Democrat Chris Larson and Trump supporter Purnima Nath join four other candidates.

MKE County: Fox Point Trustee to Run for County Board
MKE County

Fox Point Trustee to Run for County Board

"Relatively frugal" liberal Democrat Liz Sumner to run for seat Lipscomb is vacating.

MKE County: Why the Bus Union Didn’t Strike
MKE County

Why the Bus Union Didn’t Strike

MCTS offer of back pay for workers, and weariness after 21 months bargaining, were key.

MKE County: All Quiet on the Budget Front
MKE County

All Quiet on the Budget Front

Board passes 2020 budget with no clashes with Abele and small change in spending.

MKE County: Lipscomb Will Run for County Exec
MKE County

Lipscomb Will Run for County Exec

County Board chair says troubled finances must be focus of next county executive.

Transportation: Thursday Transit Strike Averted
Transportation

Thursday Transit Strike Averted

Transit union will vote on contract offer from MCTS.

Transportation: Bus Drivers Ready (Again) To Strike
Transportation

Bus Drivers Ready (Again) To Strike

Transit union leader says negotiations with MCTS going nowhere, threatens strike.

MKE County: Revised Budget Saves More Transit
MKE County

Revised Budget Saves More Transit

Board scrapes the barrel for funds to save bus routes, prevent various service cuts.

MKE County: Hemp Proposal Passed By Committee
MKE County

Hemp Proposal Passed By Committee

4-1 vote okays plan for high-end hemp operation in Mitchell Park greenhouse. Next comes full board.

MKE County: Board Adds Domes Funding to Budget
MKE County

Board Adds Domes Funding to Budget

Abele's budget had no funding. Board members embrace consultant's $60 million domes plan

MKE County: Officials Relocating Tent City Residents
MKE County

Officials Relocating Tent City Residents

"Housing First" approach gets the homeless housing and then helps with other problems.

MKE County: High PFAS Levels Found at Airport
MKE County

High PFAS Levels Found at Airport

State DNR orders airport to take immediate action to “halt and minimize” PFAS pollution.

Transportation: Could Federal Grant Revive the Jobline?
Transportation

Could Federal Grant Revive the Jobline?

Supervisors eager to recreate the shuttered bus service push to use federal grant.

Transportation: Bus Union Threatens Strike By October 25
Transportation

Bus Union Threatens Strike By October 25

Demands new contract proposal by then. Transit officials say they will meet the deadline.

Chris Abele Won’t Seek Reelection

Chris Abele Won’t Seek Reelection

County executive reverses course in surprise announcement, won't run for reelection.

MKE County: Hemp Could Make Money for County
MKE County

Hemp Could Make Money for County

New report says Mitchell Park greenhouses could grow valuable hemp clones.

MKE County: County Plans to Expand South Shore Beer Garden
MKE County

County Plans to Expand South Shore Beer Garden

County announces plans to spend $50,000 to plan and design beer garden expansion.

MKE County: Abele’s Budget Sees Cuts, and New Programs
MKE County

Abele’s Budget Sees Cuts, and New Programs

Proposed budget closes two pools and cuts bus routes, but boosts the Sheriff's department

Undeclared Candidate for Judge Already Polling Well

Undeclared Candidate for Judge Already Polling Well

Third-party poll promotes the potential candidacy of Zach Whitney.

Airport Getting a Commercial ‘Refresh’

Airport Getting a Commercial ‘Refresh’

Cousins Subs and Starbucks open new locations at Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport.

Transportation: Transit Union Stages Rally
Transportation

Transit Union Stages Rally

Calls for contract to include to backpay and driver security measures, and for the restoration of bus routes.

Transportation: Transit Cuts Reduced By Abele
Transportation

Transit Cuts Reduced By Abele

After questions raised, his revised 2020 budget finds more revenue for bus system.

MKE County: Public Likes Domes Plan
MKE County

Public Likes Domes Plan

They want to save the Domes, as does county board. But can officials move quickly enough?

MKE County: Youth Corrections Proposal Sent To State
MKE County

Youth Corrections Proposal Sent To State

Unlike Lincoln Hllls, proposed center emphasizes treatment and programming, not punishment.

MKE County: Supervisors Question Couture Project
MKE County

Supervisors Question Couture Project

Staskunas says county should consider other options, doubts 44-story tower will happen.

MKE County: Unique Coalition Seeks Sales Tax Hike
MKE County

Unique Coalition Seeks Sales Tax Hike

County officials, all 19 municipalities, business leaders back plan to net $160 million per year.

Transportation: Could Federal Grant Have Saved Bus Routes?
Transportation

Could Federal Grant Have Saved Bus Routes?

Some question how Abele administration used federal grant money.

Transportation: Bus Union Authorizes a Strike
Transportation

Bus Union Authorizes a Strike

The union votes no on MCTS' final contract offer, gives leadership power to call strike.

Transportation: Bus Union Threatens Strike By Friday
Transportation

Bus Union Threatens Strike By Friday

Union leader predicts a strike, but some workers likely to favor contract being offered.

Transportation: Bus Union’s Budget Claims Disputed
Transportation

Bus Union’s Budget Claims Disputed

Its claim that MCTS has big annual surpluses misrepresents the budget, comptroller says.

Evers Tours UWM, Touts Freshwater Goals

Evers Tours UWM, Touts Freshwater Goals

The governor lauds freshwater programs, promises state funding for them.

Midwest Express, Its Cookies, Are Back

Midwest Express, Its Cookies, Are Back

Beloved Milwaukee airline, out of business for nearly a decade, will relaunch within months.

MKE County: Domes Task Force Recommends $66 Million Plan
MKE County

Domes Task Force Recommends $66 Million Plan

Plan to radically alter the domes and Mitchell Park demands fast decision making.

Transportation: Transit Negotiations Over, What’s Next?
Transportation

Transit Negotiations Over, What’s Next?

MCTS makes its best and final offer. Union must accept it or go on strike.

Transportation: MCTS Plans to Cut 16 Bus Routes
Transportation

MCTS Plans to Cut 16 Bus Routes

Most riders wouldn't be affected by cuts, driven by projected $5.9 million budget deficit.

Public Shocked by ‘For Sale’ Signs in County Parks

Public Shocked by ‘For Sale’ Signs in County Parks

Parks group uses "For Sale" signs to raise awareness and support for parks funding.

Transportation: Bublr Unveils Adaptive Bikes
Transportation

Bublr Unveils Adaptive Bikes

It's the first ever adaptive bikeshare in the U.S. that is fully integrated with the system.

Kinn Hotel Plan Gets First Approval

Kinn Hotel Plan Gets First Approval

Plan for hotel on North Broadway gets historic preservation approval on third try.

Transportation: County Wins Grant For Electric Buses
Transportation

County Wins Grant For Electric Buses

$1.7 million federal matching grant will help buy Battery Electric Buses.

MKE County: Indigenous People’s Park Is Official
MKE County

Indigenous People’s Park Is Official

Renaming Columbus Park, created in 1956 on land original owned by the Potawatomi tribe.

MKE County: Sup. Alexander Wants More Public Input
MKE County

Sup. Alexander Wants More Public Input

County board, less than excited, votes to have the ordinance undergo a review.

MKE County: Domes Proposal Requires Great Speed
MKE County

Domes Proposal Requires Great Speed

Consultant's "Think Big" solution requires fast-paced applications for grants, tax credits.

Local Climate Change Task Force Proposed

Local Climate Change Task Force Proposed

Common Council okays City-County Joint Task Force on Climate and Economic Equity.

Transportation: WisDOT Plans Increase in Hiawatha Service
Transportation

WisDOT Plans Increase in Hiawatha Service

With $35 million from new budget, WisDOT seeks federal matching grants for expansion.

Transportation: Bus Rapid Transit Expected by 2021
Transportation

Bus Rapid Transit Expected by 2021

9-mile line, $54 million project by Milwaukee County mostly funded by federal grant.

MKE County: Abele’s Power Over County Transit Targeted
MKE County

Abele’s Power Over County Transit Targeted

Proposal gives county supervisors and employees more power over county bus system.

MKE County: County May Have To Sell Parks
MKE County

County May Have To Sell Parks

Report predicts county's growing structural deficit could mean selling parks to reduce costs.

MKE County: The County’s Queen of Hemp
MKE County

The County’s Queen of Hemp

Why Supervisor Sylvia Ortiz-Velez is pushing so hard for county to grow hemp.

MKE County: County Jail is Bleeding Safety Officers
MKE County

County Jail is Bleeding Safety Officers

Pay low, conditions bad. In 2018 county hired 103 corrections officers and lost 110.

MKE County: County Seeks Allies in Call for State Aid
MKE County

County Seeks Allies in Call for State Aid

Unfunded state mandates and a decade of declining state aid driving county's huge deficit.

MKE County: Lake Park Bridge Funding Secured
MKE County

Lake Park Bridge Funding Secured

State funds will help restore Ravine Road Bridge, with some left over for Brown Deer Park.

MKE County: Should Sheriff Provide Security on Buses?
MKE County

Should Sheriff Provide Security on Buses?

It would cost more and issue divides bus drivers and riders. No action taken on idea.

Transportation: County Looks to Add Electric Buses
Transportation

County Looks to Add Electric Buses

County applies for federal grant for electric buses, though head of MCDOT not a fan.

Plats and Parcels: The Couture Gets Financing Extension
Plats and Parcels

The Couture Gets Financing Extension

Construction starts on Adams Garden Park, wellness center for King Drive.

Transportation: Joblines Bus Will End After August
Transportation

Joblines Bus Will End After August

Funding for bus to Waukesha County jobs ending and Waukesha doesn't seem to care.

Plats and Parcels: Convention Center Expansion Inches Forward
Plats and Parcels

Convention Center Expansion Inches Forward

Wisconsin Center District hiring Morgan Stanley as banker.

MKE County: “Think Big!” Domes Task Force Is Told
MKE County

“Think Big!” Domes Task Force Is Told

Consultant hired by county offers bold new vision for the domes and Mitchell Park.

Plats and Parcels: Historic Building to Become Boutique Hotel
Plats and Parcels

Historic Building to Become Boutique Hotel

Plus: Soldiers Home redevelopment on pause, coworking company buys building on streetcar route

MKE County: Transit System Plans 10% Service Cut
MKE County

Transit System Plans 10% Service Cut

"Out of local funding options” says MCTS leader. Union pressed for benefit givebacks.

Plats and Parcels: Large Third Ward Building Sold
Plats and Parcels

Large Third Ward Building Sold

Plus: Downtown Post Office remains in limbo, King Drive Library deal hits roadblock

Taverns: City’s Most Impressive Sports Bar Ever?
Taverns

City’s Most Impressive Sports Bar Ever?

Bucks give a sneak peak of "The MECCA." Whoa, is it elevated.

City’s New Horse Stables Break Ground

City’s New Horse Stables Break Ground

MKE Urban Stables to house police department's mounted patrol, offer equine therapy.

Plats and Parcels: Park East Land Back on the Market
Plats and Parcels

Park East Land Back on the Market

Plus: Milwaukee Athletic Club redevelopment advances, Oriental Theatre project hits next phase.

MKE County: Board Condemns We Energies Discharge Permit
MKE County

Board Condemns We Energies Discharge Permit

DNR could allow small variance in mercury discharged. County board, Sierra Club object.

MKE County: Could The County Clone Hemp Plants?
MKE County

Could The County Clone Hemp Plants?

Report on county growing hemp is not positive. But expert says the study all wrong.

Plats and Parcels: Former Carleton School to Become Housing
Plats and Parcels

Former Carleton School to Become Housing

Plus: Bradley Foundation moving to Hammes Building.

MKE County: Bus Drivers Union Assails MCTS Leaders
MKE County

Bus Drivers Union Assails MCTS Leaders

"The fight is on," says union leader, as labor negotiations hit wall over health care coverage.

Plats and Parcels: Ikon Hotel Deal Gets First Approval
Plats and Parcels

Ikon Hotel Deal Gets First Approval

Plus: A Waukesha jail is now an apartment building.

Plats and Parcels: Jeffers Buys Walker’s Point Warehouse
Plats and Parcels

Jeffers Buys Walker’s Point Warehouse

Plus: King Drive library project too costly? And Wangard plans riverwalk extension

Plats and Parcels: Meet the Deer District
Plats and Parcels

Meet the Deer District

Bucks developing area around Fiserv Forum, and The Avenue gets a new $3 million entrance.

MKE County: County “Creating a Hospital” for Its Jails?
MKE County

County “Creating a Hospital” for Its Jails?

Board begins work on costly inmate medical program for county jail, House of Correction.

Plats and Parcels: Senior Housing for Lower East Side
Plats and Parcels

Senior Housing for Lower East Side

Plus: Two city apartment complexes sold. Irgens plans 25-acre project in Wauwatosa.

MKE County: Rumors of Domes’ Demise Exaggerated
MKE County

Rumors of Domes’ Demise Exaggerated

Despite report recommending their death, county board members want to save domes.

Plats and Parcels: Youth Correctional Center Planned for North Side
Plats and Parcels

Youth Correctional Center Planned for North Side

State facility at 6600 N. Teutonia would replace troubled Lincoln Hills center.

Transportation: Public Favors Transit System’s Redesign
Transportation

Public Favors Transit System’s Redesign

Plan means faster, more frequent buses, slightly fewer stops in Milwaukee County.

Plats and Parcels: The Couture Gets Financing Extension
Plats and Parcels

The Couture Gets Financing Extension

State office building slated for near west side, Grand Ave might get $9 million.

MKE County: Bus Drivers’ Union Fights New Contract
MKE County

Bus Drivers’ Union Fights New Contract

Transit system cites $6 million deficit, wants workers to pay more for health care.

Plats and Parcels: New Space for African-American Entrepreneurs
Plats and Parcels

New Space for African-American Entrepreneurs

What impact would changing TIF law have?

Plats and Parcels: Milwaukee Real Estate Draws National Interest
Plats and Parcels

Milwaukee Real Estate Draws National Interest

Out-of-state investors have poured millions into city properties.

Plats and Parcels: 100 More Jobs Coming to Downtown
Plats and Parcels

100 More Jobs Coming to Downtown

But what's happening at the Foxconn office building?

MMSD Plans $1.4 Billion of Improvements

MMSD Plans $1.4 Billion of Improvements

Sewerage district has ambitious six-year plan for 411-square-mile regions it serves.

MKE County: Say Goodbye to Columbus Park?
MKE County

Say Goodbye to Columbus Park?

County Sup. Felesia Martin pushing for new name: Indigenous People's Park.

Plats and Parcels: Schlitz Park Sold
Plats and Parcels

Schlitz Park Sold

Plus: the Giuffre brothers divide their property. And The Urbanite temporarily closes.

MKE County: Private Contract for Jail Health Care Okayed
MKE County

Private Contract for Jail Health Care Okayed

But committee also calls for county to take over for private contractor in two years.

Plats and Parcels: Mandel Seeks High-Rise Subsidy
Plats and Parcels

Mandel Seeks High-Rise Subsidy

Developer wants city's help to close financing gap for Prospect Ave. apartment tower.

Plats and Parcels: Just One Proposal for Soldiers Home
Plats and Parcels

Just One Proposal for Soldiers Home

VA attracts only one bidder to redevelop three historic buildings.

Transportation: County May Study Security Officers for Buses
Transportation

County May Study Security Officers for Buses

County committee unanimously approves study, will next go to full board.

Plats and Parcels: Journal Sentinel Building To Be Purchased
Plats and Parcels

Journal Sentinel Building To Be Purchased

Plus: Jeffers buys two Walker's Point buildings. And Post Office building lawsuit stalled.

7 Goals of County Fair Deal Group

7 Goals of County Fair Deal Group

Abele and Lipscomb's group releases seven recommendations for state legislative action.

Plats and Parcels: New Downtown Apartment Building
Plats and Parcels

New Downtown Apartment Building

Is the second time the charm for a long vacant downtown site?

City Starts Over on Deconstruction

City Starts Over on Deconstruction

It's back to demolishing old buildings, while trying to start small deconstruction program.

Plats and Parcels: 13 Affordable Housing Projects Seek Credits
Plats and Parcels

13 Affordable Housing Projects Seek Credits

Plus: Downtown's Bank Mutual sold. And old Garfield Theater could become branch library.

MKE County: County Officials Review Revenue Options
MKE County

County Officials Review Revenue Options

Abele and Lipscomb's Fair Deal group considers ways to relieve dire financial situation.

Plats and Parcels: Big Condo Project Coming
Plats and Parcels

Big Condo Project Coming

City's first major condo project since Great Recession planned for Lower East Side.

Plats and Parcels: Schlitz Park, River House Sold to Out-of-State Investors
Plats and Parcels

Schlitz Park, River House Sold to Out-of-State Investors

Plus: Masonic Hotel construction planned for 2019.

Transportation: County Transit Changes Coming in 2019
Transportation

County Transit Changes Coming in 2019

Some bus lines ended or merged. Goal is faster, more efficient service for customers.

Plats and Parcels: Could Marquette Build Its Own Arena?
Plats and Parcels

Could Marquette Build Its Own Arena?

Plus: A planned boutique hotel gets the ax and ACTS housing helps its 2,500th family.

MKE County: Board Rejects Outsourced Inmate Care
MKE County

Board Rejects Outsourced Inmate Care

Unanimous vote rejects private company, calls for county staff to handle health services in jails.

MKE County: Can Public-Private Deals Help County?
MKE County

Can Public-Private Deals Help County?

Experts discuss potential of public-private partnerships for county and city.

Plats and Parcels: A Revamped Marcus Center
Plats and Parcels

A Revamped Marcus Center

Ambitious plan unveiled to reshape performing arts center.

MKE County: Fight for Sanctuary Woods Continues
MKE County

Fight for Sanctuary Woods Continues

Wauwatosa officials seem to favor saving woods, but county officials have failed to act.

MKE County: County Committee Mollified on Couture
MKE County

County Committee Mollified on Couture

Delay on 44-floor lakefront tower had been issue, but key supervisors now happy.

Plats and Parcels: New Land Pursuing Glendale Development
Plats and Parcels

New Land Pursuing Glendale Development

See the apartment building and town homes proposed for suburban community.

Transportation: County Bus System Plans Complete Redesign
Transportation

County Bus System Plans Complete Redesign

All routes will be reconsidered to achieve maximum frequency, public input sought.

MKE County: A ‘Maptacular’ Idea to Fund Parks
MKE County

A ‘Maptacular’ Idea to Fund Parks

New fund for parks from merchandise sold, including unique maps of parks.

Plats and Parcels: Amazon Coming to Oak Creek
Plats and Parcels

Amazon Coming to Oak Creek

New logistics hub will be one million square feet larger than Kenosha warehouse.

Plats and Parcels: West Allis Hotel Proposal Could Get Subsidy
Plats and Parcels

West Allis Hotel Proposal Could Get Subsidy

$133 million project with hotel, offices, could get $21.5 million subsidy.

Plats and Parcels: Affordable Housing for Walker’s Point
Plats and Parcels

Affordable Housing for Walker’s Point

Ohio-based developer eyeing Milwaukee project.

Plats and Parcels: Big Week of Real Estate News
Plats and Parcels

Big Week of Real Estate News

The Couture, Michels and streetcar headline a busy week.

Last Minute Amendment Saves Job Line

Last Minute Amendment Saves Job Line

County board will pay to extend bus line to jobs in Waukesha, Washington counties.

MKE County: County Will Push for More State Funding
MKE County

County Will Push for More State Funding

Resolution creates "Fair Deal" work group backed by Abele and board to address county fiscal crisis.

Plats and Parcels: Post Office, Company Fight Over Downtown Property
Plats and Parcels

Post Office, Company Fight Over Downtown Property

Plus: Where should Public Museum move? And what's an Opportunity Zone?

MKE County: Lipscomb Wants Electric Buses Sooner
MKE County

Lipscomb Wants Electric Buses Sooner

Budget amendment would purchase four electric buses this year for MCTS.

A Giant Step for Bader Philanthropies

A Giant Step for Bader Philanthropies

Politicians, residents celebrate Bader foundation's move to near North Side.

Plats and Parcels: The Couture Still in Limbo
Plats and Parcels

The Couture Still in Limbo

Plus: Plans to convert two schools to apartments advance, more affordable housing in Walker's Point

Plats and Parcels: Does Wangard Have Harbor District Plans?
Plats and Parcels

Does Wangard Have Harbor District Plans?

Also: Chicago-based R2 Companies continues to make noise in Milwaukee.

Local Leaders Demand Big Store Tax Reform

Local Leaders Demand Big Store Tax Reform

18 municipal leaders say big box tax loopholes costly, push legislators to change law.

Plats and Parcels: More Apartments in Walker’s Point
Plats and Parcels

More Apartments in Walker’s Point

A big week of real estate news as a bunch of projects move forward.

Plats and Parcels: Former Target Store To Become Warehouse
Plats and Parcels

Former Target Store To Become Warehouse

And what's going to happen to the current P&H site?

City Hall: City Announces Green Infrastructure Plan
City Hall

City Announces Green Infrastructure Plan

Big changes to adapt to climate change and increase in damaging rainstorms.

Plats and Parcels: An East Side High Rise in 2019?
Plats and Parcels

An East Side High Rise in 2019?

Mandel announces plans to break ground on Prospect Ave. tower

MKE County: Should County Go Into Hemp Business?
MKE County

Should County Go Into Hemp Business?

Facing huge budget problems, supervisors push for county to grow and sell hemp.

Plats and Parcels: County Officials Suggest Taking Back Couture Site
Plats and Parcels

County Officials Suggest Taking Back Couture Site

Supervisors cite lack of progress on county-owned lakefront land.

MKE County: Should County Move South Shore Beach?
MKE County

Should County Move South Shore Beach?

County officials have funded design options to improve the often polluted beach.

Plats and Parcels: More Downtown Projects Moving Forward
Plats and Parcels

More Downtown Projects Moving Forward

Progress happening on activation of Sentinel Building, redevelopment of Bradley Center and creation of S Block.

Plats and Parcels: City Financing Proposed for Michels’ Massive Development
Plats and Parcels

City Financing Proposed for Michels’ Massive Development

Proposal to bring hundreds of jobs to Harbor District to get financing help.

Plats and Parcels: Brady Street Project Cancelled
Plats and Parcels

Brady Street Project Cancelled

City marketing vacant lot on Lower East Side main street for $105,000.

Bring On the Dockless Bicycles!

Bring On the Dockless Bicycles!

City officials announce they will accept proposals for dockless bikeshare.

More Development In Menomonee Valley

More Development In Menomonee Valley

Two businesses grab last two lots in Menomonee Valley Industrial Center.

SSP America Rejects Workers Call for Union

SSP America Rejects Workers Call for Union

Company that serves Mitchell Airport claims most workers don’t want union, suggests NLRB oversight.

The Harambee Neighborhood’s Future?

The Harambee Neighborhood’s Future?

Community oriented charrette process proposes designs for development to improve area.

Plats and Parcels: Another Suburban Business Comes to City
Plats and Parcels

Another Suburban Business Comes to City

FIS leasing building on northwest side. Plus: A streetcar backup plan if Couture delayed.

Union Serve Notice on SSP America

Union Serve Notice on SSP America

Workers at company that serves airport demand a union, give company till Monday to officially respond.

Plats and Parcels: Harbor District Emerges
Plats and Parcels

Harbor District Emerges

All the sudden the sleepy harbor is the place for hundreds of million in development.

Plats and Parcels: Growing Bronzeville
Plats and Parcels

Growing Bronzeville

City selling gateway to neighborhood

Labor Battle Looms at Airport

Labor Battle Looms at Airport

Service and hospitality workers for SSP America demand union vote, may call for picketing or a strike.

Plats and Parcels: The Public Museum’s Big Plans
Plats and Parcels

The Public Museum’s Big Plans

Plus: Froedtert is practicing good urbanism and Good City is good for the city.

Plats and Parcels:  Mandel’s $130 Million Harbor Development
Plats and Parcels

Mandel’s $130 Million Harbor Development

Plus: more manufacturing in West Allis.

Plats and Parcels: More Good News for Downtown
Plats and Parcels

More Good News for Downtown

New hotel, new office tenants and possibly a new office building.

MKE County: Talks May Start on Bus to Foxconn
MKE County

Talks May Start on Bus to Foxconn

Lipscomb offers road map for bus connecting workers from Milwaukee at press conference.

Plats and Parcels: Bay View’s BID Goes Bye Bye
Plats and Parcels

Bay View’s BID Goes Bye Bye

Also: Downtown hotel sold, new luxury apartment tower opens

The Problems with Deconstruction

The Problems with Deconstruction

New city program is promising, but also faces obstacles.

Plats and Parcels: More Development in Harbor District
Plats and Parcels

More Development in Harbor District

San Diego investor sees the potential of Milwaukee’s harbor area.

First Buildings Deconstructed Under New Law

First Buildings Deconstructed Under New Law

But Ald. Bauman fears high bids from companies may make law impractical.

Plats and Parcels: St. James Saved By Tax Credits
Plats and Parcels

St. James Saved By Tax Credits

Jeffers credits tax credits for saving historic downtown parish hall.

Plats and Parcels: About That New Convention Center Plan
Plats and Parcels

About That New Convention Center Plan

Renderings for expansion look beautiful, but where’s the money?

Foxconn’s North American Headquarters Opening Downtown

Foxconn’s North American Headquarters Opening Downtown

Local officials celebrate at press conference, but will unemployed residents win jobs?

Ballet Breaks Ground on New Center

Ballet Breaks Ground on New Center

52,000 square-foot Baumgartner Center for Dance will contain rehearsal and school space.

Plats and Parcels: Catalytic Development for North Avenue?
Plats and Parcels

Catalytic Development for North Avenue?

Robert Schmidt sells two East Side properties. And a really old grocery store will become high-end apartments.

Plats and Parcels: More Apartments for North Avenue
Plats and Parcels

More Apartments for North Avenue

Plus: Big Bay View project and the Streetcar’s future.

8 Options for Domes Presented

8 Options for Domes Presented

Public input sought on options offered by task force, but costs of each unknown.

Plats and Parcels: Who Will Build Next Downtown Tower?
Plats and Parcels

Who Will Build Next Downtown Tower?

Choice parcel of land now on the market. Who will buy and build there?

Plats and Parcels: Gorman Building Affordable Housing for Veterans
Plats and Parcels

Gorman Building Affordable Housing for Veterans

Another project by developer that mixes good business and social impact.

MKE County: Committee Okays Referendum on Legalizing Pot
MKE County

Committee Okays Referendum on Legalizing Pot

Unanimous vote in favor of November referendum asking to legalize and tax marijuana.

Plats and Parcels: Bay View Businesses Rebel Against BID
Plats and Parcels

Bay View Businesses Rebel Against BID

In a city with many BIDs, should others worry about such challenges?

Plats and Parcels: New Development in Menomonee Valley?
Plats and Parcels

New Development in Menomonee Valley?

A new road and design solutions could attract development and 800 new jobs.

Plats and Parcels: The Bad News About Bon-Ton
Plats and Parcels

The Bad News About Bon-Ton

And the good news about the harbor, and The North End.

$3 Million Grant for Bay View Wetland

$3 Million Grant for Bay View Wetland

City will work with Harbor District and BID to create unique amenity.

Plats and Parcels: Downtown’s Hot But Cooling Off?
Plats and Parcels

Downtown’s Hot But Cooling Off?

And bad news for city on mortgage foreclosures.

New Oasis in West Side Food Desert

New Oasis in West Side Food Desert

Mo’s Food Market opens on 24th and Clybourn, offering fresh produce and Asian specialties.

More Good News for the Sherman Phoenix

More Good News for the Sherman Phoenix

New project in Sherman Park gains another grant. Abele predicts success.

Plats and Parcels: State Office Building Moving to Waukesha?
Plats and Parcels

State Office Building Moving to Waukesha?

Plus: Housing to replace billboards on Water Street.

Plats and Parcels: The Expanding Empire of Josh Jeffers
Plats and Parcels

The Expanding Empire of Josh Jeffers

And why the curious contractor switcheroo for The Couture?

Riverwest Bike Boulevard Gets Thumbs Up

Riverwest Bike Boulevard Gets Thumbs Up

Most attending public meeting support slowing traffic on N. Fratney and E. Wright streets.

Plats and Parcels: New Hotel on Van Buren?
Plats and Parcels

New Hotel on Van Buren?

Plus: New apartments near Bucks arena and new MU development.

Plats and Parcels: Money for Amazon for Startups?
Plats and Parcels

Money for Amazon for Startups?

Milwaukee 7 leader Jim Paetsch floated the idea. Plus: more apartment projects.

MKE County: Bill Targets Milwaukee’s Segregation
MKE County

Bill Targets Milwaukee’s Segregation

Landlords would be nudged to accept federal housing vouchers. Many testified against bill.

Plats and Parcels: Is the Downtown Apartment Boom Over?
Plats and Parcels

Is the Downtown Apartment Boom Over?

Wangard hesitates over river-side apartment complex, while other projects push ahead.

Proposed Riverwest Project Gets Reviewed

Proposed Riverwest Project Gets Reviewed

Scott Genke would develop two apartment buildings on Humboldt with green features.

Bus Line to Foxconn Could Transport Workers

Bus Line to Foxconn Could Transport Workers

Lipscomb proposal could transport thousands, promote regional transportation.

Plats and Parcels: Huge Historic Redo for North Avenue
Plats and Parcels

Huge Historic Redo for North Avenue

Redeveloping 20,000-square-foot buildings that housed G. Daddy’s and Hotel Foster.

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

The Hubbub in Walker’s Point

It's all happening in Walker's Point, a bevy of busy reporters agree.

Local Technology Could Be Revolutionary

Local Technology Could Be Revolutionary

How a new water contamination sensor was developed at the Global Water Center.

Plats and Parcels: A Hostel for Riverwest
Plats and Parcels

A Hostel for Riverwest

And $79 million in New Markets Tax Credits to three community development entities.

Residents Jeer Pay-to-Park Plan

Residents Jeer Pay-to-Park Plan

Abele sympathizes but says county must get revenue from somewhere.

Bring Us Your Green Projects, Says MMSD

Bring Us Your Green Projects, Says MMSD

District offers $1.5 million matching funds for projects to reduce urban runoff, taxpayers costs.

Donovan Says City Terrorized by Villains

Donovan Says City Terrorized by Villains

“I am not fabricating, falsifying,” he says, decrying current approaches to crime.

Startup City: Company Helps You Take Working Vacation
Startup City

Company Helps You Take Working Vacation

Startup called Venture with Impact lets you visit exotic places while also working.

Study Shows Rivers’ Quality Declined

Study Shows Rivers’ Quality Declined

River Keepers give a “D plus” rating to water quality of Milwaukee’s estuary.

Task Force Considers Future of Domes

Task Force Considers Future of Domes

The options are “overwhelming” and the future far from certain.

Franklin Wants Milwaukee’s Water

Franklin Wants Milwaukee’s Water

But Bauman doubts suburb can meet city rules for transportation and affordable housing.

City’s Housing Fund Has Big Impact

City’s Housing Fund Has Big Impact

$7 million invested over 11 years has leveraged an additional $176 million in spending.

Business: How Rockwell Became More Female Friendly
Business

How Rockwell Became More Female Friendly

Company offered classes to all employees on white male "bias and privilege."

Foxconn Signing Is a Love Fest

Foxconn Signing Is a Love Fest

Walker rhapsodizes about the deal, and welcomes workers from Illinois.

Bucks’ Health Clinic Will Soon Open

Bucks’ Health Clinic Will Soon Open

Downtown clinic is partnership with Froedtert MCW to serve Bucks, local residents.

How to Grow the Restaurant Scene

How to Grow the Restaurant Scene

Two entrepreneurs from Pittsburgh explain how they’ve helped incubate new restaurants.

School Will Become Apartment Complex

School Will Become Apartment Complex

Former 37th Street School will be turned into 50 senior apartments, 10 townhomes.

Proposal Would Grow Central City Farms

Proposal Would Grow Central City Farms

Two Milwaukee legislators envision urban farms rising in 30th St. Corridor.

Program Funds “Pop-Up Shops” in Central City

Program Funds “Pop-Up Shops” in Central City

LISC works with city, JP Morgan Chase to jump start businesses in three neighborhoods.

Discovery World Breaks Ground on Major Addition

Discovery World Breaks Ground on Major Addition

New 10,000 square foot pavilion, and remodeling of existing building planned.

Milwaukee Grows Its Green Program

Milwaukee Grows Its Green Program

Environmental program saving millions in taxes, winning private sector participants.

New Library Embraces the Future

New Library Embraces the Future

Mitchell Street branch is the city’s most technologically advanced.

Miller Compromises on Gettelman Brewery

Miller Compromises on Gettelman Brewery

MillerCoors only wants to demolish half of historic complex after community push back.

New Bay View Park Denied, For Now

New Bay View Park Denied, For Now

“It looks like Mayor Barrett won,” says Ald. Zielinski.

Can Bauman and Kovac Create Jobs?

Can Bauman and Kovac Create Jobs?

Their legislation would require pre-1930 homes to be deconstructed, not demolished

Tiny Homes Could Change Lives

Tiny Homes Could Change Lives

Unique program will build 36 homes for young people aging out of foster care.

U.S Oil Won’t Ship Oil From Port

U.S Oil Won’t Ship Oil From Port

Signs written agreement and city gives it additional land at no charge.

It’s Bay View vs. City Hall!

It’s Bay View vs. City Hall!

So says Ald. Zielinski, as he seeks supporters for a Bay View Park.

Bay View Wetland Will Be Restored

Bay View Wetland Will Be Restored

One of city’s last wetlands, near Barnacle Bud’s, will be naturalized, may allow public access.

RICH Program Dedicates Its First Home

RICH Program Dedicates Its First Home

First of 20 homes is redeveloped for new owners in Washington Park area.

The Quin Breaks Ground in Walker’s Point

The Quin Breaks Ground in Walker’s Point

5-story, 70-unit, $12 million complex on 2nd St. is selling the neighborhood.

Bawdy House Begone! Aldermen Declare

Bawdy House Begone! Aldermen Declare

Donovan, Perez announce effort to target prostitution, landlords on South Side.

Bay View Park Proposal Rejected

Bay View Park Proposal Rejected

Zielinski wants to create park next to another park. But Plan Commission denies zoning changes.

Weise Building Gets Temporary Historic Designation

Weise Building Gets Temporary Historic Designation

Developers may save facades of century-old Eschweiler-designed building on Farwell.

Rescue Plan for Juneau Park Statues

Rescue Plan for Juneau Park Statues

$150,000 in private dollars sought to restore Juneau and Leif Erickson statues.

Sherman Park Redevelopment Launched

Sherman Park Redevelopment Launched

City to assist in financing $2.5 million redevelopment of former BMO Harris Bank branch.

Sargento Builds Homes in Milwaukee

Sargento Builds Homes in Milwaukee

Wisconsin-based cheese producer has been building homes in Milwaukee for 25 years.

Photo Gallery: Touring The New Bucks Arena
Photo Gallery

Touring The New Bucks Arena

The arena is halfway to completion. Our photos capture the progress.

Bay View Debate Gets Complicated

Bay View Debate Gets Complicated

Objections to huge gateway project could raise rental rates and eliminate green space.

New Deal for Wangard on City Hiring

New Deal for Wangard on City Hiring

Company had violated residents preference program, will count employees at other projects.

The Return of Talgo

The Return of Talgo

Returns to central city plant here, will service and repairs trains for U.S. customers.

Help Offered for South Side Prostitutes

Help Offered for South Side Prostitutes

Police, county partner with Benedict Center to combat growing prostitution problem.

Council Approves More Parking for Bikes

Council Approves More Parking for Bikes

Minimum standards for bike parking, bike racks for new and redeveloped buildings.

Riverwest Will Get First Bike Boulevards

Riverwest Will Get First Bike Boulevards

Two miles of streets where bikes get priority over cars.

Good City Goes Big

Good City Goes Big

The still new craft brewery has expanded and all should be ready by tomorrow.

More Parking for Bikes

More Parking for Bikes

City ordinance would set new standards for bike parking in new and redeveloped buildings.

The Great Bay View Debate

The Great Bay View Debate

$25 million, six-floor “gateway” project fuels debate over future of Bay View.

Sanders Project and Legacy Celebrated

Sanders Project and Legacy Celebrated

Welford Sanders Lofts on near North Side bears the name of economic development icon.

Huge Project Proposed for Bay View

Huge Project Proposed for Bay View

Six-floor, $25 million project with 144 apartments and 15,000 square feet of retail.

Road Map to an Aerotropolis

Road Map to an Aerotropolis

New plan released for municipalities near airport. Will they seize the future?

City Seeks Rescue for Several Buildings

City Seeks Rescue for Several Buildings

Gorman will redevelop McKinley school. Old Esperanza auto repair shop needs savior.

A School for Construction Skills

A School for Construction Skills

Business owner's job training center will employ inner city workers.

Ethanol Shipping Fuels Worries

Ethanol Shipping Fuels Worries

U.S. Oil could also ship crude oil across local waters.

WHEDA to Help Restore Soldiers Home

WHEDA to Help Restore Soldiers Home

$1.4 million in low-income housing tax credits for 1860s “Old Main” building.

City Panel Okays Brewers’ Hill Project

City Panel Okays Brewers’ Hill Project

Four buildings, 30 family-style apartments approved by Plan Commission.

Rent-To-Own Company Helps Home Buyers

Rent-To-Own Company Helps Home Buyers

Milwaukee business helps them improve their credit and gain mortgages.

Milwaukee To Be Built With U.S. Steel?

Milwaukee To Be Built With U.S. Steel?

Zielinski's ordinance requires this for developers getting city funds.

Finally, Greenwich Park Apartments Opens

Finally, Greenwich Park Apartments Opens

The six-story apartment building has a mix of affordable and market rate units.

City Will Terminate Manpower Agreement

City Will Terminate Manpower Agreement

Grunau and Schiltz Park will sell Manpower building and repay city loans they owe.

A Protest for Pedestrians

A Protest for Pedestrians

They demand more tickets for drivers who fail to yield to pedestrians.

Can City Mend Highway 175?

Can City Mend Highway 175?

Four plans to fix terminus at 46th and Lisbon presented.

The Crazy Growth of Good City Brewing

The Crazy Growth of Good City Brewing

Still new business already expanding operations and production.

City Panel Rejects Sherman Park Station

City Panel Rejects Sherman Park Station

Design criticized. Would replace gas station destroyed during summer riot.

Wangard Still Can’t Meet City Rules

Wangard Still Can’t Meet City Rules

Subsidized Freshwater Plaza project flunks Residents Preference Program.

Changes Made to Couture’s Design

Changes Made to Couture’s Design

Design tweaks address concerns of neighboring 833 East developer.

Officials Celebrate Garfield Development

Officials Celebrate Garfield Development

Groundbreaking for $17 million development and reopened Black Holocaust Museum.

City Proposal Protects Students

City Proposal Protects Students

Protections target for-profit colleges that leave students with huge debts.

Developers Meet Local Hiring Goals

Developers Meet Local Hiring Goals

Bucks arena, Northwestern Mutual tower meet city's residents preference goals.

6-Floor East Side “Contour” Plan Approved

6-Floor East Side “Contour” Plan Approved

Architecture Review Board okays revised plan for 88-unit apartment.

Will South Korea Partner With City?

Will South Korea Partner With City?

Daegu, South Korea wants to be a water tech sister city. City panel says yes.

City Approves Schlitz Park Upgrades

City Approves Schlitz Park Upgrades

$875,000 in new TIF spending for safety measures and better RiverWalk access.

Eat Ramen In a Parklet? Yes!

Eat Ramen In a Parklet? Yes!

East Side Ramen restaurant will create parklet, extends ambience to the street.

Good Hope Library Moves Forward

Good Hope Library Moves Forward

New library, 65-unit apartment complex, green space and parking lots

City Could Sell Homes to Felons

City Could Sell Homes to Felons

Committee overturns current ban on sales but proposal needs full council approval.

City Spends Big On Housing The Poor

City Spends Big On Housing The Poor

Housing Trust Fund has spent $6.5 million since 2006 on low-income housing.

Three Great New Libraries Coming

Three Great New Libraries Coming

Three new neighborhood libraries all use new approach of mixed-used development.

Fighting the “Dark Store Loophole”

Fighting the “Dark Store Loophole”

Big box stores like Walgreens and Menards claim tax loophole. Cities oppose it.

Rebuilding The State’s Largest Housing Complex

Rebuilding The State’s Largest Housing Complex

Phase 2 of Westlawn Public Housing project is huge undertaking with complex financing.

About Those Parapets, Mr. Renner

About Those Parapets, Mr. Renner

Peter Renner is a no-show, Third Ward board tut tuts his 10 tentative townhouses.

City Panel Okays Big Westown Upgrades

City Panel Okays Big Westown Upgrades

Re-doing Grand Theatre for MSO, new Bon Ton contract, major street upgrades.

Biking: New Bike Route Would Cross State
Biking

New Bike Route Would Cross State

You could ride from here to Minnesota and then up the Mississippi River Trail.

New Development For Villard Avenue

New Development For Villard Avenue

City zoning change will allow four-story, 33-unit apartment complex on 37th and Villard.

City Panel Approves Bucks Plaza Design

City Panel Approves Bucks Plaza Design

Plaza would be created by closing off 4th St., could include ice rink and farmers market.

Three Plans for New City Library

Three Plans for New City Library

MLK library the latest to have private development that includes a new library.

Witkowiak Plans Major Expansion on Mitchell Street

Witkowiak Plans Major Expansion on Mitchell Street

Funeral home will add banquet hall, open-air plaza and floral shop.

Wangard Violates Residents Preference Program

Wangard Violates Residents Preference Program

Council members blast the company for failure, call for tougher requirements.

Will Problem Intersection Be Fixed?

Will Problem Intersection Be Fixed?

City hopes to fix North and Lisbon and issues spotlighted by Urban Milwaukee.

Council Okays Garfield Development

Council Okays Garfield Development

City TID will help finance Bronzeville development including Black Holocaust Museum.

Greenwich Park Targets Low-Income Residents

Greenwich Park Targets Low-Income Residents

New East Side complex mixes subsidized and market rate apartments.

Historic Designation Coming for S. 2nd Street?

Historic Designation Coming for S. 2nd Street?

City committee approves it for classic old section of 2nd street, despite some objections.

Dance: Sex and Death and Scheherazade
Dance

Sex and Death and Scheherazade

Kathryn Posin’s childhood fantasies -- and adult politics -- led to this exotic dance for the Milwaukee Ballet.

Schools Challenged by Declining State Aid

Schools Challenged by Declining State Aid

State aid to schools declined by $1.1 billion under Walker; choice funding rose by 77%.

Band of the Week: King Courteen Is a Musical Explorer
Band of the Week

King Courteen Is a Musical Explorer

The singer and wood worker had a strong religious upbringing and explores that in songs.

City Business: Digital Iris Is a Labor of Love
City Business

Digital Iris Is a Labor of Love

The small Milwaukee company creates cutting-edge technology for the video game industry.

Band of the Week: Thistledown Thunders Play Modern Bluegrass
Band of the Week

Thistledown Thunders Play Modern Bluegrass

Their lyrics are all about drinking and death. And love, sometimes.

Band of the Week: The Old Prospectors, the Newest Band?
Band of the Week

The Old Prospectors, the Newest Band?

Just two months ago the psych-funk rock band arose from the ashes of Blind Tarzan.

Taylor Proposes Reforming County Redistricting

Taylor Proposes Reforming County Redistricting

Aim is to "take politics out of it" and restore confidence in county board.

Band of the Week: The Tritonics Play Reggae, Have Fun
Band of the Week

The Tritonics Play Reggae, Have Fun

The music's pretty mellow. Not too loud. But you can dance.

Buy Local at Annual Gift Fair

Buy Local at Annual Gift Fair

Local First Milwaukee holds annual gift fair Sunday at the Domes, with more than 80 local vendors.

Band of the Week: The Belle Weather
Band of the Week

The Belle Weather

The band strives to make big, beautiful music, with thoughtful lyrics.

Abele vs. Clarke, Once Again

Abele vs. Clarke, Once Again

Abele cuts sheriff's budget and blasts him as rascist; Clarke and Weishan beat up on Abele.

Milwaukee Art Museum Unveils New Addition

Milwaukee Art Museum Unveils New Addition

Glassy new addition to museum also creates more exhibition space. Here's a tour.

Band of the Week: Piles Plays Rock With Skateboard Sensibility
Band of the Week

Piles Plays Rock With Skateboard Sensibility

Yet they cite Neil Diamond as a key influence. Go figure.

Band of the Week: Pay The Devil is Not a Metal Band
Band of the Week

Pay The Devil is Not a Metal Band

Says the band. In fact they are a local band that delivers their own take on traditional old time music.

Band of the Week: Klassik Loves Music of All Kinds
Band of the Week

Klassik Loves Music of All Kinds

Including Milwaukee artists. "The local scene won’t just be local for much longer," he predicts.

Band of the Week: NO/NO Is Like a Wussy Pop Band
Band of the Week

NO/NO Is Like a Wussy Pop Band

So say its members. Or are they kidding?

City Business: How Bliffert Lumber Got Into Hardware
City Business

How Bliffert Lumber Got Into Hardware

The lumber company, which goes back to the 1870s, now has a popular hardware store in Riverwest.

Kesslers Diamonds Opens Downtown

Kesslers Diamonds Opens Downtown

Its mini-store in George Watts building creates a trinity of wedding-related stores.

City Business: The Remarkable Rise of Rishi Tea
City Business

The Remarkable Rise of Rishi Tea

The Milwaukee company sells in all 50 states with exports to 100 countries. And it's still growing.

Band of the Week: Parallel
Band of the Week

Parallel

How a cover band became known for original songs.

City People: Kristi Luzar
City People

Kristi Luzar

The new director of UEDA wants to make an impact on Milwaukee. Just how is not so easy to describe.

County Free Bus-Ride Program Faces Shortfall

County Free Bus-Ride Program Faces Shortfall

Free rides for seniors and disabled could cost $4 million, causing service cuts or fare hikes.

Band of the Week: Von Alexander
Band of the Week

Von Alexander

Milwaukee hip-hop artist is angling for the national stage.

Tammy Baldwin Tours Milwaukee Harbor

Tammy Baldwin Tours Milwaukee Harbor

Senator Baldwin was promoting legislation to help communities develop revitalization plans for waterfronts.

Most City Services Closed Labor Day

Most City Services Closed Labor Day

No parking enforcement! But better pick up that towed car before the lot closes.