Graham Kilmer

Graham Kilmer

Graham Kilmer is a senior journalism student at UW-Milwaukee. Born and raised in Racine, WI, he currently lives in the Cream City. His interests include politics, books and bad puns.

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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.