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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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.