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Look closely at the ground floor. Is that an inviting environment?

New arena for the Milwaukee Bucks.

Will also include the New Bucks Arena Live Block and New Bucks Arena Parking Structure. A new Milwaukee Bucks Training Facility is also being built northwest across N. 6th St.

The arena will be 714,000 square-feet when complete.

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Eyes on Milwaukee: Bucks Arena Getting Custom-Painted Fire Hydrants
Eyes on Milwaukee

Bucks Arena Getting Custom-Painted Fire Hydrants

The 15 hydrants around the arena will get a new paint job.

Wisconsin Entertainment and Sports Center to Launch Sustainability Program
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Wisconsin Entertainment and Sports Center to Launch Sustainability Program

New world-class arena will not offer plastic straws

Eyes on Milwaukee: Bucks Beat Hiring Goals on Arena
Eyes on Milwaukee

Bucks Beat Hiring Goals on Arena

Arena project has created at least 800 jobs for under-employed city residents.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Bucks Arena 95% Complete; See Inside
Eyes on Milwaukee

Bucks Arena 95% Complete; See Inside

And oh, the atrium, the locker rooms, the media interview room!

Eyes on Milwaukee: Bucks Arena 68% Complete
Eyes on Milwaukee

Bucks Arena 68% Complete

Our photos capture it. See inside one of 34 suites in the new arena.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Bucks Unveil Arena Parking Garage
Eyes on Milwaukee

Bucks Unveil Arena Parking Garage

New garage to include tailgating, fast exits, glassy stairways and direct arena access.

Friday Photos: Live Block Work Starts in Deer District
Friday Photos

Live Block Work Starts in Deer District

Work begins on entertainment complex next to new arena.

Friday Photos: The Deer District Rises
Friday Photos

The Deer District Rises

New arena, parking garage and training facility reshape Park East.

Johnson Controls Named Official ‘Smart Building’ Partner for New Downtown Arena
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Johnson Controls Named Official ‘Smart Building’ Partner for New Downtown Arena

Company to provide state-of-the-art technology solutions throughout the arena and become first official founding partner

Developers Meet Local Hiring Goals

Developers Meet Local Hiring Goals

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

Eyes on Milwaukee: New Tavern Planned for Downtown
Eyes on Milwaukee

New Tavern Planned for Downtown

1885 building near Bradley Center will convert to lounge and beer garden.

Friday Photos: Bucks Arena Taking Shape
Friday Photos

Bucks Arena Taking Shape

Distinctive design of arena's facade now clearly visible

Eyes on Milwaukee: Council Approves Arena, Hammes Design Changes
Eyes on Milwaukee

Council Approves Arena, Hammes Design Changes

Full speed ahead on arena, office building, more downtown changes.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Bucks Select Apartment Developer
Eyes on Milwaukee

Bucks Select Apartment Developer

Up-and-coming development firm will build 90-unit building

Eyes on Milwaukee: Committee Okays Two Downtown Designs
Eyes on Milwaukee

Committee Okays Two Downtown Designs

Plus: What will the Bucks big announcement on Friday be?

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.

Friday Photos: Arena Rises from Frozen Tundra
Friday Photos

Arena Rises from Frozen Tundra

Snow and freezing weather didn't delay construction of the new Milwaukee Bucks arena.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Bucks Live Block is a Slam Dunk
Eyes on Milwaukee

Bucks Live Block is a Slam Dunk

Final design gets first approval today, poised for quick council approval.

Bucks Name Raj Saha General Manager of Wisconsin Entertainment and Sports Center
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Bucks Name Raj Saha General Manager of Wisconsin Entertainment and Sports Center

The Milwaukee Bucks today announced that Raj Saha has been named general manager of the Wisconsin Entertainment & Sports Center

Eyes on Milwaukee: Streetcar Project Receives Federal Grant
Eyes on Milwaukee

Streetcar Project Receives Federal Grant

City will use funding to study extension of streetcar to Bronzeville and Walker's Point.

Friday Photos: New Bucks Arena From Above
Friday Photos

New Bucks Arena From Above

Take a look at Milwaukee's biggest construction project.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Inside Walker’s Landing Apartments
Eyes on Milwaukee

Inside Walker’s Landing Apartments

Final residential development on Beerline adds 114 apartments and great views.

Friday Photos: Bucks Arena Work Prep
Friday Photos

Bucks Arena Work Prep

Sewer relocation has this stretch of the Park East seeing activity for the first time in ten years.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Bucks Arena Design Approved
Eyes on Milwaukee

Bucks Arena Design Approved

There were few objections other than by Ald. Kovac. Arena on track for June 18th groundbreaking.

In Public: Bucks Arena Design Is Anti-Urban
In Public

Bucks Arena Design Is Anti-Urban

Its generic, well-mannered and probably won’t improve with “tweaks.”

Eyes on Milwaukee: How Urban is Bucks New Arena?
Eyes on Milwaukee

How Urban is Bucks New Arena?

Not so much. The biggest problem with the new Bucks arena design is the ground floor.

Bucks Release New Arena Renderings Ahead of Design Submission to City
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Bucks Release New Arena Renderings Ahead of Design Submission to City

Arena to serve as centerpiece of new world-class sports and entertainment destination in downtown Milwaukee

Eyes on Milwaukee: Construction Costs Will Rise Slightly
Eyes on Milwaukee

Construction Costs Will Rise Slightly

Report also says Milwaukee building boom should continue through 2016.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Ten Predictions for 2016
Eyes on Milwaukee

Ten Predictions for 2016

A new downtown strip club, less crime, more Sheriff Clarke. It's all coming… we think.

What Will WCD Board Do About Marcus Center?

What Will WCD Board Do About Marcus Center?

Abele wants them to take over arts center but WCD board members would rather wait till 2020.

Plan to close 4th Street for new Bucks arena might not be a slam dunk
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Plan to close 4th Street for new Bucks arena might not be a slam dunk

Bauman opposes Bucks plan to raze parking garage before new one is built
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Bauman opposes Bucks plan to raze parking garage before new one is built

Abele Raids Reserves in Attempted Budget Bail-Out
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Abele Raids Reserves in Attempted Budget Bail-Out

Uses About $20 Million to Cover Pension Error. And $4 Million for Bucks Arena

Edens: Bucks will develop master plan for arena development
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Edens: Bucks will develop master plan for arena development

Former Mayor John Norquist: ‘Bucks should back off from closing Fourth Street
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Former Mayor John Norquist: ‘Bucks should back off from closing Fourth Street

Arena district board hires team to negotiate Milwaukee Bucks lease, bond issue
Bucks will break ground on arena in November, owners say, but when will real work begin?
Eyes on Milwaukee: New Bucks Arena Approved
Eyes on Milwaukee

New Bucks Arena Approved

City completes final step of financing puzzle for new Bucks arena.

Aldermen approve borrowing for the new arena
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Aldermen approve borrowing for the new arena

Milwaukee Bucks arena funding likely to win Common Council support
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Milwaukee Bucks arena funding likely to win Common Council support

Disagreement on closing street could affect Bucks arena plan
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Disagreement on closing street could affect Bucks arena plan

Ald. Murphy seeks stronger non-relocation clause in Bucks arena lease
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Ald. Murphy seeks stronger non-relocation clause in Bucks arena lease

Bucks, Ald. Bauman at loggerheads on street-closing near arena
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Bucks, Ald. Bauman at loggerheads on street-closing near arena

City panel OKs $47 million for Bucks arena; opening may be delayed to 2018
Bucks hope to break ground this year on Park East practice facility
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Bucks hope to break ground this year on Park East practice facility

Should City Approve Subsidy for Bucks Arena?

Should City Approve Subsidy for Bucks Arena?

The costs keep rising. And the benefits seem iffy.

City comptroller recommends approval of Milwaukee Bucks arena plan
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City comptroller recommends approval of Milwaukee Bucks arena plan

Bucks spent most on lobbying state lawmakers through June
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Bucks spent most on lobbying state lawmakers through June

New Milwaukee Bucks arena: If you thought getting a public funding deal was tough …
Milwaukee Bucks retain Icon Venue Group as owner’s representative on arena
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Milwaukee Bucks retain Icon Venue Group as owner’s representative on arena

Frank Gimbel era ends on Wisconsin Center District board; Scott Neitzel in charge
NEWaukeean of the Week: Jonathan Newby
NEWaukeean of the Week

Jonathan Newby

"I feel like Milwaukee is a city on the cusp of something great, that just needs a push."

Bucks could unveil arena design by the end of August: Feigin
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Bucks could unveil arena design by the end of August: Feigin

Murphy’s Law: Did Bucks Investors Pay Off Walker?
Murphy’s Law

Did Bucks Investors Pay Off Walker?

One publication says yes. But most donors to his presidential campaign are secret.

City Streets: The History of Juneau Avenue
City Streets

The History of Juneau Avenue

Once Division and Chestnut streets, it was consolidated into a tribute to city’s founder.

Assembly is expected to pass arena deal today
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Assembly is expected to pass arena deal today

GOP leader: Assembly should have votes to pass arena plan
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GOP leader: Assembly should have votes to pass arena plan

Assembly sets Milwaukee arena vote for July 28, but what about the ticket surcharge?
Assembly leaders schedule vote next week on Milwaukee arena
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Assembly leaders schedule vote next week on Milwaukee arena

Eyes on Milwaukee: Bucks Arena Winners and Losers
Eyes on Milwaukee

Bucks Arena Winners and Losers

We count 33 winners, from strip clubs to Scott Walker to the streetcar, and 12 losers, including Frank Gimbel, the Brewers and Seattle.

Scott Walker Push For Milwaukee Bucks Arena Subsidy Could Benefit His Fundraising Chief
When will Wisconsin Assembly convene on $250M arena funding bill?
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When will Wisconsin Assembly convene on $250M arena funding bill?

Sen. Taylor statement on Senate passage of Bucks arena deal
Press Release

Sen. Taylor statement on Senate passage of Bucks arena deal

"This is about more than basketball"

Senate Approves Bucks Arena Deal
Press Release

Senate Approves Bucks Arena Deal

Statement from Senator Chris Larson On Passage of Arena Deal For Milwaukee

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

Bucks Arena Triggering More Downtown Deals?

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

Democrats push for changes on Bucks arena deal
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Democrats push for changes on Bucks arena deal

Bipartisan talks begin in Senate for Milwaukee arena dea
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Bipartisan talks begin in Senate for Milwaukee arena dea

Arena talks heat up in state Senate; decision will be made on whether to vote Wednesday
Business, labor leaders urge lawmakers to approve Bucks arena deal
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Business, labor leaders urge lawmakers to approve Bucks arena deal

Murphy’s Law: Why Bucks’ Entertainment District May Fail
Murphy’s Law

Why Bucks’ Entertainment District May Fail

Across the country these mega-projects have hurt cities with generic development that banishes local charm.

No deal yet on Bucks arena, Senate leader says
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No deal yet on Bucks arena, Senate leader says

Arena proposal to be addressed during Tuesday town hall meeting
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Arena proposal to be addressed during Tuesday town hall meeting

Alderman Robert J. Bauman will host meeting; Mayor Barrett to deliver presentation on proposal for new downtown arena

Sen. Fitzgerald: Bucks arena vote may come next week, ticket fee could be added
Plats and Parcels: Is Bucks Arena a Done Deal?
Plats and Parcels

Is Bucks Arena a Done Deal?

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

The State of Politics: Bucks Arena Will Need Democratic Support
The State of Politics

Bucks Arena Will Need Democratic Support

But which Democrats are likely to back it?

Panel gives preliminary approval to city’s part of Bucks arena package
Republican Leadership Fumbles the Ball on Arena Funding; Time for Plan B.
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Republican Leadership Fumbles the Ball on Arena Funding; Time for Plan B.

Statement from Alderman Robert J. Bauman July 2, 2015

Supervisor Weishan Calls Out County Executive on Selling Out Taxpayers
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Supervisor Weishan Calls Out County Executive on Selling Out Taxpayers

Weishan Calls Giving Away County Assets Irresponsible

Statement from State Senator Chris Larson on the Assembly Republicans’ Arena Proposal
Press Release

Statement from State Senator Chris Larson on the Assembly Republicans’ Arena Proposal

“Democrats remain willing to work with Republicans on the arena deal, however, it is disappointing that our continuous calls for inclusion have been ignored.”

Milwaukee Bucks co-owner Wes Edens lobbied lawmakers for arena on latest Wisconsin visit
Blast From the Past: Bailing Out the Bucks Is Old News
Blast From the Past

Bailing Out the Bucks Is Old News

Back in 2001, Bruce Murphy reported on the Greater Milwaukee Committee's plan to subsidize the Bucks.

Gov. Walker reaches out to GOP senators on Milwaukee arena funding plan
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Gov. Walker reaches out to GOP senators on Milwaukee arena funding plan

Fitzgerald on state budget: Zoo Interchange a priority, arena funding still at an impasse
Milwaukee Bucks owners’ $1 Park East land buy supported by developers
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Milwaukee Bucks owners’ $1 Park East land buy supported by developers

The Final Countdown
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The Final Countdown

“This budget is like the Titanic."

Make Your Voice Heard on Bucks Arena

Make Your Voice Heard on Bucks Arena

Our simple, easy-to-use contact form lets you reach officials in Madison on the arena deal and frankly communicate your views.

7 reasons why Associated Bank is a possible arena naming-rights sponsor
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7 reasons why Associated Bank is a possible arena naming-rights sponsor

Admirals left out in the cold on arena plans
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Admirals left out in the cold on arena plans

5 questions with Marquette University’s athletics leader on the downtown arena
Marquette basketball coach Wojciechowski urges fans to voice arena support
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Marquette basketball coach Wojciechowski urges fans to voice arena support

Public hearing set on city’s proposed financing package for new arena
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Public hearing set on city’s proposed financing package for new arena

Sen. Darling: Arena deal may go to separate vote
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Sen. Darling: Arena deal may go to separate vote

The City’s Real Costs for Bucks Arena

The City’s Real Costs for Bucks Arena

The exact total is unknown, but will be much higher than media has reported.

Park East corridor underground site issues could cost $10 million to remedy
Common Ground Lobbying Against Bucks Arena

Common Ground Lobbying Against Bucks Arena

Community organization is pushing city, county and state representatives to oppose public funding.

Milbourne to Milwaukee: Build arena to save Bucks, tear down Grand Avenue
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Milbourne to Milwaukee: Build arena to save Bucks, tear down Grand Avenue

County panel delays Park East land sale to Bucks development group
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County panel delays Park East land sale to Bucks development group

The State of Politics: Crunch Time for Bucks Arena Deal
The State of Politics

Crunch Time for Bucks Arena Deal

Joint Finance Committee needs nine of 16 members to approve it. That could be tough.

Blair Williams, from developer pursuing Park East, supports Bucks’ plan
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Blair Williams, from developer pursuing Park East, supports Bucks’ plan

Data Wonk: The Economic Impact of a New Bucks Arena
Data Wonk

The Economic Impact of a New Bucks Arena

Separating fact from fiction, what does the data show?

Feds, state agree to Park East below-market land sales
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Feds, state agree to Park East below-market land sales

Tavern planned for long-vacant space near proposed Bucks arena
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Tavern planned for long-vacant space near proposed Bucks arena

Murphy’s Law: Abele Plan for Bucks Arena Won’t Work
Murphy’s Law

Abele Plan for Bucks Arena Won’t Work

The county has nowhere near $4 million in annual debt for state to collect -- and Abele may lack the power to deliver it.

Murphy’s Law: Arena Plan is Massive Tax Shift to Milwaukee
Murphy’s Law

Arena Plan is Massive Tax Shift to Milwaukee

County taxpayers will pay far more than predicted, as state legislators back away from the deal.

Murphy’s Law: MMAC Plays Hardball on Bucks Arena
Murphy’s Law

MMAC Plays Hardball on Bucks Arena

A misleading poll, pressure on legislators and more misinformation are all used to sell the NBA arena.

Plenty of Horne: We Want a New Arena!
Plenty of Horne

We Want a New Arena!

Bradley Center rally organized by MMAC featured five speakers touting the benefits of building a taxpayer-subsidized NBA arena.

The State of Politics: Bucks Arena Tough Sell for Outstate Legislators
The State of Politics

Bucks Arena Tough Sell for Outstate Legislators

Poll shows state residents outside metro Milwaukee and Madison oppose subsidy by 86% to 10%.

Murphy’s Law: State Bucks Arena Plan Fleeces Milwaukee
Murphy’s Law

State Bucks Arena Plan Fleeces Milwaukee

Proposed sports district gives all legal protection to the state and sticks it to Milwaukee, both financially and politically.

Plenty of Horne: Bucks Plan Envisions Arena Streetcar
Plenty of Horne

Bucks Plan Envisions Arena Streetcar

$1 billion plan for new arena and other development would transform Park East land and tear down Bradley Center.

Murphy’s Law: Should City/County Donate More to NBA Arena?
Murphy’s Law

Should City/County Donate More to NBA Arena?

Actually, local taxpayers will be donating $450 million. But the press won’t report the details.

Plenty of Horne: Joe Davis Announces Plan for NBA Arena
Plenty of Horne

Joe Davis Announces Plan for NBA Arena

Actually, it wasn't really a plan. But it was a press conference.

Plats and Parcels: New Arena Plan & Pabst Brewing Returns
Plats and Parcels

New Arena Plan & Pabst Brewing Returns

Will legislature pass new arena plan? Will city and county have to contribute? Will Pabst brew here again?

Murphy’s Law: How Will NBA Arena Benefit the City?
Murphy’s Law

How Will NBA Arena Benefit the City?

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver promises a new arena will launch a Downtown renewal. Is he right?

Murphy’s Law: Dispute Over Bucks Arena Goes National
Murphy’s Law

Dispute Over Bucks Arena Goes National

New York Times dumps on Milwaukee business leaders, and city becoming divided on issue.

Build Bucks Arena in Inner City?

Build Bucks Arena in Inner City?

Community leader calls on new owners to consider North Side location.

Murphy’s Law: 10 Reasons To Build Bucks Arena on Wisconsin Ave.
Murphy’s Law

10 Reasons To Build Bucks Arena on Wisconsin Ave.

Building the new arena where Boston Store is located could have huge advantages for the team and the city.

Op-Ed: Build NBA Arena Next to Potawatomi Casino
Op-Ed

Build NBA Arena Next to Potawatomi Casino

City could create TIF district in valley on little-used land, state assemblyman proposes.

Murphy’s Law: 10 Key Issues in NBA Arena Debate
Murphy’s Law

10 Key Issues in NBA Arena Debate

Will the new owners get tax support? It all depends on these ten issues.

Bucks buyers like big-time investing, poker, mountain climbing
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Bucks buyers like big-time investing, poker, mountain climbing

Plenty of Horne: Why the Bucks Arena is Downtown — And Will Stay There
Plenty of Horne

Why the Bucks Arena is Downtown — And Will Stay There

If not for an obnoxiously insistent mayor, the Bradley Center would have been built in the Menomonee Valley.

Common Ground Rallies for FAIR PLAY
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Common Ground Rallies for FAIR PLAY

If the Bucks get a great place to play, then our kids get great places to play.

Activists Demand New NBA Arena Include Funding for Kids

Activists Demand New NBA Arena Include Funding for Kids

No new Bucks arena without fixing schools' rundown fields and inadequate recreation facilities, says Common Ground.

Murphy’s Law: Myths About a New NBA Arena
Murphy’s Law

Myths About a New NBA Arena

In their zeal to build new, publicly-funded arena, proponents are misleading the community.

New report casts doubts on sports venues’ economic impact claims
Press Release

New report casts doubts on sports venues’ economic impact claims

Alderman Murphy believes the report will be a valuable tool in the upcoming debate over the future of Milwaukee’s BMO Harris Bradley Center.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Herb Kohl’s Arena Commitment, The Second Downtown Strip Club, Northwestern Mutual’s New Downtown Building, and More
Eyes on Milwaukee

Herb Kohl’s Arena Commitment, The Second Downtown Strip Club, Northwestern Mutual’s New Downtown Building, and More

This week's Eyes on Milwaukee column explores Herb Kohl's commitment to a new arena, the idea of another downtown strip club, Northwestern Mutual's potential new downtown building, and a whole lot more.