• Upcoming Events for the Week of April 6th, 2009

    April 6, 2009 Community & Economic Development April 6, 2009 9:00 am The Community and Economic Development Committee hears matters relating to community development, block grants, job development, business improvement districts, city public relations, industrial land banks and revenue bonds, emerging business enterprises, recreation, cultural arts and the library system.The Community and Economic Development Committee […]

  • Milwaukee Skywalk Map

    We attempted to create a map of all the skywalk connections in Milwaukee, including the longest line that runs through The Shops of Grand Avenue.

    While from an urbanist's perspective we still would prefer you choose the sidewalk, here's a map for those of you looking for other connections. Next up is mapping the empty retail spaces that are on roads paralleling a skywalk route.

  • Milwaukee Streetcar Map

    We've unveiled a Google Maps implmentation of Mayor's Tom Barrett's proposed streetcar system for downtown Milwaukee. Take a look yourself, we think it's a little more exciting than a PDF. The route is likely to change as the planning process continues, and we'll track those changes on our map.

  • Paul Robeson in concert

    Next Act Theatre Restaging an exceptional character from last season, Next Act Theatre returns with the limited run of Paul Robeson in Concert at the Off-Broadway Theatre. This charismatic Black Columbia law school graduate, singing star, actor and activist began a career in the 1920’s, stirring American hearts through his music, political beliefs and protests […]

  • Secrets of a Soccer Mom @ The Boulevard

    By Jenna Raymond Soccer Mom. It’s a term that crept into the American vernacular near the end of the twentieth century. It’s a woman who drives a mini-van or an SUV, visits Starbucks everyday and has an expensive cell phone that constantly ringing with calls about the PTA. She ‘runs errands’ every day of the […]

  • Committee Approves Plan to Improve Riverwalk

    File number 081431 would allow the library to apply for a Public Library Innovation Grant which would be used to extend the summer reading program in to a year round program.  Alderman Joe Davis pointed out that he brought the grant to the library staff’s attention and said “they have a great success rate, that if […]

  • Milwaukee Snow Videos

    Just about everyone in Milwaukee is ready for spring, right? Well in the event that you're not, we have two pretty impressive videos to share with you that have a lot of snow (and Milwaukee) in them.

  • City Committee Makes Many Appointments

    Soloman Chris Johnson, Welford Sanders, LaMar Franklin, Jo Spear Jr., Carla Cross, President and CEO of Cross Management Services, Inc., and Luc Monsanto, were appointed to Historic King Drive Business Improvement District.  When asked about his interest in serving on the board, Jo Spear Jr. responded saying “instead of putting all my back into the […]

  • Committee Approves Travel Spending

    Joe Davis

    Committee approves funding for travel to National League of Cities’ Board of Directors and International Council events.

  • Development Committee Hears Southeast Side Area Plan

    The Southeast Side Area Comprehensive Plan was presented for approval by the Department of City Development. It included site specific recommendations for each district based on smart growth principals such as promoting dense mixed use projects that preserve the unique character and qualities of the neighborhood. District plans were laid out for the Port of Milwaukee District, Kinnickinnic River District, Bay View District, South of Morgan, General Mitchell International Airport, Airport Gateway Area and the Airport Neighborhoods.

  • Zoning Committee Corrects TID #68

    With the days short agenda, the item that stood out was resolution 080541.  This resolution dealt with correcting an error within Tax Incremental District (“TID”) #68 (Fifth Ward – First Place).  In 2007 the First Place on the River condominium development was assessed at $50 million which although it wasn’t challenged by property owner appears […]

  • Committee Cuts Off Funding to West End Dev Corp

    At the June 23rd, 2008 meeting of the Community & Economic Development Committee Alderman Bob Bauman brought forward resolution 080293 which cut off funding to the West End Development Corporation.  This was done because of the groups inability to complete the redevelopment of WestPointe Commons despite nearly 7 years of efforts.  Following that resolution the […]