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Eyes on Milwaukee: Goldmann’s Campaign Canceled, Sign Headed to Cincinnati
Eyes on Milwaukee

Goldmann’s Campaign Canceled, Sign Headed to Cincinnati

Historic neon sign won't return to Mitchell Street, instead slated to go to sign museum.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Campaign Aims to Save Goldmann’s Sign
Eyes on Milwaukee

Campaign Aims to Save Goldmann’s Sign

Group's crowdfunding campaign seeks $20,000 to restore and display the sign.

Plats and Parcels: A Grand Update on The Avenue
Plats and Parcels

A Grand Update on The Avenue

Plus: downtown streetscaping improvements and lots of historic preservation news.

Eyes on Milwaukee: The Goldmann’s Sign Returns
Eyes on Milwaukee

The Goldmann’s Sign Returns

Defunct department store's old sign may return to Mitchell Street. But where?

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.

Eyes on Milwaukee: 11 Things to Know Before You Ride The Hop
Eyes on Milwaukee

11 Things to Know Before You Ride The Hop

How many people will ride it? How is it free? Oh so many questions, all answered here.

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.

Bar Exam: Taylors, Downtown’s Neighborhood Bar

Contribution to Michael Murphy of $300

Bar Exam: Taylors, Downtown’s Neighborhood Bar
Bar Exam

Taylors, Downtown’s Neighborhood Bar

It was one of the first bars in town to embrace its sidewalk, and feature outdoor drinking.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Barrett Moving Forward With Streetcar
Eyes on Milwaukee

Barrett Moving Forward With Streetcar

If Common Council approves at December 16 meeting, construction would start in late 2015, and Milwaukee would follow in footsteps of many other cities.

Plenty of Horne: Is Zamarripa’s Democratic Challenger Really Republican?
Plenty of Horne

Is Zamarripa’s Democratic Challenger Really Republican?

He's just 18, but candidate Vincent Synowicz is already mastering the slick verbal skills of a veteran politician.

House Confidential: Ald. Pérez’s Tiny, Former Jesuit Home
House Confidential

Ald. Pérez’s Tiny, Former Jesuit Home

His tiny lot and 840 square-foot home make him a true man of the people. And not much of a gardener.

Stunned by bribe allegation, Milwaukee panel rejects liquor license
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Stunned by bribe allegation, Milwaukee panel rejects liquor license

Eyes on Milwaukee: Witkowiak Runs Off to Siberia
Eyes on Milwaukee

Witkowiak Runs Off to Siberia

The former alderman is an obsessive marathon runner. And the city gets 2000 more trees.

Murphy’s Law: Rocky Road
Murphy’s Law

Rocky Road

Some aldermen want to dump DCD head Rocky Marcoux, but Mayor Barrett disagrees.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Hines for Mayor, Coggs for Life, Thomas for 34%, and More City Politics
Eyes on Milwaukee

Hines for Mayor, Coggs for Life, Thomas for 34%, and More City Politics

Welcome to the seventh installment of Eyes on Milwaukee. This week the focus is all on City of Milwaukee elected officials following yesterday's election. I explore the likelihood that Willie Hines runs for Mayor, how the new Common Council will resemble the old Common Council, the wide disparity in vote totals between districts, Bob Donovan winning the war, the shocking number of votes Johnny Thomas got, and Spencer Coggs' new job.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Taxi Cabs, Elections, and More
Eyes on Milwaukee

Taxi Cabs, Elections, and More

Welcome to the first weekly installment of Eyes on the Street, a new column running down what's happening in urban Milwaukee. This week features taxi cabs, election news, a list of openings and closings, and the photo of the week.

Key Riverwalk Project Held at Committee

Key Riverwalk Project Held at Committee

Most of Milwaukee's riverwalk system has been built as a public-private partnership as new developments occurred, but a file before yesterday's Zoning, Neighborhoods & Development committee proposed that the City of Milwaukee fund a short section of the system. City staff determined that an 80-foot stretch along Erie St., between River Renaissance and Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, is unlikely to see new development in the foreseeable future.

Milwaukee Moves Forward!

Milwaukee Moves Forward!

Council committee moves forward with the streetcar.

Greenwich Park Apartments Zoning Change Approved by Committee

Greenwich Park Apartments Zoning Change Approved by Committee

Mercy Housing Lakefront's $8.5 million Greenwich Park Apartments project received approval at the January 11th, 2011 meeting of the Zoning, Neighborhoods & Development Committee.

S. 2nd Street Redesign Approved by the Common Council

S. 2nd Street Redesign Approved by the Common Council

The proposed improvement of S. 2nd Street, in Walker's Point, was up for approval at the December 22nd meeting of the Milwaukee Common Council.

S. 2nd Street Street Re-design Approved at Committee

S. 2nd Street Street Re-design Approved at Committee

For over a year business owners, property owners, and residents in Walker's Point have worked to have S. 2nd Street rebuilt with people in mind. The plan, as UrbanMilwaukee.com has covered in past, includes narrowing the street from 58 feet to 50 feet, removing travel lanes, and adding bike lanes, street trees, and new lighting with the goal of creating a street conducive to multiple modes of transportation, be it walking, biking, or driving.

The Bookends Development is Sent Back to Committee

The Bookends Development is Sent Back to Committee

At the December 1st, 2009 meeting of the Milwaukee Common Council the Cooperation and Development Agreement for the Bookends development was sent back to the Zoning, Neighborhoods & Development Committee. The agreement would of authorized a $3.45 million loan guarantee from the City of Milwaukee to the development team, of New Land Enterprises and Weichman Enterprises, for the Bookends apartment development.

The Moderne Project Held for Special Committee Meeting

The Moderne Project Held for Special Committee Meeting

The Moderne, if approved, would be located at 1141 N. Old World Third St.

S. 2nd Street Complete Streets Effort Moves Forward!

S. 2nd Street Complete Streets Effort Moves Forward!

This past Friday a public meeting was held to discuss the reconstruction of S. 2nd Street in Walker's Point from National Ave. north to the train tracks.

$100 Million Worth of Development Approved by the Common Council

$100 Million Worth of Development Approved by the Common Council

The $11 million Hide House project was the most hotly debated development project at the July 28th meeting of the Common Council, though the most significant action in terms of dollars was the approval of the Rivianna.

Rivianna, Villard Square, and New Riverwalk Sections Approved at ZND Meeting

Rivianna, Villard Square, and New Riverwalk Sections Approved at ZND Meeting

Harry Drea, one of the developers of the Rivianna project, was before the committee to request an amendment to the previously approved General Planned Development, and approval of the Detailed Planned Development.

S. 2nd Street Redevelopment Concept Gains Momentum

S. 2nd Street Redevelopment Concept Gains Momentum

The June 24th, 2009 Public Works Committee Meeting was a good day for the efforts to rebuild S. 2nd street as a complete street. The Department of Public Works presented three options as possibilities for the rebuilding of S. 2nd Street. The first option was to simply resurface the street, with essentially no pedestrian improvements. The second option would resurface the street at the same width, but would included painted bike lanes, reduced travels lanes, and street trees. However it is the third option that is closest to a complete street.

Common Council Creates Streetcar Committee

Common Council Creates Streetcar Committee

The proposed snow and ice fee increase, the furloughs, the possible use of eminent domain for economic development, and the formation of a streetcar committee were topics of interest at this Common Council meeting.

M.O.R.E. Ordinance Approved by Committee

M.O.R.E. Ordinance Approved by Committee

The Milwaukee Opportunities for Restoring Employment ordinance was the primary reason behind this special meeting of the Community & Economic Development Committee.  The ordinance intends to increase the required percentage of City of Milwaukee residents hired to work on city projects and development projects receiving more than $1 million in TIF assistance.  Additionally it mandated […]

Committee Approves Travel Spending

Committee Approves Travel Spending

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

East Side Apartment Proposal Held by Committee

East Side Apartment Proposal Held by Committee

New Land Enterprises was before the committee requesting a change in zoning to construct a 5-story apartment building to be located on North Farwell Avenue and East Kenilworth.

Common Council Allocates Funds for Low-income Housing Development

Common Council Allocates Funds for Low-income Housing Development

Resolution 080196 proposed requiring taverns with three or more criminal incidents within a years time frame to install security cameras that cover both the interior and exterior of the establishment.  Alderman Jim Bohl attempted to do his due diligence by asking a series of questions regarding enforcement, when it would go into effect, and the […]

Common Council Approves New Berlin Water Deal

Common Council Approves New Berlin Water Deal

This meeting included three highly debated resolutions, the “Wheel Tax”, the 9to5 direct legislation regarding sick pay, the water sale to New Berlin and the retirement of one of the most highly respected government officials.  Marty Collins the outgoing Commissioner of the Department of Neighborhood Services gave a heartfelt farewell speech stating “I’m proud to […]

Breaking Down the 2008-2012 Zoning, Neighborhoods & Development Committee

Breaking Down the 2008-2012 Zoning, Neighborhoods & Development Committee

The 2008-2012 Common Council committee appointments were announced this week and it appears Common Council President Willie Hines, Jr. put together a qualified group to sit on the Zoning, Neighborhoods & Development Committee. Alderman James Witkowiak, Chair Alderman Willie Wade, V-C Alderman Michael Murphy Alderman Robert Bauman Alderman T. Anthony Zielinski The biggest change comes […]

Zoning Committee Approves a Drive-thru?

Zoning Committee Approves a Drive-thru?

As there were only two items on the agenda this was one of the quickest Zoning, Neighborhoods & Development Committee meetings in quite some time. Resolution 071128 proposed a change in zoning from two-family residential to local business which would allow PyraMax Bank to construct a driveway to access new drive-thru banking facilities. This resolution […]

The Roundup: Broadband Quote of the Week
The Roundup

Broadband Quote of the Week

"Well, if I was a consumer I would say, "Why in the hell is the United States No. 13 and heading south in broadband deployment?"

The Roundup: The Governor and the Empire Builder
The Roundup

The Governor and the Empire Builder

Governor Jim Doyle made a brief appearance at Milwaukee’s Amtrak station Friday, 11 June on the 75th anniversary of the Empire Builder, Amtrak’s service from Chicago to the Northwest coast. Before boarding the train, Doyle mixed the romance of the rails with the Great American Novel. “In the final passage of the Great Gatsby, the […]

The Roundup: The Extraordinary Longevity of Milwaukee Politicians
The Roundup

The Extraordinary Longevity of Milwaukee Politicians

We have had twice as many Mayors as we have had City Treasurers since 1917.

The Roundup: Carpenter to Run For Congress
The Roundup

Carpenter to Run For Congress

Rep. Jerry Kleczka is the son of a machinist. A Carpenter wants to replace him.

The Roundup: Bobot Calls for Term Limit
The Roundup

Bobot Calls for Term Limit

Vince Bobot plans to request a change in the City Charter to limit the term of Milwaukee Mayor to two consecutive terms.

The Roundup: Krug Scores Joint Finance Seat
The Roundup

Krug Scores Joint Finance Seat

Rep. Shirley Krug was chosen Monday to take a seat on the influential Joint Committee on Finance