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1. Aldermen: MCTS strike is a major hardship for many
A joint statement from Alderman Robert J. Bauman and Alderman Russell W. Stamper, II: The work stoppage by the Milwaukee County Transit System bus drivers may be just another news story for many across Milwaukee and the metro area, but for tens of thousands of City of Milwaukee residents it is a major, life-altering hardship.
2. Is it stealing if you empty a Little Free Library?
In the past month, our Little Free Library has been completely cleaned out three times. Is this taking the "free" in Little Free Library too far?
3. Strikes halts MCTS bus service for three days
All Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) bus service will be suspended as of 3 a.m. on Wednesday, July 1, because of a strike by the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 998. The ATU members will not report to work for 72 hours, but will return at 3 a.m. on Saturday.
4. Doors Open Milwaukee: An inside look at Milwaukee Firehouse Engine Co. 2
On a recent afternoon in May, Amy Grau and Keith Stachowiak were invited to have lunch with the firefighters at Engine Co. 2, on 7th and Wells. It was an opportunity that could not be turned down.
5. Wisconsin rates well in "The Definitive and Final Ranking of All 50 States"
Recently Thrillist released its ranking of all the States in these United States of America. Called "The Definitive and Final Ranking of All 50 States," it places Wisconsin in some great company.
6. The selfie: the adult version of "Hey mommy, look at me"
Selfies boggle the mind. Why in the world would someone think that the rest of the world is interested in some picture that people took of themselves doing something funny or stupid or anything. It's just like babies building blocks and saying "Mommy, look at me."
7. Special event pays tribute to life and work of Paul Jakubovich
On Tuesday, June 16, an event coordinated by the Historic Preservation Commission and the Milwaukee Preservation Alliance will pay tribute to the work and contributions of Paul Jakubovich.
8. Did you know Milwaukee has a neighborhood named Valhalla?
While casually looking at the Milwaukee neighborhood map, I noticed that there is a neighborhood on the Northwest Side called Valhalla. What?
9. Are these among Milwaukee's oldest sidewalks?
Will sidewalk replacement work in Washington Heights spell the end of some of the city's oldest surviving sidewalks?
10. Shorewood house identified as a rare Frank Lloyd Wright design
A previously unidentified Frank Lloyd Wright design was revealed today in Shorewood, Wis. The house at 2106 Newton Ave. was constructed in 1917 as an American System-Built House, a venture Wright undertook to design, develop and market well-designed houses to a broad market by using standardization to make them affordable.
11. Bucks, Abele release statements on new arena financing proposal
This afternoon, Gov. Scott Walker announced a new financing proposal for the planned new Downtown arena and entertainment complex. Shortly after, Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele and the Milwaukee Bucks sent the following statements regarding the announcement.
12. Penalties for pot smoking reduced while a strip club still prohibited
The City of Milwaukee has reduced the penalties for first-time possession of marijuana from $500 to $50. Pot is still illegal. A strip club is perfectly legal but the aldermen appear willing to get nailed for an almost $1 million judgement after losing a lawsuit. Doesn't seem to make much sense.
13. Why is that ship still sitting out on the lake?
Wondering why that ship has been sitting out in Lake Michigan? Wonder no more!
14. Council President Murphy calls for special election for 11th District seat
Common Council President Michael J. Murphy this morning called for an Aug. 18 special election for the 11th Aldermanic District seat left vacant after the sudden passing last month of Ald. Joe Dudzik.
15. North Avenue bridge over 30th Street rail closing June 2
The City of Milwaukee Department of Public Works (DPW) announces that the West North Avenue Bridge over the Canadian Pacific railway from North 30th to North 31st streets will be closed and replaced beginning June 2.
16. Doors Open Milwaukee: Tunnels and Eschweilers and bell towers, oh my
No matter what religion you are, or if you don't believe in religion at all, I highly recommend visiting churches during Doors Open Milwaukee. To be able to go inside and learn about the history of a church and how it has impacted the community surrounding it is sometimes the first step to understanding the area as a whole, and how it has evolved into what it is today.
17. 17 photos of Milwaukee's next hot neighborhood
For the reasons discussed here, I'm convinced that Milwaukee's simmering Haymarket Square area, just north of Downtown, is the city's next hot neighborhood. Here are some more reasons why...
18. Green Sheet's return seems a desperate cry from the newspaper
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has resurrected the Green Sheet after an absence of 30 years. It's a desperate cry that the paper has given up trying to lure younger people to read it.
19. Ald. Joe Dudzik killed in motorcycle crash
Alderman Joe Dudzik died from injuries sustained during a motorcycle accident last night.
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20. Milwaukee Trolley Loop returns June 4
The trolley - making a 30-stop loop running through East Town, Westown and the Historic Third Ward - will be in action every Thursday through Saturday from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. throughout the summer until Saturday, Sept. 5.
21. Renovation blows the roof off new Kopp's pizzeria
I'm enjoying watching the progress of some vintage Milwaukee buildings being prepared for the future.
22. Doors Open Milwaukee: Mapping and exploring the city's patchwork quilt
My role as cartographer, or map maker, for Doors Open is to help provide an easy-to-read map that guides you to any and all of the sites and tours that will be open on Sept. 19-20. Beyond the scope of providing directions to sites with the maps, I get to observe how Doors Open Milwaukee becomes a more inclusive way to get to know the City of Milwaukee and its nearby suburbs.
23. City launches new parking meter payment app
This morning, Mayor Tom Barrett introduced MKE PARK, a new parking meter payment app available for download on Apple and Android devices.
24. Mayor Barrett celebrates Arbor Day by planting trees with students
The last Friday of April marks Arbor Day, and to celebrate, Mayor Tom Barrett will help plant trees in a city-owned vacant lot located on the southeast corner of 14th and North at 9 a.m.
25. The old firehouse you just might miss
If, like me, your trips to the hardware store are extremely focused as you attempt to cut down the number of trips you'll need to make for even the simplest project, you might not notice the firehouse that forms part of Downtown's National Ace Hardware, 1303 N. 4th St., despite the fact that its Romanesque facade is painted red.