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1. Another cat encounter from Milwaukee's past
On the afternoon of Nov. 30, 1936, people at the busy Downtown intersection of 3rd and Wells Streets were startled by the appearance of a gorilla walking a lion. The former was actually a familiar enough sight in Milwaukee, as William "Gorilla" Jones was a famous boxer who'd fought in Milwaukee seven times. The latter, however, was new.
2. Downtown Employee Appreciation Week: July 27 - July 31
Milwaukee's Downtown workforce will be thanked and celebrated for its hard work this week. gives you a day to day rundown of the week's big events.
3. 12 bodacious Ren Faire bosoms
Some go to the Renaissance Faire for the turkey legs, but some go for the buffet of breasts.
4. A moment of silence for the goat, please
The recent Milwaukee lion drama calls to mind two past Milwaukee cat encounters: one with an escaped leopard in the early 1900s and another with a "lion" in 1920.
5. "Real" Milwaukee lions
A report that a lion was roaming in a Milwaukee neighbor has so far been found to be untrue. Yet, lions lurk all around greater Milwaukee.
6. Arena proposal to be addressed during Tuesday town hall meeting
A proposed new Downtown arena will be one of the key topics discussed during a town hall meeting to be hosted on Tuesday, July 14 by Ald. Robert J. Bauman in the Milwaukee Public Library's Centennial Hall.
7. Don't miss your chance to Slide the City
Just when we thought the Milwaukee summer couldn't get any better, here comes "Slide the City!"
8. City of Milwaukee asks for feedback on Lakefront Gateway Plaza designs
Last fall, the City of Milwaukee - with the cooperation of Milwaukee County - began its search for a design for the Lakefront Gateway Plaza, a 1.5 acre property in between the Milwaukee Art Museum and the Summerfest grounds and in front of Discovery World, with the mission to turn the area into a public plaza. The teams have been narrowed down to four, design ideas have been presented and now, the City is looking for citizens' feedback.
9. 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.
10. 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?
11. 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.
12. 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.
13. 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.
14. 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."
15. 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.
16. 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?
17. 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?
18. 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.
19. 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.
20. 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.
21. Why is that ship still sitting out on the lake?
Wondering why that ship has been sitting out in Lake Michigan? Wonder no more!
22. 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.
23. 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.
24. 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.
25. 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...