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Milwaukee's Daily Magazine for Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014

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Old McKinley School gets a hearing Image

Old McKinley School gets a hearing

Published Thursday, Aug. 28

What is a blog?  For us it is a short blurb that we write when the mood strikes us.  It can be first person, funny or informative. In short, a blog is whatever we want it to be. In February, I wrote about the fact that the old McKinley School on 20th and Vliet is in danger of coming down. The details of that situation can be read here. The school is an unusual one in Milwaukee and deserves to be saved. Ald. Bob Bauman, in whose district the old school is located, has petitioned the city's Historic Preservation Commission for historic designation.

Parking tickets are a nightmare of epic proportions Image

Parking tickets are a nightmare of epic proportions

Published Thursday, Aug. 28

You won't believe this! Today's subject is parking in the City of Milwaukee. I've thought about this a lot over my life, wondering why I hate and fear the parking regulations and those parking checkers so much. But my interest was rekindled by a Facebook post from Circuit Judge Pedro Colon, a guy who I think would be a terrific mayor.

Washington Park: Neighbors+pie=community building Image

Washington Park: Neighbors+pie=community building

Published Wednesday, Aug. 27

Community Pie was founded four years ago by Amy Peterson and Jessie Tobin, residents of the Martin Drive neighborhood. The group utilizes the facilities at the Urban Ecology Center, 4515 W. Lisbon Ave., twice a year to bake fruit pies to serve at a Wednesday at the Shell in Washington Park concert in the summer and at Winter Fest in late January. The slices of pie are free.

Library seeks developers to partner on four new neighborhood branches Image

Library seeks developers to partner on four new neighborhood branches

Published Wednesday, Aug. 27

Taking the first step towards identifying potential real estate development partners to build mixed-use buildings featuring a library on the first level, Milwaukee Public Library (MPL) is asking real estate developers to submit information on current and potential projects that could be compatible with a library near four neighborhood libraries slated for replacement.

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Lessons in crowd control from Ferguson, Europe and the classroom

Published Tuesday, Aug. 26

I was doing some errands the other day, catching up on podcasts in the car between them, when I heard this: "The behavior of crowds tends to be determined by what's happening outside the crowd." I could not help but draw the connection between what was being said about crowds and what is happening now in Ferguson and around the country.

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Wells Street Bridge closed for repairs

Published Tuesday, Aug. 26

Another bridge in Downtown Milwaukee is now closed. This time it's the Wells Street Bridge near Rock Bottom Brewery and The Rep.

The Ice Bucket Challenge won't work for your non-profit Image

The Ice Bucket Challenge won't work for your non-profit

Published Thursday, Aug. 21

If you work at a non-profit, you are, no doubt, watching the #IceBucketChallenge with great interest. You may be wondering how you can make a similar initiative work for your organization. You can't.

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Why I did the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Published Tuesday, Aug. 19

I participated in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge this week, and it went out over Facebook and Twitter, but I'm fortunate to have larger platform here at OnMilwaukee.com to explain why.

10 Downtown eyesores: East Town edition Image

10 Downtown eyesores: East Town edition

Published Saturday, Aug. 16

From ugly parking structures, to dead stretches of street to a freeway that cuts like machetes, Milwaukee -- for all its vigor -- still has some problem spots. We look at some on the east side of Downtown.

Snake button rattler is on the loose! Image

Snake button rattler is on the loose!

Published Thursday, Aug. 14

The Milwaukee Public Museum has just announced that the rattlesnake in its second floor bison hunt exhibition has fled the scene. According to the release, the snake has gone on vacation, and has apparently been in contact with museum officials.

Urban spelunking: Downtown steam tunnels Image

Urban spelunking: Downtown steam tunnels

Published Thursday, Aug. 14

Milwaukee's got a knack for putting waste to good use. Consider Milorganite or, less obviously to those of us up here on the surface, the city steam system. Follow Bobby Tanzilo as he goes down into two We Energies steam tunnels beneath the streets of Downtown.

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Finding the good in local government

Published Thursday, Aug. 14

One of the easiest things to do is to find something wrong and then run out and criticize a local government about it. So I think it's only fair to occasionally give a nod to stuff that people do for citizens that makes life a lot easier.

Alex Runner's take on

Alex Runner's take on "Milwaukee's 14 Most Important People"

Published Tuesday, Aug. 12

Dave Begel's latest list, of course, was well read, shared and discussed. It also led to others creating similar lists. One came from Alex Runner. Via Facebook, Runner, a former aid to Ald. Willie Hines, current blogger and civic leader, posted his take on MKE's most important people. I asked him if we could share it, so here it is.