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West side community meeting about streetcar project on Monday Image

West side community meeting about streetcar project on Monday

Published Thursday, Jan. 29

Common Council President Michael J. Murphy will attend a community informational meeting about the Milwaukee Streetcar project at 6 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 2, at the Washington Park Senior Center, 4420 W. Vliet St. Mayor Tom Barrett will attend the meeting and will provide an overview of the project.

New air service announcements highlight a successful 2014 at Mitchell Airport Image

New air service announcements highlight a successful 2014 at Mitchell Airport

Published Thursday, Jan. 29

Milwaukee County's General Mitchell International Airport (MKE) had a busy and successful year in 2014, and with a new airline, new air service and the completion of a major project that will improve the passenger experience at MKE, 2015 is shaping up to be another exciting year.

Common Ground wants to meet with Bucks owner Edens on distressed properties Image

Common Ground wants to meet with Bucks owner Edens on distressed properties

Published Thursday, Jan. 29

The Southeastern Wisconsin Common Ground group gathered at North 44th Street on Thursday morning to protest the desire of Milwaukee Bucks co-owner Wes Edens, along with co-owner Marc Lasry, to receive public funds for a new multi-use arena in Downtown Milwaukee. Nationstar, the company Common Ground says owns hundreds of distressed properties in Milwaukee, had addressed the group with a letter on Wednesday.

Preserve Our Parks is obstructing an important development proposal Image

Preserve Our Parks is obstructing an important development proposal

Published Thursday, Jan. 29

The group, Preserve Our Parks, engaged in a campaign to halt construction of the proposed Couture project, a 44-story building that will add to life at the lakefront. The group is using ancient constitutional provisions to try and stop the project.

Abele announces new Milwaukee airport director Image

Abele announces new Milwaukee airport director

Published Wednesday, Jan. 28

This morning, County Executive Chris Abele announced Terry Slaybaugh as the new airport director for Mitchell International Airport. Slaybaugh - currently running the airport in Dayton, Ohio - will replace Barry Bateman, who retired from the position back in April.

Urban Spelunking: Metropolitan Block Image

Urban Spelunking: Metropolitan Block

Published Wednesday, Jan. 28

The fire that destroyed the Metropolitan Block - described as "the equal to any building in the country" - was a sad reality, despite my own foggy memories of it.

Junior Achievement names 2015 Wisconsin Business Hall of Fame inductees Image

Junior Achievement names 2015 Wisconsin Business Hall of Fame inductees

Published Tuesday, Jan. 27

Junior Achievement (JA) will celebrate its 25th anniversary of the Wisconsin Business Hall of Fame on April 16, at The Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee. In addition to honoring all 100 past laureates at the induction ceremony, five more outstanding leaders in business will be inducted.

Walker's teacher licensing program is a bad idea and another attack on unions Image

Walker's teacher licensing program is a bad idea and another attack on unions

Published Tuesday, Jan. 27

The "Scott Walker thing" in question is the plan our governor is putting in his budget to allow people with "real-life experience" to become licensed public school teachers, potentially without even a lick of training, student teaching, or other assurance that those people know a single thing about teaching. It's easy to guess why Walker is proposing such a thing -- I'll get to that in a minute -- but let me explain why I agree with my student teacher that it's a terrible idea.

King's visits to Milwaukee left permanent mark Image

King's visits to Milwaukee left permanent mark

Published Tuesday, Jan. 27

The visionary civil rights leader visited our city to speak on at least two occasions. His comments half a century ago remain as true now as they were then. Here is some of what he told Milwaukeeans.

Walker must own his decisions rather than blame Jim Doyle Image

Walker must own his decisions rather than blame Jim Doyle

Published Monday, Jan. 26

I want the governor to do what is best for the Wisconsin economy, and I think this casino was best for the Wisconsin economy (including the impoverished Menominee). But even if it wasn't, Jim Doyle didn't do it. Stop blaming Jim Doyle for everything. These are Walker's decisions now, and he needs to own them.

1930s Milwaukee consul protest drew conflicting responses Image

1930s Milwaukee consul protest drew conflicting responses

Published Saturday, Jan. 24

When Milwaukee's Italian community read the news that a group of Americans - including many prominent city residents - would protest Italian intervention in Spain outside the Italian Consulate in June 1937, it must have awaited the event with at least some trepidation. When the protests took place, everyone - including the picketers themselves - were surprised by what occurred and by the reaction of Milwaukeeans.

8 suggestions for Newaukee Image

8 suggestions for Newaukee

Published Saturday, Jan. 24

Newaukee is a growing force in Milwaukee with incredible human and fiscal resources. As the younger generation takes control there a few suggestions that will help make Milwaukee a great place to live and work.