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Walk.
Walk.
You can turn right on green, of course, but watch out for those on foot (or bike).
You can turn right on green, of course, but watch out for those on foot (or bike).

Your light is green, but my signal says walk

Dear drivers in Downtown Milwaukee.  You're sitting at a red light waiting for it to turn.  Yes, you may turn right on this red (at most intersections). But, once it turns green, you must yield to the pedestrians who have a walk signal and are quickly scurrying across the street.

Seriously and always. It's pedestrians first.  

I'm not an anti-car guy, I love mine. But, I know that great cities lead and develop for people first and follow with transit, roads and connections that contribute to density, development and discovery.  

If there's something I truly dislike about Downtown Milwaukee it's our lack of density and traffic congestion.  While both have increased over the past 10-15 years as Downtown as has grown, we're not where we need to be. Complain as you will, but traffic jams mean events, that something's happening and yes -- that an area is popular.

Milwaukee's getting better at traffic jams. I like more traffic, and with it, greater Downtown creates more opportunities for connections, "collisions" and creativity.

You may not jive with my "traffic jams are good" mentality.  That's OK. But think back to every Harley-Davidson reunion. Roads are busier, more congested and -- you know what -- drivers, cyclists and pedestrians pay more attention.  Yep, density works and helps everyone.  

So, watch your driving.  Stop at red lights.  Turn on them, if you can. But don't turn right on green when there's someone walking or biking.  And, watch your walking, too. I do. Don't walk when and where you shouldn't.  

In general, pay attention. Downtown is for everyone, but watch out for people and pedestrians first.

Radio Milwaukee's Fall Ball is Friday.
Radio Milwaukee's Fall Ball is Friday.

#ShopLocal Radio Milwaukee's Fall Ball and wine tasting with the animals

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At OnMilwaukee.com, our ShopLocal marketplace is still growing. And to continue its growth, I’m showcasing different products each week. Yes, we make money on this and yes we’re helping the local economy grow.

Have items that you want showcased? Contact me. Want to open a ShopLocal store or complement an existing ebay or etsy store?  Click here.

I have two for you this week. First up, 88NINE Radio Milwaukee holds its Fall Ball on Friday and you are invited.  

A fun fundraising component allows you to donate and bid on the opportunity to karaoke with local leaders. Information is here, and tickets are $75

Next up is Saturday’s Wine Tasting with the Animals at the Zoo. Hosted by GrapestoBottles, the event is a wine safari of sorts and provides a fun environment to sample many brands while also checking out all that’s new at the Milwaukee County Zoo.

Buy tickets here. Or, try to win them here. For more information on the event itself, please click here. You could be sipping with lions on Saturday. 

Winners will be contacted by email via OnMilwaukee.com. By entering you are allowing OnMilwaukee.com and grapestobottles to access your email for promotional purposes.

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Support Concert 4 MACC and see Hugh Bob & the Hustle live!
Support Concert 4 MACC and see Hugh Bob & the Hustle live!

More reasons to attend the Concert 4 MACC

The inaugural Concert 4 MACC, a benefit event for Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer (The MACC Fund), is next week. And, there are many new reasons to support the cause.

First, it's National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.  This year, through a nationwide, collaborative effort known as Gold in September (G9) -- a Childhood Cancer Awareness Project -- the MACC Fund, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and the Medical College of Wisconsin are helping raise awareness and funds for childhood cancer research.  You can help!  
Next, when you buy a Concert 4 MACC ticket, you get a FREE upper level ticket to the Milwaukee Bucks home opener.

Finally, you can get a $20 Uber credit. Uber's great and easy to use. Just download Uber and enter code CONCERT4MACC to receive a free first ride up to $20 in Milwaukee.

Cory Chisel and the Wandering Sons and Hugh Bob and the Hustle co-headling the Sept. 26 event. Los Colognes, from Nashville, will open the show at Turner Hall Ballroom in Downtown.

Proceeds from the event go to fight childhood cancer and blood disorders. The MACC Fund made headlines earlier this year when it topped the $50 million mark in contributions since its inception in 1976. In that time, the overall cure rate for childhood cancer has risen from 20 to 80 percent.

OnMilwaukee.com is a sponsor of the concert.

Get this now. Celebrate Oct. 3-5.
Get this now. Celebrate Oct. 3-5.

#Shop Local: The official MKE Oktoberfest shirt

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At OnMilwaukee.com, our ShopLocal marketplace is still growing. And to continue its growth, I’m showcasing different products several times each week. Yes, we make money on this and yes we’re helping the local economy grow.

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On Oct. 3-5, the Marcus Center Grounds and Pere Marquette Park will transform Downtown Milwaukee into a traditional Bavarian Oktoberfest celebration activating both sides of the Milwaukee River with beer gardens, music and food.

It’s almost amazing that Milwaukee doesn’t have a huge scale Summerfest-sized Oktoberfest.  We have several smaller, really good ones.  But, don't you think we deserve a big blowout Oktoberfest?  Nonetheless, this event (that OnMilwaukee.com proudly sponsors) is a big leap forward and should help put Milwaukee on the Oktoberfest map.

To get you ready, Too Much Metal designed an official MKE Oktoberfest shirt for this year’s combined celebration. The shirt's proceeds will help subsidize the cost of running the event to help keep festivities free. Shirts are available for purchase through Shoplocal on OnMilwaukee.com.

It’s a sweet T, and one you need in your MKE collection.

Other details regarding Oktoberfest?  The Marcus Center Grounds and Pere Marquette festivities will held on Friday, Oct. 3 and Saturday, Oct. 4 from noon to 11 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 5 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

An authentic festival tent and beer garden will be erected in the park.  Hofbräu Oktoberfest Beer, the original beer of King Ludwig’s Royal Brewery, will be featured, along with traditional Bavarian foods including giant fresh baked pretzels, bratwurst, wieners and pork …

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