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Higbee's will most likely open in this Water Street location.
Higbee's will most likely open in this Water Street location. (Photo: Jeff Sherman)

Updated: New bar moving into former Ultra Lounge

According to a building permit, it appears Pat James will soon take a crack at the 628 N. Water St. space that formerly housed Ultra Lounge, JC's Pub & Grill, Club Bari, Edgar's Calypso, Swank and more.

Little information is known at this point, but the new venture will be called (district). 

Stay tuned to OnMilwaukee for more information when it becomes available.

Opening soon!
Opening soon!

Roots: Underground Outfitter moves to Downer Avenue

After three years in business, Roots: Underground Outfitter, an urban upscale clothing store for primarily men, will relocate from 5328 W. Vliet St. to 2622 N. Downer Ave. in the former Paperwork space.

Co-owner Francis "Woody" Burns – who owns the shop with longtime friend Liam Duax – says the business will most likely open Thursday, Sept. 1.

"Having lived in Milwaukee our entire lives, we know that the East Side is a much more bustling part of town for young adults," says Burns. "We are also moving into a space that is much larger than our old location."

The increased space will allow the business to expand into women’s lines, as well.

Roots also offers rare and exclusive basketball shoes and custom screen printing orders.

"We believe that Downer is a great fit for us because, despite the fact that it has seen better days, we anticipate a reawakening of sorts in the area, and we want to be a catalyst for that and in on that from the ground floor," says Burns.

Who wants to buy the historic Silver Spring House?
Who wants to buy the historic Silver Spring House? (Photo: Coldwell Banker)

Silver Spring House is for sale

The Silver Spring House, 6655 N. Green Bay Ave., in Glendale is for sale. The building, which dates to 1904, sits on 3 1/2 acres of land and is listed with Coldwell Banker for $1,750,000.

OnMilwaukee called the restaurant tonight and asked if Silver Spring House is expected to close. An employee said, "Not at this point."

The long-running roadhouse offers "pub grub," American comfort food and a full bar.

Stay tuned to OnMilwaukee for more information as this story develops.

So close, yet so far away.
So close, yet so far away. (Photo: Marie Carlson / Facebook)

We are "safe" because of segregation

My sister, who lives in Atlanta and saw coverage of the Milwaukee riots on CNN, contacted me on Sunday to make sure I was OK. "It looks like the entire city is on fire," she said.

It has been many years since she lived in Milwaukee, but I reminded her that even though the Sherman Park neighborhood is only a few minutes' drive from my house in Walker’s Point, it was a world away. I assured her I was not in any harm, which was reassuring to her as well as to me, but I also found it depressing. 

I was "safe" because of segregation.

Annette French, who lives near Brady Street, heard from a number of her out-of-state Facebook friends who were concerned about the chaos in the city. She told them that the same thing I told my sister: Even though she was only a mile or two away, she was not in danger.

"It's been stated in the press that Milwaukee is one of the most segregated cities in the U.S., and I guess that's the unfortunate reason that I can be relatively close but still basically unaffected by the turmoil," says French. "It is an incredibly complex issue that I'm just glad people are talking about. It's the only way to move forward, and I hope that is the direction this goes."

French did, however, smell the fire from burning buildings on Saturday night.

"After a family reunion, several of us decided to sleep out in my backyard, hoping to catch a meteor or two," says French. "The air was filled with the distant smell of burning tires and fuel. We didn't know what it was from until the next morning, but we knew it was something major."

French was "safe" because of segregation.

Anyone who lives in Milwaukee should know that segregation has been a problem here for generations. Numerous books, studies and articles, like "Why is Milwaukee so bad for black people?" by Kenya Downs, really break down Milwaukee's de facto segregation.

This blog simply reflects the irony of people living minutes from a neighborhood in strife and yet experience it like the rest of t…