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Milwaukee's Daily Magazine for Tuesday, July 29, 2014

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1. 9 pictures of the Central Library dome: inside and out
Today, I visited the Milwaukee Public Library's beautiful Central Library to do research for a couple upcoming stories. While I was there, I asked to see the dome...
2. Construction done right
It's easy to complain about highway construction in Milwaukee. After all, it's pretty much a constant. When one project finishes, another begins ... if we're lucky. More often, it seems like every interchange or stretch of freeway is being worked on all at once.
3. Bill (on the road) can't keep Milwaukee a secret
I've always said that a city is only as good as the stories it tells. And, I believe we all have a responsibility to tell good stories about greater Milwaukee. We're the caretakers of our community and the messages and vision we project matters. Of course, it also matters what others say about Milwaukee, too.
4. Riders enjoy VIP experience at Harley-Davidson Museum on final stop
The week-long VIP, Harley-riding experience ended as it began, with a police escort, first, out of town from Joplin, Mo., to begin the journey on Route 66 last Tuesday. Three days later, it was down Canal Street onto the grounds of motorcycle Mecca - the Harley-Davidson Museum.
5. Riders see Americana in action on "The American Road Tour with Bill Davidson"
Pontiac, Ill. wasn't supposed to happen on "The American Road Tour with Bill Davidson." It was going to merely host a quick stop and then riders would be on to another city. But tour organizers didn't count on Pontiac Mayor Bob Russell and the residents that know how to roll out a red carpet - and they keep it rolling.
6. 5 views of the tiles of Vliet Street
Lately, I've been noticing how many buildings on Vliet Street have facades featuring different kinds of tile work. Here are some of my favorites.
7. Route 66: Paved with characters and memories
When traveling historic Route 66, it's not so much the landscape littered with long-abandoned gas stations or antique cars scattered along the roadside, it's the journey through its cultural landscape that makes the memories. For veteran motorcycle riders, it is their mantra - it's all about the journey.
8. Route 66: Getting our kicks
Two iconic figures intersect this week as Harley-Davidson riders led by motorcycle scion Bill Davidson take the road to discovery on Route 66. "The American Road Tour" was created by Davidson, vice president of the Harley-Davidson Museum and great-grandson of the company founder, and his team. Davidson said when he surveyed the mass of historic items from the new "American Road" exhibit (opening at the Museum this week) he realized that there was no actual "tour."
9. Japanese TV tours Milwaukee
Milwaukee gets some love on the Japanese variety show, "Niriijo Jean." See it here.
10. Iron Horse Hotel team announces a second Detroit hotel project
Aparium Hotel Group and its principals Mario Tricoci, Kevin Robinson and Milwaukee's Tim Dixon, today announced plans to redevelop the historic Detroit Fire Department Headquarters into a 100-room upscale independent hotel called The Foundation Hotel.
11. Visit Milwaukee hosts Chicago writers
Earlier this week, VISIT Milwaukee had four writers in town from Chicago to experience Milwaukee, including the Harley-Davidson Museum, local restaurants and Summerfest.
12. Texas: Where the clichés are totally accurate
They say that everything is bigger in Texas. Whoever "they" are, after spending five gorgeous, cloudless days in Dallas (sorry to rub that in) for the Mueller boys' annual baseball trip, I would like to shake their hands and congratulate them on being totally and completely correct.
13. 5 summer kids trips I can't wait to take
I like to think of myself as a pretty adventurous dad. We've done all sorts of fun stuff with our 5-year-old daughter, but I've also tried to remember that some stuff is better done at an older age.
14. "CBS This Morning:" Milwaukee's an "unusual vacation destination"
CBS' Peter Greenberg called our fine city, Milwaukee, a great "alternate destination that's off the beaten path." Milwaukee: your "unusual vacation destination." See the clip here.
15. Don't forget to fill those buckets
A personal bucket list item awaits me this weekend, and just in time. On May 27, I'll turn 40, and I'm not overly excited about this milestone. Three days later, one of my oldest friends, Eron Laber, also hits the big 4-0. To commemorate it, we're finally doing something we've talked about for years: hitting all the Brewers' minor league teams in one weekend.
16. Ross Lodge ... who knew?
I don't pretend to know everything about this town, but after more than 30 years here, I admit I was a little surprised I'd never heard of Ross Lodge before yesterday.
17. The triumphant return of the baseball trip
Between graduating and moving and interning and job hunting and occasionally sleeping - eating was off the table - last summer was pretty eventful. But oddly enough, something was missing, one of my fondest family rituals. Something had fallen through the cracks. Lost in all the hubbub was the Mueller boys' annual baseball trip.
18. On new Milwaukee friends, brats and drinking
Making friends in a new town can be difficult. I am not saying Milwaukeeans are standoffish but they definitely run in cliques. Breaking into one of these social circles can be difficult but once you're in, you're in. And, it usually involves brats, beer and more.
19. First look: Potawatomi's new (and still under-construction) hotel
Earlier today, OnMilwaukee.com toured the still-under-construction Potawatomi Bingo Casino hotel. Here's a sneak peek.
20. My first Milwaukee spring
I'm a (fried) fish out of water, so I'm ready for the spring season in Milwaukee. But, I can't help but think summer.
21. (Fried) Fish out of water, from NYC to MKE
I have been given the great honor to share with you my stories about moving from Manhattan's Lower East Side to Milwaukee's Bay View. Each blog will cover something new and exciting to me about Milwaukee - fish fries, supper clubs, tailgating at Brewers games, local characters and everything else that makes this city great.
22. 5 popular spots to snap a Milwaukee photo
Have you taken your photo, or someone else's photo, in any of these places? We're willing to bet that you have.
23. Until next time, Arizona
And just like that, the trip is over. The one that I spend 360 days a year daydreaming about. The one that almost didn't happen. On one hand, it feels like we just got here. On the other hand, when I look at myself in the mirror right now, it feels like I've been here for a month.
24. Scottsdale sizzle
When I last left off, it was Saturday night in the desert and we were starving. After a little pool time at the Camelback Inn, we headed to Old Town Scottsdale to see what awaited us.
25. Hank brightens already sunny Arizona days
When I left off last night, we were heading out to dinner, our first actual meal of this year's spring training trip. It's really been a great 24 hours in the Valley of the Sun, and we're all now in full-on Cactus League mode.