By OnMilwaukee Staff Writers   Published Sep 01, 2009 at 4:36 PM

There's never a shortage of new people, events, decisions and ideas in Milwaukee, some moving the city forward and some holding it back. In this subjective and light-hearted article, we take Milwaukee's temperature for at the start of September 2009.

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Brewers first baseman Prince Fielder -- His production has been bright spot in a disappointing season.
Local Eating -- Take the Eat Local Milwaukee Challenge during the first two weeks of September.
Packers tight end Jermichael Finley -- Starting to play like a stud.
Tickets to Packers-Vikings games Oct. 5 in Minnesota and Nov. 1 in Green Bay -- If you don't have them yet, be ready to spend big $$$.


Mayor Tom Barrett -- Kicking ass and taking names.
Street food carts -- We've got pizza, gyros, crepes, pitas, hot dogs and more. Take your hunger to the streets!
Aaron Rodgers jerseys -- They're the top seller at Green Bay outlets.
Milwaukee Film -- The 2009 Milwaukee Film Festival starts Sept. 24. The line-up arrives next week.


Smoking ban -- We're under a year and counting until July 2010.
David Cross --"I Drink For A Reason" is out and Cross will be here Oct. 3 to promote it.
Bon Iver -- Your home state loves you, but "For Emma" is really starting to feel like "Forever Ago." Hope we hear some new stuff come Oct. 11.


Paying for wine at Jazz in the Park -- But, to be fair, the prices are pretty reasonable.
Brewers GM Doug Melvin -- Misjudged his pitching staff in December and never recovered.
Staycations -- They're on the way out.'s Recession Buster Getaways are in.

Swine Flu -- Apparently it's still out there doing its damage, but at least it's sans the bloated hype.
Summer 2009 -- We never really put our hoodies away for the season.
Brewers manager Ken Macha -- An ugly final month could mean one and done for this skipper.

Brett Favre and the Vikings -- Legacy = tarnished.