For the past couple years, I've been walking Milwaukee-area neighborhoods with readers via a series of Facebook lives. They're unrehearsed, unplanned beyond picking a place to start, and so, they're casual and hopefully informative and interesting and maybe even fun.
Here is an ongoing collection of the walks – some of which explore indoor places, too – which you can watch any time via the embedded links below, which could come in especially handy (especially today on National Walking Day).
Keep checking back because I'll add more as I do them.
Hoyt Park & Menomonee River Parkway
(Because a poor connection ended this one early, I will return to Greendale to walk a bit of the residential area.)
Milwaukee Public Museum, Third Planet exhibit
East Side, part one
Water Street with Edison Street
Milwaukee Ballet with Michael Pink
Third Ward with Jim Plaisted
Milwaukee County Zoo
Southwestern edge of Walker's Point
Blatz Brewery / MSOE
St. Paul Avenue Historic District
Old Soldiers Home
East Town & 7Seventy7 apartments
Washington Park Zoo site
Miller Valley with Molly Snyder and Royal Brevvaxling
Mount Mary campus
Italian Bay View
Grand Trunk Wetlands in Bay View
Vliet Street in Washington Heights
Harbor District (south and west)
Horlick Malted Milk complex in Racine
5th Street in Walker's Point
Westown (Part I)
Harbor District (with Lilith Fowler)
East Wisconsin Avenue
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he lived until he was 17, Bobby received his BA-Mass Communications from UWM in 1989 and has lived in Walker's Point, Bay View, Enderis Park, South Milwaukee and on the East Side.
He has published three non-fiction books in Italy – including one about an event in Milwaukee history, which was published in the U.S. in autumn 2010. Four more books, all about Milwaukee, have been published by The History Press.
With his most recent band, The Yell Leaders, Bobby released four LPs and had a songs featured in episodes of TV's "Party of Five" and "Dawson's Creek," and films in Japan, South America and the U.S. The Yell Leaders were named the best unsigned band in their region by VH-1 as part of its Rock Across America 1998 Tour. Most recently, the band contributed tracks to a UK vinyl/CD tribute to the Redskins and collaborated on a track with Italian novelist Enrico Remmert.
He's produced three installments of the "OMCD" series of local music compilations for OnMilwaukee.com and in 2007 produced a CD of Italian music and poetry.
In 2005, he was awarded the City of Asti's (Italy) Journalism Prize for his work focusing on that area. He has also won awards from the Milwaukee Press Club.
He can be heard weekly on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee talking about his "Urban Spelunking" series of stories.