1. Kristin Godfrey announced as new East Side BID Executive Director
Kristin Godfrey was announced as the new East Side Business Improvement director today, replacing Jim Plaisted after his departure in July.
2. Potawatomi Hotel & Casino kicks off annual Heart of Canal Street program
Potawatomi Hotel & Casino's Heart of Canal Street kicked off its 2017 campaign today, helping to serve children in southeastern Wisconsin by providing funds to local non-profits.
3. 12 bodacious Ren Faire bosoms
Some go to the Renaissance Faire for the turkey legs, but some go for the buffet of breasts.
4. Deal closes on BMO Harris complex, clearing way for new tower construction
Irgens closed on its acquisition of the 20-story BMO Harris Bank office building, adjacent seven-level parking structure and an adjoining surface parking lot Downtown where construction will begin on the new 25-story BMO Harris Financial Center.
5. Coakley Brothers announces $6 million building renovation
Coakley Brothers has begun a $6 million renovation project at its 400 S. 5th St. building headquarters, in the heart of the Walker's Point neighborhood.
6. Vim and Vigor will bring 274 apartments to former Pabst Brewery
Milhaus announces it has broken ground on two ground-up buildings at the former Pabst Brewery complex which are projected to open in 2018. The 274-unit Vim and Vigor apartments will include 7,000 square feet of retail space at the corner of Juneau Avenue and 10th Street.
7. St. Rita's Church will be razed and replaced with a new Little Pink Church
St. Rita's Church, 1601 N. Cass St., will be razed and replaced with a new church and a six-story independent living complex for seniors, the church will announce today at a press conference with Mayor Tom Barrett and Ald. Nik Kovac.
8. Discovery World plans Lakefront expansion and renovation
Discovery World unveiled a major expansion and renovation to the Lakefront facility that will begin in late summer 2017, adding nearly 20,000 square feet of accessible public space to Wisconsin's largest science and technology center.
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9. MCTS boards the early bus to April Fools' with round trip service to Japan
The Milwaukee County Transit System got an early start on April Fools' today, posting an article on its web site with the headline, "Milwaukee County Transit Announces New Round Trip Service to Japan."
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10. Urban spelunking preview: Plum Media kicks off Milwaukee Casket building reno
On Friday, folks from Menomonee Valley Partners, City of Milwaukee, Design 2 Construct, Paradigm Real Estate and BMO Harris were on hand as Plum Media President Rich Schmig turned the ceremonial shovel of dirt on the project to restore a 1920s Milwaukee building and turn it into Plum's new home.
11. Barrett's State of the City address transcript
Here is the full text of Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett's 2017 State of the City address, which was delivered Monday, March 6 at Harley-Davidson University.
12. PawsLikeMe is like eHarmony.com but pairs you with the perfect puppy
Meet PawsLikeMe, a dog adoption matching website that works like eHarmony.com, but for pairing you up with the perfect rescue puppy - and with an algorithm that claims an average 91 percent match accuracy.
13. For Valentine's Day, Burger King serves up burgers with a side of sex toys
Not to be outdone by Taco Bell and KFC, Burger King may have found the most uncomfortable culinary combo yet: a Whopper and a sex toy.
14. Dog the Bounty Hunter and his wife started a Sheriff Clarke for Senate website
The official Sheriff Clarke for Senate draft campaign was created last Tuesday, with an official site and an advisory board of politicians, attorneys and activists - and also Dog the Bounty Hunter and his wife.
15. 5 sweet pearls of wisdom from Pooh on Pooh Day
For anyone feeling a little blue this week, and because it's National Winnie The Pooh Day, these are for you.
16. St. Patrick's Day Parade marches into Downtown March 11
The Shamrock Club of Wisconsin's annual St. Patrick's Day Parade will set off on its march Saturday, March 11, beginning at noon and starting at Wisconsin Ave. and Old World Third St. before winding its way through Downtown.
17. Bublr Bikes moving into The Shops of Grand Avenue
Bublr Bikes, a non-profit organization that operates a rapidly growing bike-sharing network in the Milwaukee area, will move its headquarters and bicycle maintenance facility into The Shops of the Grand Avenue, becoming the initial permanent tenant in the property's redevelopment.
18. Lake Park neighbor launches web site about threatened Ferry & Clas bridge
Today, a neighbor of Lake Park on Milwaukee's East Side launched a web site focused on the threatened Ferry & Clas bridge that spans Ravine Road in the park.
19. Nuggets for the New Year
To begin 2017, I've compiled a few thoughts, inspirational nuggets and observations that may help power you to help make this the best year yet. It's a list I've kept for a while and refer to often. Figured it was time to share it.
20. Marquette purchases rare first edition, first printing of "The Hobbit"
Marquette University has acquired one of only 1,500 first edition, first printing copies of "The Hobbit" by J.R.R. Tolkien, published in 1937, to add to its J.R.R. Tolkien Collection.
21. MPL selects Young plan for new King Library
Milwaukee Public Library Board of Trustees last night selected Young Development to lead a new mixed-use project to replace the current Martin Luther King Library at 310 W. Locust St.
22. Library board will consider three proposals for new King Library
Three proposals for new mixed-used developments - including a new library - on the site of the King Library, on Locust Street at King Drive, are being considered by the board of the Milwaukee Public Library. Here are some details on all three.
23. Initial plans introduced for redevelopment at former Paintball Dave's building
The former Paintball Dave's building in the Historic Third Ward hasn't seen much activity since the party hotspot closed its doors earlier this year. However, this afternoon, a new proposal for the building would bring retail and residential units to the space.
24. A Downtown beacon will shine brighter starting Dec. 7
On Wednesday, Richard H. Driehaus and M & J Wilkow, Ltd., owners of the Milwaukee Gas Light Building, 626 E. Wisconsin Ave., will flip the switch on a newly completed lighting upgrade that will cause the building's iconic weather flame to burn more brightly.
25. Our long municipal nightmare is over! Parking regulations that make sense
Grab your flags, your noisemakers, your flashing lights. Our long municipal nightmare is over, as Ald. Nik Kovac has spearheaded a drive to change the 24-hour parking regulations to make some sense.