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The Historic Third Ward in Milwaukee.
The Historic Third Ward in Milwaukee. (Photo:

Third Ward gets some New York Times love

Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward gets some nice love this week in a cool slide show on  

Here’s what Stephanie Davila says in her intro about the Downtown neighborhood, "Milwaukee, a city best known for its blue-collar roots, an artistic side is starting to emerge, particularly in an area known as the Third Ward. In the mid-19th century, the port city was known for its high volume of wheat trade before becoming a machine shop for the world. Immigrants — mostly Italian and Irish — settled in the Third Ward, thanks to its proximity to the city’s docks and factories. In 1892, a huge fire destroyed most of the neighborhood. Though it made a modest comeback over the next decades as the city’s Little Italy, by the 1960s, expressway construction through the area sent many of its remaining residents packing."

Ryan Braun’s Graffito, Hot Pop, Spin Milwaukee, The Home Market and Cafe Benelux are featured in the slide show content piece.  

Andrew Bogut's ankle.
Andrew Bogut's ankle. (Photo: @AndrewMBogut)

Andrew Bogut, "not how an ankle should look"

It's not pretty, but Andrew Bogut posted the above photo on Twitter yesterday as Milwaukee Bucks General Manager John Hammond announced the following information on another big injury for the Bucks center:

"Andrew returned to Milwaukee this morning to be evaluated by Bucks orthopaedic physician Michael Gordon, M.D., and to undergo a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) exam on his left ankle.   The results of the MRI identified a left ankle fracture which will keep Bogut out indefinitely."

Bogut posted the photo with this message, "This is not how an ankle should look... Other side is even worse, but all taped up so cant get any happy snaps!"

The seventh-year center was injured in Tuesday's win at Houston when his left foot landed awkwardly on a Rockets player’s foot after attempting to block a shot in the first quarter.  It was Bogut's 400th NBA game.  

In 12 games this season, Bogut averaged 11.3 points, a team-high 8.3 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.0 steal and a team-high 2.0 blocked shots (T-7th in NBA) in 30.0 minutes per contest. 

Heal up soon, Bogues.  I do like what I've seen the past few weeks with this team, and hopefully the Bucks can still battle for a playoff spot in your absence.  

The Bucks host the Lakers Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Bradley Center.  

Park for free?  Sounds good to us.
Park for free? Sounds good to us.

More "free" parking Downtown?

There are plenty of ways to park for free Downtown.  I've harped on the weekend parking before.  It's free, people!  

Now, a new, proposed ordinance would expand the list of "free" city parking days to include any day designated as a paid holiday day off for city employees.  The measure’s sponsor is Downtown Ald. Robert J. Bauman.

Current city code suspends parking time limits – allowing free street parking – for seven calendar days, including Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, Labor Day and Memorial Day, and July 4. 

The ordinance (file # 111321) proposes adding a minimum of four days to the list of days exempt from parking time limits – Good Friday, the day following Thanksgiving, the last weekday before Christmas and the last weekday before New Year’s Day.

In addition, the suspension of parking time limits would be extended to additional days whenever New Year’s Day, Independence Day or Christmas Day fall on a weekend, said Bauman, who chairs the Common Council’s Public Works Committee.

Bauman said, in a news release, that city employee holidays usually mean that most non-essential city services are suspended.

"If we can suspend city services, we can lift usual weekday daytime parking restrictions and requirements," he said. "If we can make reasonable changes to our code to engender some goodwill and ease up on parking restrictions so residents and city employees can enjoy their holiday time off, I think we should pursue those changes."

The measure will be heard by the Public Safety Committee at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 26 in room 301-B at City Hall, 200 E. Wells St.

Prince Fielder stands tall at
Prince Fielder stands tall at

Who should replace Prince Fielder on our windows?

It's "art, design, innovation, civic pride and neighborhood enhancement all rolled into one."  Yes, the windows at are pretty cool, and full of Milwaukee pride.

One window, though, needs to be changed.  Prince Fielder is officially gone, and his outdated profile on the east side of our building needs to be replaced.

Truth be told, we're considering several new designs and looks for all of our "corporate" windows here at 1930 E. North Ave.  But, who is your pick if we were to take down Prince today and replace him with another sports icon?  

Thoughts? Chime in, please, via the Talkbacks.