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This Milwaukee building is featured on Bing today.  (photo:  Dan Bishop)
This Milwaukee building is featured on Bing today. (photo: Dan Bishop)

Milwaukee Art Museum lands on Bing today

Milwaukee gets some nice love today as the Milwaukee Art Museum's Windhover Hall and portions of the Burke Brise Soleil, designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, are featured as the photograph on the front page of

Bing, Microsoft's search engine, features a new big, bold photo everyday. The images are always stunning, and of course MAM and its view onto Lake Michigan look great today on Bing's homepage.

See it here.   

Coming soon to the Airport spur.
Coming soon to the Airport spur.

New "Mke" flying into Mitchell International Airport

Hats of to a new "Mke" project that will be a wonderful and significant entry feature to Milwaukee's airport.

In 2012, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation will reconstruct the Airport Spur (State Highway 119). The project will include new lanes, signage, lighting, landscaping and, thus, a greatly improved entrance way to our airport. Also, all roadway signage will be improved and updated.

And, to their credit, Mitchell International officials are including a roadway capital project in the median. The letters "Mke" will be shine and become a welcoming "hello" to those entering Milwaukee County's General Mitchell International Airport.  

The state is funding the improvements to the Airport Spur and airport funds are being provided for the art work at a cost of $350,000.00.  There's no tax levy impact, and it truly adds a welcoming, progressive and funky message to everyone coming to our already easy to use, clean and modern airport.

New life is coming soon!
New life is coming soon!
Milwaukee Downtown has already helped brighten Wisconsin Avenue.
Milwaukee Downtown has already helped brighten Wisconsin Avenue.
Come May this will be a new information booth.
Come May this will be a new information booth.

Finally a new use for the old Grand Theatre

Hats off Beth Nicols, Milwaukee Downtown, the mayor's West Wisconsin Avenue workgroup and The Marcus Corporation for finding a use for the front end of the old Grand Theatre on Wisconsin Ave. The movie house, 212 W. Wisconsin Ave., closed in 1985.  

Last year, Milwaukee Downtown, the business improvement district in Downtown, improved the building with some cool signage and photos, but in May it will convert part of the old theatre into a new Visitor and Newcomer Information Center.

"A Public Service Ambassador will staff the ticket booth at least 40 hours a week. Much like our Traveling Information Kiosk (TIK) or Bicycle Information Kiosk (BIK), visitors and newcomers will be able to seek us out for all things Milwaukee in a year-round location," said the organization in an email announcing the plan.

Many have been pushing for a new use for this space and I truly think this is a solid use, and one that should continue to bring more life to Wisconsin Avenue. West Wisconsin Avenue is active already, and it's encouraging to see continued progress.

And before you start complaining about Wisconsin Avenue, the Shops of Grand Avenue and the difference between West Wisconsin Avenue and East Wisconsin, I challenge you to walk Wisconsin Avenue during lunch hour. It's dense, diverse and amazingly clean for the amount of use that it gets. It's up to us as a community to continue to improve it.

So, again, hats off to the groups and people that made this improvement happen.

Happy Match Day, Milwaukee

Today is the day, Milwaukee.  Happy Match Day.

From the Center for Veterans Issues to Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin to the Hunger Task Force to the Walker's Point Youth and Family Center, 19 nonprofits are participating in Match Day, an online giving event and the first of its kind in Wisconsin designed to raise awareness for basic needs in the greater Milwaukee area.

The Greater Milwaukee Foundation is coordinating the event, which showcases mainly organizations in the greater Milwaukee area meeting the food and shelter needs of individuals and families who are struggling. Match Day is modeled after similar online giving events sponsored by community foundations in cities like Columbus and Pittsburgh.

"It’s been three years since the economy took a tumble and things are still very tough for many individuals and families in our community," said Ellen M. Gilligan, the Foundation’s president and CEO.

"We know from the organizations that we support that too many people are continuing to struggle to meet the most basic needs that many of us take for granted. With Match Day, we want to leverage support from the community and increase the capacity of those nonprofits to meet the demand for their services."

The process began Feb. 17 with information being posted on  

Each gift made today will be proportionately matched. The Greater Milwaukee Foundation and several individual donors and area funders, including the Brewers Community Foundation, The Ceres Foundation, Faye McBeath Foundation, and United Way of Greater Milwaukee have already pledged $675,000 toward the match pool for that day.

The Brewers Community Foundation, Time Warner Cable, Clear Channel Outdoor, The Business Journal Serving Greater Milwaukee and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel have contributed in kind support and donor prizes.

To create Match Day, the Greater Milwaukee Foundation partnered with Razoo, an online platform that simplifies giving. Razoo also offers training …