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Marketplace - Nov. 17, 2017
Made in Milwaukee: Master Lock
There are many sites around town that were once home to sprawling factories, and we lament their loss. Most days, however, I drive past one of these industrial complexes that, despite its outward serenity, is anything but quiet. This is Master Lock, founded in Milwaukee in 1921.
Buzz - Nov. 17, 2017
Old Smoky introduced generations of kids to railroading
You don't have to be THAT old to remember the days when Old Smoky used to serve Bay View. The neutered steam locomotive didn't go actually anywhere, but folks loved it just the same ... at least for a little while.
Holiday Guide - Nov. 16, 2017
Water & Wells today: Mayor lights tree and BMO breaks ground
Mayor Tom Barrett will be on hand Thursday afternoon as the City of Milwaukee celebrates its 104th annual Christmas tree lighting at City Hall, 200 E. Wells St. Earlier today, BMO Harris Bank broke ground on its new tower just across the street.
Milwaukee History - Nov. 14, 2017
Urban Spelunking: Milwaukee Athletic Club
Of course, I've seen it, anchoring the intersection of Broadway and Wells for decades. But the Milwaukee Athletic Club, 758 N. Broadway, was one of those places I took for granted, not thinking about it too much. Until I couldn't seem to stop seeing little reminders of it everywhere.
Travel & Visitors Guide - Nov. 13, 2017
Bay View's Kinn Guesthouse offers an intimate, yet social experience
Bay View's first hotel, the Kinn Guesthouse, at 2535 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., may be small - it only has eight guest rooms - but it offers a big experience. It's the kind of place guests will remember long after visiting.
Milwaukee History - Nov. 10, 2017
Poet, restaurateur, union leader: Mosby was a Milwaukee renaissance man
Bill Mosby did a bit of everything once he arrived in Milwaukee from Memphis, Tennessee in 1935.
Bars & Clubs - Nov. 10, 2017
Pioneering Water Street Brewery celebrates 30 years as city's first brewpub
When Water Street Brewery opened at 1101 N. Water St. in 1987, the idea of a tavern that made its own beer was so new to the city that a newspaper headline put the phrase "brew pub" in quotation marks. Now, with four locations, Water Street Brewery is celebrating 30 years.
#RaiseMKE - Nov. 9, 2017
See the smiles on MPS kids' faces when they get new eyeglasses
Once again, Wisconsin Vision, Milwaukee Teachers' Education Association, Milwaukee Public Schools, and Prevent Blindness Wisconsin have teamed up to bring free eye exams and glasses to students at two schools via the Clear Days Ahead program.
Dining - Nov. 9, 2017
First Look: Grimaldi's Pizzeria
Though it's already been serving customers for more than a week now, the first Grimaldi's Pizzeria in Wisconsin officially opens at The Corners of Brookfield on Friday, Nov. 10. We stopped in for a peek on Wednesday and here's what we found.
Travel & Visitors Guide - Nov. 8, 2017
Milwaukeeans are among the happiest travelers in America
After digging into ratings of more than a half-million flights from 2016 and `17, TripIt discovered that travel happiness derives from three things: how old you are, where you live and which airports you're flying from and into. Milwaukeeans make the list.
#RaiseMKE - Nov. 8, 2017
New city law requires deconstruction rather than demolition
In an effort to boost employment opportunities, save old growth wood and other building materials used in old Milwaukee homes slated for demolition and keep materials out of landfills, as well as trim landfill tipping fees paid by taxpayers, Ald. Robert Bauman introduced legislation that would require deconstruction, rather than demolition, of certain old structures.
#RaiseMKE - Nov. 8, 2017
Legacy Lofts will transform old Blommer Ice Cream factory into apartments
Alderman Russell W. Stamper, II will host a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday, Nov. 8 at for the new Legacy Lofts project, 1500 W. North Ave. The former Blommer Ice Cream factory - and an adjacent lot - will be transformed into 64 units of mixed-income housing and retail.
Living - Nov. 7, 2017
Urban Spelunking: The Woman's Club of Wisconsin's Athenaeum
For years, I've admired the Woman's Club of Wisconsin building - also called The Athenaeum - at 813 E. Kilbourn Ave., on the corner of Cass Street. Going inside and learning more about the club makes me now admire the good works the club's members do, too.
Milwaukee History - Nov. 6, 2017
You might not know that this creek runs under your neighborhood
Many people - including me - only know Schoonmaker Creek as what looks more like a culvert running through the Washington Highlands. But it actually originates a few miles to the northwest, hidden from view. A meeting this week discusses ideas on how to prevent it flooding.
Arts & Entertainment - Nov. 3, 2017
MAM's "Degas to Picasso" show captures the wild spirit of French modernism
How in 2017 can an art museum make a show about 19th and early 20th century French painters interesting? Milwaukee Art Museum does it in "Degas to Picasso" by tracing the evolution of painting during an era when almost no artist seemed content with respecting the staid rules.
#RaiseMKE - Nov. 3, 2017
MPS announces community meetings for next facilities master plan
Time flies when you're having fun. It seems like just yesterday that Milwaukee Public Schools did its last long-range facilities master plan, but that was 2011. Today, MPS announced a series of community meetings to kick off the next long-range facilities master plan.
Bars & Clubs - Nov. 3, 2017
Hidden Gem: Scaffidi's Hideout
While so many down-home Milwaukee bars are closed or have been "upgraded," Scaffidi's Hideout, just a hop north of Brady Street at 1837 N. Humboldt Ave., remains pure Milwaukee: friendly, no-nonsense, comfortable fun without pretense. If it feels like you're among family, you are.
Movies & TV - Nov. 2, 2017
The day I fell down a Sesame Street Twitter rabbit hole
Like a proper working adult, I fell down a Sesame Street social media rabbit hole this afternoon after discovering today marks Cookie Monster's birthday. Can you tell me how to get my attention back to my work?
Living - Nov. 2, 2017
Hyatt Place topping off highlights a rapidly rising neighborhood
This morning there was a topping off ceremony at the site of the new Hyatt Place Hotel being built at The Brewery, which looks like one big construction site these days.
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