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Urban Spelunking: MFD's former Third Ward fireboat station

Published July 25, 2017

Considering how much waterfront Milwaukee has - between the lake, the rivers and the canals - it makes perfect sense that there's a history of fireboats here. MFD's last fireboat station is now for sale. We went inside to take a look.

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Made in Milwaukee: Lakefront Brewery

Published July 21, 2017

Lakefront Brewery's 19th-century home has seen a lot of changes on Commerce Street since it was built in 1890. We take a look at some of them here.

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Urban spelunking: The Ritz/Villa Theater

Published July 18, 2017

Perhaps I shouldn't have been surprised to step inside the former Ritz Theater movie house 3608 W. Villard Ave. and find it intact as a movie house. But after The Ritz, which was called the Villa by then, was closed by Marcus Theatres in 1986, it had a brief return as a movie house in the following decade, so it hasn't really been gone all that long.

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Hidden Gem: Regano's Roman Coin bowling lanes

Published July 14, 2017

Milwaukee is awash in rumors about secret bowling alleys, hidden tunnels and former rooming houses. But in the case of Regano's Roman Coin, a family-owned bar at 1004 E. Brady St., it's true. Well, most of it.

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McKinley Elementary: A look inside a place that matters

Published July 13, 2017

I've long been eager to see inside the former McKinley School, 2001 W. Vliet St., which was shuttered and sold by MPS nearly 40 years ago. After a 2013 fire, the private day care and school located there closed. Now, there's a plan to renovate it into apartments and we take you inside.

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