Why Barrett’s streetcar is far from a done deal.

Mayor Tom Barrett wants a streetcar loop for downtown. For $124 million and $2.5 a year, Milwaukee will build the route in blue. (These are the numbers I remember, but I doubt they are too far from correct.) There is considerable push-back from the community. A group, including a well-trod conservative organization, is working to […]

LaborFest 2014 (Update!)

The President is coming! The President is coming! I had planned to meet a girlfriend downtown on Labor Day – guess we’d best stay out in the suburbs. Nothing like a Presidential entourage to mess with getting to one’s favorite restaurant. (BTW, Honeypie Cafe in Bay View is my new favorite restaurant. Do yourself a […]

Housing in Milwaukee

Last January I wrote about Bold Ideas for Milwaukee. I said I wanted to do more to visit the neighborhoods. Well, I’ve done that. It’s changed my mind on a couple of things, and opened my eyes in so many ways. About that same time one of my children suggested ACTS Housing as an organization […]

Guns and polls

I’m not going to spend a lot of time here today, but two things are important to consider. 1) A child was shot in a Milwaukee park and the Mayor wants longer jail times for the crime. The police chief wants illegally carrying a gun to be a felony. Both Milwaukee leaders insist the Republican-lead […]

Milwaukee’s taxi-ing problem

Want to grab a cab in Milwaukee? Good luck with that. Want to grab a cab at Milwaukee’s under-construction airport at 2:00 AM? You silly dreamer, you. That’s where I found myself early Tuesday morning. The ride I finally snagged was a chatty and pleasant cabbie from (a suburb) who had no problem filling me […]