Free the Deer

It’s not exactly news that I don’t care for any public involvement in the proposed arena for the Milwaukee Bucks. So as it goes to a full legislature – outside the Wisconsin budget as initially considered – I thought I’d take one more opportunity to explain why. 1) Good development is organic. Good development takes […]

Using Kohl’s Cash to Pay for a New Bucks Arena

Ah, Kohl’s. Who hasn’t walked out with a bag of goods reveling in one’s more-than-50% savings? After all, the clerk is quick to circle that number before you leave the register. Pick ‘n Save, a Roundy’s grocer, does the same. There can be twenty people in a checkout line, but darn it, every savings will […]

The Streetcar, TIFs, and MPS

Ok, this is a public concession. You should at least keep reading to see how badly I bungle it. Short version: Jay Bullock is right; I’m wrong. He’ll gloat for a few seconds. I’ll continue my story and reprimand him anyway. Isn’t political commenting fun? Longer version: Jay Bullock wrote a piece for – […]

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 […]