Scott Walker’s Wisconsin – FREE through the 18th

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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 place because the market supports the business wishing to build. Good … [Read More]

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 be circled for every customer. A customer must know how important that store is to his frugal … [Read More]

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. … [Read More]

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 … [Read More]

Changes in Latitude

I've run away. I never understood folks who kept more than one home until I'd spent the last 20 years in Wisconsin, then my Oklahoma DNA kicked in and … [Read More]