Three redevelopment notes from northside, downtown Milwaukee

Perusing Tom Daykin’s Land and Space blog tonight, these pieces caught my eye: • New King Drive apartment building, food market opening • Everest College wins approval for downtown campus; • New apartments opening at Grand Avenue’s Plankinton building That is in reverse chronological order, but follow in geographical order, north to south. So let’sContinue reading “Three redevelopment notes from northside, downtown Milwaukee”

Milwaukee’s old manufacturing base at Rockwell takes another body blow

I asked one of the servers at Transfer Pizzeria, “Did you hear about the electrical workers at Rockwell?” “No,” she said. “What’s up?” “They got laid off.” “Oh. That explains why I haven’t seen them in about a month. They used to come in here once a week. They were a great crowd…” • •Continue reading “Milwaukee’s old manufacturing base at Rockwell takes another body blow”

Google goofs name of UWM’s Downer Woods, location of Lake Park

Hard to believe, but Google Maps has the wrong name for the little patch of woods here on the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee campus. They are the Downer Woods, named in honor of Jason Downer (1813 – 1883). Mr. Downer moved to Milwaukee to work as an editor at the Milwaukee Sentinel for $8.00 a day.Continue reading “Google goofs name of UWM’s Downer Woods, location of Lake Park”

A walk through Milwaukee’s history via the Grand Avenue mall

Having worked downtown and explored much of the area between Water Street, 794, and Marquette, I know that West Wisconsin Avenue, the street formerly known as Grand Avenue, has a great amount of potential as a new place for people to shop and enjoy life. The fine blog UrbanMilwaukee.com has taken a good hard lookContinue reading “A walk through Milwaukee’s history via the Grand Avenue mall”