It all started with a press conference and kernel of an idea. For the March 2014 issue of Milwaukee Magazine, I analyzed what the economic ramifications of same-sex marriage might be if the state of Wisconsin legalized it. What I found was a large figure, but an even larger impact.
Read the story here.
We’re on the top level of the tower at the Urban Ecology Center’s Riverside Park branch, clear views of Downtown to the south and the new Rotary Centennial Arboretum to the west. Ken Leinbach, the center’s executive director, has just shoveled in his lunch. “When you’re up here, you get a different perspective,” he says.
He points to the northeast, to the park he built when he first started out. (“Just me and a toad in a trailer,” he jokes.) To encourage children to come from that park to the Urban Ecology building, a series of three sculptures dubbed Walk Like a River was installed.
The Milwaukee County Transit System has been trapped in a budget-induced death spiral – increased fares and reduced service, leading to fewer riders and less revenue, leading to increased fares and reduced service. But it wasn’t always that way. Can an out-of-state, for-profit company resurrect the public system?
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An edited version of this all-staff Q&A with Milwaukee Film appeared in our September issue. We could only fit six staff members in print, so we put the rest online. It was a fun package to create.
For the past five years, the Milwaukee Film Festival has brought sidesplitting rom-coms, stirring documentaries and fright-filled horror flicks to the city for a multiday film feast. This year will be no different, with more than 200 films scheduled over its 15-day run. To learn more about how the magic happens, we shine a spotlight on six of their wizards of applause.
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It was a labor of love, that’s for sure. I analyzed more than 30,000 home sales in the metro Milwaukee area to produce a huge chart (not online) and narrow down some great places to live based on certain criteria.
Read the whole story here: http://www.milwaukeemag.com/article/412013-BestPlacestoLive
Can Milwaukee really transform from old to bold? Yes, say city leaders. From the slightly expected to the rather radical, here’s how to do it by the year 2050.
Read the 21 ideas on milwaukeemag.com.
How Milwaukee got off its ash and did something about the worst threat to trees since Dutch elm disease.
Read about the city’s plan on milwaukeemag.com.
Fifty-six years ago today, Emmett Till, a 14-year-old African-American visiting Mississippi from Chicago was kidnapped. He was brutally murdered, and the two men were acquitted. In 2009, after a cemetery scandal (in the Chicago area) resulted in finding Till’s casket rotting, Till’s family decided to donate his original, glass-topped casket to the Smithsonian. I spoke with Till’s cousin Simeon Wright who was with him the night he was taken. You can read the interview here.
Hearing Wright recount the events that led up to his murder was a chill-inducing experience even if it was a phone interview. One of the things that stuck with me from our conversation was Wright’s theory that if the men had been convicted, Till’s story would have been forgotten: Continue reading “Speaking to Emmett Till’s Cousin”