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Developable Land Grows Scarce, as Milwaukee Riverwalk Building Boom Continues

Downtown Milwaukee is in the midst of a building boom, including along the Milwaukee River. The city credits its ongoing Riverwalk construction for luring people to a stretch of land most had ignored. Now as the decades-long project nears an end, builders are gobbling up the remaining land along the walkway. There have been so many projects along the Milwaukee River, you can’t write a list that’s both short and comprehensive. “If you look at valuation increases in the city of Milwaukee on...
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Tuesday on Lake Effect:

A team of Ukrainian journalists tries to debunk Russian propaganda… Then, when Alice's Garden founder Venice Williams attends the annual MANDI Awards, she leaves with two things - a purse full of business cards and a head full of new ideas. Wisconsin writer Vivian Probst learns a little something from the characters she created. And we’ll have the next episode in our series on children and gun violence, Precious Lives.

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There are a couple upcoming changes in the Milwaukee County Transit System. This week, seniors and people with disabilities can get free passes. Next week, some riders will face a new charge.

If you pay cash to ride the county bus, you pay $4.50 for a round trip. Right now, county residents who are 65 or older and people with disabilities pay half the regular fare.

But even that’s unaffordable for many, according to Milwaukee County Board Chairperson Marina Dimitrijevic.

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Congress continues its investigation into the VA Medical Center in Tomah.

Staff there are accused of over-prescribing painkillers to some patients, leaving them listless. In one case, a man died of an overdose.

On Monday, Wisconsin U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson led a hearing on the charges.

WUWM wanted to hear local veterans’ opinions about the allegations. So we sat down with a few, at Vets Place Central on Milwaukee’s west side.

The men say they’re outraged over the allegations at the Tomah VA Center.

The father of a Marine who died of an overdose at the Tomah VA, told members of Congress on Monday that he sought meetings with his son's doctors, because the 35-year-old seemed frequently over-medicated.

Monday on Lake Effect:

You might be surprised by research into music and cats – or if you have cats, you might not be surprised.  Either way, it’s interesting work coming out of the University of Wisconsin.  Then, Waukesha’s Kalmbach publishing debuts a new magazine dedicated to the emerging technology of drones.  And a new indie film shot on location in Milwaukee – and elsewhere – recounts the true chilling tale of a passenger jet that went missing over the Atlantic Ocean.

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You may not even think twice about turning on the radio in your home to start or end your day, but your cat may have noticed it for completely different reasons.

Staff at the Tomah VA is accused of over-prescribing painkillers and retaliating against people who blew the whistle. Before federal leaders decided to act, a 35-year-old marine died of an overdose there, last year.

If you want to see an example of a vision coming to fruition – after years of planning and construction – head to downtown Milwaukee.

The city began building the Riverwalk two decades ago. The project almost is complete, with just a few spans yet to be built.

Milwaukee officials believe the walkway has spurred millions of dollars in development, and has helped people see the river through a new lens.

The riverfront revival is most impressive, if you know a bit of the city’s history. More than 150 years ago, the river was one reason people settled here.

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It started in 1970 outside the small town of Newburg, two years after the Whitefish Bay Women’s Club purchased the first parcel of land. It gradually morphed into 379 acres stewarded by Riveredge Nature Center.

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The state will now reopen the land around the proposed site, to the public. Gov. Walker had signed a bill restricting access to certain acres.

Last month, G-tac closed its office in Hurley saying a mining operation did not appear to be feasible. The region encompassing the Penokee Hills is rich in wetlands and waterways, the reason some people and groups opposed a potential mine. 

It would have meant opening a 4.5 mile open pit, to extract the iron ore.

According to the Wisconsin DNR, the company has officially withdrawn its pre-application notice.

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