We now continue our series about the revival of the Milwaukee River.
As we reported earlier, the City of Milwaukee exists here because of the river. It, with its mouth in Lake Michigan, supported commerce and industry in the early days, and provided recreation. However, no one tended the health of the river, so it decayed; and manufacturers left its banks, as trains and trucks replaced boats. The community abandoned the ailing Milwaukee River for decades, but a turnaround began in the 80s. The city initiated improvements, including Riverwalk, and worked with developers.
If you want to view a thriving strip of the City of Milwaukee – hop a boat and cruise the Milwaukee River. New housing and repurposed old buildings line the waterfront and its adjoining neighborhoods. Most vessels that cruise the river these days are not the working types of generations past, but rather pleasure boats.
We’ve been learning about the contribution Wisconsinites made, 150 years ago, to the Union cause in the American Civil War. It was a significant contribution - and sacrifice, despite Wisconsin’s relatively recent entry into the union and its distance from the battlefield.
Milwaukee’s skyline could have a distinct new feature in a few years: a 44-story tower. County Executive Chris Abele outlined the plans Wednesday. The building would be located across the street from Discovery World and the northern entrance to Summerfest. As WUWM’s Ann-Elise Henzl reports, the development would include hotel rooms and housing to meet what planners call a growing demand.
Contributor Gianofer Fields interviews Claudia Mooney, curator for the Chipstone Foundation, about face jugs.
As a student of Material Culture, contributor Gianofer Fields spends a lot of her time studying objects. However, in this installment of "It’s a Material World," it seems the object has its own agenda, albeit a somewhat ambiguous one.
Milwaukee’s Riverwest neighborhood prides itself for a “do-it-yourself attitude” with a bohemian, creative flair. It’s no surprise then, that a movement – called Power Down Week – took hold in Riverwest. Its mission is straightforward – make your carbon footprint as small as you can AND do it with others. The third annual power down starts this weekend, and WUWM Environmental Reporter Susan Bence caught up with some of its organizers earlier this week as they prepared for another Riverwest neighborhood tradition – the Gordon Park 4th of July celebration.
UW-Milwaukee has taken another step towards increasing the region's prominence as a center for freshwater research. Jenny Kehl starts work this week as the director for the UWM Center for Water Policy. Kehl comes to Milwaukee from Rutgers University in New Jersey, where she taught at the graduate level in public policy and political science. The position is part of UWM's graduate-level School of Freshwater Sciences.