Milwaukee Magazine

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Milwaukee County’s green space - some 15,000 acres of parks – is in varied states of decay. A 2009 audit found Milwaukee County Parks facing $200 million in deferred maintenance and the backlog of capital and maintenance needs now total $246 million.

Virginia Small and Tom Tolan teamed up to write about what might be done to bring the luster back to the park system in this month's issue of Milwaukee Magazine.

Travel Wisconsin

Behold, the iconic summer road trip.  Mount Rushmore.  The Grand Canyon.  The Washington Monument.  The 60-foot Jolly Green Giant.  All worthy destinations.

Walter Paul Minx is one of the more interesting people in Milwaukee's history.  He was the not-quite-mastermind behind a plot to make off with a fortune more than 70 years ago.

But unlike some notorious criminals, Minx was not fated to become the stuff of larcenous folklore.  But his story does live on in the pages of the June issue of Milwaukee Magazine. Writer Matthew Prigge wrote this month's feature about our would-be criminal genius.

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Don’t look now, but we’re already into June and into that fleeting period in Wisconsin known as summer. Maybe you have big plans for the summer - but even the busiest among us have those summer days, or nights, where we’re considering how to spend our time.

"The best part of summer is that it always revives that child-part in us, and here in Milwaukee I think it really does that," says Milwaukee Magazine editor-in-chief Carole Nicksin. 

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Adult entertainment has been with us for as long as there have been, well, adults. But most erotic dancing, whether it takes place in strip clubs, burlesque shows, or on a brightly lit stage full of Chippendale dancers, is just not a thing a city wants to be known for. Despite the taboo that often surrounds these establishments, though, there is no doubt that the industry is a lucrative one.

Moriah Bame

On Monday, April 10th, the back room at Colectivo on Prospect avenue was home to a very spirited discussion between 5 Wisconsin radio talk show hosts, two moderators, and the studio audience.

It was the fourth in a series of community events called MilMag Live!, produced by Milwaukee Magazine and Lake Effect. This month’s topic was based on a feature story by the magazine’s managing editor Tom Tolan called, "Do We Even Need Talk Radio Anymore?"

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It was the Summer of 2015 when James Santelle, then the US Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, stepped down from his post.  He resigned amid an internal investigation into alleged misuse of a government credit card and impropriety surrounding an political event he hosted. 

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If you look at the population of Wisconsin and then at the leadership in state government, you’ll notice at least one significant disconnect. Milwaukee is by far the state’s largest city, but the city itself has few residents in leadership roles - particularly in the Legislature.

Writer Joe Potente says it’s a sign of the city’s diminishing political clout at the statewide level. He wrote an article featured in the current issue of Milwaukee Magazine about this phenomenon. 

Adam Ryan Morris / Milwaukee Magazine

Later today, the winners of the annual James Beard awards will be announced, honoring chefs around the country.  Three Milwaukee chefs are among the semifinalists for the Best Chef award for the Midwest: Justin Carlisle, Thomas Hauck and Karen Bell.

Jessi Paetzke

A number of reports surfaced this week that White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus is being met with dissent in the executive office. Some White House staff members dispute that report.

What seems indisputable is that he was not always seen as a likely candidate for national political fame. 

Chris Arnade

During the early to mid-1900s, the Great Migration brought millions of African-Americans from rural, southern towns to cities like Chicago, Detroit, and of course, Milwaukee.

To this day, many older, black Milwaukeeans have roots in the South. Many moved here as teens and young adults, looking for work in an industrial city that overflowed with jobs at the time.

Adam Ryan Morris / Milwaukee Magazine

For many people in Milwaukee, their fish consumption increases exponentially during the season of lent.  But for others, the Friday fish fry is simply part of the year-round culture.

Regardless of how you come down on the issue, our dining contributor Ann Christenson tips the scales towards some of the top fish frys in town in the current issue of Milwaukee Magazine.

MilMag Live! Recap: Who the Hell Are We? We Have Some Ideas

Feb 16, 2017
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“Go use a urinal and you’re using Milwaukee-made water technology.” This was Richard Meeusen’s opening assertion at the Feb. 13 MilMag Live! event, Branding MKE: Who the Hell Are We?

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From walkabouts to bar or bat mitzvahs to sweet sixteen parties, many cultures have rites of passage into adulthood. For Latin American cultures around the world, including here in Milwaukee, the quinceañera is the most important event in a young woman’s life.

Earlier this week, Milwaukee Magazine and Lake Effect kicked off a new, monthly live conversation series. This month’s MilMag Live! event focused on two topics. The first of those was the influence of insiders and outsiders in shaping Milwaukee.

The discussion was led by Lake Effect's Mitch Teich and Carole Nicksin from Milwaukee Magazine. One of the areas of richest discussion was what brings people to Milwaukee, and what drives them away. 

The panel included: 

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