Urban Milwaukee

Urban Milwaukee

While we’re still more than a year away from the presidential election, we’re a little closer to another race that is shaping up to be an interesting one. The election for Milwaukee County Executive happens in April, and thus far pits incumbent Chris Abele against State Senator Chris Larson.

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The concept of gentrification at one level sounds innocuous – fixing up decaying neighborhoods.  But it often leaves bad feelings behind, as new development often pushes out longtime residents and small businesses.  And it’s frequently cast in terms of race and class.

But is gentrification always bad?  And does it always follow the same patterns.  A study put together by a national magazine looked at gentrification in the country’s largest cities and it yielded some interesting data. 

Tom Bamberger

Historically, Milwaukee’s public projects – from the Bronze Fonz to The Calling (the sculpture at the end of Wisconsin Avenue) - have not been without their controversy.

Each week, our news analyst Bruce Murphy brings us the top headlines of the past seven days. This week's top stories include: