Winning the 2020 Democratic National Convention is a coup for Milwaukee, Mayor Tom Barrett and a host of allies.And for a downtown river revival rooted in former Mayor John Norquist’s New Urbanism which correctly predicted that people wanted to live and work near water and to get where they needed to go on a bike, by rail, or on their own two feet.
Huge win for @cityofmilwaukee. Will have major economic impact on @MilwDowntown and region. Watch our site for full coverage: Milwaukee wins 2020 @DNC Democratic National Convention @AlexanderLasry @MayorOfMKE @ChrisAbeleMKE @GovEvers https://t.co/652OXr0hQ2
— MKE Business Journal (@MKEBizJournal) March 11, 2019
A report released today recommends that the Domes(officially called the Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory) be demolished and replaced with a new horticultural conservatory that would be paired with a new Milwaukee Public Museum in Mitchell Park on Milwaukee’s South Side.
The report, commissioned by the MPM-Domes Joint Task Force and prepared by Washington, D.C.-based Gallagher & Associates Museum Services, says combining the two institutions on a single site, “could be a great guest experience which integrates the content and stories from Milwaukee Public Museum with the content and experience of the current Domes and Conservatory. Specifically, the natural history portion of the MPM storyline fits very nice with the Domes experiences.”
The report also says that, “the cost of properly renovating the Domes greatly outweighs the benefit of doing so.”
Milwaukee’s first axe-throwing and shuffleboard bar, called NorthSouth Club, will open at 230 E. Pittsburgh Ave. – next door to Merriment Social – in Walker’s Point. Construction begins at the end of March and the facility is scheduled to open by the end of summer.
Joining Willie Nelson and company for the micro-festival this time will be Phil Lesh and friends, Alison Krauss, Dawes, The Avett Brothers, Counting Crows and Trapper Schoepp, totaling 10 hours of entertainment at the American Family Insurance Amphitheater starting at 1 p.m. (Doors open at noon.)Tickets for this special festival within a festival will go on sale starting on Friday, March 8 at 10 a.m. at Ticketmaster and Summerfest’s website. Tickets can also be bought in person at the Summerfest box office, Ticketmaster ticket centers and select Walmart stores, as well as by phone at (800) 745-3000 for a live Ticketmaster Agent or (866) 448-7849 for the “Ticketmaster Express” automated phone line.
Milwaukee Pride today announced the headliner lineup for the nation’s largest LGBT+ festival, celebrating its 31st year this summer. And this year, the party is getting even larger, as PrideFest announced it will expand to a fourth day, opening Thursday, June 7 before running through the rest of the weekend.
The Bucks released early renderings of the upcoming Bucks arena Thursday. Mayor Tom Barrett called the new design ‘fresh’ in the newspaper, but others took to social media to describe it more, um, colorfully.
The first detailed glimpse of the new downtown Milwaukee arena reveals a giant building with a dramatically arcing roof, curving body, tall sheets of glass, social spaces — and a few challenges yet to overcome.
….there is no guarantee whatsoever that the museum’s projections are accurate. At this point it’s not clear what enforcement mechanism there is to assure the museum puts $1.5 million annually into a reserve fund. Nor is there any guarantee the non-profit art museum won’t some day come back to the county crying poor and asking to redo the deal.
Here’s the irony. Last year, now Gov. Scott Walker pushed through a $400 million taxpayer subsidy for a new arena for the billionaire hedge fund operators who own the Milwaukee Bucks. While County Executive Walker didn’t lift a finger to repair the Domes, he fought hard to help a professional sports team pay for their new digs.
And here’s an even bigger irony. As part of that deal, Milwaukee County agreed to be on the hook for $4 million a year. And how much borrowing would $4 million a year support with interest for 20 years? Well, just about $60 million or so.
Here is one report from South Milwaukee from October …