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You know what's NOT canceled? Sculpture MKE 2020

Published May 28, 2020

Just when it seems the pandemic is taking aim at nearly every bit of summer fun, the organizers of Sculpture Milwaukee have announced that the annual Downtown outdoor art exhibition IS ON for the fourth straight year.

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8 images of Downtown's old Grand Avenue Mall

Published May 18, 2020

I'll always have a soft spot for the Grand Avenue Mall. Because, even if just for a bit, it did its part to bring happiness back Downtown. Here are some photos from across the Grand Avenue Mall era.

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Downtown gets new wayfinding signs ahead of big tourism events

Published May 6, 2020

VISIT Milwaukee, Milwaukee Downtown, Business Improvement District (BID) #21 and the City of Milwaukee have partnered to install new wayfinding signage around Downtown to help direct pedestrians to landmarks like The Pabst Theater, the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts and the new 3rd Street Market Hall.

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Faces of Wisconsin Avenue: 11 vintage Milwaukee street photos

Published April 6, 2020

Street photographers have long come in many stripes, from creators of desolate urban landscapes like Atget to the documenters of bloody crime scene aftermaths like Weegee. But there was also a more mundane, day-to-day street photography of the lensmen who plied the main drags of cities, snapping portraits - often of passersby in motion - and selling them to the subjects.

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Busy night in Westown brings street closures and parking restrictions

Published Jan. 14, 2020

Due to the campaign rally being held at the UWM Panther Arena and a Bucks game simultaneously at 7 p.m. at the Fiserv Forum on Tuesday - as well as expected protests (not, presumably, against the best team in the NBA), Milwaukee Police Department has announced some road closures.

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Artists sought to paint mural on the 2nd Street skywalk Downtown

Published Jan. 8, 2020

As part of a vision for an enhanced pedestrian experience along North 2nd Street between Michigan Street and Postman's Porch at Wells Street, Milwaukee Downtown, BID #21, has partnered with The Avenue on a new mural on the south face of the skywalk that spans the street between Wisconsin Avenue and Michigan Street.

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Milwaukee then and now, as seen by two generations

Published Jan. 2, 2020

Returning to the incredible monochromatic images taken by Les Pacholski in the early 1960s that we shared last month, we present a series of the late photographer's images of Milwaukee paired with photographs of the same views made by his son Luke in recent weeks.