Special feature

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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.

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Caradaro Club: Milwaukee's first pizza

Published Oct. 17, 2019

Milwaukee was slow to the pizza party. While Lombardi's became America's first pizzeria in New York City in 1905, pizza wouldn't arrive in Milwaukee until 1945 when John Caravella and Joe Todaro opened the Caradaro Club at 326 E. Erie St. in the Third Ward.

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The history of Summerfest

Published June 29, 2019

From a de-comissioned missile site to the worlds largest music festival, Milwaukee made Summerfest, and Summerfest has helped shape Milwaukee.

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Urban Spelunking: Lapham Park Social Center / Alliance High School

Published Feb. 26, 2019

Driving past, the building that houses MPS' Alliance High School, 850 W. Walnut St., doesn't really look like much. But you get the sense that there's more than meets the eye at this place that looks, from the side that we can see from the street, sort of like a school and sort of like an industrial building. After years of wondering about it, I decided to find out more.

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LOOK: Milwaukee then and now

Published Jan. 16, 2019

There are few more interesting juxtapositions than two photos of the same location taken decades apart. Thanks to Adam Levin, who runs the Old Milwaukee group on Facebook, we have a series of these photo sets of Milwaukee to share with you here.

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Shopping malls fight back

Published Nov. 16, 2018

The evolution of the mall, like much of America's history, has been fast and furious, and whether or not it's still relevant - in light of online shopping, box stores and technology, especially social media - is a fair question.

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Urban Spelunking: New Deal-era Enderis Playfield is a WPA gem

Published Sept. 20, 2018

In addition to the "green necklace" of Milwaukee County Parks draped so alluringly around the area, MPS owns 52 neighborhood playfields that add a dose of green space - and fun - to some Milwaukee neighborhoods. One of those is Enderis Playfield, a New Deal-era gem built by the WPA.

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Solomon Juneau arrived in Milwaukee 200 years ago this week

Published Sept. 11, 2018

In his 1936 "A History of Milwaukee," William George Bruce wrote, "Solomon Juneau came here Sept. 14, 1818, and remained for the greater part of his life," adding with some understatement, "he became an important factor in the earlier beginnings of Milwaukee as a hamlet, as a village and as a city."

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Urban Spelunking: Oriental Theatre

Published Aug. 9, 2018

As Milwaukee Film plans to relaunch the Oriental Theatre, it seems like the perfect time to take another look at Milwaukee's oldest, most spectacular and most beloved movie palace.

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Chasin the Trane to Milwaukee: When John Coltrane did & didn't play here

Published Jan. 10, 2018

The late tenor saxophonist John Coltrane is one of the enduring figures in jazz. His groundbreaking work continues to resonate, enrapture and inspire musicians and fans. Did the Trane ever stop in Milwaukee? Yes, but maybe not on the occasion that many people think.