Milwaukee walks: Exploring Brew City neighborhoods

Published July 31, 2020

For the past couple years, I've been walking Milwaukee-area neighborhoods with readers via a series of Facebook lives. Here is an ongoing collection of the walks, which you can watch any time via the embedded links below. Keep checking back because I'll add more as I do them.


Soon-to-be-aired documentary celebrates Bronzeville's rich legacy

Published Aug. 10, 2019

Decades of rich culture gave the Bronzeville area a unique atmosphere and cemented its name in history. Now, in 2019, it is the topic of Karen Slattery's documentary, "Remembering Bronzeville," Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service reports.


Mayor Tom Barrett announces streetcar extensions plan

Published May 2, 2019

Today, Barrett announced that he's pushing for extensions up past the Fiserv Forum into Bronzeville, up to King Drive and North Avenue; another south on Milwaukee Street through the Third Ward and into the northern part of Walker's Point; and for an extension of the Ogden Avenue tracks up Prospect Avenue to Brady Street.


A last look inside the old King Dr. Schuster's / Gimbels before rehab begins

Published April 12, 2019

Thanks to a partnership between the Medical College of Wisconsin and the Greater Milwaukee Foundation, the beautiful Kirchhoff & Rose-designed building at King and Garfield is getting a makeover and new use. Today we went inside for one last look before the conversion begins.


Important new partnership will restore King Dr. Schuster's building

Published March 26, 2019

The former Schuster's department store building on the corner of King Drive and Garfield Avenue - the long-covered facade of which was tantalizingly revealed, briefly, a few years ago - will be renovated, and its facade restored thanks to a new partnership announced this morning.


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.


Dead Bird moves closer to Milwaukee taproom/brewery opening

Published Feb. 18, 2019

Last year, Dead Bird Brewing announced it would open a brewery and taproom at 1726 N. 5th St., in Bronzeville/Halyard Park, just north of the Fiserv Forum. Now, owners Nick Kocis and Jeremy Hach, who have already been releasing beer contract brewed at MobCraft have launched a Kickstarter to get them closer to their goal.


Milwaukee's original Bronzeville was packed with frozen custard stands

Published Feb. 7, 2019

Surely there are folks that remember the numerous Bronzeville frozen custard stands, but as the entire Walnut Street neighborhood was razed for freeway construction and the dreaded "urban renewal" - which felt like anything but to folks whose entire lives were bulldozed - even memories of those are fading fast.


Milwaukee Walks: Bronzeville

Published Oct. 26, 2018

Join OnMilwaukee's Bobby Tanzilo for the installment of Milwaukee Walks as he takes to the streets on Bronzeville to talk about the landscape and the history of this vibrant Milwaukee neighborhood.


City unveils newly renamed Vel R. Phillips Avenue

Published Aug. 7, 2018

Today, as part of the sixth annual Bronzeville Week, City of Milwaukee officials and residents gathered on 4th Street and North Avenue to celebrate the late Vel Phillips by renaming North 4th Street, from St. Paul Avenue to Capitol Drive, in her honor.


6th annual Bronzeville Week kicks off full slate of events on Saturday

Published July 31, 2018

Bronzeville Week kicks off its sixth annual festival on Saturday, Aug. 4 with the HaRUNbee 5K walk and run at 9 a.m. on the corner of King Drive and North Avenue, followed by the new LIVE on King Drive event with music, food and family fun from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.