Department of public works


Some small breweries tap parklets to boost tasting room capacity

Published July 24, 2020

In mid-June, the City of Milwaukee opened the application process for businesses to expand seating to sidewalks and parklets to accommodate customers during the pandemic. Among the applicants have been a few local craft breweries aiming to boost their taproom sales during a challenging time.


City of Milwaukee announces organics collection pilot program

Published Sept. 16, 2016

DPW announced a one-year pilot program to study the impact of a residential collection program for food and yard waste. The pilot study zone will target a limited number of households that include the Bay View, East Side and Riverwest neighborhoods.


Marcus DeBack Playground renovation plans revealed

Published April 29, 2016

The MKE Plays program, which is helping to transform 12 of the city's most deteriorated playgrounds, will unveil plans for Marcus DeBack Playground during a news event Friday, April 29 hosted by the program's founder, Ald. Michael J. Murphy.


City app lets you access services on your phone

Published Sept. 23, 2014

Yesterday, Mayor Tom Barrett unveiled a new mobile app that offers access to a range of city services. Today, I downloaded it, nosed around and took it for a spin to get an annoying pothole filled.


Mayor plans increase in pothole relief

Published Feb. 19, 2014

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett announced this morning that he has directed his budget team, as well as the Department of Public Works, to prepare proposals for increasing pothole fixes throughout the city.


Math makes pothole problem seem totally overwhelming

Published Feb. 13, 2014

It seems like every year I get aggravated enough to complain and moan about what driving over potholes in the City of Milwaukee does to my car, and this year is no exception. But this year, instead of saying it's like a mogul skiing track, I've got statistics.


Milwaukee streets are a disaster

Published May 3, 2012

The author has been driving a wide variety of cars on the streets of Milwaukee for over half a century and he has never, ever seen the streets so bad.