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Urban spelunking: The Pritzlaff Building

Published Jan. 28, 2020

As massive as the former Pritzlaff Hardware Co. complex, 305-333 N. Plankinton Ave., on the corner of Plankinton and St. Paul seems now, consider the fact that just six of the 16 buildings currently survive. We stopped in for a look.

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Five ideas to improve Downtown

Published Aug. 6, 2013

Believe me, I know that I risk stepping on Jeff Sherman's toes with this post, and undoubtedly we share a lot of the same ideas when it comes to the landscape in Milwaukee's Downtown. But while strolling around Westown recently, I thought about what might make certain parts of our city center feel more vibrant and welcoming and I wanted to put them out there to debate with you.

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Red Hot Summer Night celebrates life and health

Published Aug. 16, 2012

Lindsey is a vibrant girl who enjoys dancing and singing her favorite tunes. You'd probably never guess that she was born with two congenital heart defects and that she survived two open-heart surgeries by the time she was 6 months old. On Aug. 22, Lindsey will join a crowd of generous Milwaukeeans who will help her celebrate her 6th birthday at one of the city's most vibrant social events of the summer, Red Hot Summer Night.

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Was the Pizza Man building an architectural icon?

Published Jan. 20, 2010

Yesterday, debate raged as readers leveraged opinions on which was indeed the biggest story of them all. But as some began to refer to the two-story building as a Milwaukee icon, I started wondering which of our architectural gems are worthy of the iconic status.

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A November Garden Party

Published Oct. 16, 2009

This year, Kathy's Garden Party displays and auctions artwork highlighting 50 years of Barbie; a silent auction, live auction and runway show accompany heavy appetizers and a cash bar.

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Hey! What's up with the hay?

Published Sept. 27, 2009

On a walk this weekend I discovered about five bales of hay inside an otherwise empty section of the Pritzlaff Building. Anyone have any clues?