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Thanks a Million: Milwaukee’s streetcar celebrates its 1,000,000th rider

Mayor Tom Barrett and Alderman Robert Bauman rode The Hop on February 21 during the lunch hour to celebrate the transit system’s milestone of reaching one million riders. Along with Public Service Ambassadors from Milwaukee Downtown BID #21, they also distributed free “Thanks A Million” coupon books to streetcar riders. After launching passenger service on November 2, 2018 with a projected daily ridership of around 1,800, The Hop, presented by Potawatomi Hotel & Casino, welcomed 802,541 riders during the first year of service, with 2,205 rides per day. “It’s incredible that we reached this historic milestone in such a...

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AMKE 2020: A nostalgic look at Milwaukee’s annual celebration of Japanese pop culture

Wisconsin’s largest Anime and Japanese cultural event, Anime Milwaukee (AMKE), hosted its 13th annual gathering from February 14 to 16 at the Wisconsin Center, welcoming more than 10,000 guests from the area, around the country, and overseas. Fans traveled from across the Midwest, the United States, and internationally to attend the three-day tribute of Japanese entertainment. Anime Milwaukee was founded by the Japanese Animation Association at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2007. It grew exponentially each year until by 2011 it had to move to Milwaukee’s largest convention space. Anime Milwaukee celebrates the culture of Japan. Fascination with Anime...

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Former Miami Mayor Manny Diaz visits Milwaukee to engage Latino voters for Michael Bloomberg campaign

Manny Diaz, former Mayor of the City of Miami and National Political Co-Chair for Mike Bloomberg’s presidential campaign, visited the Latino community of Milwaukee on January 28 as part of his multi-state tour to connect with Hispanic voters. Diaz served as the Mayor of Miami for two terms from 2001-2009 and led the U.S. Conference of Mayors as President in 2008. Under his leadership, Diaz developed a vision for Miami as an international city that embodied diversity, economic opportunity, effective customer service, and excellent quality of life. During his two-term tenure as Mayor, Diaz was recognized for transforming the...

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John McGivern brings his show “Around the Corner” to Story Hill’s Calvary Cemetery for Season 9

The Milwaukee PBS series “Around the Corner with John McGivern” begins its 9th season in 2020, kicking off with a focus on the Story Hill neighborhood of Milwaukee. Story Hill roughly encompasses the area from Doyne Park in the north to Miller Park in the south, and I-94 in the east to Calvary Cemetery in the west. Settled in the 1840s, the neighborhood is perched on a bluff overlooking downtown and the Menomonee Valley. Erhard Brielmaier’s 1899 Calvary Cemetery Chapel was actually built on the highest point of the city. After more than 100 episodes, Emmy Award-Winning Actor John...

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DNC 2020 launches volunteer enrollment portal in partnership with public library to expand access

The Milwaukee Public Library’s Central Branch hosted a special Milwaukee 2020 Host Committee event downtown on January 30 to formally launch the official volunteer portal. The website was designed to facilitate signups from individuals interested in becoming Milwaukee 2020 volunteers, and allow them to build their volunteer profile. The portal will serve as an essential resource for volunteers, leading up to and during the Democratic National Convention that will take place from July 13 to 16. “While our goal to reach 15,000 volunteers is critical to the success of the Convention, our partnerships will help to ensure that the...

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“Seated Warrior” sculpture by artist Sanford Biggers makes new home at America’s Black Holocaust Museum

America’s Black Holocaust Museum (ABHM) received a signature work of art and more than $1 million in funding through the Greater Milwaukee Foundation (GMF) and its donors on January 24, in an effort to help celebrate and ensure the sustainability of the culturally essential museum – as it approaches an official reopening in time for the 2020 DNC in July. BAM (Seated Warrior) 2017, a sculpture by acclaimed artist Sanford Biggers, was a gift of the GMF to ABHM on behalf of an anonymous donor. The work was acquired from Sculpture Milwaukee, after it had been on public display...

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