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Author: Lee Matz

Photo Essay: Global PARK(ing) Day brings green spaces to urban landscape

Eleven metered parking places in the city were transformed for global PARK(ing) Day on September 15. Downtown Milwaukee reimagined almost a dozen roadway spaces, filling the territories with games, food, and live entertainment. The temporary greening and landscaping was provided by KEI Landscaping, Inc. “We’re excited to join the movement,” said Beth Weirick, CEO of Milwaukee Downtown, BID #21. “PARK(ing) Day is a fun way to engage our property owners and partners in placemaking, while demonstrating that the central business district is a vibrant place to live, work and open a business.” From giant Chess to bowling, coffee to...

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Key to Change meters to aid in ending chronic homelessness

“Give people a place to feel safe. Everyone, not just some people. And then provide them with the wraparound services that they need for rehabilitation, for job training, for job placement. All the support they need to feel like they also have a place in this community.” – Beth Weirick, CEO of Milwaukee Downtown, BID #21. In cities across the country, parking meters have been repurposed to end chronic homelessness, and on September 13 Milwaukee joined that effort, to implement a community-giving program through meter donations. Key to Change includes seven coin parking meters along Wisconsin Avenue. Led by...

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Photo Essay: Indian Summer Festival celebrates Native culture

The Indian Summer Festival presented its 31st year of traditional and contemporary Native culture at the lakefront over the September 8 weekend. The festival included annual favorites and family-friendly attractions such as the competition pow wow, choreographed fireworks, and traditional Native American performers. Cultural craft workshops were presented throughout the weekend, with the return of canoe rides by popular demand. New to the festival this year was a plant walk at Lakeshore Park, with a walking tour led by Lakeshore Park naturalists. American Indian artists also displayed works in a variety of media during the Circle of Art show,...

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