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Author: Lee Matz

Milwaukee’s first streetcar for The Hop completes successful maiden track test

The first of five vehicles for the city’s streetcar fleet took to the tracks and completed its inaugural run of testing on a stretch of rail along West St. Paul Avenue on April 11. The white, blue, and gold painted commuter vehicle stretches just under 70 feet, and was delivered from its manufacturing plant in Pennsylvania to Milwaukee on March 26. For its hour of testing, the streetcar rolled out of its maintenance facility near 4th Street using its internal battery power. After making the turn onto St. Paul Avenue, it automatically hooked onto the overhead electrical grid. Milwaukee...

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Cool With It: Reyna performs first new song of the year at 88Nine

88Nine RadioMilwaukee hosted its Studio Milwaukee series to a full house on April 6 with the synth-pop sound of Reyna. Victoriah “Vic” and Hannah Gabriela “Gabby” Banuelos were one of Milwaukee’s most popular bands as Vic and Gab. After their final show in October 2015 under that name, the group transitioned into Reyna, which means ‘queen’ in Spanish. The 88Nine performance on April 6 was a preview for the sister-duo’s evening concert at Company Brewing, with Siren from New Age Narcissism. Three songs were played to the audience at RadioMilwaukee and broadcast live, with a special fourth song played...

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Fortress Milwaukee: A look at the redevelopment of a historic Brewer’s Hill landmark

One of Milwaukee’s most recognizable historic buildings is currently undergoing a major restoration. The Wisconsin-based Alexander Company is rehabilitating the 125-year-old Milwaukee Fortress, transforming it into a hub for a vibrant new community. The adaptive reuse project plans to turn the roughly 193,000 square-foot building into apartments and commercial space located in the Brewer’s Hill neighborhood on the edge of Downtown. The Fortress is a six-story red brick structure and one of Milwaukee’s most recognizable buildings. Originally built in 1892, the Fortress has seen several additions in the years leading up to 1912. The result created a distinct masonry...

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After half century Milwaukee is again home to a Streetcar

The first of five vehicles for the $128 million streetcar system was delivered to Milwaukee on March 26, welcomed by a jubilant crowd of dozens of area residents. The 67-foot long, 83,000-pound streetcar traveled almost four days from its Brookville Equipment Corp. manufacturing plant in Pennsylvania by a special flatbed truck, and was unloaded onto a stretch of rails along W. St. Paul Avenue between 3rd and 4th Streets. Operating from a limited battery charge, the streetcar was driven a few hundred yards into its new home, the Operations and Maintenance Facility recently built underneath the Interstate 794 overpass....

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Massive crowd of Milwaukee families march to save their kids from guns

© NOTICE: Please do not download these photos and re-post to social media. All images from this published editorial feature can be found on the Milwaukee Independent Facebook Page. Those versions of these pictures are identical, but have been © watermarked for attribution and can be shared on social media. Direct Link to FB Album “Watching the amazing young people who are leading the way forward in this country, I can’t help but feel inspired by the next generation. My former boss, President Obama, told these students they’ve awakened the nation’s conscience. But the question is, what will the rest...

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