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Milwaukee holds first Budget Awareness Week to engage residents in how $1.6B will be spent for 2022

Mayor Tom Barrett proclaimed August 16 to 21, 2021 as the first Budget Awareness Week for the City of Milwaukee, as an educational and collaborative effort with members across the local community. Budget Awareness Week includes a series of public engagement sessions where residents will have the opportunity to engage with City officials to discuss the City’s budget process, the City’s 2022 budget priorities, and solutions to budget challenges. “Budgeting for our city’s future has to be a collaborative process. That includes elected officials and the community we serve. That’s what budget Awareness Week is all about,” said Mayor...

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Illegal sidewalk riding of electric scooters triggers public safety ban on Downtown Milwaukee usage

A mandated resolution by Milwaukee required Zone 1 “pause” after excess of trips on sidewalks causes safety problems. Beginning August 3, companies that operate electric scooters in participation of the 2021 City of Milwaukee Pilot Study were prohibited from deploying or allowing new trip starts in Zone 1, which encompasses the downtown, near west side, near south side. and lower east side. The City of Milwaukee Department of Public Works (DPW) issued a statement saying that it was following the legal requirement, as established by the resolution that allowed the 2021 pilot to exist. “Further Resolved, That, given public...

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MCTS Freeway Flyers to resume commuter service on August 30 as more Downtown offices reopen

The Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) announced on August 2 that all Freeway Flyer routes would resume service, with schedule adjustments, on August 30. Freeway Flyers Routes 40, 43, 44, 46, 48, 49, 79, and 143 are buses that operate primarily between Park & Ride lots and downtown Milwaukee on weekday mornings and afternoons. They were suspended in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, when many downtown businesses shut down in-person activity and transitioned to remote work. That shift reduced the demand for commuter buses. “Even with the growing complications from the Delta variant of COVID-19, businesses are...

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Last Thing We Ever Do: Musicians express the Vietnam War experience of Milwaukee veterans in new album

Local musicians and the stories of hometown Vietnam veterans are featured in a new album being released on August 8 at Milwaukee’s Turner Hall Ballroom. “The Last Thing We Ever Do” CD was produced by Warrior Songs, a Wisconsin non-profit helping veterans heal from the trauma of war through the creative arts. The album features 14 songs created by professional songwriters from the firsthand testimonials of Vietnam era veterans, brought to life by professional studio musicians. Copies of the CDs are made available to veterans and veteran non-profits free of charge. The songs on the album cover topics including...

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Alternative History: From pulp science fiction novels asking “what if” to a sad modern-day partisan reality

My first experience to read a book featuring an alternative history story was the classic novel by Philip K. Dick, “The Man in the High Castle.” The appeal of it in an imperfect world was “what if” events has gone differently? Dick imagined a past where World War II has left Japan occupying the Pacific coast, Germany running the eastern half of the nation, and a remnant United States government centered in Colorado. As a teenaged reader, it was my first experience with science fiction that lacked space ships and was instead immersed in history. The second novel I...

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Milwaukee’s Recovery and Resilience Plan aims to invest millions of federal aid in jobs and housing

Outlined in his Milwaukee Recovery and Resilience Plan, Mayor Tom Barrett recently announced investing $13.8 million to promote job readiness and employment opportunities. He is also directing over $30 million to support housing activities in Milwaukee using funds from the federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). The workforce efforts are part of the first phase of ARPA funds to be deployed in Milwaukee. A key partner in the Mayor’s workforce plan is Employ Milwaukee. The goal of the investments is to connect unemployed and low-wage workers with family supporting jobs and career opportunities. “Too many residents of Milwaukee are...

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