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Darryl Johnson: Riverworks driving revival in Harambee

By Adam Carr • Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service Darryl Johnson heads an effort that has resulted in millions of dollars in development and initiatives that have improved the quality of life in the Harambee and Riverwest neighborhoods. Like other neighborhoods in Milwaukee, the North Side neighborhood of Harambee was devastated by the departure of major industrial companies in the 1990s. The mass exodus left thousands jobless and a glut of empty industrial buildings in the neighborhood. Two decades after the collapse of the area’s industrial economy, Darryl Johnson, who grew up in Harambee, is guiding its revival as executive...

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Audio: Plans for Fondy’s Stormwater Park unveiled

Mayor Barrett unveiled a new green space project for the Fondy Farmers Market, giving a blighted and vacant location a green makeover to expand the City’s revitalization efforts. The current list of partners for the Fondy Green Space include the City of Milwaukee’s HOME GR/OWN initiative from its Environmental Collaboration Office (ECO), Strong Neighborhoods Plan, Department of City Development and Department of Public Works. It also includes the Fondy Food Center, Reflo, Business Improvement District #32, ReciproCITY, Halquist Stone, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Community Design Solutions and the Energy Exchange. Funding partners to date include the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District...

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Fundraiser mixes 88Nine DJs and gourmet chefs into SoundBites

Top chefs from the newest Milwaukee restaurants and 88Nine DJs blend gourmet creations with the perfect songs at the SoundBites event. Milwaukee’s hottest chefs, some from the city’s newest restaurants, and 88Nine Radio Milwaukee DJs will serve up one-of-a-kind music-and-food pairings at the station’s sixth annual SoundBites fundraiser at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 9 at the Iron Horse Hotel. SoundBites lets food and music lovers savor unique pairings at 13 tasting and listening stations. Attendees will meet the chefs and DJs while enjoying unparalleled flavors from Milwaukee’s diverse food scene and creatively matched tunes playing on earbuds. Taking...

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Milwaukee Notebook: Election yesteryear madness

There had never been a presidential election like this: The Republican Party is split into bickering factions and unable to unite behind its candidate, while the Democratic Party is in disarray following a bitter nomination process. Adding to the turmoil, candidates from two small parties are attracting unprecedented support. Now one of those upstart candidates is coming to Milwaukee, where an assassin will fire a bullet into his chest. It is Oct. 14, 1912, and Theodore Roosevelt is scheduled to speak at the Milwaukee Auditorium. Covering a city block, the auditorium holds 9,000. An overflow crowd is gathering, eager...

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Phosphorus pollution remains problem for Milwaukee River Basin

On January 11, the Milwaukee Riverkeeper announced the release of its 6th Annual Milwaukee River Basin Report Card. Every year, Milwaukee Riverkeeper provides details about the health of the Milwaukee River Basin’s three rivers (the Milwaukee, Menomonee, and Kinnickinnic) with the help of an ever-growing group of engaged citizen scientists, university researchers, and partnerships with key government agencies. Overall, the Milwaukee River Basin received a C- in 2015, showing little variation from 2014, but still showing improvement from 2011’s overall D+ grade. While the best grade for a watershed was a B+ (Cedar Creek and the East & West...

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Video: If It Be Your Will

“First We Take Milwaukee – A Tribute to Leonard Cohen” was held at Shank Hall on January 6 with proceeds going to American Red Cross. This song “If it be your will” was performed by legendary musician Bill Camplin in front of a full house.

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