UW-Milwaukee student Alicia Skeeter, who was inspired by meeting the Freedom Riders of the 1960s, joined the Occupy Milwaukee rally to focus attention on economic disparities.
With the completion date set for June 2012, ground was broken for the Mitchell Street Market Lofts on Oct. 6. The complex, to be built on the corner of W. Mitchell St. and S. Muskego Ave., will feature two-bedroom apartments and a year-round farmers market, which will replace the current market.
A small group of skilled craftsmen in Lindsay Heights is restoring foreclosed and abandoned houses while employing out-of-work tradesmen. The Craftsmen Restoration Guild, conceived by Walnut Way Conservation Corp., aims to improve the community by bringing houses up to code and increasing curb appeal.
A new satellite facility of the Urban Ecology Center, to be built on the site of an old tavern on the 3700 block of W. Pierce Street, will offer neighborhood schoolchildren and residents a place to learn about the environment. On a recent weekday, dignitaries, children and local residents gathered for the ceremonial groundbreaking of the Urban Ecology Center’s (UEC) Menomonee Valley Branch.
The facilities at Longfellow School and Journey House have long been overcrowded and distressed, but that will soon change. Construction has begun on the Journey House Center for Youth and Family Athletics. The new addition will serve both institutions by providing a new cafeteria, kitchen, gym, computer labs and classrooms.