Milwaukee’s Parking Puzzle, August 2018
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“It’s the single biggest land use in most cities,” says Donald Shoup, a UCLA urban planning professor who’s made parking policy his primary research focus.
Despite its ubiquity, parking is a finite resource, like every other form of urban space. But the number of cars — especially in Milwaukee, where we particularly love them — is potentially overwhelming. Managing that paradox is at the root of any city’s approach to creating parking at enforcing its rules. How well it’s managed can affect everything from development and employment to retail and nightlife to where people want to live. Add about 50 inches of snow annually into the mix, and you can start to get a sense of the enormity of the challenge in Milwaukee.
Overcoming Hate: A Former Skinhead Works for Racial Justice, December 2017
Photo Courtesy Milwaukee Jewish Day School.
Arno Michaelis was once not just a white, racist skinhead, but a white, racist skinhead leader—a gang leader, he will tell you. He has left the beliefs that drove him—the bigotry, the hatred, the violence—far behind.
Yet he has not turned his back on that world or the hundreds, perhaps thousands, of people who inhabit it. Instead, Michaelis is devoting his life to repairing the damage he feels responsible for and embracing the human diversity he once hated and feared. He hopes to encourage those flirting with that life to turn away before it draws them in, and help those locked into that worldview to find their way out…
Can Alderman Ashanti Hamilton Rise to the Challenge?, April 2017
A year ago, Hamilton stitched together a tent big enough for a half-dozen African- American council members – and three white South Siders – to elect him Common Council president in an upset that toppled incumbent Ald. Mike Murphy, a council veteran. But more than once since then, their tent has looked ready to blow away. This past summer, the council’s public safety committee, headed by Hamilton’s pick for chair, tough-on-crime Ald. Bob Donovan, fired off a draft plan calling for more cops, more jail and “boot camps” for potential juvenile offenders.
How Milwaukee went soft on crime, November 2014
What makes Milwaukee stand out is not just that crime has fallen … but that it has done so in a town where 28 percent of the population falls below the poverty level, far, far above the national average, and where conventional wisdom has it that the entrenched problems that go along with such long lasting economic deprivation make it much harder to do anything about crime. The secret? . . .
Why is Children’s Court so far away from Downtown Milwaukee?, July 2015
|Photo by Beth Cortez-Neavel.
The Children’s Court’s comparatively remote location might once have been a considered a feature, not a bug. Now, though, the distance has become part of a quiet but intense conversation among professionals who work in and around the juvenile court. An emerging consensus holds that the time is approaching — has arrived, even — to move Children’s Court back Downtown from the county’s western rim, returning it to the area around the Milwaukee County Courthouse that was once its home . . .