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Old December 21st, 2006, 05:15 PM   #21
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Sounds like good news to me! I'm not in the hospitality industry, nor know much about it, but it seems that for PE, the bar is being set high from the get go.
Its a great hotel chain and I have been hoping for one of their hotels here.. now if only we could get a W hotel

In other news...

Sales tax proposed for train line
http://www.jsonline.com/story/index.aspx?id=544511

Poll about possible usage of the communter rail line: http://www2.jsonline.com/news/newspoll.asp?poll=6813
Right now 45% say they would "NEVER" use the rail line. Can't say I am suprised although it is unfortunate. Does anyone know what public perception of Minneapolis' rail system was before it was completed?


Weekend visitors could be a boost for Milwaukee
http://www.jsonline.com/story/index.aspx?id=544497

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Old December 21st, 2006, 08:59 PM   #22
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i just wanted to reiterate my mad love for the Ruvin proposal in the PE.

great news on them landing what sounds like a tip-top hotel operator.

what a sight to behold this will be!

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Old December 21st, 2006, 09:06 PM   #23
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Navy warship will be commissioned here

THURSDAY, Dec. 21, 2006, 11:45 a.m.
By Katherine M. Skiba

Washington - Milwaukee has beaten out Chicago and been named the host city for the commissioning of a new Navy warship next year.



Navy Secretary Donald C. Winter announced the Navy's decision today.

The commissioning of the Freedom likely will be next summer, a Navy official said.

It will be a major event since the ship is first in its class and is expected to draw top officials from the Department of Defense and the Navy. Events are expected to run several days.

The $300 million, high-tech vessel is being built at the Marinette Marine Corp. in Marinette, Wis.

"After a thorough analysis of the many factors involved in selecting a site, Secretary Winter decided to have Freedom commissioned in Milwaukee," said Lt. Cmdr. John T. Schofield, a spokesman for Winter.

"Freedom is being built in Wisconsin, and it is appropriate to commission the ship in that great state."

Officials including Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and County Executive Scott Walker had been lobbying Winter to stage the commissioning off Veterans Park on Lake Michigan - while Chicagoans waged a campaign of their own. A consolation prize for Chicago: It's hoped the ship can pay a visit there before leaving for its home port of San Diego.

Freedom is a littoral combat ship, or LCS. The 377-foot ship takes its name from littorals, or coastal waters, and will be deployed along coasts and in shallow seas to combat threats posed by mines, submarines and surface ships.

At the commissioning, the vessel earns the designation as a United States Ship and becomes the USS Freedom. It's then part of the Navy's fleet, which now stands at 278 ships.


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I think this will be GREAT for the city...can't wait for next summer so I can check this out!
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Old December 21st, 2006, 09:33 PM   #24
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That sounds awesome!!! I can't wait to see that next summer.. God I love summers in Milwaukee
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Old December 21st, 2006, 09:53 PM   #25
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Out of curiosity, why aren't any of you posting more pictures of Milwaukee in the favorite picture of your city thread?
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Old December 21st, 2006, 10:29 PM   #26
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Plz post your pick of milwaukee here on favorit city pictures! That is my favorite of yours! http://www.flickr.com/photos/milwaukeemark/318249982/
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Old December 21st, 2006, 10:37 PM   #27
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I am excited that Ruvin landed a major hotel tenant for this spectacular project. This project would kick off the whole western edge of the Park East corridor in a big way.

I'm also happy we landed the Navy commissioning as well. I had no idea that Navy commissionings were such a big deal.
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Old December 22nd, 2006, 11:05 PM   #28
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A little of topic but its a milwaukee company and a interesting article. Apparently from Seinfeld i have not seen the episode myself they are talking about but looks funny. Poles for sale....

http://tv.yahoo.com/news/article/urn...us_poles__ER:1
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Old December 23rd, 2006, 12:39 AM   #29
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"rooftop entertainment venue."

That sounds exciting to me! The only up-in-the-air entertainment we have now is blue in the pfister. I love having a good time 20 stories up!
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Old December 23rd, 2006, 06:45 AM   #30
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i just wanted to reiterate my mad love for the Ruvin proposal in the PE.

great news on them landing what sounds like a tip-top hotel operator.

what a sight to behold this will be!

^ That might be as cool as anything proposed in Chicago right now (barring height, of course)
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Old December 23rd, 2006, 05:03 PM   #31
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i just cant wait until the sydney hih is spruced up,
amazing how its languished for so long,
I really hate painted brick, I hope they spray wash that paint off,
the white and green color scheme is disgusting,

which makes me wonder what the HELL is going on with the beautiful schlitz bar building at north and humboldt.
another landlord who is failing his building, im sure he wants an exorbitant amount of rent for the retail space, yet hasnt put a dime into his building
with the same HORRIBlE white and green paint on BRICK.
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Old December 23rd, 2006, 05:36 PM   #32
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i just wanted to reiterate my mad love for the Ruvin proposal in the PE.

great news on them landing what sounds like a tip-top hotel operator.

what a sight to behold this will be!
Have you seen these renders (from JSonline)?

View from Public Plaza


View of green roof from typical condo unit
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Old December 23rd, 2006, 07:48 PM   #33
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I don't think this project has been metioned on this board yet, so I I'll give it a plug here. Its called Convent/Convenant Hill. I can't remember the exact name, but its on Ogden between Jefferson and Milwaukee Streets. Going past the site it looks like abount an 8-10 story building from the fence billboard. It looks like a tower crane is going up there now. Its not that excting because I think it is a retirement home expansion of the current site, but new buildings are new buildings, and it is new construction. It also will add some density to the park east area by Golds PnS.

Sorry no pics or links right now, but you can't miss it when you are in the area.
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Old December 24th, 2006, 02:05 AM   #34
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usbmfa you said it best "new buildings are new buildings"!

Milwaukee's suburban mall's are disasters to drive around. WOW. I can't believe I made it alive through brookfield square<== big mess! Did anyone use Grand Ave? I wonder how that mall was doing during christmas after the big bayshore development.
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Old December 24th, 2006, 03:14 AM   #35
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Well UWMJay, I was at both Mayfair and Southridge Malls today and almost had about 5 accidents, and the pedestrians are as bad as they are in Chicago when you're trying to turn on Michigan Ave. No compliments from me other than Milwaukee area malls are starting to get nicer, more upscale stores.
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Old December 24th, 2006, 03:51 AM   #36
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xmas shopping

I managed to do all of my xmas shopping in the third ward. It was nice and easy and no trouble parking (we walked) at all!
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Old December 24th, 2006, 09:20 PM   #37
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usbmfa you said it best "new buildings are new buildings"!

Milwaukee's suburban mall's are disasters to drive around. WOW. I can't believe I made it alive through brookfield square<== big mess! Did anyone use Grand Ave? I wonder how that mall was doing during christmas after the big bayshore development.
I went to the Grand on Friday afternoon and it was a lot busier than usual. Not exactly packed, but bustling.
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Old December 25th, 2006, 01:24 AM   #38
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Shopping/Casino

Went to Mayfair and southridge for my shopping, both were extremely busy. i was very surprised to see how busy southridge was, but i'm glad it was bustling.

On a SIDE NOTE:
I work at the "Pot" (Potawatomi Casino) and if you all haven't noticed one of the two big cranes went up this last week. The red crane which is up now is 200 ft and can lift loads of 7800 tons. The next which will go up in january will be 150 ft tall. They have been pounding pilings into the ground since sept or oct, which gets really annoying when ur trying to do paperwork. But the expansion will triple the size of the casino and put our slots at 3,000 and table games at 150-160. It will add three new resturants and underground valet parking, with a 6 story parking structure outside. There is talk of a hotel in the future, which would be a different phase of development but again its talk...
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Old December 25th, 2006, 04:49 PM   #39
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Yeah! Brewer fans just got a nice Christmas present yesterday for Christmas eve. Jeff Suppan agreed to terms on a 4 year contract!

http://milwaukee.brewers.mlb.com/NAS...2006&fext=.jsp
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Old December 25th, 2006, 08:04 PM   #40
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Some east side reswident don't want a proposed 11 story condo...
Gokhman high-rise rankles neighbors
Developer plans 11-story condo on Downer Avenue
New Land Enterprises' $65 million plan to build an 11-story condominium tower and create 50,000 square feet of medical offices in Milwaukee's North Downer Avenue neighborhood is rankling homeowners. .....www.bizjournals.com/milwaukee/stories/2006/12/25/story3.html?page=1&b=1167022800^1394121"
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