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Old June 20th, 2007, 12:27 AM   #1721
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Er... I hate to admit this but I'm on the pro-hoan side. Especially at night. Put a light fog in there (one where it doesn't really block everything but just mists over so it mushes together) and you have a great effect. I took a friend from out of town that way and first thing she said coming over the hoan was "Wow, I didn't know milwaukee was this big!"

But still, I agree that coming in from McKinley is the best angle by far!
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Old June 20th, 2007, 12:31 AM   #1722
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Great, now that we're closer to downtown coming over the Hoan, the USB is practically rammed down our throats! Back you behemoth (to quote another), blend in to your surroundings. Look, I think the view is pretty, but that 42-story jobber is about all you see. And, it's just too one-dimensional-looking. Build Lake Point Tower and the Chase Bank addition and you're starting to get somewhere.

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Old June 20th, 2007, 02:17 AM   #1723
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I love the view from the Hoan. One camera shot can't get it all. You get a great view of the harbor all the way to North Point and beyond. You can see all the way down the Menominee Valley. You can see virtually every tall building from Marquette to the lake.

Actually, there isn't a view of downtown I don't like.
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Old June 20th, 2007, 02:44 AM   #1724
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Casino to launch recruiting campaign
Job fair next week kicks off an effort to fill 1,000 new jobs
By RICK ROMELL
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Posted: June 18, 2007

Potawatomi Bingo Casino will stage a job fair next week to interview applicants for what are expected to be 1,000 new jobs at the Milwaukee gambling hall.

The hiring, which would increase employment at the Menomonee Valley casino to about 3,000, is connected to a $240 million expansion now under way.

Available jobs range from dishwashers and housekeepers to experienced dealers. Most are full-time positions, spokesman Ryan Amundson said.

He declined to say what the pay ranges would be.

The job fair, scheduled for June 27 in Racine, is the first the casino has held, Amundson said. He said it is planning on other job fairs as well.

The Forest County Potawatomi broke ground on the expansion last August. The project will double the number of slot machines to more than 3,100 and more than double the number of table games. The casino now has more than 40 table games, Amundson said.

Expansion of the casino itself is expected to be finished in late summer or early fall of next year, Amundson said. He said a new, six-story parking structure should be completed by late November.

On Friday, the casino will open a new bridge connecting the existing parking structure with the James E. Groppi Unity Bridge. That will give patrons direct access to the casino from what formerly was known as the 16th Street Viaduct.

Next week's job fair will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Racine Marriott, 7111 Washington Ave. (Highway 20), Racine.

A financial projection done for the Potawatomi tribe said the expansion could significantly increase the casino's revenue to as much as $570 million a year.

Paving the way for the expansion were July 2006 Wisconsin Supreme Court decisions. Those rulings declared the early-1990s casino compacts with the state's 11 tribes constitutional and upheld the additional games added in 2003.
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Old June 20th, 2007, 03:02 AM   #1725
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Great, now that we're closer to downtown coming over the Hoan, the USB is practically rammed down our throats! Back you behemoth (to quote another), blend in to your surroundings. Look, I think the view is pretty, but that 42-story jobber is about all you see. And, it's just too one-dimensional-looking. Build Lake Point Tower and the Chase Bank addition and you're starting to get somewhere.
The benefit of the Hoan bridge is that you can see Summerfest, Pier Wisconsin, the Lake, MAM, Third Ward, etc.

The skyline may look better from mckinley, but the view of the city is, in my opinion, better from the Hoan. No view is complete without the lake and MAM.
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Old June 20th, 2007, 03:55 AM   #1726
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Pish. I still don't like it.
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Old June 20th, 2007, 04:42 AM   #1727
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Paving the way for the expansion were July 2006 Wisconsin Supreme Court decisions. Those rulings declared the early-1990s casino compacts with the state's 11 tribes constitutional and upheld the additional games added in 2003.
I have always wondered about the rationale behind those rulings, especially since all of those games are specifically prohibited in the text of the state's constitution (read it).

All I can think of is that most of the justices whom ruled in favor of the tribes were appointed to the court by James Doyle, the best governor that money can buy.



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Old June 20th, 2007, 05:12 AM   #1728
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I have always wondered about the rationale behind those rulings, especially since all of those games are specifically prohibited in the text of the state's constitution (read it).

All I can think of is that most of the justices whom ruled in favor of the tribes were appointed to the court by James Doyle, the best governor that money can buy.



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There is nothing wrong with casinos. They're big cash cows in the states that have non-Indian gaming. With rich Illinois residents migrating here on a daily basis - a nice casino for them wouldn't be bad for either of us.
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Old June 20th, 2007, 05:45 AM   #1729
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Potawatomi is its own nation and has its own laws and commission (which acts like a government), they abide by wisconsin law to keep relations on the good side. So they can have casinos because they are their own nation, plus indian gaming is alternative way of paying them from what it used to be which was social security back in the 70's/80's. Indian history lesson complete.

oh, and yes... the rich illinois people can keep coming here because they account for a Large amount of the casino's gross income.
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Old June 20th, 2007, 05:53 AM   #1730
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Potawatomi is its own nation and has its own laws and commission (which acts like a government), they abide by wisconsin law to keep relations on the good side. So they can have casinos because they are their own nation, plus indian gaming is alternative way of paying them from what it used to be which was social security back in the 70's/80's. Indian history lesson complete.

oh, and yes... the rich illinois people can keep coming here because they account for a Large amount of the casino's gross income.
You still didn't address the gambling section in the state constitution.

Or doesn't it exist?

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Old June 20th, 2007, 06:07 AM   #1731
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You still didn't address the gambling section in the state constitution.

Or doesn't it exist?

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screw the constitution. if the rest of the state can own guns, i can put a few bucks into a slot machine!
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Old June 20th, 2007, 06:46 AM   #1732
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it looks like the Lakeshore State Park has a pretty quality bridge. I was suprised by the little details they put into the railings and stuff.
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Old June 20th, 2007, 07:19 AM   #1733
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Here's some news concerning the park east. Apparently the common council is set to approve this little tidbit.

REGULAR BUSINESS
Resolution approving a variance to the maximum height from 12 stories as required in
the Park East Redevelopment Plan to 30 stories for property in Block 8 of the Park East
Corridor.
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Project: Park East
Aldermanic District: 4th
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Old June 20th, 2007, 05:57 PM   #1734
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I love the view from the Hoan. One camera shot can't get it all. You get a great view of the harbor all the way to North Point and beyond. You can see all the way down the Menominee Valley. You can see virtually every tall building from Marquette to the lake.

Actually, there isn't a view of downtown I don't like.
I agree with you here, there isn't a view of downtown that I don't like either. I do have my favorites though. Virtually everytime I drive into downtown on the freeway it's taking 94 East-West freeway and I always love it. You don't get the sweeping panographic views you get when driving in on the North-South or the Hoan 794 but there's just something about how the skyline gradually gets bigger and bigger until you're right there in the heart of downtown.

The last time I was at a Brewers game in Miller Park I was in the upper terrace level on the third base side. After the game I was looking out the big windows on top. You have to lean over a little bit but the downtown view was great! One of the best angles you can get seeing the skyline in my opinion.

In photos I have found the views from the Propect Ave direction looking from above is my favorite now. Or the pics I have seen from the UWM are great also!

Never had the pleasure of driving into downtown from Mckinley but have seen plenty of pics and I love that spot also.
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Old June 20th, 2007, 07:41 PM   #1735
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In photos I have found the views from the Propect Ave direction looking from above is my favorite now.
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Old June 20th, 2007, 10:29 PM   #1736
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I have always wondered about the rationale behind those rulings, especially since all of those games are specifically prohibited in the text of the state's constitution (read it).

All I can think of is that most of the justices whom ruled in favor of the tribes were appointed to the court by James Doyle, the best governor that money can buy.
Indian Nations are sovreign nations and can govern themselves, to a point. Federal law applies on reservations throughout the nation, but federal law does not prohibit gaming. Depending on the state you are in, state laws either do or don't apply to reservations. In some states (Public Law 280 states) the state can take jurisdiction over reservations, and Wisconsin is one of those states. But, that jurisdiction only applies to felonies and misdemeanors, not to civil regulatory offenses.

Gambling isn't stricly illegal, it's a regulated activity (for instance, the lottery exists) and as such is a civil regulatory offense. So the state cannot stop tribes from having casinos, but they do have some power to negotiate with the tribes about the casinos. The key phrase as it applies to the negotiations is that the state must negotiate "in good faith." So nobody would claim that trying to outlaw tribal gaming is in good faith, but nobody would argue that the state can't gain some concessions in negotiations and still be considered in good faith. Where that line lays is a matter for debate, but suffice it to say, the state constitution doesn't and can't necessarily prevent expansion of gaming if doing so is determined to encroach on the in good faith standard. That's my understanding anyway.

Furthermore, correct me if I'm wrong, but the state supreme court is an elected body, so the governor can't be blamed for it's makeup.
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Old June 20th, 2007, 11:18 PM   #1737
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Developer plans homes for Riverwest area

A developer is reviving plans to build homes, including smaller houses aimed at "empty nesters," on a former factory site in Milwaukee's Riverwest area.

General Capital Group plans to build 23 single-family houses and two duplexes on 2.8 acres south of E. Concordia Ave. between N. Bremen and N. Weil streets.

The land, owned by Johnson Controls Inc., was used for manufacturing and storage until 1998, when a former factory building was demolished.

The development will include several homes of around 1,000 square feet, an affordable alternative for empty nesters who've fueled much of the pricey condo boom in downtown and the east side.



King Drive development planned
Milwaukee development company Urbane Concepts LLC and Shekinah Printing & Design Inc. are partnering to develop a new 12,000-square-foot, two-story mixed use building on a vacant lot at 2540-2556 N. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.
The $2.1 million project will have retail space on its first floor and apartments above, said Chris Johnson, project manager with Urbane Concepts.
Shekinah Printing & Design, which is currently located at 2317 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, will move into about 1,800 square feet of the retail space. A restaurant franchise is expected to use another 3,000 square feet of the first floor, leaving about 1,000 square feet for another tenant.
Luc Monsanto, owner of Shekinah Printing & Design, said many of his current customers are in the area near his business, and he wanted to stay in the area for the long term. Partnering with Urbane in the development allows Shekinah to stay in the neighborhood and expand, he said.
"The area itself is one we've got a lot of interest in, and a lot of our support comes from this area," Monsanto said. "We want to keep that going."
Milwaukee's Redevelopment Authority is scheduled to vote tomorrow to allow Urbane and Shekinah to purchase the vacant lot where they want to develop the project.
If the purchase is approved, the project could break ground in September, Johnson said. Construction should take about one year.
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Old June 21st, 2007, 07:33 AM   #1739
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Firm puts $5.5M in data center
Milwaukee picked for less-than-likely potential for disasters
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Virtual Care Provider Inc. is investing $5.5 million to remodel a former light industrial building near 76th Street and Good Hope Road to house its data center, which has outgrown the company's downtown Milwaukee headquarters.

When looking for a new location for its technology data center, the technology service provider chose Milwaukee in part because of its high national ranking among cities with the least potential for natural disasters.

Milwaukee is second only to Mesa, Ariz., in low natural disaster potential, according to the 2006 SustainLane U.S. city rankings, a major consideration for Virtual Care Provider, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Extendicare Inc., a long-term health care facility operator in Ontario.

The new location will allow Virtual Care to continue providing information technology services to 1,600 long-term care and assisted living facilities around the country, and expand according to a 10-year projection.

Milwaukee's climate and weather is one of the assets touted by the Milwaukee 7 regional economic development campaign.

"Most people don't think of it on a day-to-day basis," said Pat O'Brien, executive director of Milwaukee 7.

To help ensure protection in the rare event of a natural disaster, the data center is a building-within-a-building constructed to withstand 90 mile-per-hour winds. It also has a dual fire suppression system and is temperature controlled to counteract heat generated by the data center.

Though Mesa was rated first for avoiding natural disasters, Milwaukee was better situated to serve clients across the country, and the company has made a commitment to staying in Milwaukee, said Loren Claypool, vice president and managing director of Virtual Care Provider Inc.

Located in downtown Milwaukee since its inception in 2000, Virtual Care Provider has increased its employment by 12 percent per year over the last three years. The firm now employs 136 people. All but 20 are in Milwaukee.

The 22,000-square-foot building fits the company's 10-year-growth projection, with plans to add a network operations center next year to monitor the system.

Using an existing building was important to the company and in line with the goal of supporting Milwaukee's economy.

With both Virtual Care Provider and the U.S. headquarters of Extendicare in Milwaukee, Claypool said it is important to take an interest in the local economy.
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Yep, that's the angle. I know that's your pic and it is a beaut. Some of your pano's that you've posted lately are from this angle. Like the one where you took a night and day pic from on the roof of that, I think it's a hotel?

I don't remember who or where I got this pic, for all I know it's one of your's, but this is the pic that I had in mind when I was talking about this angle being my favorite for viewing pics of the skyline. Too bad the UCT isn't up yet in this one though.


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