Occupy Milwaukee Part 2: Occupy Harder
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- City of Milwaukee planning new and exciting ways to ticket your car
- The Milwaukee streetcar project is still happening, whether you like it or not
- Prove you love Milwaukee by donating to a worthwhile local Kickstarter campaign for a change
- Cruel and vengeful God chuckles softly to self, announces first Summerfest headliner
- Milwaukee is a finalist in “The Mayors Challenge”—but could it actually win?
Since sifting through dull newspapers, hyperbolic blogs, and overflowing RSS feeds for meaningful news can be an arduous process, News Net catches and compiles both the amusing and the significant reports that were overlooked throughout the week.
• If the recent Occupy Milwaukee event didn’t exactly change the world, it was still a peaceful, positive demonstration from the clever-sign-and-iPhone-wielding “99 percent.” But according to TMJ4, another rally planned for this Saturday might not be as pleasant. In light of recent violence at an Occupy Oakland event, organizers of the upcoming rally have been told to be “battle ready.” Here’s hoping everything remains peaceful, and the occupiers can get back to things that really matter: quibbling over crowd sizes, and bitching about the mainstream media.
• WMSE is still in the process of raising funds to update its recording equipment and keep its Local/Live programs afloat. In a press release, WMSE Development Director Jason Mohr explains, “Without updating our equipment, we risk an extended absence of live programming at WMSE, and a loss of NEA funding that recognizes the importance of thousands of hours dedicated to local music. Nowhere in Milwaukee, other than WMSE, has this vital emphasis on local music extended over 30 consecutive years.”
• After a long and heated battle, the city of Milwaukee finally succeeded in shutting down the not-so-beloved Renaissance Book Shop. According to the Journal Sentinel, structural problems with the building did Renaissance in, as did years of complaints from nearby business owners. The bookstore’s defiant owner, Robert John, “could not be reached immediately on Thursday.”
• Poet and writer Ed Makowski—formerly “Eddie Kilowatt”—was chosen as the Pfister’s newest “narrator.” The Journal Sentinel reports that Makowski will begin his new gig Nov. 1, and will be required to publish two blog posts per week pertaining to the historic, probably not-haunted downtown hotel.
• The long-vacant Grand Theatre may finally see some life, says The Business Journal. Sure, plans only call for a downtown information center in the ticket booth, but at least it’s something.
• In The Business Journal’s sometimes bizarre “Brand Madness” competition—a contest that briefly saw George Webb going up against West Bend Mutual Insurance—one Milwaukee brand finally came out on top: Summerfest. Speaking of Summerfest...
• As if to sadistically torture us with thoughts of warm weather, Summerfest announced one of its 2012 headliners—a full eight months in advance. Making matters worse, it was Lady Antebellum.