Old School

As I was reading our cover story this month, I thought about the fast and furious advancements of telecommunications in the past couple of years. Network television has fallen off the ratings cliff, giving way to aggressive cable TV programming. And now, as our reporters point out in “Wired Milwaukee,” cable is losing ground to services that provide on-demand streaming of TV shows and movies – viewable anywhere, on screens that fill the wall of a room or fit in your hand. Like many people, I’ve taken the plunge into the telecom service stream. I’ve become pretty capable at streaming…

Food for Thought

Photo by Adam Ryan Morris. We’ve made it through the political season, or, as the president has called it, “the silly season” (though his party wasn’t laughing after November’s midterm election). Now we can move on to more, ahem, serious times – the holiday season.  With the holidays, of course, comes good food. As a reader service for this month’s cover story, dining critic Ann Christenson picks the very best new restaurants in metro Milwaukee (Page 34). Many have sprung up in the city’s Bay View and Walker’s Point neighborhoods, reflecting a trend of creative risk-taking that Christenson finds refreshing. …

Boomtown

Photo by Hien Nguyen You can’t help but notice that something’s going on in Downtown Milwaukee. There’s movement, transition. Old buildings are coming down, new ones are going up. Highways are being reconfigured and bridges repaved. But it’s more than the sky-high construction cranes and countless orange traffic cones (the price we pay for change). Ideas are flowing, big plans are circulating. A transformation is in the works, and a sense of excitement is in the air. In this month’s cover story, Assistant Editor Dan Shafer lays out the pieces of the puzzle that could form a new and improved Downtown.…