Tag Archives: urban repurposing

Random Reflections on Malls and Department Stores

Monday’s Wall Street Journal ran an article (read it here) noting the waning days of the department store as anchor in the American shopping mall: “Mall Owners Push Out Department Stores: Fast-fashion chains, restaurants, specialty stores do a better job of driving mall … Continue reading

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In an Earlier Era of “Walkable Cities”

If you take a close look at some of Milwaukee’s older neighborhoods, you’ll notice that a hundred years ago (approximately, say, 1870-1930) factories were surrounded not only by the modest cottages of workers but also by the mansions of the owners. Today you’d … Continue reading

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Carved in Stone . . .

. . . is no guarantee of permanence, as you can see. The carpenters’ union apparently found another home, and their building eventually became a place of support for a new group of people.

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Colectivo Lakefront Café

What a beautiful afternoon in Milwaukee today!  Perfect weather for coffee at Colectivo’s Lakefront Café with two of my favorite MSOE colleagues, Jim and Jan.  These colorful chairs and rain barrel were right next to our outdoor table. After hearing Jim talk … Continue reading

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