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Urban spelunking: Milwaukee city records center

Published Jan. 22, 2016

The history of Milwaukee lies below ground. About three stories below ground to be exact. That's where you'll find Milwaukee city records center, headed by Jacquelyn Block, and its stacks of boxes, the rolls of blueprints, the shelves of plat map books in which the quotidian history of the city is inscribed.


Urban spelunking: A former Concordia campus renovation update

Published Jan. 7, 2016

Last spring, we went inside the former Concordia College campus in the Concordia neighborhood west of Downtown and saw some really cool buildings. The Forest County Potawatomi has since begun work on some of the buildings. Here are some photos of the ongoing work.


Urban spelunking: Greendale grounds building and hose tower

Published Jan. 5, 2016

If your visits to Greendale never take you beyond Broad Street in the heart of the village's quaint and historic downtown, you might miss the old grounds build and hose tower. Built in 1939, the attached structures have been renovated into a community space.


Urban spelunking: We Energies Valley Power Plant

Published Dec. 17, 2015

For nearly 50 years, the Valley Power Plant, along the Menomonee River in the Valley, has provided electricity and Downtown steam by burning coal. Now that both units at the plant have been converted to natural gas, we went inside for a tour.


A look at the South Division dome, a South Side icon

Published Dec. 16, 2015

Today, I found myself driving past Bluemel's Garden Center, which is closed for the season, at 4930 W. Loomis Rd., and I couldn't resist the urge to stop and see the old South Division High School dome, which was built into the garden center's building.

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