WBEZ | Milwaukee http://www.wbez.org/tags/milwaukee Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Milwaukee finds a fix for stormwater overflows: Abandoned basements http://www.wbez.org/news/milwaukee-finds-fix-stormwater-overflows-abandoned-basements-110637 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/25164521_h11462610_wide-96a506c19aab1b1bce42266f9b315642cd20cf26-s40-c85.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Some basement flooding could become happy occurrences, if more cities walk in the watery footsteps of Milwaukee.</p><p>As part of a new citywide sustainability plan and <a href="http://www.refreshmke.com/" target="_blank">an attempt to reinvent itself as a &quot;fresh coast&quot; capital</a>, Milwaukee is upgrading its water systems, and is researching options for tackling its chronic problems with stormwater management.</p><p>The city recently released a feasibility study <a href="http://city.milwaukee.gov/ImageLibrary/Groups/In-the-News/BaseTernFEASIBILITYSTUDY3.pdf" target="_blank">that examines turning vacant basements into cisterns</a>, preventing the untreated runoff from reaching the local rivers or Lake Michigan. The idea is the brainchild of Erick Shambarger, the deputy director of the city&#39;s Office of Environmental Sustainability.</p><p>After Milwaukee experienced major storms and subsequent flooding in 2008, 2009 and <a href="http://www.jsonline.com/news/milwaukee/99893489.html" target="_blank">2010</a>, the city put together a Flooding Study Task Force, which included Shambarger.</p><p>A frequent topic of discussion was how to keep water out of people&#39;s basements. Milwaukee has a combined sewer system that collects both domestic waste and rainwater runoff, so when street flooding would overwhelm the sewer system, water and sewage would back up through the floor drains in people&#39;s basements.</p><p>While looking at a map of where the basement flooding was worst, Shambarger noticed that the location overlaps with the center of the city&#39;s foreclosure crisis. Hundreds of these foreclosed houses cannot be economically salvaged and are being razed by the city. Cue Shambarger&#39;s light bulb.</p><p>&quot;If we are going to demolish the house anyway and there&#39;s going to be a vacant lot there, why not keep the basement portion of it?&quot; he says. &quot;Let&#39;s get water into those basements, and in the process keep other basements dry. We are making good use of a hole in the ground that somebody put there for us.&quot;</p><p>Shambarger and his team called the idea a &quot;BaseTern&quot; and trademarked the name on behalf of the city. Curtis Hulterstrum, the senior water resource engineer at HNTB Corp., examined multiple options for how the basements could be converted and the way BaseTerns would manage stormwater. Essentially, the basements will be used to immediately take the pressure off the sewage system by diverting and holding street and roof water &quot;runoff&quot; until the storm is over.</p><p>Water would flow into the structure, which would be covered with turf grass, via drains on top of the basement. It could flow out of the basement into the sewer system via the standard floor drain, or by adding multiple holes in the basement floor to allow some water to sink into the ground safely, or a combination of the two routes.</p><p>Kevin Patrick, a lawyer specializing in water issues, finds it &quot;highly doubtful&quot; that stormwater could be controlled in this manner, particularly in a way that is more economical than traditional stormwater solutions. But Hulterstrum says that it all depends on how you configure the outlet pipes, adding that costs will vary depending on the complexity of the BaseTern.</p><p>Shambarger says Milwaukee will begin measuring the idea&#39;s value by building a pilot BaseTern, hopefully by next summer, the city&#39;s rainy season. If Milwaukee finds success in the BaseTerns, it would be a big step up in <a href="http://www.jsonline.com/business/efforts-to-brand-milwaukee-as-water-technology-hub-reach-milestone-b9990504z1-222814861.html" target="_blank">the city&#39;s initiative to become a water technology hub</a>.</p><p>The Fund for Lake Michigan paid for the feasibility study, and executive director Vicki Elkin says she&#39;d be open to considering funding the pilot program as well. She says she hopes to learn not only how well the idea works, but whether it can be replicated in other areas of the city.</p><p>&quot;What I&#39;m hearing from engineers is that it&#39;s really place-dependent,&quot; she says.</p><p>David Waggonner, a water expert in New Orleans, says the idea sounds like a &quot;worthy experiment.&quot; He adds, &quot;I hope that it&#39;s a scale that will be replicable.&quot; Hulterstrum and Shambarger say the city has been getting a lot of interest surrounding the project, especially from other cities in the Great Lakes region.</p><p>&mdash; <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/08/12/339633247/milwaukee-finds-a-fix-for-stormwater-overflows-abandoned-basements" target="_blank"><em>via NPR</em></a></p></p> Tue, 12 Aug 2014 15:09:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/milwaukee-finds-fix-stormwater-overflows-abandoned-basements-110637 The ongoing conflict in Iraq http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-06-20/ongoing-conflict-iraq-110387 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP852351378729.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Senior Obama administration officials told the Washington Post that they are beginning to see the conflicts in Syria and Iraq as unified. We&#39;ll talk to historian and security expert John Mearsheimer about how the conflicts are connected.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-the-relationship-between-conflicts-in-sy/embed?header=false&amp;border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-the-relationship-between-conflicts-in-sy.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-the-relationship-between-conflicts-in-sy" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: The ongoing conflict in Iraq" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 11:21:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-06-20/ongoing-conflict-iraq-110387 Beer tours big business for small brewer http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2014-03/beer-tours-big-business-small-brewer-109820 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/P1150205.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Among all the benefits of Illinois&rsquo; fast growing craft beer scene is the proliferation of brewery tours.</p><p>Tours have the potential to be big business for small brewers. They draw customers and build brand identification. For inspiration, Illinois-based brewers would do well to look north, to <a href="http://www.lakefrontbrewery.com/">Lakefront Brewery</a> in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.</p><p>Lakefront is Milwaukee&rsquo;s largest craft brewer. Its beers are available in Chicago, but many people make the trek to take its brewery tour, <a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/destinations/2012/10/02/10-best-beer-cities-in-the-world/1608885/">one of the most popular stops</a> on the American craft beer circuit.</p><p>On a recent Friday afternoon, I toured the facility with my colleagues and <em><a href="http://strangebrewspodcast.tumblr.com/">Strange Brews</a> </em>co-hosts Tim Akimoff, Andrew Gill and WBEZ producer Joe Deceault. We were among a group of about twenty, many of them repeat customers. One Chicago woman has taken the tour five times. When I asked why she kept coming back she had a simple answer - because you can drink.</p><p>Lakefront is proud of the fact that unlike those other tours, they start you off with a beer in hand. There&rsquo;s a stop for beer midway through the tour &ndash;and a cold one waiting at the end.</p><p>Russ and Jim Klisch started Lakefront in 1987, after experimenting with home brewing.The brothers&rsquo; beer roots are deep - their grandfather delivered beer for Schlitz. It was the big four - Schlitz, Pabst, Blatz and of course Miller - that once made Milwaukee the beer capital of the world. Now only MillerCoors is still brewing in Milwaukee. So small independents like Lakefront are starting to fill the gap.</p><p>Last year, Lakefront topped 40,000 barrels. It&#39;s the second largest craft brewery in Wisconsin. And tours have helped drive their business. Russ Klisch says the idea came early on.</p><p>&ldquo;I gave a real technical tour,&rdquo; remembered Klisch. &ldquo;I have a chemistry degree and I thought everybody who took the tour wanted to learn about how to make beer. My brother really didn&rsquo;t know anything about that. He just started telling jokes on the tour and gave away beer free. And everybody took his tour and nobody took mine.&rdquo;</p><p>Our guide was Evan Koepnick, Lakefront&rsquo;s tour supervisor, improv comedy performer and self-proclaimed class clown. He called himself our &ldquo;brewery dungeon master.&rdquo;</p><p>There is something dungeonesque to Lakefront. The brewery&rsquo;s housed in an old coal-fired power plant. A winding flight of stairs led us into a room crowded with big steel tanks, vats and barrels. There Evan gave us a speed history of beer.</p><p>He got people to yell out &lsquo;reinheitsgebot!&rsquo;, &nbsp;the term for the ancient German beer purity laws. He demonstrated the role of yeast in fermentation by aggressively cuddling one of the guys on the tour.</p><p>The big finish involved an old bottling line once featured in the television show Laverne and Shirley. There was karaoke, a reenactment of some of the show&rsquo;s opening credits and a group selfie.</p><p>There are a few other historic markers at Lakefront. The large tasting room has some stunning light fixtures from a long-gone beer garden, plus the chalet that the Milwaukee Brewers mascot Bernie used to slide out of when the team scored a home run.</p><p>That history drew Leanne and Dean Anderson from Antioch Illinois. They&rsquo;ve toured Miller and the Pabst mansions. They think Lakefront follows in that tradition.</p><p>&ldquo;I like Miller but it&rsquo;s too international now,&rdquo; said Leanne. &ldquo;I like the hometown craft breweries.&rdquo;</p><p>History and tour hijinks aside, these events are important to Lakefront&rsquo;s future. Evan Koepnick said they&rsquo;ve helped pay for new equipment and brewing experiments. Last year Lakefront &nbsp;extended the number and hours of the tours, including Sunday. And Koepnick said they&rsquo;re always busy, even during football season.</p><p>And that has Lakefront rising&mdash;<a href="http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-22766-lakefront-brewery-on-the-rise-%7C-eat-drink-%7C-shepherd-express.html">to the top of craft beers in the Midwest.</a></p><p><em><a href="http://www.wbez.org/users/acuddy-0" rel="author">Alison Cuddy</a>&nbsp;is the Arts and Culture reporter at WBEZ. You can follow her on&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/wbezacuddy">Twitter</a>,&nbsp;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/cuddyalison">Facebook</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="http://instagram.com/cuddyreport">Instagram</a>.</em></p></p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 14:58:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2014-03/beer-tours-big-business-small-brewer-109820 Chicago may get its own geek bar http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/chicago-may-get-its-own-geek-bar-108372 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Screen Shot 2013-08-12 at 7.45.08 AM.png" alt="" /><p><p dir="ltr">Chicagoans may soon have a new place to geek out. David Zoltan leads the team behind the concept.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;Geek Bar Chicago is a place where geeks, nerds, dorks and dweebs can find a place to call home in the city,&rdquo; Zoltan said. &ldquo;Our vision statement is celebrate geekdom in all its forms, so we&rsquo;re not going for a specific type of geek.&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr">The bar will cater for people interested in everything from science to video games. He says it will have a menu for board games, geek-inspired food and drinks, and possible decor featuring lightsabers and the scrolling characters from the Matrix.</p><p dir="ltr">Zoltan got the idea last year, when it was announced that the new Doctor Who season would be starting.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;I thought, I don&rsquo;t have cable. I&rsquo;d like to watch the show with a bunch of my Whovian friends and other Whovians from the rest of Chicago,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;(But) while I can throw a stone out and reach a half dozen sports bars in Chicago, there isn&rsquo;t a place for the geek.&quot;</p><p dir="ltr">Zoltan and his team are raising money for <a href="http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/cantinaforward/geek-out-geek-bar">the project</a> through Kickstarter. He&rsquo;s raised more than $25,000 and ends his campaign at the end of August. If they reach $70,000, the bar will buy an <a href="http://store.hbo.com/game-of-thrones-life-size-replica-iron-throne/detail.php?p=373634">official life-sized replica of the Iron Throne</a> from Game of Thrones and use it as special seating. They are currently scouting locations and are focusing on what Zoltan calls Chicago&rsquo;s Geek Triangle, the area bounded by Lincoln Square, Lakeview and Uptown. He says that&rsquo;s where most geeky Chicagoans live or play. They hope to open in March next year.</p><p dir="ltr">Geek Bar Chicago would join other geek locales in Milwaukee, <a href="http://jaapan.wordpress.com/2013/01/13/space-station-osaka-a-gaming-bar/">Japan</a>, <a href="http://www.hobbitpub.co.uk/">the UK</a> and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/TheManaBar">Australia</a>. Tony Nilles and his wife opened <a href="http://42lounge.com/">their own geek bar</a> in Milwaukee this spring, and although he stresses it&rsquo;s not a &ldquo;get rich quick&rdquo; scheme, a geek bar draws good customers. He says his staff has worked at many other bars before, and they have all been impressed by how nice the customers are. He attributes that partly to being a geek.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;You have a demographic where if they go to other bars and clubs, they don&rsquo;t feel comfortable, they feel like they are an outsider or outcast,&rdquo; Nilles said. &ldquo;When you get them around other people that are just like them, they feel this sense of belonging and you find that you have these really nice, kind people that are able to express in ways they weren&rsquo;t able before.&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr">In fact, even though he knows other geek bars are his competitors, they&rsquo;re all just excited to be part of a movement.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;We&rsquo;re all competing with each other over the same demographic, but there&rsquo;s almost kind of a brotherhood to this owning a geek bar thing,&rdquo; Nilles said. &ldquo;Geek is chic right now, and they want to know that you&rsquo;re not just doing the whole geek thing in order to take their money from them. They want to know that you&rsquo;re doing it sincerely and that you&rsquo;re part of that community too.&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr">Mitch Hutts, web developer by day and geek mixologist by night, has also seen the rise of the geek bar. In 2009, he started <a href="http://www.thedrunkenmoogle.com/">The Drunken Moogle</a>, dedicated to sharing geeky drink recipes inspired by the likes of Gears of War, Final Fantasy, Star Wars and the Lord of the Rings. He says it has since exploded in popularity, and that the geek bar phenomenon is entirely worldwide.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;You know this was a place made by people who think like you, and it&rsquo;s very much like you already kind of knew those people, you feel very much at home,&rdquo; Hutts said. &ldquo;Some success can be attributed to conventions. Geeks very much like meeting new geeks. Conventions happen once a year; geek bars are a way of extending that and giving them a home all throughout the year.&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr"><em>Alan Yu is a WBEZ metro desk intern. Follow him <a href="https://twitter.com/Alan_Yu039">@Alan_Yu039</a></em></p></p> Mon, 12 Aug 2013 07:41:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/chicago-may-get-its-own-geek-bar-108372 Wiconsin teachers join CTU rally after union rights victory http://www.wbez.org/news/wiconsin-teachers-join-ctu-rally-after-union-rights-victory-102447 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/7989282389_94d71df997_z.jpg" alt="" /><p><div id="PictoBrowser120915142156">Get the flash player here: http://www.adobe.com/flashplayer</div><script type="text/javascript" src="http://www.db798.com/pictobrowser/swfobject.js"></script><script type="text/javascript"> var so = new SWFObject("http://www.db798.com/pictobrowser.swf", "PictoBrowser", "620", "640", "8", "#EEEEEE"); so.addVariable("source", "sets"); so.addVariable("names", "Wisconsin comes to CTU rally at Union park"); so.addVariable("userName", "chicagopublicmedia"); so.addVariable("userId", "33876038@N00"); so.addVariable("ids", "72157631543216583"); so.addVariable("titles", "on"); so.addVariable("displayNotes", "on"); so.addVariable("thumbAutoHide", "off"); so.addVariable("imageSize", "medium"); so.addVariable("vAlign", "mid"); so.addVariable("vertOffset", "0"); so.addVariable("colorHexVar", "EEEEEE"); so.addVariable("initialScale", "off"); so.addVariable("bgAlpha", "90"); so.write("PictoBrowser120915142156"); </script><p>Several buses from Milwaukee, Madison and Racine made their way from Wisconsin early Saturday to join the Chicago Teachers Union rally in Union Park on Chicago&#39;s West Side.</p><p>Despite the long trip, the teachers were in high spirits; many on the buses shared their excitement using the hashtag <a href="https://twitter.com/i/#!/search/?q=%23Wisc2CTU&amp;src=hash">#wisc2ctu</a>. &quot;got a bus to Chicago to support @CTULocal1.&nbsp;So many ppl signed up we had to get another bus on the fly; found us a school bus!&nbsp;<a data-query-source="hashtag_click" href="https://twitter.com/search/?src=hash&amp;q=%23wisc2ctu" title="#wisc2ctu"><s>#</s>wisc2ctu</a>&quot; tweeted<a href="https://twitter.com/itsghastlycrew/status/246972016421392384"> @itsghastlycrew</a>.</p><p>Adding to their enthusiasm was the news that <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/judge-strikes-down-wisconsin-law-limiting-union-rights-102443">broke Friday</a>, when a Wisconsin judge declared that the state law to prohibit collective bargaining for public employees pushed forward by Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker was unconstitional on both state and federal grounds.&nbsp;</p><p>The ruling animated some of the teachers on their trip to Chicago, but others weren&#39;t quite sure what to feel.</p><p>&quot;I think we&#39;re still trying to process what it all means for us,&quot; said Jenny Sagrillo, a teacher in the Milwaukee pubic school system for 14 years. &quot;I&#39;m not quite sure what it&#39;s going to do for us yet. We&#39;re hopeful, but hesitant.&quot;</p><p>&quot;It&#39;s energizing but we know that it&#39;s only going to be through ongoing organizing that it actually is secure,&quot; said Bob Peterson, the president of the Milwaukee Teachers&#39; Education Association and a teacher with the Milwaukee public schools for 30 years.</p><p>Peterson said&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/wisconsin-teachers-coming-chicago-support-teachers-here-102417">they&#39;d been planning this trip since the strike began</a>.</p><p>&quot;The courts can easily be turned around. And so we&#39;re here to help in solidarity with the Chicago teachers; they are carrying on the legacy of what we started 18 months ago in Wisconsin.&quot;</p><p>Others found the day &quot;absolutely powerful&quot; regardless of the ruling, like Bonnie Brusky, a staff member with MTEA and whose children attend Milwaukee public schools.&nbsp;</p><p>&quot;...when we got off the buses, the crowds parted and it was a sea of Wisconsin that came through and a great welcoming,&quot; said Brusky. &quot;[It was] absolutely amazing. But the reason we&#39;re here is that we realize that this is a nation-wide movement to destroy public schools and if people begin to see that our voices are more important than the dollars going into these politics, I think we&#39;ve got a fight in this.&quot;</p><p>Brusky said she sees what&#39;s happening in Chicago as just one part of a larger issue with public education going forward.</p><p>&quot;I think we make sure everybody&#39;s got red shirts in their closet for when we need them to pull it out at any opportunity. I think we&#39;ve seen our numbers growing and actually, a lot of people don&#39;t even realize that the teachers in Victoria, Australia also went on strike. So this is more than what&#39;s happening in our country; people are fighting for public ed across the world where it exists.&quot;</p></p> Sat, 15 Sep 2012 13:25:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/wiconsin-teachers-join-ctu-rally-after-union-rights-victory-102447 Amid details of violence, Sikhism in context http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-08/amid-details-violence-sikhism-context-101495 <p><p style="text-align: center"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/AP545210818496.jpg" title="An Indian Sikh devotee offers prayers at the Golden Temple, Sikh's holiest shrine in Amritsar, India, Monday, Aug. 6, 2012.Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said Monday that he was shocked and saddened by the shooting attack that killed six people at a Sikh house of worship in Wisconsin. (AP/Sanjeev Syal)" /></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="http://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F55402666&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>As details of <a href="http://www.wbez.org/sections/culture/feds-identify-suspect-sikh-temple-shooting-101489">Sunday&#39;s deadly shooting at a Sikh temple near Milwuake</a>e, Wis., emerge, many news reports have focused on the differences between Sikhs and Muslims. Sikhs have suffered harrassment in America since 9/11, due in some part to attackers confusing the two groups.</p><p>But the Sikh community is defined by more than their differences with other faiths. Nikky-Guninder Kaur Singh joins <em>Worldview</em>&nbsp;Monday to explain Sikhism&#39;s message, practices and identity within America. Singh is a practicing Sikh, and the author of several books about Sikhism, including <em>Sikhism: An Introduction</em>. She chairs the Religion Studies Department at Colby College in Maine.</p><p>Here are some take-away points from Singh&rsquo;s tutorial:</p><p>The Sikh religion originated in state of Punjab in northwest India in the 15<sup>th</sup> century. The word Sikh means &ldquo;a disciple.&rdquo; &nbsp;</p><p>The religion&rsquo;s founder was Guru Nanak, born in 1469. Nanak was situated in a very diverse, multicultural, multi-religious state. He had a revelation of the oneness of humanity and the oneness of divinity.</p><p>Sikhism believes in the equality of all peoples and invites all faiths to visit their <em>gurudwaras</em> or temples. <em>Guru</em> means teacher and <em>dwara</em> means door, so the term translates roughly as &ldquo;door to enlightenment.&rdquo;</p><p>Rather than focus on external rituals, the religion focuses on the singular divine. &nbsp;Everyone &ndash; Hindus, Muslims, Jews, Christians, Sikhs &ndash; are all under that umbrella.</p><p>Sikhism&rsquo;s emphasis is on living one&rsquo;s everyday life &ndash; the secular and the sacred are not divided. It&rsquo;s about how to be a good human being in this world.</p><p>All of Sikh worship centers around their holy book, compiled in 1603 by the 5<sup>th</sup> Guru, Guru Arjan Dev. The book contains the poetry of the Sikh gurus as well as that of Hindu and Muslim holy men. The text is written in the vernacular, not the language of the elites.</p><p>The 10<sup>th</sup> Guru, Gobind Singh, gave his people a formal identity by giving both men and women the &ldquo;Five Ks&rdquo; or five items of Sikh faith. They are:</p><p><strong>Long hair.</strong> Members of the Sikh faith don&rsquo;t cut their hair, as a sign of acceptance of the way they are made and acceptance of the body.</p><p><strong>The comb.</strong> They&rsquo;re encouraged to be neat and tidy. This is why Sikh men wear turbans and why Sikh women braid their hair or wear it up. &nbsp;</p><p><strong>The sword.</strong> An ornamental sword meant to be a symbol of protection.</p><p><strong>The bracelet. </strong>A simple metal bracelet worn as a symbol of dedication that represents the totality of God.</p><p><strong>The undergarment. </strong>A simple cotton undergarment meant to remind Sikhs to control their sexual desire.</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 06 Aug 2012 00:31:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-08/amid-details-violence-sikhism-context-101495 Milwaukee Mayor and former WI gubernatorial candidate Tom Barrett explains hopes for regional collaboration http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-08/milwaukee-mayor-and-former-wi-gubernatorial-candidate-tom-barrett-explains-hopes <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/RS6125_AP060417021171%281%29_0.jpg" title="(AP/Charles Rex Arbogast)" /></div><p>Last week, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson came to Chicago to <a href="http://metroplanning.org/multimedia/audio/585">discuss</a> &ldquo;mega-regional priorities&rdquo; at the Metropolitan Planning Council&rsquo;s annual luncheon. (Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel was scheduled to attend, but couldn&rsquo;t get out of a City Council meeting in time.)</p><p>There&rsquo;s a push underway for the region to work more collaboratively and revamp its image.&nbsp; Many say the &ldquo;Rust Belt&rdquo; should trade in its nickname for something catchier like the &ldquo;Fresh Coast,&rdquo; which reflects the area&rsquo;s strengths and uniqueness.<br /><br />&ldquo;I think it&rsquo;s time that we as a region promote America&rsquo;s &#39;Fresh Coast&#39; because that is who we are,&rdquo; Barrett explained at the luncheon.</p><p>Milwaukee has been trying to capitalize on its proximity to Lake Michigan for a number of years, and the efforts go beyond just branding--it wants to become the next Silicon Valley of water technology.</p><p>According to the <a href="http://www.thewatercouncil.com/">Milwaukee Water Council</a>, the area is already home to over 130 &ldquo;water technology companies.&rdquo; Chicago&rsquo;s own <a href="http://bluetechalliance.org/">Blue Tech Alliance</a> exists to promote similar businesses in the Chicago area.</p><p>Wednesday on <em>Afternoon Shift</em>, Milwaukee Mayor and former gubernatorial candidate Tom Barrett joins us for a primer on the water technology industry. He&#39;ll also explain the ways in which he thinks the region should be working more collaboratively.&nbsp; Do Gary and Milwaukee need Chicago more than we need them? What could we stand to gain by working together, and what exactly do those efforts look like? Tune in to hear Barrett&rsquo;s thoughts just after 3:30 p.m. Wednesday.</p></p> Wed, 01 Aug 2012 12:01:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-08/milwaukee-mayor-and-former-wi-gubernatorial-candidate-tom-barrett-explains-hopes Milwaukee taps into Great Lakes' economic potential at Water Summit http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-09-20/milwaukee-taps-great-lakes-economic-potential-water-summit-92215 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-September/2011-09-20/Milwaukee.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>An airtight solution for unemployment, the top issue in the U.S. of late, remained unsolved by politicians and policymakers alike. But for the city of <a href="http://www.visitmilwaukee.org" target="_blank">Milwaukee</a>, the economic future was clear: water. The Wisconsin city planned to bank on Great Lakes water and the technology to clean it for their economic boost. In an effort to further that vision, dozens of the region’s top water scientists, business leaders and politicians gathered at the <a href="http://www.thewatercouncil.com/temp2/water-summit/" target="_blank">Water Summit</a> in Milwaukee.</p><p>WBEZ’s Cecilia Vaisman was at the Summit yesterday. Vaisman is the editor of <em><a href="http://www.wbez.org/frontandcenter" target="_blank">Front and Center</a></em>, WBEZ’s project exploring critical Great Lakes issues, and she joined <em>Eight Forty-Eight </em>with an update from the summit.</p></p> Tue, 20 Sep 2011 14:36:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-09-20/milwaukee-taps-great-lakes-economic-potential-water-summit-92215