In the past decade, bright green storefronts have been popping up all over Milwaukee, with dollar signs and huge posters in the window advertising, “Up to $2,000 Cash Loans.” Inside, long lines of low-income people wait each day to take out a payday loan — the most expensive legal form of credit. After completing the […]
Bylines Archives: Madeleine Baran
Madeleine Baran was a reporter for the Riverwest Currents before moving on to the Daily Planet in the Twin Cities, Minnesota Public Radio, and investigative reporting for American Public Media. Today she is the host of their In the Dark podcast.
Since it opened in 1993, Fuel Cafe has been the unofficial center of Riverwest. On a recent afternoon, police officers stopped in for coffee to go, visiting train-hopping punks did crossword puzzles, a middle-aged couple sat down for lunch, and Slava, a local street musician and well-known regular, nursed his coffee for well over three […]
by Madeleine Baran / photos by JennyMarie Farris Last year, Matt Muente dropped out of school, drove a truck out to Colorado, picked up several thousand records, came back to Milwaukee, and — at the age of 20 — opened Industry Records on Center Street in Riverwest…
In the past year, Riverwest property values increased faster than any other neighborhood in Milwaukee, leaving many residents surprised and concerned. In Milwaukee, residential property values increased by almost 10 percent overall. The average increase in Riverwest was around 24 percent, while in some pockets of Riverwest, average property values almost doubled. “I was shocked,” […]
“People are expecting me to go down there and act like a nut… But I think totally outside the box. Everything I do is unconventional to people who are within that box. But for people who think outside the box, they’re like, ‘Oh yeah, that’s how it should be: creative.’”