by Sonya Jongsma Knauss / photo by Peter Di Antoni Clinton Clay was born in Mississippi and raised in the streets. He has bounced around from town to town, but somehow, after all these years, he ended up in Riverwest. It feels like home. The 76-year-old Clay puffs on cigarettes as he talks from his […]
The monthly neighbor spotlight.
by Jeff Johnson Riverwest is home to [an] urban, post-modern circus. Proclaimed in flyers as the “Scariest Show on Earth,” Milwaukee Brewzerkus quarters in a Booth Street home known by its inhabitants as the “Clown House.” There a front porch spills over with “tall bikes” used for parades; a backyard harbors a car and van […]
by Sonya Jongsma Knauss “Never grow weary of doing good.” –Galatians 6:9. These are the words Nancy Centz lives by. Whether she’s picking up trash between the Riverwest Co-op and her house on Booth Street or snuggling with her grandson on the couch before his parents take him back upstairs to their flat for bed, […]
by Jan Christensen Nick has been an Animal Control Officer with Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control for almost two years. He’s a familiar sight in Riverwest, both in his “civilian clothes” and nose ring, and when he has made his rather startling metamorphosis into “Nick the Dog Catcher,” in his navy blue uniform with the […]
by Sonya Jongsma Knauss Emil Kuester has watched Center Street change from a quiet neighborhood with stores on every corner to a street peppered with empty storefronts. Now, from his front porch, he’s watching it come back to life.