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The View from RiverView

In a January, 2003 article for the Currents, “Where is Riverwest? ” Dan Knauss wrote that Riverwest is “in-between space—porous, amorphous, and not as fixed in its identity—or as rigid—as some other neighborhoods” with “an interesting future that you can help create.” As students living here at RiverView, we feel that we are also in […]

Posted inFurther Down Stream

Further Down Stream June 2004

Neighbors report that police were at the Timothy Brophy property that was featured in the April Riverwest Currents in an article called “Brophy’s Boondoggles.” In early May, police reportedly closed down a crack house operation at 603 E. Burleigh, based on comments a police officer made to a neighbor at the crime scene. A near […]

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Thru December 7 CHARLES ALLIS ART MUSEUM: Jane and Donald Doud’s collection of work by Wisconsin artists. Thru December 11 UWM UNION ART GALLERY: Fourth Annual Juried Show. 2200 E. Kenwood Blvd. December 5-december 20 UWM INOVA GALLERY THREE: Fall Thesis Exhibition. 2400 E. Kenwood Blvd. December 14-JANUARY 25 CHARLES ALLIS ART MUSEUM: Ruth Grotenrath’s […]

Posted inBlack History, Harambee Connection, Politics, Riverwest History, Telling Our Stories

Racial Change at St. Elizabeth’s

by Tom TolanPart 3 of 6 in a series

In the early 1960s, St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church — now St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church, at 128 W. Burleigh — was a relatively thriving parish, with a school attended by more than 1,000 children. Most parishioners were of German ancestry — many descended from “St. E’s” founders — or Polish families who had migrated from the east side of Holton. African-Americans were a definite presence, but they were less numerous in the parish than in the neighborhood. Fewer than 10 percent of the 1,056 pupils at St. Elizabeth’s in 1963 were black, and most of their families could be classified as middle-class.

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Milwaukee Bicycle Collective: Connecting Youth and Bicycles

by Peter Schmidke / photos by Peter di Antoni

On a humid Sunday afternoon at the Milwaukee Bicycle Collective on Clyburn Avenue, Ian Fritz hands out bicycle rims to a bubbly Ricky Ramirez and two other neighborhood kids. Seated knee-to-knee on overturned milk crates, they stare curiously around at the gaggle of tools and bicycles as Fritz explains their mission–to remove the worn spokes from the rims so they can replace them with new ones. Ramirez fixes his pliers around a spoke and gives a couple of hard squeezes, each with no result. Fritz repositions the pliers in the middle of the spoke and this time it crinkles cleanly.