Posted inEcology and the Environment, Green Spaces Briefs, Riverwest History, Telling Our Stories

Our History Begins With The River

by Tom Tolan (Editor’s nore: This was first published in the January 2003 edition of the Riverwest Currents) You could argue that it was the Milwaukee River, threading its way between glacial ridges, that determined the future character of the Riverwest neighborhood. By digging a deep valley, it created steep banks that would be attractive […]

Posted inPoetry

Atheist Blows Up Baby Jesus

Walking through sleepy Christmas Eve Milwaukee, Go by house where no one’s home but Outdoor life-size inflatable Nativity Scene is illuminated, Inflated Mary & Joseph, inflated Wise Men and inflated gifts, Inflated shepherds, farm animals and stable, Inflated angels with inflated wings and halos, Inflated Star of Bethlehem, inflated manger But baby Jesus is deflated! […]

Posted inAgriculture Urban and More

Metamorphosis

METAMORPHOSIS What will urban agriculture in Milwaukee look like without Growing Power? When Will Allen announced his retirement in November, 2017, one could almost feel the foundations of the urban agriculture movement do a little seismic shuffle. A potful of micro- greens teetered and fell off a shelf. Worm castings sifted through a screen of […]