Depending on which news sources you follow, Milwaukee is going through either a “renaissance” or a “reinvention.” Or maybe it’s a “development boom” or a “construction boom.” Or maybe it’s a “reimagining,” like that crappy Tim Burton version of Planet Of The Apes. However you want to define it, it’s safe to say that Milwaukee is currently building—or is planning on building—a lot of new shit.

Take last week for example, which saw approximately 8,000 articles popping up detailing the 8,000 new developments in and around Milwaukee. In the interest of attempting to keep up with all the new shit they’re building in Milwaukee, here’s a rundown of all the new shit they’re building in Milwaukee. (Did we miss some new shit from last week? Let us know!)

• Milwaukee-based Jackson Street Holdings has submitted a $279 million proposal that calls for “three hotels, a hub for the Milwaukee streetcar, and more than 100,000 square feet of convention space” at the long-vacant corner of N. Fourth Street and W. Wisconsin Avenue—once the site of the ill-fated “Spot 4MKE.” The Milwaukee Business Journal has the ‘sclusey.

• Wait. Marcus Hotels & Resorts have also submitted a proposal for the N. Fourth Street and W. Wisconsin Avenue site. And they’re not saying what that proposal is, though it will apparently “put Milwaukee in the most competitive position to attract larger meetings and events.” Another Milwaukee Business Journal ‘sclusey!

• A six-story, 150-room Hyatt hotel is being proposed for 821 W. Winnebago Street, near the future Bucks arena. “The plans for the hotel call for a large landscaped plaza area at the southeast corner of the site, adjacent to the roundabout where Winnebago Street and Juneau Avenue meet. The plaza includes walking paths and a gathering space for hotel guests and the public,” says BizTimes. “The project will essentially cap off new building development at The Brewery, the former Pabst Brewing Co. complex that now-deceased Milwaukee developer Joseph Zilber bought 10 years ago,” says the Milwaukee Business Journal.

• You know that empty lot next to the Brady Street Jimmy John’s? It’s going to be two-story Qdoba! Great! Urban Milwaukee has some pictures and renderings.

• Oh for Christ’s sake they’re still trying to build a downtown strip club, reports the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

• Did any new craft breweries pop up last week? Probably. BizTimes has a poll asking if Milwaukee is getting too many of them.

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Matt Wild weighs between 140 and 145 pounds. He lives on Milwaukee's East Side.