Every Friday, Off The Record looks to other Milwaukee publications (and beyond) for bits of news we missed throughout the week.
• Sound the alarm: The millennials are leaving Milwaukee! The millennials are leaving Milwaukee! Well, that’s what a new study from the Urban Land Institute says, anyway. Per Time: “Of the 50 metro areas analyzed, most urban centers saw an increase in millennials from 2010 to 2015, while 11 cities saw a decline.” Milwaukee was one of those 11 declining cities, with a negative change in the urban millennial population of 1.8 percent. Chicago, meanwhile, saw a drop of 1 percent.
So what’s the deal? Shit, we’ve got a new flag and everything! Could it be…jobs? Yes, of course it’s jobs. “A bunch of my friends were passing around this article through email,” WISN12 quotes Startup Milwaukee CEO Matt Cordio as saying. “We have wonderful academic institutions attracting students, and it’s unfortunate we can’t keep them here after they graduate.”
• Word on the street is that the band playing tonight’s top-secret “Cheers to Milwaukee” show at Riverside Theater is none other than Chevy Metal—a.k.a. the hard-rock cover-band alter ego of Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters. [88Nine Radio Milwaukee]
• Plans are in motion to extend Milwaukee’s downtown RiverWalk all the way to the Menomonee Valley. “It would run between the confluence of the Milwaukee and Menomonee rivers, near N. Water and E. Seeboth streets, through such areas as the Harley-Davidson Museum and City Lights Brewing Co. to Three Bridges Park, beneath the S. 27th St. viaduct.” [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel]
• The night of Tuesday, June 6 was a historic one for Milwaukee: “All four 10 p.m. news broadcasts featured female sports anchors: Stephanie Sutton on WISN 12, Kaitlin Sharkey on FOX6, Elise Menaker on TMJ4 and Cristina Tuso on CBS 58.” Nice! [OnMilwaukee]
• It was 53 years ago this week that Milwaukee had a good old fashioned rock and roll riot. Was it for the Beatles? Nope. The Monkees? Sorry. Nearly three months before the Fab Four played their one and only Milwaukee show, the city went nuts for…the Dave Clark Five? [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel]
• Here are some pictures of downtown streets being torn up to make way for the downtown STREETCAR OH GOD THE STREETCAR. [Milwaukee Independent]
• An aquatic version of the love-it-or-hate-it PedalTavern, the Paddle Tavern, launched in May. It’s already getting an expansion. [Milwaukee Business Journal]
• Summerfest and Harley-Davidson finalized a five-year contract extension for the Harley-Davidson Roadhouse at Henry Maier Festival Park. [Milwaukee Business Journal]
• Third Ward art gallery Hot Pop is closing after nine years in business. A 40-percent closing sale begins July 17, and a farewell party is set for September 3. [OnMilwaukee]
• Have a great weekend, Milwaukee!