Can urban gardening pay off?

Urban agriculture is thriving in Milwaukee County as vacant lots are transformed into gardens and the University of Wisconsin Extension (UWEX) provides 72 acres of rental plots to eager urban farmers and community gardeners, providing fresh food for themselves, farmers’ markets, grocers and local restaurants. UWEX Urban Agriculture focus dates back to the early 1970s […]

Council member to introduce legislation requiring body cameras on police

Tracey Dent, community organizer, collected more than 2,100 signatures on a petition in support of police body cameras. (Photo by Matthew Wisla)

New legislation is anticipated this week that would require police officers to wear body cameras while working in the community.

President Obama to headline Laborfest on Summerfest grounds

President Obama mingles with the crowd at Milwaukee’s Laborfest on Labor Day, 2010. (Photo courtesy of Wisconsin AFL-CIO)

The 55th annual Laborfest will be held from noon to 5 p.m. on the Summerfest grounds.

The marijuana debate: Local legislators weigh in on legalization

Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service asked Wisconsin legislators to share their views on legalization of marijuana and criminal penalties related to possession of the drug.

Basketball league builds brotherhood of black role models

Michael Hutchinson, former promotions director at radio station WMCS-AM 1290, started the Sports Talk Basketball Association to improve men’s health while giving back to the community.

ACT results predict most MPS minority students not ready for college

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Milwaukee Public Schools students’ ACT scores are up, but college readiness measures indicate most aren’t prepared for college-level English and math.

Milwaukeeans to demonstrate in support of outraged Ferguson residents

A woman takes notes at a meeting sponsored by the African-American Civic Engagement Roundtable. (Photo by Raina J. Johnson)

Local citizens and organizations are calling for justice in the shooting death of an unarmed teenager in Ferguson, Mo. A demonstration is planned for Friday at Red Arrow Park, where an African American man was shot to death by a police officer in April.

Micro lawn-mowing businesses put food on table for poor laborers

Richard Wilder stands next to his truck after clearing brush from a lot. (Photo by Brendan O'Brien)

For a few dollars, landscapers mow lawns and clear brush for homeowners and small businesses.

Do you want a bike station in your neighborhood?

After installing bike stations at Discovery World and Red Arrow Park, Bublr Bikes is taking suggestions for the location of new bike stations at its website. (By Raina J. Johnson)