Dispatches From A Superlative Midwestern City

Milwaukee has become a clickbait darling. Our local media outlets run a story every time we're recognized as a "best-kept secret" or a "worst place to live." Without fail, my neighbors light up on Facebook in response to each one, sharing the latest listicle as they either swell with pride ("yeah, we are a hidden gem!") or struggle to articulate dissent with whoever most recently announced that we live in one of the country's most dangerous cities.

2018-07-25T08:52:47+00:00 July 13th, 2018|

An Interview with Matthew Desmond

One-third. For more than 100 years that’s been the standard measure for figuring housing costs in the United States: you should pay no more than one-third of your income in rent or mortgage payments.

2016-03-25T10:29:31+00:00 March 25th, 2016|

Summer Girl … and Other Duties as Assigned

Chicago’s Greyhound terminal in late Aug. 1966 certainly lacked cheer and charm, and perhaps safety. But to me, holding a one-way ticket back to Calumet County, WI, it was a suitable escape platform from my job as a “Summer Girl”

2015-05-28T12:56:50+00:00 August 20th, 2014|