The MKE Peace Project (MPP) is looking to challenge youth in the central city to initiate, at the group level, an assessment of the factors that contribute to violence in their neighborhoods and subsequently, to provide a solution to the problem. Youth are being asked to submit written entries to be considered for the project, and prizes are also being offered for the top entries. For more information, please go to the MKE Peace Project page
. Deadline - June 5, 2015.
The MKE Plays initiative, conceived by Milwaukee Common Council President Michael Murphy, aims to transform 12 of the city’s most deteriorated playgrounds into models for local collaboration and renovation over the next 3 years. The restoration of the City’s playgrounds will bring much-needed improvement to many of the city’s poorest neighborhoods, and will create safe and attractive places for families to play. For more information, please go to the MKE Plays page.
Washington Park Partners
Find out more about the Washington Park Partners (WPP) -- a mix of residents, organizations, and businesses working in collaboration to make the community a better place to live, work, and play.
Milwaukee Common Council President Michael J. Murphy, in collaboration with elected officials and community leaders in Milwaukee, Waukesha, Ozaukee, Racine and Washington Counties, will be holding a Southeast Wisconsin Regional Heroin/Opiates Symposium to share ideas and solutions around the theme "Heroin: Not on Our Watch - Protecting Our Communities."
A New BMO Harris Bradley Center?
At Alderman Murphy’s request, Milwaukee’s Legislative Reference Bureau (LRB) – a nonpartisan research arm of the Common Council City Clerk’s Office – recently released a report that raised serious questions about the validity of claims that building a new sports arena in Milwaukee would generate a significant economic benefit for the area. The study, which analyzed the economic impact of professional sports venues in Wisconsin and around the country, provides a background to what is expected to become a contentious debate over the future of the BMO Harris Bradley Center in downtown Milwaukee.
“As the city considers the business community’s likely request for public financing of a new downtown arena, I believe that an open and honest assessment of the fiscal implications is needed, and needed now,” Alderman Murphy said. “Before we go too far down the road of how to pay for such an arena, it warrants analyzing other, similar cases to determine the realistic economic impact the city could expect as a return on its significant investment.”
VIEW REPORT - Economic Impact of Downtown Revitalization Efforts - Professional Sports Venues
New 2014 Virtual Night Parking Permit System
For the convenience of the city’s night parking permit customers, there will be no requirement to display a physical permit starting in 2014. When residents buy a night parking permit after December 20, 2013, they will complete the same application, accurately listing the applicable license plate number. Residents will receive a confirmation number to prove purchase of the permit, but will not receive a physical permit to place on the vehicle’s window.
The license plate number will be used by parking enforcement to determine whether the owner has purchased a valid permit. All customer service problems arising from misplaced or stolen permits will be eliminated. Failure to purchase a permit will still be subject to a $20 citation.
When a resident purchases a permit online, the cost savings derived from the elimination of permit production, handling and mailing costs will be passed on to customers. The convenience fee will be reduced from the current $2.25 to $1.00.
Visit www.milwaukee.gov/parking to purchase a night permit online and avoid the hassle of standing in line to pay in-person. Please call 286-CITY (2489) with any questions.
Ald. Murphy Testifies Before State Joint Finance Committee
Alderman Michael J. Murphy testified before a hearing of the state’s Joint Finance Committee, addressing several key issues that are important to Milwaukee’s future. Play video here.