Daily Bread for 3.2.19

Good morning.

Saturday in Whitewater will be partly cloudy with a high of twenty-nine.  Sunrise is 6:27 AM and sunset 5:46 PM, for 11h 18m 29s of daytime.  The moon is a waning crescent with 14.1% of its visible disk illuminated.

Today is the eight hundred forty-third day.


On this day in 1904, Theodor Seuss Geisel is born.

Recommended for reading in full:

  John Gurda writes Milwaukee’s front door is open again. Harbor District leaves its machine shop past to history:

You could see it coming from a mile away. To the north, the Third Ward had emerged from a long period of torpor to become one of hottest destinations in the state for nightlife, shopping and luxury living. The Third Ward’s wave of transforming energy was so powerful that it jumped the Milwaukee River and turned Walker’s Point, the city’s oldest neighborhood, into another showcase for 21st-century development.

To the south, Bay View, which began as a company town built around a long-gone iron mill, was experiencing a transformation of its own. Sleepy Kinnickinnic Ave. had awakened to become one of the city’s busiest restaurant rows, and homes built for mill workers were attracting scores of millennials.

Between these two poles — the resurrected Third Ward and the reinvented Bay View —lay a burned-out, post-industrial landscape that only a graffiti artist could have loved. Shuttered factories, scruffy nightspots, and weed-choked vacant lots marked both sides of Milwaukee’s inner harbor.

It was only a matter of time before the developers arrived. The ripples of energy spreading outward from the neighborhoods both north and south began to converge not even a decade ago, creating a new hot spot known as the Harbor District. It covers a thousand acres of waterfront east of S. First St. between Walker’s Point and Bay View, including Jones Island. Projects underway and on the way will change its landscape so radically that, in another decade or two, older Milwaukeeans won’t recognize the place.


Progress since then has been so rapid than even the optimists are surprised. The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s School of Freshwater Sciences has transformed an old tile factory at the east end of Greenfield Ave. Michels Inc., a Wisconsin utility contractor, is hard at work on a mixed-use development at a bend of the Kinnickinnic River west of S. First St. Komatsu, the successor to the Harnischfeger line of mining equipment, is moving to the Solvay Coke site — lock, stock, and turret lathes. These projects will boost the inner harbor’s economy, while others — a gateway park, an expanded Riverwalk, a restored wetland, kayak and canoe launches — will ensure permanent public access to the waterfront.

 Jessica Boddy reports These mice sing their little hearts out—and that’s good for neuroscience:

Some mice squeak out tunes to woo females, though they aren’t always audible to human ears. But Scotinomys teguina, more commonly known as Alston’s singing mouse, scurries through Central American cloud forests and breaks into audible song to communicate and find mates.

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