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There’s no escaping ongoing safety risk

Several fire escapes hang from buildings over an alley Friday in Milwaukee. (Staff photo by Kevin Harnack)

Stanley Forman’s award-winning photograph of a young woman falling to her death was taken almost 38 years ago in Boston, but it could be a photo as recent as tomorrow, from as close as Milwaukee or Madison or any Wisconsin community with tall, older buildings.

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Milwaukee scours coffers for costly demo job

A statue of St. Joseph stands outside boarded up former St. Mary’s convent Monday, Nov. 26 in Milwaukee.  Bids are about to be awarded to raze the former convent which is laden with asbestos and beginning to crumble.

It would cost Milwaukee an entire year’s demolition budget to tear down the former St. Mary’s convent on West Center Street, but vandalism and the fear of squatters setting fires this winter have pushed city officials to scour their coffers and schedule demolition for December.

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