For prospective developers, the west side of Milwaukee presents an obstacle that has nothing to do with the usual concerns stemming from financing, zoning, workers or materials. The trouble is instead crime.
Democratic Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and Republican Gov. Scott Walker seldom see eye to eye politically. But when it comes to the governor's idea for financing a new Milwaukee arena, the mayor is backing Walker's bonding plan.
Only a few years ago, Wisconsin was the scene of huge protests that shut down the state Capitol, a failed attempt to recall the new Republican governor and an outpouring of end-times rhetoric by Democratic loyalists about the stunning loss of their government power.