The podcast “Reply All,” produced by Gimlet Media, explores the intersection of technology and human behavior. Last week the show released an episode, “Negative Mount Pleasant,” examining how the Foxconn project came to Mount Pleasant and how its arrival has affected the village’s government and residents.
Reporter Sruthi Pinnamaneni and producer Jessica Yung used archival audio from Mount Pleasant village meetings and news clips and interviews with residents, officials, journalists and academics to ask the question: Did the village rush into this deal?
I will add this post to the Foxconn archive I have kept since June, 2017, and which exceeds 250 installments. Thousands of acres like this cabbage field shown here in 2017 are now in an area designed 'blighted,' available to be seized by local government for Foxconn uses and 'developed' with public funds.
Waukesha County, Republican pols tried and failed to kill it.
The Calatrava Addition to the Milwaukee Art Museum
Sunset on the lakefront, summer 2018
Milwaukee River empties into Lake Michigan
On the Downtown Riverwalk, looking to the Hoan Bridge
Wisconsin wind farm, east of Waupun
86 turbines overcame Walker's blockade
Skylight illumination in Milwaukee City Hall
The historic 19th-century building has stone floors, copper decoration, and iron work by the famous artisan Cyril Kolnic. Stop in and walk around.
What water, wetland protection is all about
"A little fill here and there may seem to be nothing to become excited about. But one fill, though comparatively inconsequential, may lead to another, and another, and before long a great body may be eaten away until it may no longer exist. Our navigable waters are a precious natural heritage, once gone, they disappear forever," wrote the Wisconsin Supreme Court in its 1960 opinion resolving Hixon v. PSC and buttressing The Public Trust Doctrine, Article IX of the Wisconsin State Constitution.
Lake Michigan in winter
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James Rowen is an independent writer based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He worked as the senior Mayoral staffer in Madison and Milwaukee and for newspapers in both cities. This blog began on 2/2/ 2007.