Reason to ignore the raunchy smell:

The Riverwalk

The Milwaukee River may at times literally smell a little crappy, but the beauty of the Riverwalk more than makes up for that.

The project started in 1994 and, when done, will run through downtown to the Historic Third Ward to Lake Michigan.

The pedestrian-friendly walk in the downtown area is already complete, and work is now being done in the Third Ward, says Nancy O’Keefe, executive director of the Historic Third Ward Association.

Right now, many of those private property owners in the Third Ward - including the Milwaukee Ale House on Water Street - have the Riverwalk right outside their back doors, she says.

“You’re actually in the water,” says O’Keefe. “It’s built over the water, it’s very cool.”

On Buffalo Street, a spiral walkway connects Water Street to the Riverwalk below, and wild grasses enhance the lawn there.

From the Ale House, the Riverwalk will extend south, ultimately into Walker’s Point.

As the Third Ward’s section becomes complete, O’Keefe says she envisions using the space for musical performances and style shows. She also thinks floating sculptures in upcoming Gallery Nights would be a hit.

Main Menu

-Get out of the doghouse gift
-Place to get a cavity
-Place to satisfy your caffeine craving
-Place to pamper your pooch
-Reason to wake up at 5 a.m.
-Green Bay Packer besides Brett Favre
-Place to pick up speed
-Brave a wall of cigarette smoke
-Way to shun the low-carb lifestyle
-Dressed Milwaukeean
-Reason to spend $8.50 for a movie
-Best pub popcorn
-Reason to ignore the raunchy smell
-Way to beat the fall chill
-Place to spot a mullet
-Reason to overcome your fear of heights
-Best dog park
-Neighborhood to bar hop
-Place for comfort food
-Mall Santa
-Milwaukee Brewer; Lyle Overbay
-Reason to be a cheesehead
-Reason to risk plunging into lake Michigan
-Place to find a golden oldie
-Place to procure a meat cleaver
-Place to assume a new identity
-Reason to eat an apple a day
-Tourist spot where even locals like to go
-Place to rack your balls
-Missed Milwaukeean
-Best place to hide from the world

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Contributing writers: Laurie Arendt, Kay Dahlke, Jordan DeChambre, Candace Doyle, Bob Gosman, Matt Hronick, JoAnn Petaschnick, Janet Raasch, Mary Lou Santovec, Amy Siewert Contributing photographers: Nathan Harrmann, Amy Siewert
Illustrations: Anjl Rodee