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Virginia Small

Virginia Small is a lifelong writer, dating back to a three-year journalism program at Milwaukee’s Pius XI High and summer journalism program at UW-Madison. She has served as an editor for a national gardening magazine, a staff reporter and cultural reviewer for several newspapers and a freelance contributor to many national and regional publications. She was the director of public relations for Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota for 13 years. The St. Petersburg Times published her lengthy profile of a former POW in Vietnam.

Virginia began studying the history of landscape design 20-some years ago and has written extensively about it, including a book titled Great Gardens of the Berkshires. She recently returned to Milwaukee and has focused her research and writing on topics relating to public policy, urban planning, parks issues and Wisconsin’s rich landscape and conservation history. She also volunteers for numerous organizations, including Lake Park Friends and Milwaukee Film, and as a writing teacher for the Dominican Center in Amani. Over the years, she has conducted many workshops on writing and creativity and especially enjoys assisting people in telling their own stories.

Preserving waterways and woodlands as public spaces has been positive for the region’s overall ecology as well as the people who enjoy the parks. more

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A bill to drastically increase Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele’s power and decrease the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors’ jurisdiction drew much opposition and limited support at a recent state legislative hearing. more

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Last week’s meeting at the Mitchell Park Domes about parking meters in Milwaukee County parks revealed an overwhelming rejection of County Executive Chris Abele’s plan to impose another “revenue stream.” more

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Metro Milwaukee’s time-honored heritage of free and inclusively accessible parks is on the fast track to ending. more

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A “work group” of county officials and members of the business and nonprofit community have identified 40 “potentially viable locations” for parking meters in parks. Most of the county’s lakefront and other popular parks are targeted. more

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Milwaukee County plans to install parking meters in many of its landmark parks, raising questions about public access as well as the need to raise revenue to maintain the park system. more

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Should Downtown Milwaukee’s Pere Marquette Park have a beer garden or not? The debate is on regarding how best to use this rare, little, urban green space. more

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Kevin Shafer, executive director of the Metropolitan Milwaukee Sewerage District, describes how the MMSD’s operations increasingly involve “green infrastructure"—wide-ranging, sustainable solutions undertaken to promote better overall wa... more

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ReciproCITY has initiated many community-based projects that relate to cultural history, urban agriculture, curbing violence and promoting community growth, harmony and awareness. more

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A look back at the design of Milwaukee County’s park system and a guide to the county’s green spaces. more

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