Around the Corner with John McGivern | Program | Milwaukee’s Garden District (#610)



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The Garden District. The name sounds like this community should be in a pleasant little village where neighbors know each other and gather in community gardens. Well, add an international airport and 40,000 people and that’s just what the 13th aldermanic district on the south side of Milwaukee is. With a name like the Garden District, you probably guessed, as we did, that this is a very environmentally conscious and eco-friendly community. But we found tons of unexpected experiences in this under-celebrated area. Do you know what’s in that art deco-looking water tower that you see while driving on I-43 near the Plainfield curve? Have you ever seen a grave marker or monument being made? Have you been invited onto a military base and into the simulator of a military refueling plane? Do you know where you can get the best Italian beef sandwich you’ll ever have? You’re in for a treat. That’s just how we felt in the Garden District. It was a complete treat!

Around the Corner with John McGivern | Program | Delavan (#607)



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Delavan is completely unique, especially for the Around the Corner crew. This the only downtown we’ve ever been to that is defined by brick streets, a water tower and circus statues. Delevan is home to our only cookie jar museum, the one and only Bradley’s department store and the only company we’ve been to that produces tubes used to artificially inseminate poultry and cattle. In Wisconsin, this is home to the only school for the deaf and the largest percentage of Latinos. For John, only Delavan will be remembered as the place that provided his craziest interviewee and his shortest… (Lois Stritt, you’re the short one. Rafael Hernandez, you’re the crazy one, but you both already knew that, right?) Yep. Only in Delavan. And we loved it!

Around the Corner with John McGivern | Program | Avenues West (#502)



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Once upon a time, the most affluent addresses in Milwaukee were on Grand Avenue. The name of the Avenue was changed to Wisconsin Avenue in the 1920’s, and since, this city neighborhood has been touched by time in every way possible.

When time takes its toll, reinvention and reinvestment can turn back the hands of time. The Eagles Club had fallen into disuse, but in the nick of time the Rave came along, opening the doors for music enthusiasts of all kinds. The Ambassador Hotel had fallen on hard times as well, but along came renovation and vision, and now it’s one of the best hotels in the city!

There are institutions here that help us keep up with the times, like WISN-TV, the Milwaukee Academy of Chinese Language and the ever-expanding Marquette University. But if you want to be transported back in time, go to the Pabst mansion or to North America’s oldest prayer space, St. Joan of Arc Chapel.

John’s favorite time? Lunch time! Choosing between Daddy’s, Miss Katies and the Five O’Clock Steakhouse was too hard, so John made time for all of them! So guess what time it is: Time to go to Avenues West!

Around the Corner with John McGivern | Program | Mitchell Street (#305)



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We have never, ever, experienced vibrancy and diversity like we did on Mitchell Street. We met business owners from Pakistan, India, Mexico and Australia, a priest from France, a transplant from Chicago, not to mention lifelong Milwaukeeans who have chosen to call Mitchell Street their home for generations.

Naan bread was a favorite, the Quinceanera gowns were amazing, and the Mexican boots were almost unbelievable! And the $99 suit and long raccoon coat have certainly found a home in John McGivern’s closet by now! The wig, however, we made him promise to never put on again!

This is one of those communities that everyone thinks they know, but you really need to become reacquainted with Historic Mitchell Street. It has so much to offer!

Episode #305

Around the Corner with John McGivern | Program | Wausau (#308)



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Wausau is our first “half-and-half” community — we shot half of the episode in the winter when it was zero degrees, and the other half in the summer when it was 100! But with extreme temperatures came extreme fun.

John didn’t know of the many things there are to do in Wausau that start with “snow.” You can tube, board, shoe, sculpt, mobile, ball and cone (think about it…). And then there’s “ice” — skate, fish, race, curl and cream (that one was easier). And of course in summer, when all that melts, you have rushing waters perfect for kayaking and a mountain (well, a big hill really) perfect for hiking, biking and exploring.

But we didn’t stay outside for the whole episode. It’s comfortable year round at Carmelo’s Supper Club, the Woodside Art Museum, Bull Falls Brewery, The Grand Theatre and Back When Café.

This episode has the distinction of being the most heavily “McGiverned” episode yet — it’s just about bursting with McGiverns!

Episode #308

Heaviest Corner on Earth – VIDEO TOUR (Birmingham, Alabama)



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Taking a look at the “Heaviest Corner on Earth” in Birmingham, AL 🙂

The Heaviest Corner on Earth is a promotional name given to the corner of 20th Street and 1st Avenue North in Birmingham, Alabama, United States, in the early 20th century.

In the early 1900s, four of the South’s tallest buildings were constructed at 20th Street and First Avenue in downtown Birmingham. A magazine proclaimed it “The Heaviest Corner on Earth.” A marker at the site reads: “At the turn of the 20th century, Birmingham was a small town of two and three story buildings with a few church steeples punctuating the skyline. During the industrial boom from 1902 to 1912 which made Birmingham the largest city in the state, four large buildings were constructed at the intersection of the city’s main streets. The Woodward Building (now National Bank of Commerce), constructed in 1902 on the southwest corner, was the city’s first steel-frame skyscraper. A good example of the Chicago school style of architecture, it brought a dramatic change to the vertical scale of the existing Victorian city. In 1906 the 16-story Brown Marx Building rose on the northeast corner; in 1908 an addition more than doubled its size. Long the South’s largest office building, its principal tenant was United States Steel Corporation. The Empire Building (1909, northwest corner) and John A. Hand Building (1912, southeast corner) completed the ‘Heaviest Corner.’ Sheathed in marble, limestone, and terra cotta, they exemplify the more ornamental neoclassical style. Along the cornice of the Empire Building (now Colonial Bank), ‘E’s’ stand for the Empire Improvement Company, which built the tower. At the time, the height and mass of the buildings was so impressive that the intersection of First Avenue North and 20th Street was proclaimed the heaviest corner on earth. Today these buildings represent the most significant group of early skyscrapers in the city.”

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Around the Corner with John McGivern | Program | Spring Green (#407)



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How is a community of 1200 people home to two outstanding performing arts theaters, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin and the most beautiful cave in the upper Midwest? What about the Ring Brothers? Wait until you see their work. Nina’s Department Store can seemingly transport you back in time. Wisconsin Riverside Resort has harnessed nature. The Opal Man’s creations are completely mesmerizing. And somehow there is a full size carousel inside the House on the Rock! Add to that the spell that White House Theater cast over John and the crew, and you, too, will have no other explanation: Magic! (7 of 13)

Around the Corner with John McGivern | Program | Middleton (#703)



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[Original Airdate: January 25, 2018]

Before we showed up in Middleton, we thought this city was started as a suburb of Madison. Wrong. When we got here, we thought that Middleton was divided into the industrial part and the neighborhood part. Not so wrong, but both parts completely impressed us. And after we found the Mustard Museum, we knew we were spot on!

There are tons of places to work in Middleton and John got into some really neat ones, like ETC (Electronic Theater Controls), Standard Imaging, Morley Airplane Company, and Springs Window Fashion. Topped off by a visit to the doll hospital at American Girl, the industrial side of town was an eye-opening whirlwind!

And the living is good in Middleton, too. John learned how to play cricket (not really — he still doesn’t know the rules), held backyard chickens and rode the Metro Transit while talking to welcoming residents. He played board games, helped clean and ate great Chinese food with some Middleton entrepreneurs.

We left with thoughts of kind people, successful businesses and … mustard. Never thought we’d say that! Thanks, Middleton!

Around the Corner with John McGivern | Program | Manitowoc (#711)



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Manitowoc is a city on the eastern shore of Wisconsin, north of Sheboygan and south of Green Bay that John McGivern LOVES! No, we mean it.

Visits to the Wisconsin Maritime Museum and exploration of the SS Badger were the beginning of his enchantment. Then he was introduced to beach glass, reminisced with an Evergleam Christmas tree collector, and explored Jagemann Stamping and Briess Malt and Ingredients Co. He had a Diet Coke with Kathie at the Stage Door Pub, made a belt at Leatherwerks and checked in to Dead by Dawn — not sure that he would ever check out! But the cherry on the top was provided by Beerntsen’s Confectionary and Cedar Crest Ice Cream! Yum! What’s not to love?

Fair warning to those in Manitowoc: Don’t be surprised if some day there’s a Manitowoc mailbox with John’s name on it. By being so inviting, you asked for it, Manitowoc!

Old Fashion Street Corner Preaching – Shreveport Nightlife



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