EVERYTHING WE LIKE GOES AWAY. Milwaukee's National Liquor Bar will close Saturday. We organized an impromptu family gathering in June for our farewells, which included pictures but no burgers. Today, one of the Milwaukee talk shows devoted an hour to the loss of the bar, and other nostalgic Milwaukee that has gone. Nobody got quite back to the North Shore Line or the streetcars or the parking lot monitors in control towers behind the Mitchell Street Sears and the Third Street Schuster's.

I suppose that's the world we live in today, and I've had a half century of observing what some of my rail enthusiast friends refer to as "Everything Turns To S***." All the same, I'll know we're in real trouble if Rockwell Automation is reduced to selling naming rights to the clock tower or the thermometer.

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