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A Look at UWM's Community Design Solutions Center

Jon Strelecki
Tom Luljak and Carolyn Esswein

One of the most remarkable pictures of economic development anywhere in the state of Wisconsin can be found in the heart of downtown Milwaukee. With the new Milwaukee Bucks arena taking shape, the Northwestern Mutual office building nearing completion and the sparkling Couture office and residential tower about to break ground, well over a billion dollars in real estate projects are underway.

This is just the beginning of what some are calling the renaissance of urban Milwaukee.

Where do all of these ideas come from? On this edition of UWM Today, visit with a UWM professor who is leading teams of students at the university helping to create a vision for what Milwaukee may look like in coming years. Carolyn Esswein is a professor at UWM’s School of Architecture and Urban Planning and leads the Community Design Solutions center on campus.

Tom Luljak hosted UWM Today on WUWM for more than two decades and is the inaugural host of Curious Campus.