Milwaukee Neighborhoods

Chuck Quirmbach

Four low-income areas of Milwaukee continue to be designated "Promise Zones," where city officials say they're making special efforts to create jobs, improve education and reduce crime. On Saturday, a bicycle tour through one of the zones on Milwaukee's north side offered both a look at the promise of the neighborhoods and some of the challenges.

Husband and wife Larry and Sharon Adams have spent the past 20 years bringing boarded-up homes in their Milwaukee neighborhood back to life.

The love they share for their community grew out of their love for each other. During a StoryCorps interview in October, Larry, now 65, and Sharon, 72, remember how they first met.

It was 1997, and Sharon had just moved back to her childhood home on North 17th Street in Milwaukee's Lindsay Heights neighborhood. But like several other properties in the neighborhood, it needed some work.

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Milwaukee is often called a city of neighborhoods - and with good reason. By some estimates there are more than a hundred distinct neighborhoods in the city, each with their own unique culture and community traditions.

LISTEN: One Question, Lots of Answers: How Are Milwaukee Neighborhoods Named?

But when it comes to talking about the city's “hottest” neighborhoods, Milwaukeeans tend to rely on some familiar favorites.

A Milwaukee Block With the 'Wright' Stuff

Nov 15, 2016
Mitch Teich

The architect Frank Lloyd Wright is known worldwide for his distinctive buildings, often designed for well-heeled or prominent clients.  In Wisconsin alone, Wright's stamp can be found in the S.C. Johnson Wax and Wingspread facilities in Racine, Monona Terrace in Madison, and the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Wauwatosa.

Scoring Neighborhood Noise Levels Using Sound Maps

May 16, 2016
Claire Moseley

"Noise is part of our everyday life.," says Brendan Farrell, founder of HowLoud, Inc., a web-based service that maps noise levels in places around the country. HowLoud has multiple uses surrounding the noise level in any given area. Want to know which hotel is the quietest or if you'll hear airplanes in that new neighborhood? They will bring the information to you.

There are two factors that determine how loud an area is: the Soundscore (with adjectives to describe the noise source) and the map display.

Adam Carr

If you've ever driven down Sherman Boulevard through the Sherman Park neighborhood, you've probably noticed a large, strikingly elegant building with a "for sale" sign out front.

At least one person thinks that in the right hands the former auction house could play a vital role in transforming the Sherman Park neighborhood.

The Effects of Gentrification In Milwaukee

Apr 1, 2015
Emily Mills, Flickr

The concept of gentrification at one level sounds innocuous – fixing up decaying neighborhoods.  But it often leaves bad feelings behind, as new development often pushes out longtime residents and small businesses.  And it’s frequently cast in terms of race and class.

But is gentrification always bad?  And does it always follow the same patterns.  A study put together by a national magazine looked at gentrification in the country’s largest cities and it yielded some interesting data. 

fusion.net

The news seemingly each day this summer has been filled with reports of gun violence and its aftermath.  Fatal and non-fatal shootings get plenty of headlines, but what isn’t covered as regularly is the aftermath of that violence; how it affects the victims, their families, and the community at large.

There are also people and organizations working to make change.

Dawn Hutchison-Weiss

Milwaukee continues to be ranked by various studies as one of the most, if not the most segregated city in the United States.

Group Changes Minds About Inner City Neighborhoods

Oct 24, 2013
LISC.org/milwaukee

We’ve all heard the negative stereotypes of inner-city Milwaukee as a place in crisis. Violence and crime, high rates of foreclosures, problems with drugs are all often linked with the inner city.