Two new reports presented at LISC’s Community Development Symposium find that there is progress in Milwaukee, despite the difficult economy and other discouraging trends. Much more, they argue, needs to be done.
A large crowd of people occupied Zeidler Park on Oct. 15 to rally against big banks and corporate influence in politics. Demonstrators, who said they represented the “99 percent,” marched from Zeidler to the corner of Water Street and Wisconsin Avenue, where they spoke out against what they called “the crimes committed against the American public.”
A new training program in urban medicine offered by the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health sent a medical student to the Bread of Healing Clinic in Lindsay Heights and another to the Sixteenth Street Community Health Center in Clarke Square last year. Now the two students have chosen to complete their three-year residencies in Milwaukee’s central city neighborhoods.
A small group of skilled craftsmen in Lindsay Heights is restoring foreclosed and abandoned houses while employing out-of-work tradesmen. The Craftsmen Restoration Guild, conceived by Walnut Way Conservation Corp., aims to improve the community by bringing houses up to code and increasing curb appeal.