Manni Marquez, director of the Clarke Square Neighborhood Initiative (CSNI), was recently selected as the 2011 “Mi Comunidad” award winner. The award recognizes an unsung hero in Milwaukee’s Hispanic community each year. Marquez has been active in the Clarke Square neighborhood for more than 15 years.
If you feel welcome when you drive along Fond du Lac from 18th to 27th Street, it might be because of the banners hanging from the signposts. The banners read, “Welcome to Marketplace: Advancing Economic and Environmental Innovations.”
The residents, businesses, organizations and community development agencies that make up Washington Park Partners are hard at work beginning to implement a new five-year Sustainable Community Plan. The plan addresses seven areas of neighborhood life WPP considers crucial to a sustainable community.
Milwaukee Police Department District 2, which includes Clarke Square, recently recognized block watch captains and members at a Block Watch Captains Award Dinner. District 2 has 214 block watches, more than any other district in the city.
Layton Boulevard West Neighbors, Inc. (LBWN) recently received a $112,000 grant from Wells Fargo to continue home renovation efforts in the neighborhood. The money will be used for the Turnkey Renovation program, a project in which foreclosed homes are purchased, renovated and fitted with the latest in energy-saving technology.
The nonprofit Centro Legal clinic has provided free bilingual legal services for 20 years on Milwaukee’s south side. The need is particularly strong in family courts, according to Heather Ramirez, executive director.
Only about half of Clarke Square residents filled out their 2010 census forms, information that the federal government uses for multiple purposes including allocating funds to communities. As a result, the Clarke Square Neighborhood Initiative is taking its own census.
After months of one-on-one interviews, focus groups, neighborhood meetings and data collection, the Quality of Life Plan for the Layton Boulevard West neighborhoods of Silver City, Layton Park and Burnham Park has been unveiled to the public.
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.
Organizers from the Clarke Square Neighborhood Initiative (CSNI), along with law enforcement representatives and political leaders, gathered to share information and resources with residents at the “Hear your voice in Clarke Square” event.