A shoe factory turned apartment and office building is the latest development of the Martin Luther King Economic Development Corporation, which seeks to reinvigorate a thriving community in the blocks surrounding King Drive.
Rev-Up Milwaukee’s small business competition winners are reshaping the commercial corridors of the Near West Side through new storefronts.
Lorenda Smith, a mother of three with a baby on the way, works hard for her money. But it’s barely enough to take care of her family. Under a resolution by Ald. Tony Zielinski, Milwaukee would officially support Gov. Tony Evers’ plan to increase the minimum wage in Wisconsin to $15.
Basia Spencer, owner of fashion boutique Basia Rose Designs, recently opened her own shop at a former pop-up space at 1617 W. North Ave. in Lindsay Heights, where she shares space with other vendors.
Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service covered a wide range of stories focused on central city neighborhoods in the past year. NNS reporter Ana Martinez-Ortiz explains why the story republished here is her favorite among the pieces she wrote in 2018.
Villard Avenue once was a bustling commercial sector, and though many businesses still operate on the street, challenges to restore it to its former prominence remain.
The Layton Boulevard West neighborhoods of Silver City, Burnham Park and Layton Park were at a tipping point in 2011, when they were selected to participate in the Zilber Neighborhood Initiative. Since then, they have moved in a positive direction.
Hundreds of community members joined with business owners to mark the opening of the Sherman Phoenix, a commercial center for small businesses that co-developers JoAnne Johnson-Sabir and Juli Kaufmann hope will set an example for the rest of the city.
After opening a pop-up shop in Harambee through Pop-Up MKE, four black women business owners have obtained a month-to-month lease for the space and created a collective where black and brown entrepreneurs can collaborate.
Studies show that African-American and Latino students have a hard time picturing themselves going to college. The City of Milwaukee and United Way have partnered to create Children’s Savings Accounts, an initiative geared toward higher education.