August 18, 2013
What is left of Bronzeville? Vacant land, abandoned buildings and a faded cultural environment slowly on the mend. As the City of Milwaukee seeks to revive the neighborhood - and to celebrate it right now with a Bronzeville Week crowded with events - the time is right to retell Bronzeville’s story and compare it with African-American communities in Chicago and New York.
This Milwaukee neighborhood - bounded by Brown Street on the north, Juneau Avenue on the south, Third Street on the east and 12th Street on the west — was once a thriving African-American community. It was systematically destroyed in the 1960s, largely through eminent domain for freeway construction. Eminent domain was expanded to include the transfer of seized land to private developers.Read the full article at ThirdCoast Daily.