The business, economic, and cultural center for Milwaukee’s African-American residents was the Bronzeville neighborhood from the early 1900s and the 1960s. The heart of the original district was along Walnut Street between King Drive and 12th Street. By the 1930s, the number of African American-owned businesses in that area exceeded all other areas of the city, with the highest concentration between 6th and 9th Streets. By the late 1960s, a portion of Walnut Street was demolished to make room for an ill conceived freeway that was never finished. That devastating time left vacant land, abandoned buildings, and a faded cultural environment that struggled to mend.
The City of Milwaukee has been working in recent years to revive the neighborhood, and 2017 saw remarkable landmark events that moved the Bronzeville Redevelopment Plan forward. The content and images in this collection highlight the editorial work by the Milwaukee Independent to preserve a record for history of all the efforts that occurred for future generations.
- Year In Review 2017: Voices from across the community
- Year In Review 2017: Connecting the dots back to Milwaukee
- Year In Review 2017: The building it takes to rejuvenate our community
- Year In Review 2017: The Bronzeville story of a little neighborhood that could
- Year In Review 2017: Heroes living the change they wish to see
- Year In Review 2017: The long shadow of Milwaukee's Postbellum Legacy
- Year In Review 2017: The soul of the city sculpted in paint
- Year In Review 2017: Milwaukee news that will matter beyond an unusual year
- Year In Review 2017: Standing up for the issues that impact Milwaukee
- Year In Review 2017: Speaking truth to power and our own denial
- Year In Review 2017: Images from today as a witness for the future