by Tess Reiss Locust St. Festival, voted “Best Neighborhood Festival” in 2001 and 2002 by Shepherd Express readers, kickstarts the summer season on Sunday, June 8. It gets off to a running start with the traditional 1.8 mile Beer Run/Walk. Alderman Mike D’Amato does the honors at the Start Line on Locust and Booth, when […]
Walker tries to stymie anti-freeway expansion initiatives of city residents – State budget cuts kill Riverwest plan to clean contaminated soil at Garden Park – Greening Milwaukee FREE CD-ROM to be released soon – County drives W-2 food stamp case workers onto the streets – Aldermanic Council to be reduced – Good Jobs and Livable Neighborhoods coalition aims to influence downtown development – SAGE receives $2,500 grant
by Sonya Jongsma Knauss
More than $1 million in cuts to community organizing by the City is taking its toll in many neighborhoods, and Riverwest is no exception. Community organizing and neighborhood planning activities will take a hit when the YMCA CommunityDevelopment Corporation at 604 E. Center St. closes its doors on Dec. 31, 2002. The office, which the YMCA opened a little over a year ago and which represents a $37,000 buildout investment on the part of the Y, has been used for many neighborhood gatherings.
“There was a certain level of trust we put in the Y when we originally decided to ask them to administer the grant. We felt they would commit to the neighborhood and bring resources into it. . . I expected the Y to do more work to find funding. To me it’s an institutional question: is the Y devoted to the CDC model or not?” -Alderman D’Amato
by Tess Reiss and Jan Christensen Mixed Reaction from Neighborhood There may be a change in store for the gas station at the corner of Holton and Burleigh. Plans for the reconstruction of the building were presented to the neighborhood at a meeting held Thursday, Sept. 12, at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Library. The […]