What do you love about your neighborhood?
That’s the question we were asking this past Wednesday at our most recent Cultural Commons event here at Radio Milwaukee.
With a room full of diverse people calling “home” to many different neighborhoods in Milwaukee, we spent the night talking about what makes each neighborhood special.
And with the neighborhoods represented ranging from Shorewood to Oak Creek and Metcalfe Park to Washington Park, check out why these Milwaukee neighbors love their home:
Nolman from the Granville neighborhood,
“I’ve been there for about 20 years, it’s my home. Growing up it was real easy to connect with everyone… It’s not as compact as all the neighborhoods closer to downtown so it’s been really easy to get to know your neighbors.”
Annie from Metcalfe Park,
“Metcalfe Park has a voice… which is funny, because at first I didn’t think it had a voice. But it does. And the people aren’t afraid to speak up for what they want. They want a safe neighborhood.”
Danielle from Lindsay Heights,
“Coming into this neighborhood, I only had a one-sided thought about it and the violence in the neighborhood. I’ve come to learn that violence is all over, and I’ve come to learn the positive. I’m starting to see more and more ethnic groups bike riding down the streets, the fairs, the parks… that’s made it special for me.”
Diedra from Washington Park,
“The park is one of the best in the city. It has lots of green space; you see a collection of neighbors fishing and hanging with their families. It’s one of the only places I know where you can catch fish and take them home and eat them!
Isaiah from Washington Heights,
“I love the diversity in Washington Heights and the inclusion of everyone. There’s young people, old people… I like the fact that everyone comes out as a community.”
Building inclusive neighborhoods starts without any bricks or mortar, but with relationships.
So,what does this mean for us? How can we highlight these positives and make Milwaukee, as a whole, more inclusive?
Ashley from Saint Francis,
“We need to be more intentional about going to other neighborhoods, learning about them and dispelling myths. There are so many cool things in all of our neighborhoods and so many things to be proud about… We should be going and exploring!”
Leda from Bay View,
“I think the key to bringing people together is by finding fun ways for people from different neighborhoods to interact. By bringing people together in inclusive spaces I think we’ll eventually get to a place where people are really comfortable and excited to travel around.”
Ian from Clarke Square,
“I think building more inclusive neighborhoods starts with relationships at the family level. If we raise kids to automatically think inclusion rather than separation… I think that creates inclusion. Building inclusive neighborhoods starts without any bricks or mortar, without anything physical, but with relationships.