Milwaukee Avenue

Milwaukee Avenue provides much of the inspiration for the new Greenways concept. A quiet oasis of green space just south of bustling Franklin Avenue in the Seward Neighborhood, Milwaukee Avenue has become a much-loved sanctuary. Originally built as railroad worker-housing, the homes and lots on Milwaukee Avenue are smaller than average, and many were slated for demolition in the 1970′s due to their dilapidated condition. To save this unique two-block stretch of small homes, a historic district was created. The street was closed to car traffic, and converted into a linear park, forming the core of a broader neighborhood revitalization effort. Both Milwaukee Avenue and the overall effort to spur reinvestment in the Seward Neighborhood were successful.

View of northern entrance to Milwaulkee Avenue, just half a block south of Franklin Avenue

Being only two blocks long, Milwaukee Avenue isn’t intended as a park of city-wide importance. However, the Milwaukee Avenue model could be used to create longer linear parks that would help reshape our region.

Trees bloom in the green space along Milwaukee Avenue

Milwaukee Avenue demonstrates that converting a street into a park can transform a neighborhood by providing a uniquely peaceful getaway. The pictures on this page attempt to capture the feeling of the place, but the best way to see Milwaukee Avenue is in person.

Milwaukee Avenue, another view

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