Spotlight Neighborhoods

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Visit Spotlight Neighborhoods Layton Boulevard West and Lindsay Heights during Doors Open 

Article and photos by Adam Carr  

Layton Boulevard West Neighborhoods 

When you visit the Layton Boulevard West neighborhoods, you’ll find a community of young families and historic homes; cultural diversity and deep-rooted culture; new possibilities and time-tested Milwaukee values. 

Bounded by Layton Boulevard, Miller Park Way, the Menomonee Valley, and Lincoln Avenue, the area consists of three south side neighborhoods: Silver City, Burnham Park, and Layton Park. 

These neighborhoods are home to both longtime residents as well as new Milwaukeeans from around the world, with a predominantly Latino population and significant white, Asian and African American populations. 

The area was developed during Milwaukee’s industrial heyday, drawing families of laborers and machinists as well as professionals and business owners. This socioeconomic blend is still intact, with neighbors reflecting the range of middle and working class. 

During Doors Open, the LBWN spotlight neighborhoods offer an incredible and eclectic set of experiences to explore. From classic schools and churches to cutting-edge environmental buildings, from Frank Lloyd Wright homes to a martial arts school and master craftsman’s studio, these sites offer a snapshot of a distinctively Milwaukee community. 

And as you move between the big-ticket attractions, you’ll find no shortage of highlights in the community. Between personality-rich homes, international restaurants, stellar green spaces and corner bars, there’s not a boring block in the neighborhoods. 

Lindsay Heights  

Located in the heart of Milwaukee’s north side, Lindsay Heights is bounded by I-43 to the east, 20th Street to the west, Walnut Street to the south and Locust Street to the north. 

Generations of Milwaukeeans from all walks of life have sought out the corner of 17th and North Avenue. What’s the draw? Corned beef, pastrami and the conversations that come naturally at Jake’s Deli. 

While Jake’s is still alive and well, a new neighborhood destination has emerged across the street. The Juice Kitchen, a brainchild of Lindsay Heights entrepreneurs, sells fresh-to-order juice sought by folks from every corner of the city and neighbors from the surrounding blocks. Spend a few minutes there and you’ll feel (and taste) why — the Juice Kitchen is a bricks-and-mortar embodiment of an ethic developing in the Lindsay Heights neighborhood. 

The neighborhood originally developed from the industrial and economic engine of the 30th Street Industrial Corridor. Over the past 50 years, the Lindsay Heights has been scarred by the dual blow of deindustrialization and blocks of homes demolished for the never-built Park West Freeway. 

Since 2000, organizations like Walnut Way Conservation Corp., Alice’s Garden, Fondy Food Center and many more have cultivated a new movement in the neighborhood. Across many incredible sites, during Doors Open, you’ll be able to experience first-hand Lindsay Heights’ developing reputation for urban agriculture, community wellness and building from the strength from within. 

At first blush, this movement towards farming food may seem like something entirely new. However, while this may be a reinvention of Milwaukee’s urban space, these practices are rooted in many community residents and their roots in the agricultural South. 

During Doors Open, Lindsay Heights will be the best place in the city to witness the bounty our city can produce. You can tour incredible urban gardens and taste the unique flavors of local restaurateurs. In fact, on Saturday (9/23), Walnut Way will be celebrating its annual Harvest Day, which is one of the best days of the year to see the abundance of the community on full display. Additionally, you can visit one of Milwaukee’s most unique and impressive art spaces — the Terry McCormick Contemporary Fine and Folk Art Gallery.