Last week, the hopes of many in southeastern Wisconsin were dashed when the results of the Bloomberg challenge were announced.
Although Milwaukee ranked as a finalist in New York mayor Michael Bloomberg’s personally financed contest to spark innovation, other cities, including Chicago and Providence, Rhode Island, came out on top.
Seemingly undaunted, Mayor Tom Barrett has pledged Milwaukee will forge ahead with its initiative called “HOME GR/OWN." It includes repurposing blighted urban landscapes with vegetable patches, shared food distribution facilities and start up businesses.
WUWM Environmental Reporter Susan Bence met with several people who are already living that vision.