Milwaukee has been trying to bounce back for years from a decline in manufacturing. For nearly a century, starting around 1880, the city’s economy was built on factory jobs. Thousands of people moved here from other states and countries to find work. But manufacturers fell on hard times in the 1970s. There were a number of reasons for the decline. Professor Sammis White of the UWM Department of Urban Planning spoke to Ann-Elise Henzl.
For the next month, our newsroom and Lake Effect staff are exploring the subject of economic development in southeastern Wisconsin. Today, Ann-Elise Henzl examines the rise and fall of local manufacturing. Milwaukee was built on it, earning the reputation as the Machine Shop to the World.
Summerfest continues its 11 day run on Milwaukee's lakefront this week. The musicians on today's schedule include the rock band 2nd Thought. It's a group of five middle school boys from the Milwaukee suburb Whitefish Bay. Ann-Elise Henzl has this profile.