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Milwaukee's Main Street Districts
  North Avenue Gateway
  Historic King Drive
  Lincoln Village
  The Mosaic on Burleigh
  Silver City

North Avenue Gateway     W. North Av., 27th St. to Sherman Blvd.
Main Street Manager:
Cavalier Johnson

North Avenue Gateway

The GatewayThe North Avenue Gateway Main Street District serves a number of local neighborhoods including Metcalfe Park, Washington Park and part of Sherman Park.

Several new developments have come online over the past few years in the North Avenue Gateway District, and classic buildings provide an anchor for additional development.

The North Avenue Community Development Corporation is the partnering organization. 

Historic King Drive
Dr. Martin Luther King Dr., Locust to Walnut

Upcoming events & announcements:

July 17
July 29
Sept. 4

Garfield Days
Downtown Employee Appreciation Week
Potential Business Mixer
MLK Street Jam & BBQ
Main Street Manager:
Marjorie Rucker

King Drive Main Street logo

King DriveThis Main Street is part of a larger project: the Historic King Drive Business Improvement District, a 2-mile corridor.

The street is a designated historic district and several of the buildings are restored, several more are to be renovated. A lively mixture of national retailers, specialty shops and quality housing can be found here. Work along this corridor has generated $200 million worth of new development since 1995.

Historic King Drive serves the diverse neighborhoods of Brewers Hill, Bronzeville, Harambee, Halyard Park and the near Downtown.

Lincoln Village     W. Lincoln Av., S. 5th St. to 20th St.

Business Improvement District Discussion
Next public meetings:


Basilica Square – Thursday, July 29th, 2pm – Old Town (522 W. Lincoln Ave.)

Lincoln Avenue – Thursday, July 29th, 6pm – Tres Hermanos (1332 W. Lincoln Ave.)
Main Street Manager:
Neil White  414.672.2249

Lincoln Village Business Association

Commercial District  Purchasing Power

Lincoln AvenueLincoln Village developed overtime as a mostly Polish and Eastern European immigrant settlement with the bulk of employment based on manufacturing and fishing industries. A combination of factors have sparked the resurgence in the neighborhood: new Latino immigration, long-time prominent businesses adapting to the changing market, and an increase in home ownership.

Lincoln AvenueToday, Lincoln Village has a majority immigrant Latino population, and the community is characterized by an emphasis on family, faith, cooperation, and a strong work ethic. A variety of distinctive businesses serve the entire community.


The Mosaic on Burleigh     Burleigh St., Sherman Blvd. to 60th St.
Main Street Manager:
Richard Badger

Burleigh Street Community Development CorporationMosaic on Burleigh logo

Commercial District Vision  Purchasing Power Consumer survey

Burleigh StreetThe Sherman Park neighborhood is known for its working middle class and culturally diverse population. A bastion of block groups and community organizing, Sherman Park is characterized by rich housing stock and committed residents.

Burleigh StreetThe vision for the Burleigh Street Commercial Business District is to create a “village shopping district” utilized by the residents of the greater Sherman Park community. Burleigh Street is on an upswing of revival as a result of dedicated manpower, encouragement, and enthusiasm of residents and business leaders.

Silver City     W. National Av., S. 31st St. to Miller Parkway

Upcoming events:

Open House for the property at 3500 W. National (formerly Mekatos), July 13 from 3:30-5:00 pm

Concerts in the Park featuring The Don Lewis Quartet- Wednesday, July 21st at 6:30 pm.

Concerts in the Park featuring Grupo Incomparable- Wednesday, August 18th at 6:30 pm.

Asian Fest – Saturday, August 28th at 10 am.

Concerts in the Park featuring Pieces of Buena (an ensemble of De La Buena)- Wednesday, September 15th at 6:30 pm.

Trick-or-Treat Street, October 30, 2010
Layton Boulevard West Silver City logo
Commercial District Vision  Purchasing Power Consumer survey
Planting Day, Silver City Youth Ambassadors
  Planting Day, Silver City Youth Ambassadors
The Layton Boulevard West Neighborhood is comprised of mainly Latino and white residents, with a growing Asian and African-American community. Shopping on National Avenue, the Silver City district, is truly an “Inter-National Experience.”

Silver CityServing as a gateway to Milwaukee’s Near South Side, the Silver City district is just beginning to transform into a blossoming commercial district.

Community leaders and residents are currently implementing neighborhood improvement projects and creating block watches, creating a strong momentum for further improvements.

SOHI     N. 27th St., W. Highland to St. Paul
Main Street Manager:
Keith Stanley
Avenues West

Commercial District Vision  Purchasing Power

SoHiSOuth of Highland District (SOHI) is located on North 27th Street. SOHI  developed as a retail center between 1880 and 1920.

A crossroads to the six neighborhoods that surround it, SOHI has recently benefited from revitalization efforts in these neighborhoods.

Evoking the feel of a small downtown, SOHI is characterized by three and four-story buildings housing high intensity uses.

With a mix of retail and service businesses, North 27th Street is part of the daily experience of neighborhood residents, employees, and commuters, serving as a Western gateway to downtown.

For information on commercial properties in Milwaukee Main Street Districts, please contact the appropriate Main Street Manager.


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