City development – An unprecedented amount of urban development is happening throughout Milwaukee in the form of new construction, historic renovation and neighborhood revitalization. The downtown condo industry continues to boom as increasing numbers of people desire to live, work and play amongst the unlimited opportunities of downtown Milwaukee. Historic renovations can be seen in the Third Ward, Walkers Point, Brewers Hill and many other neighborhoods. The Hillside neighborhood project and Tower Automotive site are among many redevelopment efforts in areas of the City affected by economic hardship.
Milwaukee Green Team – Mayor Barrett recently launched the Milwaukee Green Team – a group of eleven business, community and environmental leaders who will create a plan for a greener, cleaner Milwaukee. The Milwaukee Green Team will provide recommendations on innovative, cost-efficient ways the City and private sector can preserve Lake Michigan, reduce energy costs and create jobs in the growing environmental technology and green building industries. The City of Milwaukee already has many green projects, including Highland Gardens, a public housing facility that features the largest residential modular green roof in the country.
Vacant Lots & Abandoned Buildings – The City of Milwaukee sold over 200 lots in 2004. The sale of these lots will result in over $30 million in neighborhood redevelopment. In addition, Mayor Barrett recently signed a City ordinance that aims to force owners of boarded-up buildings to repair or sell their properties instead of leaving them empty. These efforts provide economic opportunity while greatly improving the appearance of Milwaukee's neighborhoods.