HOME GR/OWN's Partners for Places project was recently named the WINNER of the SXSW Eco international Places by Design contest in the Urban Strategies category. Tim McCollow & Carolyn Esswein of the UW-Milwaukee School of Architecture and Urban Planning Community Design Solutions (CDS) 'pitched' on behalf of our many partners in Austin, TX, talking about our 2014 Ezekiel Gillespie Park and our community engagement process and site designs for our 20 2015 Partners for Places spaces. CDS led our design team which includes the residents who participated in their design workshops. More information here.
HOME GR/OWN's 2015 Focus Project: Partners for Places - 14 new orchards and 6 new pocket parks on Milwaukee's North Side - COMPLETE FOR 2015
What does HOME GR/OWN do?
HOME GR/OWN Milwaukee empowers residents to transform neighborhoods by re-purposing City-owned vacant lots into community assets that spark new economic opportunities around local, healthy food production and distribution, and new, green community spaces. HOME GR/OWN is an initiative of Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, led by the Office of Environmental Sustainability.
What is HOME GR/OWN's mission?
- Transform targeted neighborhoods by concentrating City and partner resources, catalyzing new, healthy food access and greenspace developments.
- Make it easier to access local food and re-purpose city-owned vacant lots. We work within City government to streamline processes, permitting, and ordinances, making it easier to grow and distribute healthy food, start new food-based businesses, and improve vacant lots.
- Work within Milwaukee's community food system to link local growers to local markets, increase urban food infrastructure (water, access, compost), and support new urban farms and healthy food retailers and wholesalers.