Envision South 13th Street Together

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Envision South 13th Street Together


We understand that many of our neighbors, businesses, families and community members may be struggling to find a sense of normalcy in the uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 global health pandemic. We also hear and support the calls from community members for increased efforts to improve racial equity in our city and across the country. We are committed to furthering those goals through this planning process. There are a number of resources available to help both community residents and businesses. Please visit the following websites for additional resources and information: Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers: COVID-19 Community Toolkit and Crisol Corridor Business Improvement District #50: Safe-Start Programs 

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If you missed any of the topic meetings, the presentations have been posted below. 

We are working on posting meeting notes from the discussion and
invite you to share your thoughts through the comment form.


We Want Your Input!

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The survey will close on Wednesday, November 18th.


Past Public Meetings

Did you miss a meeting(s) and would like to add to the discussion?

The recorded presentations are below and you can let us know what you think by emailing southwestsideplan@milwaukee.gov or by clicking on the button below to fill out the input form.
 Click Here to Provide Input 

Monday, November 9th - The South 13th Street Corridor's Identity

If you missed the meeting - please click on the Provide Input button above to add your comments.

  • What do you like about South 13th Street and want to preserve?
  • What businesses would you like to see in the future?
  • What sorts of things would you like to see on South 13th Street to make it a more attractive place to visit - art, business types, areas to gather (post-COVID), green spaces, etc.?

Monday, October 26th - Parks, Recreation, & Trails Virtual Meeting

If you missed the meeting - please click on the Provide Input button above to add your comments.

  • What do you like about the facilities in the area? What would you like to see in the future?
  • Are there issues with accessing trails?
  • What types of recreation are missing?

Monday, October 12th - Personal Safety and Crime Virtual Meeting

If you missed the meeting - please click on the Provide Input button above to add your comments.

  • What areas do you feel are concerning in regards to crime and personal safety? 
  • What are examples of projects or initiatives in the neighborhood that have had a positive impact on the community?

Monday, October 5th - Transportation and Streets Virtual Meeting

If you missed the meeting - please click on the Provide Input button above to add your comments.

  • What intersections and portions of street corridors cause issues for walking, biking, driving, and taking transit? 
  • Where do you currently feel comfortable walking and biking? 

Thursday, August 13th - A Broadcast to Launch Envision South 13th Street Together

What is Envision South 13th Street Together? 

The Department of City Development is amending the Southwest Side Area Plan1 with a Strategic Action Plan called Envision South 13th Street Together. Strategic Action Plans are a method of updating a portion of an existing comprehensive area plan to advance implementation of plan recommendations.

Envision South 13th Street Together will build upon initiatives and projects occurring in the area. It aims to bring the community together to build consensus on actionable steps for reinvigorating the South 13th Street Corridor and improving connections to the surrounding neighborhoods.

Why now?

Since the Southwest Side Area Plan’s adoption in 2009, there have been a number of projects and plans in the area, such as: 

  • The Kinnickinnic River Neighborhood Plan led by the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD) and the South Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers (SSCHC) created a vision for the river and the surrounding area. Community engagement has been ongoing since the plan’s completion.
  • In 2018, Milwaukee joined a national initiative called Connect Capital. The initiative has brought together representatives from MMSD, the city, BID #50, and SSCHC to look at how to leverage MMSD’s flood management investment in the area to catalyze the creation of community amenities, improve connectivity and safety through complete streets, and spur economic development.
  • Through Connect Capital outreach, the BID’s work, and SSCHC community projects, residents, businesses, and other stakeholders have brought forward concerns such as unsafe streets, underutilization of properties, and the need for a stronger identity for the South 13th Street corridor and the surrounding neighborhood.

With all of the activity occurring in the area, there is a need for a planning process to align the needs of the community with public and private partners to spur action and reinvigorate South 13th Street. The planning process will provide action steps to reinvigorate and make public investments in the South 13th Street commercial corridor, set priorities, and identify responsible parties for implementation. When complete, the plan will document community input and will be approved by Common Council. This will help the City and partners obtain funding to move plan recommendations forward.

Click on the image below for a map of the planning area:

Take a look!

In early July 2020, the City of Milwaukee Department of Public Works (DPW) installed quick, low-cost street improvements to increase the safety and comfort of people walking, biking, and driving on South 13th Street. More about the project can be found here.


[1] A small portion of the planning area is within the Near South Area Plan boundaries, so Envision South 13th Street Together will update the Near South Area Plan as well. 

Envision South 13th Street Together
Southwest Side Strategic Action Plan

Amy Oeth, Southwest Side Project Manager

Kevin Kuschel, Associate Planner


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