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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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Envision South 13th Together: Transportation & Streets Meeting

Monday, October 5th from 6 - 7:30pm

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Upcoming Public Meetings

Monday, October 5th - Transportation and Streets Virtual Meeting

  • Time: 6:00 - 7:30 pm
  • Where: Zoom

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  • Agenda: 1) Presentation: a brief overview of existing bike, transit, and walking infrastructure and related data.  2) Discussion: 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? Where are your favorite places to go in the community? What are your thoughts on the pilot project with new painted bumpouts and flexible posts?

Stay tuned! Dates for more topic-based meetings are coming soon!

Past Public Meetings

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:


Check out the video from the Plan’s virtual launch below:


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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