In February of 2018, the Department of City Development released “A Place in the Neighborhood: An Anti-Displacement Plan for Neighborhoods Surrounding Downtown Milwaukee.”
The Anti-Displacement Plan was created at the direction of the Milwaukee Common Council. The Common Council directed DCD to create this plan because:
“Milwaukee’s skyline is changing on a monthly basis due to the rapid pace of new construction and while the downtown building boom brings many improvements to the city, including more people and an expanded tax-base, it may also kill some cultural traditions and diversity, the precise characteristics that make Milwaukee so dynamic and desirable in the first place... Development should not dismantle and displace existing neighborhoods and communities in order to make way for new residents... DCD must ensure that its economic revitalization efforts for Milwaukee include policies that help poorer residents.” (Common Council Resolution #171143)
The Anti-Displacement Plan analyzes neighborhood market and demographic data to determine to what degree displacement may be occurring in Milwaukee neighborhoods. It also offers a series of recommendations to help reduce the potential for displacement.