All posts filed under: Midtown

Midtown is bordered by North Avenue to the north, 20th Street to the east, Highland Avenue to the south and railroad tracks to the west. Midtown Centre, a shopping center off of Capitol Drive developed around ten years ago, is considered the economic heart of the neighborhood, filling the void by what was once the Capitol Court Mall.

“I want to be an NBA player”

Terryon Mckinnie shoots a basketball on an empty court in Tiefenthaler Park in Milwaukee’s Midtown neighborhood while a group of men and boys play a hustle on the court beside him. Mckinnie says he would rather practice than join in — there are too many people and Mckinnie, who has a slight frame, doesn’t want to get hurt. But none of that keeps him from dreaming big. “When I see Kobe Bryant and LeBron James play, I want to play,” he says. “It’s my favorite sport.”

“I want that; I just don’t know how to get that”

This story is part of a series focusing on the 30th Street Industrial & Economic Corridor. Davontae Thompson leans against the trunk of his electric blue Chevy Impala, posing for pictures with a friend. Thompson, who grew up in the neighborhood and has lived in the area for 13 or 14 years, says his childhood was a bit of a mixed bag. “It was good but it was a little bit…everybody wasn’t getting shot and killed every day but lot of fights, lot of robbery, a lot going on. Car accidents, cars stolen, radios stolen, windows busted, a lot of kids being bad for no reason. But it was alright.”