Residents expressed a desire for a better future, yet doubt that a system which hasn’t worked for them in the past will change. Rick Banks, a community organizer and central city native, hopes to bring that perspective to the Wisconsin legislature.
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.”
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.”