“I would like to be my own boss”

This story is part of a series focusing on the 30th Street Industrial & Economic Corridor.

Lorenzo Williams walks across an empty lot that sits between a row of houses near 29th and Chambers as sunset casts shadows across the open space. Williams sports a heavy leather jacket that sags below his shoulders, despite the still-warm early-fall air.

Williams says he grew up in, “this neighborhood, right here.” It was nice, back then, but, after some time, the area took a turn for the worse. “Man, growin’ up, it was pretty decent. The neighborhood was nice but it changed, over the years,” he says.

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“There’s a lot of changes being made, here”

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Todd Kubera stands outside his shop, Schram Auto Body, at 3001 West Lisbon.

Kubera, who grew up right in the area on 30th and Vliet, says the neighborhood has its pluses and minuses. “It was up and down; it had its ups and downs, though, like crime, then it’d be good, then it’d be bad. It was just goin’ up and down. I mean, I learned to just deal with a lot of the stuff and, you know…talk to your neighbor and stuff, work something out to where you can get the neighborhood back to the way it’s supposed to be.”

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“I kind of followed my mother here”

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Robert Stewart stands outside his garage on a dead-end street in Franklin Heights.

Steward says he ended up in Milwaukee because of family and the chance to get a good job. “I kind of followed my mother here – she lived up here; I was livin’ in Missouri. [The city] seemed like it had good opportunities back then.”

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

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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.”

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“It’s only a struggle if you let it get to you”

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Marlon Lindsui sits in his car, outside his grandma’s house, near 29th and Auer waiting for his girlfriend.

Lindsui, who grew up in the neighborhood, says his childhood wasn’t an easy one. “It’s a struggle,” he says. “You see it; you see all these abandoned houses. It’s a struggle, man.”

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“It don’t feel good; it really don’t”

This story is part of a series focusing on the 30th Street Industrial & Economic Corridor.

Wanda Matthews sits in a chair on the sidewalk near the corner of 30th and Chambers on Milwaukee’s north side.

Matthews grew up right in the neighborhood, near 30th and Concordia. She says life was good back in the day. There were some bad things but there was good, as well. “We had everything we wanted,” she says, referring to her and her siblings.

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