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. 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.”
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.”