The Zilber Neighborhood Initiative, a project of the Zilber Family Foundation, recently drew to a close. The 10-year initiative worked to improve the quality of life in Lindsay Heights, Clarke Square and the Layton Boulevard West neighborhoods of Silver City, Burnham Park and Layton Park. The foundation is a key funder of Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service.
The Layton Boulevard West neighborhoods of Silver City, Burnham Park and Layton Park were at a tipping point in 2011, when they were selected to participate in the Zilber Neighborhood Initiative. Since then, they have moved in a positive direction.
Since the late philanthropist Joe Zilber selected it as one of three neighborhoods where the Zilber Neighborhood Initiative would invest $50 million over 10 years, Clarke Square residents and leaders have seen positive changes.
The 10-year Zilber Neighborhood Initiative ended this summer and Lindsay Heights leaders say most of the plan’s goals have been met or are on the way to completion.
Response times for non-violent crimes average more than 40 minutes, though in some cases are much longer, according to a Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service analysis of Milwaukee Police Department dispatch data. The average response time for a stolen vehicle is 68 minutes.
Response times for violent crimes including armed robbery and reckless use of a weapon average from 26 to 74 minutes, according to a Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service analysis of Milwaukee Police Department dispatch data.
Although the City of Milwaukee promised more than a year ago to replace lead service lines at each of the city’s 346 licensed child care facilities, Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service has found that only 146 have been replaced thus far, due to a combination of mismanagement, poor communication and unresponsive property owners.
Despite Health Department efforts to combat lead poisoning that date back decades, community leaders say a plan, and better communication, are necessary for the city to move forward on the issue.
After years of traffic fatalities and injury accidents trending down, both are now on the rise and are soaring to levels not seen in recent years. As police regroup, city residents are grappling with the idea that a green light doesn’t mean it’s safe to go.
Once a Milwaukee staple, the corner bar is becoming a relic in the 53215 and 53204 neighborhoods as crime and other issues have caused taverns to close.