Author(s): Mo Zell
Globally, financial and cultural pressures continue to contribute to localized inequalities. These growing disparities generated by real estate speculation and migrations tend to intensify rather than abate a sense of inequality and the undoing of communities. In Milwaukee, however, the problem is the opposite. Gentrification due to real estate speculations do not exist in the same degree. Instead, systemic poverty contributes to the disenfranchisement of black and brown populations. Empty storefronts in neighborhoods hit hard by poverty are not being replaced with high-end condos, but rather they simply remain empty. This paper details the efforts to ameliorate not only the physical attributes of vacancy through changing capital flows but also to give agency to voices from the community.
Ángela García de Paredes, Iñaqui Carnicero & Julio Salcedo-Fernandez