The Harambee (translates to “all pull together” in Swahili) Neighborhood is located just north of Milwaukee’s central business district and is bounded by I-43 on the west, Capital Drive and the rail corridor on the north, Holton Street on the east, and Center Street to the south. Former mayor Frank Zeidler – Milwaukee’s last Socialist mayor – called the neighborhood home until his death in 2006.
The neighborhood was first settled by early German-Americans in the 1800s but became the center of Milwaukee’s African American community by the 1950s. In recent history, it has been heavily affected by redlining, slum clearance, construction of the I-43 freeway, and race riots in the summer of 1967.
As a lower to middle-class, predominantly African-American neighborhood, Harambee has recently seen an influx of upper income residents to its south and east, along its borders with Brewers Hill and River West, while the northern end is also enjoying extensive residential rehabilitation through the partnership of the City with churches, private businesses, philanthropy, neighborhood groups, business improvement districts, non-profit community development corporations, and the police department.
A quaint suburban feel with the readily available amenities of an urban environment, is often associated with Halyard Park. A community of its own Halyard Park was first developed in the 1970’s by Beechie Brooks, a community leader and real estate developer, Brooks had a vision to revitalize the central city. It is bordered by Garfield Avenue to the north, Halyard and 6th street to the west, 4th St. to the east and Brown St. to the south.
One of Milwaukee’s oldest neighborhoods, Brewers Hill is located on a bluff overlooking the Milwaukee River. Brewers Hill boomed at the turn of the 20th century as a residential area for the laborers who worked in the foundries, tanneries, mills, and breweries thatlined the river. The architecture of the area covers a wide variety of styles from Greek revival to Queen Anne, in both housing and buildings.The neighborhood is bordered by North Avenue to the north, Holton av. to the east, Pleasant St. to the south, and Martin Luther King Drive to the west.
Resting between Schlitz Brewery and Pabst Brewery Haymarket is comprised mostly of office and manufacturing buildings. A true namesake the area was once known for providing hay to the horses of the city, and as transportation progressed, the area became an open-air market for produce vendors and florist. Much of the area today is home to various types of businesses that operate out of rehabbed warehouses and industrial spaces. The residential majority in this neighborhood enjoy the industrial feel of the apartments and condos that make up the areas housing.
Historic King Drive BID #8
2745 N. Dr. Martin Luther King Drive - Suite 206
Milwaukee, WI 53212