Bronzeville Neighborhood Listed on New York Times’ 2022 Travel List

Milwaukee’s own Bronzeville neighborhood is highlighted in a New York Times piece entitled “52 Places for a Changed World.”

Bronzeville landed on the 52 Places for a Changed World. The list sought to include places around the world where travelers “can be part of the solution.”

The piece notes that the Bronzeville District is again distinguishing itself as a center of African American culture after being decimated by so-called urban renewal projects that, over decades, razed Black neighborhoods in Milwaukee and other cities across the United States.

It mentions that Bronzeville is supported by about $400 million of redevelopment funds from organizations like the Historic King Drive BID, P3 Development Group and Maures Development Group, all of which are led by people of color.

Symbolic of this reinvigoration, according to the New York Times, is the upcoming reopening of America’s Black Holocaust Museum, founded in 1988 by Dr. James Cameron, the only known survivor of a lynching.

The museum closed in 2008 when it lost funding during the recession. In February, the museum will reopen in a 10,000-square-foot space and highlight more than 4,500 years of African and African American history.

Other businesses mentioned include Gee’s Clippers, located in a 1930s-era bank, the Bronzeville Collective, a retail space featuring local Black brands, the newly opened Maranta Plant Shop, Sam’s Place Jazz Cafe and soon-to-open Niche Book Bar, all of which “prove that Bronzeville is back,” the article states.

“I want to thank the countless people, community groups, neighborhood leaders and other stakeholders who have contributed to the revitalization of Bronzeville over recent years,” Milwaukee Alderwoman Milele Coggs said. “This recognition is yet another way to validate the hard work and dedication of all those involved. The momentum in Bronzeville is continuing, as a great number of additional projects and enhancements to the neighborhood are underway, and I look forward to all the great things on the horizon.”

Bronzeville’s boundaries extend from West Garfield Avenue to West Center Street and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive to North Seventh Street.

Among the other places noted in the piece are Queens, New York; Sarasota, Florida; Estes Park, Colorado; Cleveland, Ohio; Greenland; Sierra Leone; and Saguaro National Park Arizona.

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Rich Rovito is a freelance writer for Milwaukee Magazine.