While the historic heart of Clarke Square is a small square park (and its most well-known landmark is The Domes), it is arguable that the pulse of the neighborhood can be taken while walking up and down National Avenue and 16th Street, renamed Cesar Chavez Drive in 1996
Once a stop on the Underground Railroad and a thriving hub for African Americans, it is now struggling to revitalize after decades of economic strife — and is doing so with the collective efforts of local businesses, community organizations and foundations.
A neighborhood born of contrasts in the late 1800s: the grandeur of mansion-lined Grand Avenue, the poverty of Irish workers on Tory Hill, and the ambition of a little college named Marquette. A neighborhood, like so many in Milwaukee, poised for change.
A campaign for the Sherman Park Community Association, established in 1971, announced “Sherman Park: A Nice Place to Live.” Almost half a century later, residents both old and new call Sherman Park home, citing its beautiful housing stock, its cultural diversity, and its entrepreneurial spirit.
Milwaukee’s Bronzeville neighborhood is moving rapidly toward its revitalization zenith after a decades-long nadir, and nowhere is that more apparent than on Dr. Martin Luther King Drive, designated a “Wisconsin Main Street Community” in 2017, the first in Milwaukee.