Milwaukee south side restaurant could spark new life for Silver City neighborhood
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | 10/4/17

The opening of a small neighborhood diner isn’t something that typically grabs a lot of attention.

But plans by Leticia Munoz Hernandez to convert an empty, dilapidated building into a restaurant carry big hopes for the redeveloping Silver City neighborhood on Milwaukee’s near south side. (Read More)

Velobahn Coffee & Cycle opens near Hank Aaron State Trail entrance
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | 10/3/17

Bicycle cafe Velobahn Coffee & Cycle is open for business, selling coffee and baked goods at 3618 W. Pierce St., near an entrance to the Hank Aaron State Trail. (Read More)

Our Daily Salt in Silver City to Close
Urban Milwaukee | 9/13/17

Our Daily Salt will close their location at 3519 W. National Avenue by December 31st, 2017.  Since opening the location in 2014, Our Daily Salt has been a favorite for neighbors and visitors seeking beautiful, hand-crafted wood products for meal preparation and display. (Read More)

Annual Silver City International Festival draws large crowds
Neighborhood News Service| 9/12/17

Mamie’s Bar and Grill, 3300 W. National Ave., served food and beverages while a band played and people danced. Children drew on the sidewalk with chalk and the two stages featured local musicians and dancers, including the Nefertari African Dance CompanyArtists Working in Education (A.W.E) offered free art activities. On a warm and sunny September afternoon, hundreds of people gathered along West National Avenue for the sixth annual Silver City International Festival. (Read More)

Milwaukee’s Silver City neighborhood strives to attract more shoppers, businesses
Milwaukee Business Journal | 7/30/17

​Businesses around National Avenue in Milwaukee’s Silver City neighborhood may accept a boost in their property taxes in exchange for more promotional, cleanup and safety programs around their storefronts. (Read More)

$1 million invested in Milwaukee South Side homes
Neighborhood News Service | 7/10/17

Layton Boulevard West Neighbors (LBWN) is celebrating $1 million invested in homes in the Silver City, Burnham Park and Layton Park Neighborhoods through the LBWN Home Improvement Matching Grants. For many homeowners their commitment to and pride in their community is evident through the investment they have made in their homes. (Read More)

Thai Lotus to close Silver City location
OnMilwaukee |5/16/17

Owner Raphael Sivongsa announced today that Silver City location will close on Saturday, May 20 after nearly 12 years. Sivongsa noted that the decision to close was a difficult one, but says he hopes to find another, smaller location in the area where he can reopen and focus primarily on carry-out and delivery. In the meantime, carry out is available at Thai Lotus’s Riverwest location at 1000 E. Locust St., which opened in April. (Read More)

Neighborhood Narratives: Silver City
WTMJ Radio |4/28/17

WTMJ’s Mike Spaulding steps inside Silver City to find out what keeps the neighborhood thriving. (Read More and Listen)

Behind the scenes look at Silver City’s “Chopstick Food Adventure”
Fox 6 Real Milwaukee | 2/14/17

Kramp spent the morning getting a preview of Silver City’s Chopstick Food Adventure. It starts out at Our Daily Salt where you’ll be making your very own pair of hand crafted chopsticks. Chef Felisha will be talking you through all of the steps to make a pair of beautiful, museum quality chopsticks that are yours to keep. (Read More)

Phon in Silver City: We had a “Phobruary” to Remember
Milwaukee Record | 2/8/17

Since 2014, Layton Boulevard West Neighbors have organized a month-long celebration aimed at highlighting the abundance of excellent Asian eating establishments in Milwaukee’s Silver City neighborhood. Last Wednesday marked the opening day of the fourth annual “Phobruary.” From February 1 through February 28, four Silver City restaurants—Bamboo Restaurant, Thai Bar-B-Que, Thai Lotus, and Vientiane Noodle Shop—offer sale-price bowls of the Vietnamese noodle soup (pronounced “fuh”) for just $5 from Monday to Friday (dine-in only).   (Read More)

Silver City Restaurants Team Up for “Phobruary”
Shepherd Express | 2/3/17

Pho is the perfect meal for a cold, Milwaukee winter evening. The rice noodles, mixed with fresh herbs, garnishes and thinly sliced beef, chicken or whatever protein source you prefer, all sitting in a warm broth, can brighten up even the bleakest cold fronts.   (Read More)

New hires, promotions at Wisconsin companies
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | 2/2/17

Layton Boulevard West Neighbors, Inc., sponsored by the School Sisters of Saint Francis, appointed Brianna Sas-Pérez Executive Director.

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Hey Milwaukee, love Pho? “Phobruary” is back!
88NINE Milwaukee Radio | 2/1/17

There is nothing like a big bowl of Pho to keep you warm during the winter months in Milwaukee. The combination of the aromatic broth with rice noodles, fresh herbs, condiments and your favorite type of protein can put a smile on anyone’s face. What better way to celebrate this magical soup with Silver City’s 4th annual “Phobruary.”
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Meet the Maker Workshop
Milwaukee Food and City Tours | 2/1/17

Join Chef Felisha Wild and Chef Santana Tenhover for a one-of-a-kind outing! First we’ll visit Our Daily Salt and each make our own pair of beautifully hand-crafted chopsticks to keep, then stop at Bamboo Restaurant to enjoy an amazing family-style Laotian and Thai meal together!   (Read More)

4th annual “Phobruary” in Silver City
Milwaukee NNS | 1/31/17

Beat cabin fever this February in Silver City with the fourth annual “Phobruary.” This year, Silver City participating restaurants include Bamboo Restaurant, Thai Bar-B-Que, Thai Lotus and Vientiane Noodle Shop (all supplied by the Asian International Market). Each restaurant will offer Pho at a special price of $5 per bowl; Monday through Friday, dine-in only.  (Read More)

Phun is brewing: Get ready for the 4th annual Phobruary in Silver City
OnMilwaukee | 1/31/7

The time is ripe to get out and warm up with Silver City’s annual Phobruary, a celebration of all things pho. During the month of February, area restaurants including Bamboo, Thai Bar-B-Que, Thai Lotus and Vientiane Noodle Shop will offer pho at a special price of $5 per bowl. The offer is good Monday through Friday and is limited to dine-in only.  (Read More)

LBWN unanimously appoints new executive leadership
Milwaukee NNS | 1/26/17

The Board of Directors of Layton Boulevard West Neighbors, Inc. (LBWN) and the School Sisters of Saint Francis have unanimously appointed Brianna Sas-Pérez as Executive Director of LBWN, an award-winning community development organization that has leveraged $45.4 million in neighborhood investment since 1995. Brianna Sas-Pérez has been serving as the Interim Executive Director position since early December 2016. (Read More)

A message from Will Sebern of LBWN
Milwaukee NNS | 11/2/16

Greetings to my LBWN friends and partners,

Today, I am writing to report to you about the impact LBWN has achieved during the last two years and to let you know about some exciting personal news.  Since 2015, LBWN has leveraged over $5.4 million in neighborhood investments – a 29% increase over the prior two-year period – and our key financial indicators demonstrate that the organization is in a very strong financial position.  (Read More)

biztimes_sojourner_1_new-market-tax-credits-team_10_14_16WCREW hosting 16th annual Showcase Awards Oct. 27
BizTimes | 10/12/16

Wisconsin Commercial Real Estate Women will host its 16th annual Showcase Awards to honor commercial real estate development and redevelopment projects in the community on Oct. 27 at Discovery World Museum in downtown Milwaukee. (Read More)

on_milwaukee_silver_city_dining_guide_fullsize_story1_10_21_16Silver City dining guide, 2016
One Milwaukee | 10/21/16

Silver City, one of Milwaukee’s most diverse neighborhoods, is home to some of the city’s best Thai restaurants. It also offers Mexican, Laotian and American fare.

Silver City borders on West Pierce Street and West Greenfield Avenue between 31st and 38th Streets. It received its name in the late 19th century during a time when the area was filled with shops and taverns that people from the valley and beyond visited to spend their hard-earned money, aka “silver dollars.” (Read More)

on_milwaukee_best_thai_2016_story1_10_21_16Milwaukee’s best Thai restaurant, 2016
One Milwaukee | 10/21/16

For the 10th straight year, October is Dining Month on OnMilwaukee, presented by the restaurants of Potawatomi Hotel & Casino. All month, we’re stuffed with restaurant reviews, dining guides, delectable features, chef profiles and unique articles on everything food, as well as voting for your “Best of Dining 2016.” (Read More)

NNS Fal Tour of Homes 2015Organización Ofrece Recursos para el Proceso de ser Propietario
Telemundo Wisconsin | 10/6/16

Parte del sueño Americano es ser dueño de su propia casa, pero quizás no sabemos dónde empezar. Una organización quiere cambiar eso, dándonos los recursos necesarios para el proceso. Telemundo Wisconsin hablo con expertos que aseguran que el proceso es mucho más fácil de lo que pensamos. (Read More)

milwaukeenns_city_program_saves_low_income_homeowners_10_6_16City program saves low-income homeowners big bucks on repairs for housing code violations
Milwaukee NNS | 10/6/16

In late 2014, Maria Alvarado bought her first home, a foreclosed duplex in the Burnham Park neighborhood that she knew was a fixer-upper. “We had the ceiling, floors and walls repaired, put in new doors and fixed a lot of other things,” said Alvarado in Spanish. (Read More)

urban_milwaukee_mitchel_park_domes_named_nation_endangered_10_5_16Milwaukee’s Mitchell Park Domes Named to National Trust’s 2016 List of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places
Urban Milwaukee | 10/5/16

The National Trust for Historic Preservation has named Milwaukee’s Mitchell Park Domes to its 2016 list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places. This annual list spotlights important examples of the nation’s architectural and cultural heritage that are at risk of destruction or irreparable damage.   (Read More)

milwaukee_journal_sentinal_mitchell_domes_endangered_list_10_5_16Mitchell Park Domes named one of America’s most endangered places
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | 10/5/16

A new designation may increase the chance that the popular Mitchell Park Domes will live to see another 50 years. The nonprofit National Trust for Historic Preservation named Milwaukee’s beloved domes to its 2016 list of America’s 11 most endangered historic places, announced Wednesday. The annual list calls attention to sites of architectural or cultural importance across the nation at risk of destruction or irreparable damage. (Read More)

urbanmilwaukee_dreaming_about_frank_lloyd_wright_10_5_16Dreaming About Frank Lloyd Wright
Urban Milwaukee | 10/5/16

“Right here,” docent Michael Lilek says, lifting his hand to shoulder height and pointing to the home behind him, “is the only example of this Frank Lloyd Wright-designed model known to still exist.” Mr. Lilek is also curator, American System-Built Homes, at Frank Lloyd Wright Wisconsin. The model he points out with obvious pride is the American System-Built B1 model, a single-story, two-bedroom, 800-square-foot home at 2714 W. Burnham St. (Read More)

urban_milwaukee_mayor_tom_barrett_photo_urban_milwaukeeMayor Barrett unveils enhanced resources for Milwaukee property owners
Urban Milwaukee | 9/23/16

On Wednesday, Mayor Tom Barrett unveiled the City of Milwaukee’s expanded Better Buildings Challenge program, offering a streamlined customer service process and additional resources to help owners and managers make their buildings more competitive and energy efficient. (Read More)

09 01 15 NNS IFAWSilver City International Food and Art Walk
Urban Milwaukee | 9/20/16

This year marks the 5th Annual Silver City International Food and Art Walk hosted by the Layton Boulevard West Neighbors (LBWN). A press release announced the event will be held this Saturday, September 24 from noon until 5:00 p.m. on West National Avenue between S. 33rd and S. 35th Streets in Milwaukee. Dancers, musicians and artists will perform while the smell of fine ethnic restaurants fills the air. LBWN Community Outreach Manager for Silver City Gisela Ortega described the upcoming event as a celebration of the “cultural diversity of the Silver City neighborhood.” (Read More)

milwaukee_magazine_brew_city_third_space_brewing_debut_9_19_16Brew City: Third Space Brewing’s Debut
Milwaukee Magazine |9/19/16

I was excited to see how this summer’s brewery boom was going to play out. I’ve been pleasantly surprised so far, and a preview of Third Space Brewing (1505 W. St. Paul Ave.) last Thursday night continued the trend. I’ve been expecting big things from brew master Kevin Wright, who has earned his brewing chops with an education at the Master Brewing Program at UC-Davis and a long stint at Hangar 24 Brewery in Redlands, California. (Read More)

IFAW_LBWN_International_Food_and_Art_Walk_2016_MilwaukeeSilver City International Food and Art Walk Celebrates Diversity Through the Arts
Shepherd Express | 9/16/16

Layton Boulevard West Neighbors recently announced the 5th annual Silver City International Food and Art Walk, which will be held on Saturday, Sept. 24 from 12-5 p.m. on W. National Avenue. (Read More)

el-senorial-front-finishedInside look: El Señorial Mexican Restaurant gets major facelift, expansion
Milwaukee Business Journal | 9/15/16

A 15-year-old Mexican restaurant in Milwaukee’s Burnham Park neighborhood recently underwent a nearly $650,000 expansion and renovation project.

Over the past few weeks, El Señorial Mexican Restaurant, 1901 S. 31st St., wrapped up a major project that doubled the business’ seating capacity and gave the dining spot an entirely fresh look. (Read More)

milwaukenns_trunkey_program_combats_foreclosure_9_14_16Turnkey program combats foreclosure, but housing challenges remain in Layton Boulevard West
Milwaukee NNS | 9/14/16

Layton Boulevard West Neighbors (LBWN) recently broke ground on its first new-construction Turnkey Renovation Home. The home, which will be built on a formerly bank-owned lot in Burnham Park, is the most recent example of an ongoing effort by the neighborhood organization to help the Silver City, Burnham Park and Layton Park neighborhoods rebound from the housing and foreclosure crisis. (Read More)

SitStayHeal_Events_PageTuesday on Lake Effect: Milwaukee’s Aging Infrastructure, Precious Lives, ‘Sit Stay Heal’, NRBQ
WUWM Lake Effect | 9/13/16

Researchers from the Public Policy Forum take a close look at Milwaukee’s aging transportation infrastructure, including roads, bridges, and county buses. Then, our Precious Lives series pays tribute to its former host and veteran Milwaukee journalist, Eric Von, who passed away last week. Milwaukee writer Mel Miskimen shares the out-of-body experience of hearing the audio book version of her own memoir. And essayist Tom Matthews sings the praises of the New Rhythm & Blues Quartet (NRBQ).

Guests: Rob Henken and Ben Juarez, Public Policy Forum; Precious Lives, series with Mel Miskimen, writer, Sit Stay Heal: How an Underachieving Labrador Won Our Hearts and Brought Us Together and Tom Matthews, Lake Effect essayist. (Listen Here)

milwaukeenns_pilot-computer-coding-class-helps-prepare-students-for-tomorrows-careers_9_9_16Pilot computer coding class helps prepare students for tomorrow’s careers
Milwaukee NNS | 9/9/16

Sitting in front of a desktop computer in a classroom on the third floor of Carmen High School of Science and Technology’s South Campus, Katera Boss and her classmates, Karina Arevalo and Ana Jacinto, are typing in a language that is hard for the untrained eye to decipher. The students are writing code, the basic programming language that enables computers to perform pre-set commands. The girls are building a game that solves an age-old mystery. Where has the missing homework gone? (Read More)

wpr_how_milwaukee_transformed_its_rust_belt_corridor_menomonee_valley_9_2_16How Milwaukee Transformed It’s Rust Belt Corridor, The Menomonee Valley
Wisconsin Public Radio NPR | 9/2/16

In the late 1980s and early 90s, Milwaukee’s Menomonee Valley wasn’t a pretty site. The industrial zone had deteriorated to become a repository of scrap yards, junk piles, abandoned railroads and polluting factories. In short, an eye sore. (Read More)

Urban_Milwaukee_NEWaukeean_of_the_Week_Raina_Johnson_8_23_16NEWaukeean of the Week: Raina Johnson
Urban Milwaukee | 8/23/16

In the daytime, I’m an associate at Nation Consulting. The short answer is that my role as an associate is awesomesauce I’m pushed and challenged and that allows me to stretch my capacity and I work alongside some of the smartest people I’ve ever known. I’m really fortunate to do what I’m good at and what I love, which is writing. When I’m not at Nation, I’m a freelance writer. (Read More)

Politico_Magazine_How_Milwaukee_Shook_Off_the_Rust_8_18_16How Milwaukee Shook Off the Rust
Politico Magazine | 8/18/16

The drive into Milwaukee once offered a sweeping vista of the American industrial apocalypse. Abandoned factories and decaying smokestacks cast shadows over rusting rail yards, weed-choked lots, heaps of junked automobiles and small mountains of sand, coal and salt. (Read More)

Politico_Magazine_Three_Bridges_Park_8_18_16Searching for Greener Grass in Milwaukee
Politico Magazine | 8/18/16

Nothing illustrates the revitalization of Milwaukee like Three Bridges Park. Once a wild rice marsh, these 24 acres along the Menomonee River became a productive rail yard in the early 20th century, as Milwaukee’s strong manufacturing economy attracted black workers from the south. But between 1961 and 2001, Milwaukee lost 69% of its manufacturing positions, and the rail yard was abandoned for decades. (Read More)

Juli_Kaufmann_Silver_City_Neighborhood_Tim_Syth_LBWN_Layton_Boulevard_West_Neighbors_Business_DevelopmentEyes On Milwaukee: How Juli Kaufmann Is Fixing Milwaukee
On Milwaukee | 7/15/16

What a difference a few — or more– beers can make. Juli Kaufmann jokes that she decided to leave the corporate world and launch a real estate firm after drinking too much beer. Launched in 2004, it was called Pragmatic Construction, and Kaufman operated it with two partners; they did more $10 million in environmentally-friendly residential projects by 2008. (Read More)

Outdoor_Wisconsin_MPTV_LBWN_Layton_Boulevard_West_Neighbors_Green_homes_Outdoor Wisconsin
MPTV | 6/30/16

Outdoor wraps up the final episode of the 32nd season from Rotary Botanical Gardens in Janesville with segments from around the state. Find out what a “hoofer” is when Emmy Fink goes sailing with the UW Hoofers. Dan Small fishes for smallmouth on the Menominee River, and we’ll visit a sustainable urban neighborhood in Milwaukee.

(See the whole episode.)

MKE Plays awarded prestigious NEA grant
Urban Milwaukee | 5/9/16

The MKE Plays program has received a prestigious “Our Town” grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, said Alderman Michael J. Murphy, who helped launch MKE Plays last year. The $50,000 NEA grant will be matched by MKE Plays funding for a total project value of $100,000. Alderman Murphy said community partner Artists Working in Education (A.W.E.) will be facilitating arts programming in conjunction with the MKE Plays design process at selected playgrounds. The MKE Plays program is helping to transform 12 of the city’s most deteriorated playgrounds into models of local collaboration and renovation. (Read More)

WauwatosaNos_EDaniel_Fog_5_4_16Alfons Gallery Brings Milwaukee’s Urban Wilderness into Focus
WauwatosaNow | 5/4/16

A new Alfons Gallery exhibit by Milwaukee photographer and writer Eddee Daniel offers a behind-the-scenes, artist’s eye view of the restoration and revitalization of Milwaukee’s Kinnickinnic River. The show offers a showcase for Daniel’s love for urban ecology and the way that it shapes, and is shaped by, cultural landscapes. (Read More)

MJS_Inequality_livesWhere inequality lives: The heavy burden of place on a person’s life
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | 5/2/16

There but for the grace of God go I. That’s what I was thinking as I listened to Patrick Sharkey explain his devastating theory for why progress on racial equality has stalled. The New York University sociologist and author of the seminal book, “Stuck in Place,” came to Milwaukee last week at the invitation of Susan Lloyd, executive director of the Zilber Family Foundation, for a series of community meetings. (Read More)

Shephers_Expres_silvercity.widea_4_29_16Silver City: Ready for a Boom
Shepherd Express | 4/29/16

Running south of the Menomonee Valley down to Greenfield Avenue and reaching from Layton Avenue out to Miller Park Way, the Silver City Neighborhood remains something of a well-kept secret. But just as the hospitality of National Avenue attracted laborers from the Valley’s mills and factories back in the 1880s—it was the silver coins they spent freely in the saloons there that gave the neighborhood its name—it has again become a destination for Milwaukeeans in search of either an evening out or a place to call home. (Read More)

OnMilwaukee_mamiessilvercity_fullsize_story1_3_31_16Mamie’s Bar & Grill shines in Silver City
OnMilwaukee | 3/31/16

In 1981, Debra Mickey – who was the single mother of a young son at the time – bought Mamie’s Bar and Grill, 3300 W. National Ave., on a land contract. Mickey remains the sole owner of the bar, which will celebrate its 35th birthday this August.

Mickey grew up in the bar business. Her parents owned three bars on the North Side – two of them were also called Mamie’s – which was her mother’s first name. (Read More)

MJS_Velobahn_3_14_16Bicycling and coffee to come together in new Velobahn cafe
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | 3/14/16

A combination cafe and bike shop called Velobahn Coffee & Cycle is expected to open this summer amid a developing pocket of green businesses on Milwaukee’s near south side.

Planned for 3618 W. Pierce St., it will be the only independent coffeehouse in the Silver City neighborhood. (Read More)

MilwaukeeRecord_TuckedAway_Thai_Bar_B_Que_3_10_16Tucked Away: Thai Bar-B-Que
Milwaukee Record | 3/10/16

Milwaukee isn’t exactly suffering a drought when it comes to Thai food. There are classics like Farwell Avenue stalwart E.E. Sane, but if that doesn’t fit your mood, there are four other restaurants dishing out Thai cuisine within a mile of it. This type of ubiquity tempers expectations when it comes to trying something new, but some strong hype for an out-of-the-way Thai joint piqued our interest. In a city already thoroughly drenched in coconut milk and galangal, what could make Thai Bar-B-Que (3417 W. National Ave., 414-647-0812) special? We sought to find out. (Read More)

MilwaukeNNS_Domes_meeting_2_25_16Hundreds gather for public hearing on future of Mitchell Park Domes
Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service | 2/25/16

In a strong show of support, hundreds of community members streamed into the annex greenhouse of the Mitchell Park Conservatory Wednesday night to express their desire to save the Domes during a public hearing to discuss the future of the Clarke Square icon.

Among them was Roger Krawiecki, president of Friends of the Domes, who called the Domes “Milwaukee’s living landmark.” (Read More)

MJS_John_Gurda_Domes_2_26_16It’s time to re-imagine the Mitchell Park Domes
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | 2/26/16

“Domes,” said my 2-year-old grandson. It had been more than a month since we visited Mitchell Park’s main attraction, but the memories came pouring out during a recent evening we spent together. “Waterfall,” Kai continued without prompting. “Fish. Train.” Then he said, “Banana tree,” and started laughing. (Read More)

WUWM_National_Avenue_Business_Attraction_2_25_16National Avenue in Milwaukee Attracting New Business
WUWM | 2/25/16

National Avenue in Milwaukee is becoming a hot spot for small businesses. That area of town has struggled with crime and poverty; but now, new businesses and housing development seem to be flocking to the avenue from Second Street west to Miller Park Way.  When Gloria DeAngelo dreamed about opening a bakery and cake shop, she never imagined it would be here, on 25th and National in a building that would horrify most people.  “This was an empty, ugly building when I saw it the first time. I was like oh my God,” DeAngelo says.  But about a year ago, DeAngelo opened Gloria’s cake shop and café here. (Read More)

OnMilwaukee_Phobruary_2_24_169 great spots to get your pho phix
OnMilwaukee | 2/24/16

There’s almost nothing better during the chilly winter months – or even the rainy, damp days of spring – than a steaming hot bowl of soup.  And since it’s February … er Phobruary… why not make the Vietnamese delicacy a goal on your list of things to eat before the end of the month?  (Read More)

Bamboo_Server_Cook_Job_Silver_City_MilwaukeeSilver City Is Golden
yelp | 2/17/16

Precious metal, precious noms. Vientiane Noodle Shop, as others have noted, is pretty sparsely furnished and seems like a diner in a living room, but the service was quick and friendly and the food exactly as home-style comforting as I wanted. Starting per a recommendation with the Spring Rolls was the right decision: fresh, large, delicious, with a well-paired sauce. (Read More)

MPS_15MPS_Schools_Honored_2_11_16State honors 15 MPS schools for ‘Beating the Odds’
Milwaukee Public Schools | 2/11/16

Fifteen MPS schools are being honored by the state for “Beating the Odds” — seeing strong results in reading and mathematics while educating higher numbers of students from low-income families.  Milwaukee Public Schools’ 15 honorees were announced Wednesday as Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction Title I Schools of Recognition. They include one school that has earned the honor for 11 straight years, another that has been recognized for seven consecutive years and another for the sixth year in a row.  (Read More)


ACTS Housing stabilizes neighborhoods through homeownership, ‘sweat equity’
Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service | 2/10/16

For six years, the boarded-up house on the corner, part of a seedy enclave created by three vacant houses and an open lot, was a home only for dealers, addicts and other desperate souls. That was until the Rev. Wang Chao Lee of the Grace Hmong Alliance Church and his family gutted and remodeled the two-story structure near Tiefenthaler Park last year. Now it is their home. (Read More)

Fox^_Young_Scientists_Club_UEC_2_2016Urban Ecology Center: Brian Kramp learns about the Young Scientists Club
Fox6 | 2/09/16

The Urban Ecology Center offers plenty of unique programming. But on Tuesday, February 9th, Brian Kramp stopped by to see what the Young Scientists Club was all about. (See More)

BizTimes_Will_Sebern_Marathon_Finish_LineLong runner, The Good Life
BizTimes | 2/08/16

When Will Sebern isn’t running Layton Boulevard West Neighbors, a community development organization in southwest Milwaukee, he’s running marathons.

In 2011, Sebern, executive director of Layton Boulevard West Neighbors, decided to run the Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon, a 26.2-mile race along Lake Michigan that starts in Grafton and ends at Veterans Park in downtown Milwaukee. (Read More)

MilwaukeNNS_On_Layton_blvd_W_janelle_and_mara_gramling_2_5_16On Layton Boulevard with Janelle and Mara Gramling
Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service | 2/05/16

My name is Janelle Gramling. I have a busy and colorful life that I have built with my husband here on Layton Boulevard. The story of how we ended up in our big, beautiful home over a decade ago is pretty interesting.
(Read More) setting up delivery station in Milwaukee, filling Stadium Business Park
Milwaukee Business Journal | 2/03/16

A large lease with for a Milwaukee shipping center has filled a business park near Miller Park Way, and its owner is planning a nearby speculative industrial facility. is setting up a local delivery station for the Milwaukee area at 3935 W. Mitchell St. in the Stadium Business Park, according to a city building permit application. That application valued the build-out of the Amazon space at $500,000. (Read More)

 MJS_Bamboo_Restaurant_ 1_26_16Bamboo restaurant offers Laotian-Thai dishes worth discovering
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | 1/26/16

It pays to be nosy.   By not minding my own business (which I guess actually is my business), I ended up trying a compelling, off-menu soup that was green with herbs and thick with fresh bamboo shoots, mushrooms and pumpkin at Bamboo, a Laotian-Thai restaurant on W. National Ave. in the Silver City neighborhood. It’s a soup I hadn’t yet come across at the city’s other Laotian restaurants. (Read More)

 MilwaukeNNS_Life_on_Layton_blvd_W_Raymond_Konz_Krzyminski_1_25_16A life on Layton Boulevard with Raymond Konz-Krzyminski
Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service | 1/25/16

My parents, Raymond and Estelle Konz, were expecting me when they bought and moved into their new home on Layton Boulevard. My mother said she always loved the tree-lined street of the boulevard and dreamed to own a home here one day. So in 1954, on my father’s City of Milwaukee policeman’s salary, they were able to buy this duplex, built in 1904. It wasn’t until after they moved that they announced to the rest of the family that I was coming along, the last of their six children. (Read More)

12.9.15_MJS_Casa_NobleCasa Noble Mexican Restaurant offers menu of greatest hits
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | 12/11/15

It’s hard not to gape at the parrillada for two as it’s carried from kitchen to dining room at Casa Noble on W. Lincoln Ave. But then again, the mound-verging-on-mountain of fragrant grilled meats is a reliable attention-getter at the Mexican restaurants that serve it. (Read More)

Streetscape 001Rep. Zepnick joins Mayor Barrett and neighborhood leaders to celebrate improved roads near National Ave., Layton Blvd., and S. 27th St.
Urban Milwaukee | 11/19/15

MILWAUKEE, WI- State Rep. Josh Zepnick (D) joined Mayor Tom Barrett and local neighborhood leaders from the Historical Layton Boulevard Association ribbon cutting ceremonies that wrapped up major construction road projects in the 9th State Assembly District on Milwaukee’s South Side.  (Read More)

11.19.15_Fox6_Streetscape_Historic_Layton_Boulevard“We are very, very happy to see this:” A south side neighborhood has gotten a facelift
Fox 6 | 11/19/15

MILWAUKEE — A south side neighborhood has gotten a face life. The Historic Layton Boulevard Association was formed 20 years ago. Just recently, it completed a three-year-long project to improve the neighborhood.  On the corner of Layton and Burnham, city officials and community members gathered to celebrate.  “South Layton is one of the most beautiful streets in this entire community,” said Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett.  And just recently, its beauty has been enhanced.  (Read More)

11.16.15_NNS_LBWN_Annual_GatheringLBWN hosts annual neighborhood gathering
Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service | 11/16/15

The highlight of LBWN’s annual neighborhood gathering was the opportunity for participants to share their personal stories with neighbors in small breakout groups. The room buzzed as each person in the circle spent a few minutes talking about his or her life.
(Read More)

UrbanMKE_Cadence_Coffee_and_Cycle_Silver_City_11.12.15CROWDFUNDING Q&A: Cadence Coffee & Cycle
Urban Milwaukee | 11/12/15

Seth Ogden and Rick Goyette are partnering to start a combined coffee and bicycle shop. To help them get off the ground, they used the crowdfunding platform KivaZip and launched a campaign to raise $10,000 in micro-loans, and the drive met its goal. I talked to them about their new venture.

Cadence Coffee and Cycle is a local coffee shop focused on brewing the most authentic coffee drinks with no added sugar or syrups and to provide quick bicycle services to the local Milwaukee community. (Read More)

11.05.15_OnMilwaukee_Kate_Wolf_BlogThe Tamale, Guey! Local blog explores South Side Latin-American cuisine
OnMilwaukee | 11/05/15

If you’ve ever wondered about the best places to find Mexican cuisine in Milwaukee – be they food trucks, taquerias or grocery stores – you owe it to yourself to head over and take a peek at The Tamale, Guey!, a blog written by Milwaukeean, Kate Wolf.  The blog, which recounts Wolf’s adventures eating and drinking at a variety of South Side establishments, aims to offer Milwaukeeans a way to find an appreciation for the diversity of neighborhoods in the area, while showcasing the delicious Mexican fare they offer. (Read More)

10.29.15_NNS_Address_Plaque_Burnham_Park_LBWNSolar-powered address plaques bring light, break down barriers in Burnham Park
Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service | 10/29/15

Jim Anderson, pastor at Mision Cristiana Bethel Church, 1601 S. 33rd St., has heard all the radio reports and news stories about how Milwaukee is one of the most segregated cities in America.  “I always wanted to do my small part to help break down the cultural barriers here,” Anderson said.  So three times a day he walks his dog, a small papillon, around the neighborhood, greeting and attempting to engage his neighbors, many of whom speak only Spanish, in small talk. (Read More)

NNS_Halloween_SafetyHow to celebrate Halloween safely
Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service | 10/21/15

Parents of ghouls, goblins, witches or wizards play a crucial role ensuring a safe Halloween. You can make the holiday as sweet as the trick-or-treat candy with these helpful safety tips from the City of Milwaukee and Ebenezer Child Care Centers.
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OnMKE_Bamboo_Restaurant_ 10_14_15Bamboo now open in Silver City
OnMilwaukee | 10/7/15

Bamboo, a restaurant serving up dishes from Thailand and Laos, is now open at 3427 W. National Ave. in the former home of Mr. Sebass Peruvian restaurant.  Co-owner, Santana Tenhover, who owns the restaurant with her husband Andy, is a native of Laos who has more than 10 years in the service industry. She is behind the dishes at the restaurant, which are made from scratch, including fresh noodles.
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MJS_Bamboo_Restaurant_ 10_7_15Bamboo opens in Silver City neighborhood with traditional Laotian, Thai dishes
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | 10/7/15

A restaurant with a menu of traditional Laotian and Thai dishes called Bamboo has opened in the Silver City neighborhood, home to several other Thai or Laotian restaurants.  Owner Santana Tenhover opened Bamboo in September at 3427 W. National Ave. That previously was Mr. Sebass, a Peruvian restaurant. The six-table, storefront restaurant now has red walls, and its art includes a map of southeast Asia and another of the world, with North America at the center. (Read More)

MJS_Casa_Noble_10_7_15At new Mexican restaurant Casa Noble, daily specials and late-night bar snacks

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel| 10/7/15

A Mexican restaurant that opened in summer has started serving daily specials and a brief menu of snacks served until bar time.  Casa Noble Mexican Restaurant & Bar opened in July at 3710 W. Lincoln Ave., after redecorating the former site of Wisco’s Sports Bar & Grill.  (Read More)

NNS Fal Tour of Homes 2015Layton Boulevard West Tour of Homes to Feature Attractive Homes, Homebuying Resources

Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service | 10/14/15

About 50 potential homebuyers participated in a weekend bus tour of six homes in the Burnham Park, Silver City and Layton Park neighborhoods. The tour began at the Urban Ecology Center at 3700 W. Pierce St., where participants learned about the neighborhoods’ revitalization program. A slideshow in Spanish provided financial advice and highlighted parks, community festivals, restaurants and opportunities for community involvement. (See More Pictures)

MKE Plays ribbon cutting at Arlington Heights Park
CBS 58 Miliwaukee | 9/24/15

For years it’s been the talk near 35th and Pierce. If only the playground at Arlington Heights Park had more swings and a place for bands to play.

Just four months ago a group was formed called MKE Plays. Its intent is to deliver for residents who are trying to strengthen their neighborhoods through development of public spaces. (Read More)

Historic Milwaukee to give away 500 books to area nonprofits
BizTimes Miliwaukee | 9/18/15

Historic Milwaukee, Inc. plans to give away about 500 copies of John Gurda’s new book, Milwaukee: City of Neighborhoods, to area nonprofits and community centers after the book is published on Thursday, Sept. 24.

Historic Milwaukee, a nonprofit dedicated to preserving the city’s historical architecture and educating residents about their built environment, has taken the lead on publishing the book.

Within 472 pages of text and images, Gurda, a Milwaukee historian and author of 21 books, chronicles the history of 37 neighborhoods formed before World War II. (Read More)

09.15.15_NNS_ALBA_White_HouseWhite House recognizes MPS’ ALBA School as ‘bright spot in hispanic education’
Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service | 9/15/15

The White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics has named Milwaukee Public Schools’ ALBA School as one of the nation’s “Bright Spots in Hispanic Education,” an honor given to only three organizations in the state of Wisconsin this year. (Read More)

popup_webnub_225x150A museum pops up at the Silver City International Food & Art Walk
Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service | 9/15/15

Ideally every neighborhood would have a museum to celebrate its local culture. But clearly that’s not possible.  One solution: the pop-up museum, a short-term grassroots exhibit that presents local stories for the benefit of the people who live there.  One popped up on West National Avenue recently as part of the Silver City International Food & Art Walk. It was set up to “bring the museum into the community,” according to Margaret James, an educator at the Milwaukee Public Museum.  (Read More)


In what should be a spoiler to no one, eventually, we’re all going to croak — it might not be soon, but just in case, be sure you’ve left the land of the living having eaten all of Milwaukee’s iconic foods (and told your mother you love her). From fried fish and cheese curds to tamales and honey pie, we’ve narrowed our bucket list down to 50 amazing foods from around the city that you need to experience. (Read More)

IFAW_Fox_6_Wake_Up_09.08.15 022This one day festival recognizes the many cultures that make up the Silver City neighborhood
Fox 6 Wake-Up | 9/08/15

MILWAUKEE — It’s a one day festival recognizing the many cultures that make up Milwaukee’s Silver City neighborhood. Laura hangs at Arlington Heights Park as preparations are underway for the International Food and Art Walk.  (Read More)

09 02 15 Comm Dev Exec PerspectiveNew executive directors bring fresh perspectives to community organizations
Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service | 9/02/15

In recent months, several prominent community-focused organizations have undergone leadership transitions. A change at the top creates the opportunity for new leaders to assess the organization’s direction, as well as the programs and initiatives affecting residents of the neighborhoods they serve. (Read More)

09 01 15 NNS IFAWTravel the World in One Milwaukee Neighborhood
Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service | 9/01/15Layton Boulevard West Neighbors (LBWN) announces the 4th Annual Silver City International Food and Art Walk to be held on Saturday, September 12th from Noon-5:00pm on West National Avenue between South 33rd and South 35th Streets in Milwaukee. (Read More)

08 28 15 LISC New EDLISC appoints ‘collaborator,’ ‘thought leader’ as new executive director
Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service | 8/28/15

Laura Bray’s new office in the southwest corner of the fifth floor of 660 E. Mason St. overlooks the site of the new Northwestern Mutual Tower and Commons project near East Mason and Cass streets in downtown Milwaukee. Glimpses of blue can be seen through cracks of concrete and steel but the unimpeded view of Lake Michigan that existed for 10 months until construction started in March is gone for good. (Read More)

08 28 15 Escuela VerdeEscuela Verde to host grand opening for new building in Silver City
Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service | 8/28/15

Last year, Isabel Castro, a junior at Escuela Verde, said she took a “leap of faith” when she decided to enroll at the school, a charter authorized by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee that serves 7th -12th graders.  She knew it was different than a typical school, but thought it might be just what she needed. (Read More)

05.15.15_BizTimes_LBWN_Names_New_Executive_Director_1LBWN appoints new executive director as John-Gomez heads to HUD
BizTimes Milwaukee | 5/15/15

After helping inject $40 million of investment into south side neighborhoods, Charlotte John-Gomez, executive director of Layton Boulevard West Neighbors, Inc., will leave the organization at the end of May to pursue community development projects at the state level. (Read More)

05.15.15_NNS_MKE_PlaysInitiative to rebuild distressed city playgrounds underway
Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service | 5/15/15

With the sun peeking through the clouds on a brisk day, city and community leaders, students and residents gathered at Arlington Heights Park for the public introduction of MKE Plays, a new plan to turn 12 of the city’s most deteriorated playgrounds into innovative play spaces. (Read More)

05.14.15_NNS_LBWN_Executive_DirectorDeparting LBWN executive director guided transformation of neighborhood
Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service | 5/14/15

Back in 1999, when Charlotte John-Gomez was hired as executive director of Layton Boulevard West Neighbors (LBWN), the organization ran on a budget of about $70,000 and she had one half-time office employee. Now, as John-Gomez prepares to transition to her new position as director of Housing and Urban Development’s Milwaukee office of Community Planning and Development, she leaves behind a staff of 13 working with an annual budget of more than $1 million. (Read More)

05.14.15_MJS_MKE_PlaysMilwaukee to upgrade playgrounds in worst shape
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | 5/14/15

MKE Plays, the brainchild of Common Council President Michael Murphy, is based on a simple and commendable belief: “The condition of the city play areas is not determined by the ZIP codes or districts they are located in,” Murphy said. And it is necessitated by a simple and harsh reality: “Due to continued financial restraints, the city has been unable to meet all the continuing playground reconstruction demands,” he said. (Read More)

05.13.15_OnMilwaukee_Layton_Boulevard_West_Spaces_Traces6 must-see Spaces & Traces Layton Boulevard sites | 5/13/15

If you’re champing at the bit for the next Doors Open MKE, you’ll have to wait until September. But you can get your hometown exploration fix thanks to DOMKE’s elder Historic Milwaukee Inc. sibling, Spaces and Traces, which is back for its 34th year this weekend. The event focuses on Layton Boulevard neighborhoods on Saturday, May 16, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Tickets are $25 ($20 for HMI members). (Read More)

05.13.15_OnMilwaukee_Neighborhood_Spotlight_Layton_Boulevard_West_1Neighborhood Spotlight: Layton Boulevard West | 5/13/15

OnMilwaukee and Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service have teamed up to bring you a wide range of articles about the Layton Boulevard West neighborhood, comprising Silver City, Burnham Park, and Layton Park. Click on a map marker to explore this vibrant Milwaukee community. (Read More)

05.13.15_TMJ4_MKE_Plays_LBWN‘MKE Plays’ program aims to revitalize run-down parks
TMJ4 | 5/13/15

A dozen of Milwaukee’s most run-down parks are about to get a facelift. The “MKE Plays” program wants to remove old weeds and old jungle gyms. Michele Fiore shows us how this plan is Positively Milwaukee. (Read More)

05.13.15_Telemundo_Wisconsin_MKE_Plays_LBWN_1Programa tiene como objetivo la renovación de 12 parques de la ciudad
Telemundo Wisconsin | 5/13/15

El presidente del concilio común Michael Murphy anuncio hoy que comenzaran la renovación de 12 parques de la ciudad. Ellos tienen como objetivo la renovación de estos parques con la ayuda de la comunidad. El primer parque que será renovado es Arlington Heights, el cual se encuentra entre las calles 35 y Pierce. Para finales de este año se aprobara el diseño de la renovación de este parque. (Lea Más)

05.01.15_MJS_Brothers_Restore_Layton_Boulevard_House_1Brothers restore fire-damaged house into family home
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | 5/1/15

The story of how Matthew and Janelle Gramling ended up owning their Layton Blvd.-area home is as unique as the home itself. The saga started more than 10 years ago, before they were married, when Matthew and his brother, Jeremy, decided they should buy a fixer-upper and move in together. But they didn’t want just any fixer-upper. They wanted one that had historical significance. (Read More)

04.29.15_WPR_MKE_PlaysInitiative Looks To Transform Milwaukee’s Most-Deteriorated Playgrounds
Wisconsin Public Radio | 4/29/15

Though playgrounds are often at the heart of Milwaukee’s neighborhoods, many of them have fallen into a state of disrepair. That’s where the new initiative MKE Plays comes in. The initiative looks to redesign and rebuild 12 of the city’s most deteriorated playgrounds over the next three years, with the goal of not only getting more children active, but also of creating a stronger sense of community in the city’s neighborhoods. (Read More)

04.24.15_Urban_Milwaukee_Polish_Moon_RideBIKE CZAR: Polish Moon Ride Returns!
Urban Milwaukee | 4/24/15

We were over the moon about the positive response to our inaugural Polish Moon Ride last August. We had 376 people on that first ride, including many families with kids. We raised about $9,000 toward our goal of opening a community bike shop in the first floor of our Milwaukee location. (Read More)

04.10.15_MPTV_4th_Street_Forum_LBWN4th Street Forum – Putting Down Roots: Neighborhoods that Grow and Thrive: Part Two
Milwaukee Public Television | 4/17/15

Where we grow up can influence where we end up financially. Living in a neighborhood that provides good schools, markets, local stores, and safe places to live is what most of us want. Can neighbors, wherever they live, work together to ensure these resources for themselves and their children? (Watch Part Two)

04.16.15_MJS_Historic_Milwaukee_Layton_Boulevard_TourGuide to home tours in the Milwaukee area
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | 4/16/15

Closer to the Milwaukee area, American System-Built Homes by Wright are part of theSpaces and Traces tour May 16. That tour includes an “English Arts and Crafts-style home built by famed architect Alexander C. Eschweiler, and a Queen Anne-style home with a coach house that was formerly owned by Mayor John Norquist,” said Stacy Swadish, executive director of Historic Milwaukee Inc., the organization that stages this tour each year. (Read More)

04.10.15_MPTV_4th_Street_Forum_LBWN4th Street Forum – Putting Down Roots: Neighborhoods that Grow and Thrive: Part One
Milwaukee Public Television | 4/10/15

Where we grow up can influence where we end up financially. Living in a neighborhood that provides good schools, markets, local stores, and safe places to live is what most of us want. Can neighbors, wherever they live, work together to ensure these resources for themselves and their children? (Watch Part One)

04.08.15_OnMilwaukee_LBWN_Mobile_Bike_HubLBWN’s Mobile Bike Hub keeps community rolling
OnMilwaukee | 4/8/2015

While another typically cold, grey Wisconsin winter winds down, spring is inching back into the air. All the signs are there: Baseball is back in business, the flowers and plants are beginning to bloom again, and bikes are emerging from their winter hibernation. And in the Layton Boulevard West Neighbors (LBWN), the return of the bikes also signals the return of the Mobile Bike Hub. (Read More)

04.07.15_NNS_Milwaukee_Community_GardensUrban gardens give residents opportunity for growing fresh food
Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service | 4/7/2015

Milwaukee offers many opportunities for residents to tend a garden during the summer growing season. Plots vary in size, neighborhood restrictions and growing periods. Residents wanting to raise a garden in a vacant lot can apply for permits as well. (Read More)

04.03.15_Washington_Post_Burnham_Park_Frank_Lloyd_WrightVenturing beyond the beer and brats in Milwaukee
Washington Post | 4/3/2015

We’d arrived earlier in the day, pulling up to our home for the weekend: a house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. I’d found the place on for less than $200 a night, which seemed a reasonable enough price of admission to peek into the nooks and crannies of a home designed by an American icon. (Read More)

04.03.15_WUWM_LBWN_Mobile_Bike_HubTraveling Bike Repair Gears Up for Summer Season on Milwaukee’s South Side
WUWM 89.7 | 4/3/2015

Community group Layton Boulevard West Neighbors hoped to create a bike repair shop. When the spot LBWN selected fell through, organizers did not want to lose momentum. So, the Mobile Bike Hub was born. (Read More)

Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago AwardsLBWN, Impact Seven recognized for neighborhood revitalization efforts
BizTimes Milwaukee | 4/3/2015

A $6.2 million redevelopment project led by Layton Boulevard West Neighbors, Inc. and Impact Seven, Inc. earned recognition from Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago this week as the organizations were honored with the bank’s Community First Partnership Award. (Read More)

Around the Corner with John McGivern: Silver City
Milwaukee Public Television | 3/26/2015

John McGivern and Milwaukee Public Television bring their Emmy-winning show to Silver City where they tour all the many amenities that make the neighborhood a great Milwaukee neighborhood to live, work, and play! (Full Episode)

03.26.15_WISN_Park_ImprovementsMilwaukee wants to improve 12 neighborhood parks
WISN 12 | 3/26/2015

A new city program is hoping to improve a dozen Milwaukee neighborhood parks. The slide at Arlington Heights Park on Milwaukee’s south side needs a new coat of paint. Other pieces of the playground are rusting and falling apart. Shaping up the park and others like it is now on the city’s radar. (Read More)

03.25.15_BizTimes_Executive_BreakfastAround Town: LBWN Executive Breakfast
BizTimes Milwaukee | 3/25/2015

Layton Boulevard West Neighbors, Inc. celebrated the neighborhood development progress it has made in the last two decades during its 2015 Executive Breakfast, held March 19 at Alverno College. The event, in its ninth year, highlighted LBWN’s 20th anniversary while also calling attention to the nonprofit’s pool of stakeholders. LBWN, founded by the School Sisters of St. Francis, has leveraged more than $40 million in neighborhood investments throughout its history. (Read More)

03.24.15_NNS_Park_ImprovementsMKE Plays aims to reconstruct 12 playgrounds throughout city
Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service | 3/24/2015

A child of immigrant parents, Milwaukee Common Council President Michael J. Murphy said his family didn’t have much money, or go on many vacations, but he always had the playground.

“I grew up on the playgrounds,” Murphy said. (Read More)

03.11.15_NNS_Homeownership_FairHomeownership fair highlights affordability for potential buyers
Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service | 3/11/2015

Spring is in the air, and more than 250 house hunters marked the beginning of home-buying season by attending a homeownership fair organized by Take Root Milwaukee at the Italian Community Center. With a range of affordably priced homes on the market and mortgage rates lower than at this time last year in most loan categories, interest in the central city is running high. (Read More)

03.10.15_BizTimes_LBWN_Executive_BreakfastLBWN Executive Breakfast open to business community
BizTimes Milwaukee | 3/10/2015

After 20 years of renewing Milwaukee’s south side neighborhoods and leveraging more than $40 million in investments, Layton Boulevard West Neighbors, Inc. will pause to celebrate its progress during its ninth annual Executive Breakfast on Thursday, March 19. (Read More)

03.07.15_Fox_6_Homeownership_Fair_LBWNLooking for a home? Milwaukee’s Annual Homeownership Fair eases the process
Fox 6 News | 3/7/2015

Becoming a homeowner may be easier than you think. Folks spent Saturday strolling around the Italian Conference Center at the annual City of Milwaukee Homeownership Fair. (Read More)

MJS MOMENT27, NWS, PORTER, 5 moment27Layton Boulevard West offers rich collection of history
Coalition for Historic Preservation | Spring 2015

The Layton Boulevard West neighborhoods on Milwaukee’s west side are a collection of three historically distinct areas that are home to some of the city’s more distinct historic properties. (Read More)


The Mobile Bike Hub Wheels in Two Summer Interns
State Farm | 2/11/2015

Jorian Giorno wanted to support his local Milwaukee community by empowering people to live a healthier lifestyle. “I give people the ability to do what I enjoy most, be on their bicycles, out cruising around,” Giorno said.

Giorno works for Layton Boulevard West Neighbors (LBWN), which developed an idea for a mobile bike hub that serves as a traveling repair shop, riding around town fixing bikes and promoting bike safety. (Read More)


Phobruary takes over south side neighborhoods
BizTimes | 2/6/2015

With a mission to determine who serves up the best Pho on Milwaukee’s south side, “Phobruary” kicked off this week in the Silver City District, which is largely known for its international mix of cuisine.

Phobruary, headed by Layton Boulevard West Neighbors, Inc., offers area residents the chance to try Pho at three participating restaurants for a discounted price of $5 Mondays through Thursdays all month. (Read More)


Thai Bar-B-Que: From Mild through Spicy (and Everything in Between)
Shepherd Express | 1/28/2015

A familiar fixture in the Silver City neighborhood on Milwaukee’s South Side, Thai Bar-B-Que Restaurant has continued to serve traditional Thai cuisine from its modest location since opening in 2006. Providing a comfortable atmosphere, the restaurant possesses many of the amenities one could require from a Thai BBQ place, including regularly refilled water glasses, a muted television displaying Packer games, a pleasing beer selection, plenty of spice and steaming hotpots. (Read More)


A Look at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Little-Known Prefabs
Dwell | 1/7/2015

If you were plotting a Frank Lloyd Wright tour of American architecture, the 2700 block of West Burnham Street in Milwaukee might not make your itinerary. But on this quiet street, you can find evidence of the architect’s career-long obsession with creating affordable, sometimes prefabricated, housing for the masses. (Read More)


Layton Boulevard West takes aggressive stance against foreclosures
Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service | 1/5/2015

Like many city neighborhoods, Layton Boulevard West has struggled with foreclosed properties. However, overall “the neighborhood has proven itself resilient in the face of these vacant properties,” according to Will Sebern, director of fund development and communications for Layton Boulevard West Neighbors. (Read More)


Charette explores plans for economic growth in Silver City, Clarke Square
Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service | 12/24/2014

City planners and community stakeholders gathered recently to design plans for developing underutilized properties in the South Side neighborhoods of Silver City and Clarke Square. “The idea behind the charette is getting together bankers, developers, architects, community businesses and stakeholders in order to look at the sites that could be catalytic for further development of these neighborhoods,” (Read More)


South side neighborhoods poised for redevelopment
BizTimes | 12/19/2014

Six properties in Milwaukee’s Layton Boulevard West and Clarke Square neighborhoods sit on the cusp of redevelopment, following a charrette held Tuesday to brainstorm plans for their futures. The charrette, led by Community Design Solutions of UW-Milwaukee, challenged sets of area architects to devise and then revise visions for each property in line with community and marketplace needs. (Read More)