Urban Homeownership and Neighborhood Vitality during the Foreclosure Crisis

On Friday night, Feb 1st, over 100 people braved the sub-zero temperatures to attend an Urban Studies Programs’ reception and panel discussion titled: URBAN HOUSING, NEIGHBORHOOD VITALITY, AND THE FORECLOSURE CRISIS in Milwaukee’s City Hall Rotunda. Panelists addressed several questions related to the ongoing foreclosure crisis such as “Is home ownership still a part of the American Dream? Can neighborhoods that have suffered the effects of multiple foreclosures and condemned homes rebound? Can Milwaukee avoid the path of other cities like Detroit and Cleveland and keep its housing stock occupied and its neighborhoods strong?”

Housing event in the City Hall rotunda

Housing event panelists

The panelists included:
Art Dahlberg, Commissioner, Department of Neighborhood Services, City of Milwaukee
Nik Kovac, Third District Alderman, City of Milwaukee
Anna-Marie Opgenorth, Executive Director, Historic Milwaukee, Inc.
William Tisdale, Urban Studies Alum and President and CEO, Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council

Dr. Amanda Seligman, Associate Professor of History and Urban Studies, UWM, moderated the panel discussion, and Professor Jasmine Alinder, Director of Urban Studies, gave the introductory remarks.

Housing event panelists

The catalyst for the panel was an exhibition on Milwaukee’s Thurston Woods neighborhood, which was created by UWM students last summer in a class taught by UWM Architecture Professor Arijit Sen. The exhibition was on display and both Professor Sen and longtime Thurston Woods resident Mavis McCallum gave introductory remarks at the event.

Thurston Woods exhibition