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Layton Boulevard West is fast becoming a community of choice for families, young professionals, and small business owners. Bounded by Pierce Street on the north, Lincoln Avenue on the south, Layton Boulevard on the east, and Miller Park Way on the west, the area brings together three historic Milwaukee neighborhoods: Silver City, Burnham Park, and Layton Park. These neighborhoods offer quality, affordable housing, a wealth of retail and recreational amenities, and ethnic and cultural diversity.
Just 10 minutes from downtown Milwaukee, Layton Boulevard West encompasses the iconic Mitchell Park Conservatory Domes, Miller Park stadium, the bustling Miller Park Way commercial district, and the Menomonee Valley, where 300 acres of brownfields have been restored to job-creating productive use.
The Hank Aaron State Trail, starting at Milwaukee’s lakefront and following the Menomonee River eight miles west to the county line, allows neighbors to walk or bike to work, while the newly restored Valley Passage at 37th and Pierce Streets gives people immediate access to the Valley’s jobs and recreational opportunities. Layton Boulevard West’s diverse population—66% Latino, 22% Caucasian, 5% African American, and 4% Asian—is reflected in its mix of ethnic restaurants and distinctive shops along the National, Burnham, and Lincoln corridors. This diversity is one of the area’s most valued assets.
Layton Boulevard West also faces significant challenges from poverty, unemployment, and foreclosed homes. Neighbors old and new understand these challenges and have come together to take action. Coordinating their efforts is Layton Boulevard West Neighbors, Inc., a community development organization founded in 1995 by the School Sisters of St. Francis. Layton Boulevard West Neighbors stabilizes and revitalizes the area through grassroots leadership, economic development, homeownership promotion, and housing development and rehabilitation.
Together, Layton Boulevard West Neighbors, community members, and partners are developing and implementing a comprehensive plan to improve the quality of life in the neighborhood.
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