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East Newberry Boulevard, Milwaukee, Wisconsin -- Great Street 2009

East Newberry Boulevard - APA Great Street 2009

Recognized for its exceptional concentration of architecturally distinguished homes built during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, East Newberry Boulevard is an iconic example of the boulevard planning concepts espoused by Frederick Law Olmsted and tied closely to the construction of two Olmsted-designed parks at the east and west ends of the boulevard. The boulevard's majesty is enhanced by the works of several notable architects and builders from the area at the time. These well-crafted, unique houses were designed not just as showplaces but to withstand the test of time.

With its broad tree canopy and wide, planted median, the boulevard does more than connect Lake and Riverside parks - it extends them. Here, in the shade of century-old elms and maples, residents stroll or sit, taking in the scenery or reading.

Plan for East Newberry Boulevard included 54-foot wide grassy median separating two 28-foot-wide lanes for east- and west-bound traffic; bridle path extended down the median's center; 20-foot-wide sidewalks, eventually reduced to six feet width, were built along each right-of-way.

Designated area:
The 12-block-long East Newberry Boulevard is between Lake Park on Lake Michigan to the east and Riverside Park on the Milwaukee River to the west.

Photo courtesy of Dave Lahaye.  Description courtesy of APA.

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RiverWalk, Milwaukee - Great Public Places 2011

Milwaukee RiverWalk - APA Great Public Space 2011

Milwaukee RiverWalk was planned as a down-to-earth public space where residents could take peaceful walks, dine outdoors, and access the river for fishing, kayaking, and canoeing. It has been more successful than anyone involved with the unique public-private initiative ever imagined. Construction of the $35 million pedestrian-only walkway, which has one of the most innovative bridges found anywhere, increased the value of adjoining property by more than $500 million. Removal of a dam at the northern end of the walkway, a cleanup of river pollution, and wastewater treatment improvements have enhanced water quality and helped restore fisheries to the river.

Residents, including children, played an important role in helping plan and design RiverWalk. More than 200 students explored the Milwaukee River and made drawings of what they discovered. The result was 18 pieces of artwork being selected and cast in bronze medallions located throughout the length of the Riverwalk.

Walkway links businesses, theaters, and neighborhoods and spurs development; RiverWalk contributes to $712 million increase in commercial and residential investments - more than 50 percent growth from 1998 to 2002.

Designated area:
RiverWalk extends along both sides of the Milwaukee River from the harbor in the Third Ward District north through downtown to the former North Avenue Dam.

Photo courtesy of the Department of City Development.  Description courtesy of APA.

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Williamson-Marquette Neighborhood - Great Neighborhood 2013

Williamson-Marquette Neighborhood – APA Great Neighborhood 2013

Located on Madison's Isthmus between Lake Mendota and Lake Monona, Williamson-Marquette is one of Madison's oldest neighborhoods. From its earliest beginnings in the late 1850s, Marquette, as it commonly is known, has embraced diversity. Grand Victorian homes were built along the lakefront, and single family Queen Annes and two flats filled the adjacent grid. Along Williamson, the neighborhood main street, modest workers' cottages were sandwiched between shops, taverns, implement dealers, and blacksmiths.

Today, Marquette attracts professionals, students, and bohemians to live or open a business. Visitors from around the region come to dine and shop. Marquette is located a short walk from Wisconsin's state capitol, Madison's downtown, and the University of Wisconsin's Madison campus. With its continuous sidewalks, bike paths, and lively commercial district, it is one of Madison's most thoroughly walkable neighborhoods.

An 8.7-acre Central Park, just now under development, reclaims underused industrial lands.

Designated area:
The neighborhood is bordered by East Washington Avenue to the north; Blair Street to the west; Lake Monona to the south; and to the east by First Street, the Eastwood bypass, Division Street, Lakeland Avenue, and Lake Monona.

Photo courtesy Brent Nicastro.  Description courtesy of APA.

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