2016 Story Scapes:
Choose a location (building in a neighborhood) that is of historic and cultural significance and begin writing a layered story of that place. The project is to collectively produce an alternative travel guide of Milwaukee that introduces visitors to the history, culture and current points of interest. This travel guide will be different from visitors'guides that are currently available because we will not focus on the predictable destinations. Instead we will try and produce an alternative history of the city by focusing on buildings and spaces that are otherwise ignored.
How do you begin?
Take the Green Line bus from Bayshore Mall to the airport and back. This route coincides with major streetcar tracks in the past. The Green Line connects South Milwaukee, Bayview, Walkers Point, Downtown, Brady Street, Shorewood, Whitefish Bay and Bayshore. This bus route is what Grady Clay calls an urban cross section. Milwaukee developed north and southwards along this route and hence this urban cross section takes you through Milwaukee’s urban history. Each major stop is part of a very different historical neighborhood.
Individual credit for each project can be found on the credits page. To view the projects, you may search by the neighbhorhood the building is in, the purpose of building, or you can Explore Projects along the The Green Line.
John Gurda, Cream City Chronicles: Stories of Milwaukee's Past. Wisconsin Historical Society Press, 2006.
John Gurda, The Making of Milwaukee. (Milwaukee: Milwaukee County Historical Society Press, 1999)
Alison Zehr, Your House has a History: A Step-by-Step Guide to Researching Your Property, City of Chicago, Department of Planning and Development, 2003. http://webapps.cityofchicago.org/landmarksweb/static/pdf/Your_House_Has_A_History.pdf, (Accessed December 17, 2015).
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Milwaukee County Transit System: Green Line Bus Route