Research Report Neighborhood Investment Flows in the City of Milwaukee
Brett Theodos, Eric Hangen, Jein Park, Brady Meixell
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Capital has flowed inequitably to communities across the US for decades, often with a racialized motivation or a racialized effect. This report analyzes investment flows in Milwaukee from 2005 to 2019, studying what kinds of money have been flowing, and for what purposes, into the city’s neighborhoods. The report builds on previous investment flow studies we have conducted in other cities, such as Baltimore, Chicago, Detroit, and Minneapolis and Saint Paul, as well as national studies.

Our analysis of investment flows in Milwaukee by neighborhood race and poverty rate reveals disparate market conditions among neighborhoods and differential levels of wealth and access to credit. In addition to capital flows inequities across neighborhoods, our data show that the city overall needs greater mainstream capital flows.

Research Areas Economic mobility and inequality Neighborhoods, cities, and metros Families Race and equity Workforce
Tags Workforce development Racial segregation Housing and the economy Families with low incomes Public and private investment Community and economic development Inequality and mobility Racial inequities in economic mobility Racial inequities in neighborhoods and community development
Policy Centers Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center Research to Action Lab