Research Report A Pathway to Connect Communities: A Case Study of the Beerline Trail Extension in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Carla Vasquez-Noriega
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Key takeaway: Creatively designing and programming a bike trail to bridge communities and improve community safety

Abstract: This report presents a case study of the Beerline Trail extension in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and how stakeholders used creative placemaking techniques to turn an unused rail corridor into an active, safe, and inclusive space for local residents. Using stakeholder interviews, reviews of planning documents and community survey data, and site visit observations, this case study illustrates how practitioners can use creative placemaking techniques to bridge the gap between disparate communities and improve public safety and quality of life.

Research Areas Crime, justice, and safety Economic mobility and inequality Education Wealth and financial well-being Nonprofits and philanthropy Neighborhoods, cities, and metros Race and equity
Tags Infrastructure Racial and ethnic disparities Transportation Arts and culture Job opportunities Wealth inequality Public and private investment Racial and ethnic disparities in criminal justice Racial equity in education Racial inequities in economic mobility Racial inequities in employment Creative placemaking
Policy Centers Justice Policy Center Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center
Cities Milwaukee-Waukesha, WI