June 23, 2015 NWSP Update 
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Keeping Up with Keith on the Near West Side

Friends of the Near West Side:
The summer is finally here, but that doesn’t mean our momentum has slowed.  We are continuing to accomplish our quick wins identified by the working teams and the PARC initiative is ready to hit the ground running in the coming weeks.

We hope you stay tuned to hear more about what we’re doing, and how you can become involved. If you wish to share news from your organization, or would like to see something featured in the e-newsletter, please send us a note at for consideration.
Keep it up,

Keith Stanley
Executive Director, Near West Side Partners, Inc. 
NWSP Survey Update:
Phase Two

If you are interested in surveying the employees at your organization on their current perceptions of the Near West Side, please use the following submission form to receive information the next steps of this process. We’ll contact you shortly with further information on the survey and how to spread the word to your employees.

NWSP Learns Best Practices in Chicago

The NWSP Steering Committee and Working Team Co-Chairs visited a number of neighborhoods in Chicago to bring back some new ideas to the Near West Side. Special thanks to Susan Lloyd who helped to organize the visit, as well as Loyola University, LISC Chicago, MacArthur Foundation and the Quad Communities Development Corporation for hosting meetings. 

NWSP Member Spotlight: John Hennessy
This edition’s NWSP member spotlight highlights John Hennessy, a member of the NWSP Commercial Corridor Development and Housing working teams. Hennessy also plays an integral role in the development of a Near West Side BID.

Hennessy has been involved on the Near West side since 1987, when his company, Hennessy Group, Inc. began purchasing and rehabbing historic buildings across the Near West Side. In 2013, he was appointed to the Avenues West BID Board where he works with other board members and community stakeholders to improve the safety and economic health of the Avenues West and Near West Side neighborhoods. 

Hennessy also played an integral role in the recent NEWaukee Empty Storefronts Conference, where his SoHi building was chosen as a conference site location. During the June 1 conference, approximately 60 people attended the session at Hennessy's SoHi building, seen in the photo below. 
NEWaukee Empty Storefronts Conference

  Click the left image to hear from Kelsey Otero, co-chair of the NWSP Commercial Corridor Development team, to hear more about the recent NEWaukee Empty Storefronts Conference. A complete recap of the event can also be found online.
NWSP Safety Team hosts CPTED training for Near West Side businesses

Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) is an approach to enhancing public safety through minor modifications to the public and private spaces in a community. Near West Side Partners’ Safety Working Team organized and hosted a training session for security personnel and other interested parties to help them learn to apply the CPTED model in the Near West Side. Individuals from Harley-Davidson, Aurora Health Care, Marquette University, Walgreens, and Catholic Financial Life were all present to hear ADA Chris Ladwig and Officer Scott Lesniewski offers lessons on how to implement the CPTED model.
Examples of simple changes that can improve control of public and private spaces, include installing sprinklers in parks to stop drug dealing and improved lighting. Officer Lesniewski provided real stories of successful implementation of CPTED in other parts of the city and several other ideas on how to reduce crime and make the areas around our businesses and institutions more welcoming and inviting.
The Safety Team will host an additional CPTED training course Thursday, June 25 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Aurora Sinai, Rapkin Auditorium. Those interested in attending should contact Mike Cummings at
A special thanks to Mike Cummings, John Koleas, Chris Ladwig and the entire NWSP Safety Working Team for organizing CPTED training for our Near West Side businesses! 
To learn more about the NWSP CPTED training class, click here to view coverage from WDJT-TV (CBS 58).
Near West Side News

 "Women of Influence: Rana Altenburg, Community Supporter" 
  Rana Altenburg imagines herself one day living in a high-rise overllooking neighborhoods near Marquette University and Milwaukee's near west side. She'll look out with pride, knowing she helped revitalize an area where businesses thrive, home values are rising and children play without worry. Videos from the May 12 Women of Influence luncheon can also be viewed online
 Police, DA, community services aim to improve neighborhoods"
  The Community Prosecution Unit housing in Police District 3 is taking the lessons learned by Washington Park Partners - which was supported by the federal Byrne Grant and achieved a roughly 30% decrease in overall crime in the first year - and applying them to the dozens of other neighborhoods in the district. They're taking the three-year strategy of Byrne in Washington Park and condensing it into a three-week safety initiative known as "21 Days." 

 "Arts and Crafts-style home went from foreclosure to stop on neighborhood tour"
When Patrick Kennelly and Emmey Malloy bought their Concordia area home in 2013, it was as if they had attended a "buy one, get one free" sale. The couple recently talked about the home and neighborhood they love, as well as the Historic Concordia Tour of Homes, which will feature their home on June 20. 

 "Milwaukee to upgrade playgrounds in worst shape"
 MKE Plays, the brainchild of Common Council President Michael Murphy, is based on a simple and commendable belief: the condition of the city play areas is not determined by the ZIP codes or districts they are located in. MKE Plays seeks to transform those deteriorated playgrounds and turn them into models of public and private collaboration - not only in financing, but in design, as well. 

"'Things are happening:' $3 million BP gas station opens in west side neighborhood that has struggled
The owners of a new gas station on Milwaukee's Near West Side are hoping the business will fuel more than just vehicles. In fact, they plan to provide some of the energy that will power an entire community's revitalization. 

"The Milwaukee Experiment: What Can One Prosecutor Do About the Mass Incarceration of African-Americans?
Like many people in the criminal-justice system, John Chisolm, the District Attorney in Milwaukee County, has been concerned for a long time about the racial imbalance in American prisons. The Issue is especially salient in Wisconsin, where African-Americans constitute only six per cent of the population but thirty-seven per cent of those in state prison. 

 "Fourth Street Forum: Putting Down Roots"
 Where we grow up can influence where we end up financially. Living in a  neighborhood that provides good schools, markets, local stores and safe places  to live is what most of us want. Can neighbors, wherever they live, work  together to ensure these resources for themselves and their children?  Featuring Keith Stanley, Executive Director of the Avenues West Association. 
Save The Date
Thursday, June 25: CPTED Training
2 p.m. – 4 p.m. @ Aurora Sinai, Rapkin Auditorium
As part of efforts to improve the safety of the Near West Side, the NWSP Safety Working Team will host a Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) training course. Training will be presented by members of Milwaukee Police Department District 3 and the District 3 Community Prosecution Unit. 

Thursday, June 25: MPD Crime & Safety Meeting
6 p.m. @ MPD District 3
Join residents and businesses from throughout District 3 to hear crime reports and updates from District 3 officers and Captain Jason Smith. 

Monday, July 20: Near West Side Block Watch Meeting
6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. @ Harley Davidson University (3800 building), 6th Floor Auditorium 
Join local residents, city and law enforcement representatives to discuss neighborhood projects and concerns, and review crime reports in the area. Food is provided. 
Tuesday, August 4: National Night Out        
Time TBD @ Harley-Davidson

Hosted by Harley-Davidson, this night enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community and provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances.
Saturday, September 19 & Sunday, September 20: Doors Open Milwaukee
Time and location TBD

Sponsored by Historic Milwaukee, Inc., Doors Open Milwaukee has been dedicated to increasing awareness of and commitment to Milwaukee’s history, architecture, and the preservation of our built environment through education and advocacy since 1974.
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