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Milwaukee's waterfront is changing rapidly.

Milwaukee Walks: Lilith Fowler and Bobby Tanzilo talk Harbor District

For most of our lives, the waterfront area now known as the Harbor District hardly looked like it had any future beyond what it already was: a mixture of industry, a research facility and, sadly, brownfields from the environmental Wild West days of "Old Milwaukee."

But, thanks to the hard work of many committed folks, Milwaukee is rapidly transforming the Harbor District.

From the new Freshwater Plaza retail and residential development on 1st and Greenfield to the beautiful UW-Milwaukee School of Freshwater Sciences building a couple blocks east, the area is rapidly changing.

The new Harbor View Plaza park at the foot of Greenfield Avenue is already under construction, site prep is underway for the R1ver development a bit further south along the Kinnickinnic River and, recently, Komatsu announced it would build a new factory, research, office and museum complex on the old Solvay Coke site.

There's so much going on that I decided to take a short stroll with Harbor District Executive Director Lilith Fowler, so she could tell us more. We chatted for a Facebook Live, which you can watch here:


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