Mayor Barrett, Governor Walker team up to raze blighted homes
MILWAUKEE - It's a massive undertaking in some of Milwaukee's worst neighborhoods. The governor and mayor are working together to tackle blighted homes.
When Jacqueline Harris looks out the window of her home at 34th and Wright, she sees garbage, broken boards, and shattered glass. She moved into her house in 1969 and says the neighborhood has been on a downhill slide ever since.
"It's just a lot of things," she explains. "Shootings, drugs, you name it."
The situation is so desperate, Governor Scott Walker and Mayor Tom Barrett took a trip down her street Tuesday to announce a multi-million dollar partnership to either raze or rebuild dilapidated homes in neighborhoods across the city.
"These foreclosed properties can become magnets for criminal activity and that's what we want to stop," announced Mayor Tom Barrett.
The state is throwing in $2,000,000 on top of the city’s $11,700,000 to tackle more than a thousand homes and buildings.
"Whether it's here or the southside, whether it's anywhere in the city of Milwaukee, we're going to do our part to help out," Governor Walker added.
The hope, that cleaner streets will be safer ones -- something Jaqueline wants for her kids so their American dream doesn't fade away.
"It is disappointing. It is. Very disappointing," she said.
Mayor Barrett wants to get the problem solved in the next three years. He says they'll have succeeded when every family can safely play in their front yard.