The Artery: Breathing life into abandoned Milwaukee rail corridor creates community space

Posted on Aug 04, 2015

Published August 4, 2015

Keith Hayes was among the first to recognize the potential of a former rail corridor, where Milwaukee’s Harambee and Riverwest neighborhoods intersect. The space, now called the artery, stretches from W. Keefe Avenue up to W. Capitol Drive.

Hayes started an organization, called beintween, to adopt leftover places like this. “I think (the artery) is a really crucial one. It’s eight acres,” he says. “It’s 100 feet wide, so it could be programmed with different kinds of park space. We’re hoping we can really get youth a safe place to play (because there) isn’t much park space in Harambee.”

Multiple individuals and organizations have taken on the neglected dumping ground northwest of the Beerline Trail. NEWaukee, the Kresge Foundation and the Greater Milwaukee Committee’s stewardship team have stepped up to the plate – just to name a few.

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