Changing Workforce

Milwaukee neighborhoods slid after factory jobs vanished

By The Wall Street Journal

Aug 16, 2016

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Long before Sherman Park on Milwaukee's north side erupted in violence over a fatal police shooting, it was a community sliding into decline, said resident Michael Young.

As manufacturing jobs emptied out over the past two decades, he watched the neighborhood hollow out. Residents say the neighborhood was dealt a blow by the 2006 closing of the former Tower Automotive factory that once employed thousands of workers. “The loss of the manufacturing base here has taken a big toll,” said Fred Curzan, executive director of the Sherman Park Community Association.

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