"Renaissance Building - 309 N. Water" Top 5 Page for this destination Milwaukee Favorite Tip by yooperprof

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  There's no renaissance without artists!
by yooperprof

Favorite thing: The Renaissance Building is a prime example of the warehouse chic that has been transforming older cities around the world.

A local filmmaker has created a documentary about the Renaissance Building which I'd like to see sometime. Apparently the structure was first renovated by a creative and free-spirited collective of artists and crafters who used it as studio and retail space. When well-heeled suburbanites "discovered" the place, it helped make the Third Ward fashionable and chic. But before too long, rising rents and "mainstreaming" forced the artist right-brain types out, and none of the original rehabbers are still there. It's a familiar story-cycle of urban renewal: capitalism working in the same way as forest regeneration.

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  • Written Aug 21, 2007
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