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MILWAUKEE - BRADY ST.

Located on Milwaukee's East Side in the 1880's, Brady St. was a commercial district of Yankee and German owned shops. Today, Brady Street is filled with coffee houses, nightclubs, restaurants, vintage clothing, and thrift stores. Brady St. is often associated with being once the heart of Milwaukee's Italian community. In the 1960s, Italians and other assimilated groups began to leave the neighborhood for the suburbs, while the hippies and other bohemians moved in.

The 1980's saw blight, neglect and decay, but now the area has been revitalized and has become a model for New Urbanism. Starting in the late 1990's many of the bohemian population mostly moved to Riverwest and Bay View for cheaper rents. This neighborhood still exhibits a strong, albeit upscale, independent flair. For instance, the Annual Brady Street festival in July brings together the neighborhood in block party fashion.

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