An Uncertain Future For Milwaukee's Historic Affordable Housing

Emil Seidel, Milwaukee’s and the nation’s first socialist mayor moved into the utopian affordable housing projects that he championed.

Garden homes built on W. Atkinson and N. Teutonia avenues in Milwaukee almost a century ago are at the center of preservation efforts from a group of organizers, preservationists, and residents. The houses were part of a progressive housing project in the 1920s and also championed by Milwaukee’s first socialist mayor, Emil Seidel. Our guest tells us about struggles to preserve the houses and the history of a neighborhood facing disinvestment and other challenges. 

Related Links:Historic Garden Homes district struggles to find its futureHost:Rob FerrettGuest(s):Mary Louise SchumacherProducer(s):Haleema Shah