Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Brady Street Festival

Brady Street is often associated with being once the heart of Milwaukee's Italian community. In the 1960s, Italians, Polish and other assimilated groups began to leave the neighborhood for the suburbs, while the hippies and other bohemians moved in. The 1980s saw blight, neglect and decay, but now the area has been revitalized and has become a model for New Urbanism. Starting in the late 1990s, gentrification has now forced out most of the bohemian population, many moving to Riverwest and Bay View as another option. But 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.

Trash & Treasure - the streets are kept clean and shop owners present their best deals of the season.


Before and After - Head to Toe - Front to Back.


Making a Point



Water pipes at Casablanca are popular year around.


One with a long history on Brady Street


A pro wrestling exhibition provides entertainment for the young and the old alike.


The annual Drag Show is quite popular.


This event was also the Milwaukee location for the National Association of Photoshop Professionals Worldwide Photowalk. More than 50 participating photographers were on hand for most of the day and evening to capture the flair of the day.

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