A public installation driven by community conversation, 2013

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  • TypeFace in Burnham Park

    An Arrangement is located on the northeast corner of 31st & Burnham.

    The area surrounding a shuttered corner store on 31st and Burnham is dense with depth and texture. Amongst the churn of community, one hundred neighbors were presented with a deceptively simple question; “Why here?” Responses to that prompt are collected in An Arrangement, a bouquet as vibrant as the community’s cast of characters.

    In the Burnham Park neighborhood, the TypeFace team worked with Layton Boulevard West Neighbors to conduct interviews on porches, street corners, and sidewalks. Excerpts from these conversations are incorporated into An Arrangement.

    Explore those conversations below (click each photo for a sample of the conversation).


Young Moras

Young Moras

October 29th, 2013 | by adamcarr

I’d rather work with family than other people.

I don’t know. I’m into cars. I find this job a lot easier. I’d rather work with family than other people.

“Did you have a choice?”

No. I had a choice. Yeah.

-Young Moras


Lesliann

Lesliann

October 29th, 2013 | by adamcarr

The people: in, out, in, out, in out.

“What do you see here?”

The people. In, out, in out, in out.

“What kind of people do you see?”

Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, Dominican, Chinese, all people.

“And what about her?”

Oh. American people too.

-Lesliann Rodriguez


Rene

Rene

October 29th, 2013 | by adamcarr

We have the best quality…

We have the best quality cars, best in price, good milage, low milage, and inspected 100% — bumper to bumper… I’d like to invite people over to come and check out our cars.

“So you’re a salesman, right? What’s that like?”

I guess I take every customer as different and just go from there. I don’t like to put pressure on. So, just let go.

-Rene Villafuentes


Mark

Mark

October 29th, 2013 | by adamcarr

I definitely fell in love (with the building).

I definitely fell in love with the building. I never — we got the big original bay windows in the living room and bedrooms, maple floors, we actually have nine foot ceilings, built-in buffets, the scrolls in the moulding. I just fell in love with the character of the building.

-Mark Dudenhofer


Alicia

Alicia

October 29th, 2013 | by adamcarr

Son muy nobles y atentos con uno.

Pienso que una historia así en concreta, diario comparto y conozco pero he conocido a personas americanas, y me han compartido su estilo de vida, y son muy nobles y atentos con uno.

I think a story that’s concrete like that, I share it daily and I know it, but I have met American people, and they have shared with me their lifestyle and they are very noble and attentive with you.

-Alicia Cuenca


Alejandro

Alejandro

October 29th, 2013 | by adamcarr

When you change, they want to do what you do.

Our community has a lot of problems with health. The way you can change some people is by your example. They have to see what you do and they’ll ask what motivates you. When you change, they want to do what you do. If you have a good job and you start to have more money, they’ll ask, ‘How did you do it?’ It’s the same for every change — you have to see results to stay motivated.

-Alejandro Lezama


Carisa

7 Carisa

Carisa

October 29th, 2013 | by adamcarr

“It’s beautiful here. And it depends who you’re with.”

You have everybody of all races here. It’s really nice.

“So what’s something that might surprise somebody who wasn’t from here?”

That it’s not a bad neighborhood. I went to Pius and a lot of people might think that this is a bad neighborhood to come to. It’s not. It’s really beautiful here. And it depends on who you’re with, I guess.

-Carisa


Maria

Maria

October 29th, 2013 | by adamcarr

“El jardín, y para la naturaleza, quieres enseñar a los niños.”

“Que, el parque, o sea hay muchas actividades para los niños, y también hay mucha ayuda por, para, para el jardín, y para la naturaleza, quieres enseñar a los niños.”

“That, the park, I mean there are many activities for children and there is also a lot of help for, for, for the garden, and nature, you want to teach the children.”

-Maria Poradek


Joe

Joe

October 29th, 2013 | by adamcarr

“I be point A to point B, point B to point A.”

I just be from point A to point B and from point B back to point A. That’s it. I don’t worry about nothing around here — whatever people do, that’s on them, not me. I just go from my house to the basketball court and the basketball court to my house. Every day.

-Joe Hart


Gail

Gail

October 29th, 2013 | by adamcarr

“Park — all day.”

I like to come over here, mess around, and go in the park all day.

-Gail Owen


Jeanne

Jeanne

October 29th, 2013 | by adamcarr

“A garden is community.”

The community garden is really important to me. I just moved into the neighborhood a year and a half ago and this was a really important reason that I moved here. I meet people that are waiting on the bus, I meet the neighborhood in the garden, and this year is kinda neat because we’re doing real community gardens where people can come and pick their own things that were growing. So, to me, a garden is community. It puts an anchor in the community.

-Jeanne Labana


Chris

Chris

October 29th, 2013 | by adamcarr

“Wear your branch. Everybody’s got their way.”

I’m straight 100% Native American. It’s different. It’s really different and they don’t know how to come. But, wear your branch. Everybody’s got their way, and this is our way… You only have one time to live. That’s the life you get. Enjoy what he gave us because when it’s gone, it’s gone. The creator ain’t gonna give this to us again.

-Chris Williams


Eve

Eve

October 29th, 2013 | by adamcarr

“It’s just like — just a neighborhood.”

I was living up north for about 5 years and I used to come back down to visit my best friend who is now in a nursing home. So I found a place to live. That was about 8, 9 years ago.

“So what do you think of it since you’ve been here?”

Oh. It’s fine. It’s not bad. Really isn’t bad. I mean, people don’t harass you when you walk down the street or anything. It’s just like — just a neighborhood.

-Eve Dilkey


Jamie & Rosemary

Jamie & Rosemary

October 29th, 2013 | by adamcarr

“Si tuviera dinero para comprar otra casa, y me iría de aquí. // We’ve just lived here.”

Jamie:
“Porque no tenemos dinero para comprar otra casa ahorita, si tuviera dinero para comprar otra casa, y me iría de aquí.”

“Because we don’t have the money to move to another house right now, if we had the money to buy another house, we would leave here.”

-Jaime Ramirez

Rosemary:
I’ve lived here going on 14 years.

“Why have you lived here so long?”

I have no idea. We’ve just lived here. We actually want to look for a new place but not right now.

-Rosemary Ramirez


Ignacio

Ignacio

October 29th, 2013 | by adamcarr

“Entonces, siempre nos dijimos, “uno por uno.” Somos siete. Entonces, estamos aquí.”

“Eso es lo que pasa, que mis hermanos, todos los más grandes siempre tenían de chicos y ahorita que fueron para America también. Entonces, siempre nos dijimos, “uno por uno.” Somos siete. Entonces, estamos aquí. Esta es la casa del papá. Entonces, todos llegamos aquí y, como yo, ahorita vivo con la mamá de mi niña…yo vivo arriba, pero la misma casa. Todos se han llegado aquí como en su casa se casan, se han, digo…como solo esta’ mi mama pa’aquí…mi hermana, nadie mas que yo, somos tres aquí.”

That is what happened, that my siblings, all the oldest ones had children and they went to America too. We always said to each other, “one by one.” We are seven. Now, we are here. This is my father’s house. We all arrived here and, like me, I now live with the mother of my daughter. I live upstairs, but in the same house. We have all arrived here in this house, in their house, but they’ve married, they’ve…like I said…since only my mom is here, my sister, no one else but me, we’re just three here.

-Ignacio Hernandez

 


Carra

Carra

October 29th, 2013 | by adamcarr

“Es importante para mí ya que yo solamente estuviese solo alli. Pues vivimos unidos.”

“Es importante para mí ya que yo solamente estuviese solo alli. Pues vivimos unidos, yo respeto su privacidad, sus, sus leyes, sus normas, y realmente ellos a mí.”

It’s important for me since I was alone there. We live together. I respect their privacy, their, their laws, their norms, and really they to me as well.

-Carra Alvares


Susan & Matt

Susan & Matt

October 29th, 2013 | by adamcarr

“I’d live here until I die, if I could. I probably would. // I’m 48 years old. I’ve lived on the South Side for 48 years.”

Susan:
I’d live here until I die, if I could. I probably would. And I hope I live my life to the fullest. To the fullest. I hope I live at least to one hundred and two. Who knows if I’ll make it that long, but I’m gonna try.

“So you still want to live in this house when you’re 102?”

Probably! Because you know what? I hate the thought of moving. I hate moving. I do. But I like it around here.

-Susan Marohnic

Matt:
I’m 48 years old, I’ve lived on the South Side for 48 years. I know this neighborhood like the back of my hand. I don’t know how to judge it — it’s home. Born here, lived here, gonna die here.

“Have you ever wanted to leave?”

Oh I’ve lived in Philadelphia, Florida for about 6 months, Arizona. I’ve traveled around in my younger days. No, I’m not gonna move nowhere. Milwaukee’s a good town. It’s what you make of it. You can call the ghetto ‘the ghetto’ and have a rough life or you can make what you want. Milwaukee’s the kind of town you can make what you want out of your life.

-Matt Hall


Elijah

Elijah

October 29th, 2013 | by adamcarr

“You can’t really choose, why anywhere.”

You can’t really choose, why anywhere. Things just happen the way that they do. Asking ‘Why?”‘is a distraction from doing things. That’s how I feel about ‘Why here?’ It really shouldn’t matter where you are, it’s what you want to do. We all have our own problems — it doesn’t matter where you are, it’s how you take care of them.

-Elijah Bell

 


Misha

Misha

October 29th, 2013 | by adamcarr

“I just moved here cold turkey with my daughter from Chicago.”

Why here? Just a change of life, a new start. I just moved here cold turkey with my daughter from Chicago. It’ll be a year this month. Just a fresh start. Fresh.

-Misha Goytia


Kim

Kim

October 29th, 2013 | by adamcarr

“This is where God has called us to be.”

This is where God has called us to be. We are ministering to people in the neighborhood and this is where we want to be.

-Kim Anderson


Don

Don

October 29th, 2013 | by adamcarr

“Where I’m going is where I’m going and I want to get there and get done what I gotta do.”

Usually, where I’m going is where I’m going and I want to get there and get done what I gotta do. Right now, I’m going to their house to make 5 dollars. It’s kinda hot to do it, but 5 bucks is 5 bucks.

-Don McMillan


Steven

Steven

October 29th, 2013 | by adamcarr

“I got family here… Nice scenery. That’s it.”

I got family here. Nice scenery… That’s it.

-Steven Jenkins


Konta

Konta

October 30th, 2013 | by adamcarr

“The terminology — stay in your lane.”

Me? I stick with my friends and family. I ain’t trying to meet no new people. I got enough friends and family to carry me my whole lifetime. I’m just doing what I got to do. My daily routine To support my family — it’s a tight knit neighborhood — everybody know everybody. Everybody minds their own business and sticks to themselves. The terminology? Stay in your lane. Do your business, don’t get into everybody else’s, and you’ll be alright.

-Konta Smith


Dax

Dax

October 30th, 2013 | by adamcarr

“I bring you flowers in the Spring, I bring you all that I can bring, but most of all, I bring you love.”

I bring you flowers in the Spring, I bring you all that I can bring, but most of all, I bring you love.

-Dax


Brianna & Betty

Brianna & Betty

October 30th, 2013 | by adamcarr

“This is where I was born. // This is where I am.”

Brianna:
This is where I was born.

-Brianna Rios

Betty:
This is where my Mom bought her house and we live with her. That’s why I live here.

“So is his a place you want to be, or is this just the place you are?”

Both. I like it and I want to be here. And this is where I am.

-Betty Rios


Sherry & Heather

Sherry & Heather

October 30th, 2013 | by adamcarr

“I don’t know where I want to live, I just want to be happy. // It’s the same as the Dells but no water parks.”

Sherry:
I have nowhere else to go. This is where I live. I have family here and I feel just fine, to be honest. Yeah, in the future I’ll probably be in a better spot, but right now this is where I’m at.

“What do you mean a better spot?”

Suburbs? I don’t know. Glendale?

“Do you want to live in Glendale?”

No, not really. Maybe South Milwaukee? I don’t know where I want to live, I just want to be happy.

Heather:
I was born in Baraboo and I moved here with my Mom 6 years ago. So, this is where my Mom is and I have a job.

“What was it like moving from the Dells to here?”

When I first moved, we were in South Milwaukee. It’s the same as the Dells but no water parks, you know?

“I’m not sure what you mean.”

There’s a lot of white people. It’s not interracial like here.

-Sherry & Heather


Oscar

Oscar

October 30th, 2013 | by adamcarr

“Yo quería un bonito jardín en frente de mi casa.”

“Yo quería un bonito jardín en frente de mi casa. Pero, pues, estamos trabajando poco a poquito para, a limpiar, estoy tratando de limpiar para que sea vea bonito el vecindario, que no sea vea un casa derrumbada.”

I wanted a beautiful yard in front of my house. But, so, we are working little by little to clean, I am trying to clean so that the neighborhood looks nice, so that you don’t see a run-down house.

-Oscar Martinez


Diana

Diana

October 30th, 2013 | by adamcarr

“Está calmado…nos gusta aquí.”

“Está calmado…nos gusta aquí.”

It’s calm…we like it here.

-Diana Guitierrez


Eric

Eric

October 30th, 2013 | by adamcarr

“Look at it — look around.”

My family’s here. My moms came down years ago. Then I followed suit. I’m from Chicago, so in comparison, this is a beautiful place.

“What do you mean by that?”

I grew up in a rough neighborhood. Gang bangers, killing, shooting, and all that type of stuff. There’s all kinds of chaos going. Not to say it doesn’t happen here, in Milwaukee, but in this neighborhood, it’s great. You hear about little things, but it’s just beautiful. The wild wild west isn’t going on right now. Look at it — look around.

-Eric Daniels


Jim

Jim

October 30th, 2013 | by adamcarr

“I need a spot to set up my trains.”

The house is almost paid for. To start all over again? We might want a little more space — well arragned space. A place for my wife to have a sewing and craft room. I need a spot to set up my trains. What would help is, we have a lot of stuff here from both of our daughters. There’s a lot of sentimental stuff here too.

“So where’s your train set?”

Packed away.

-Jim Gac


Victor & Rocio

Victor & Rocio

October 30th, 2013 | by adamcarr

“Hide ‘n’ seek — in my house. // Not much has changed. Just the people.”

Victor:
Hide ‘n’ seek. In my house.

-Victor Valle

Rocio:
I grew up around here. All my life. I remember hanging out with friends on the front yard, just playing around. You know, the good stuff.

“Do you imagine yourself staying here as you get older?”

I’ve never moved anywhere else, but I feel like it would be much better for me to get to know other neighborhoods, especially because this neighborhood is getting… too much crime. Maybe after college I’ll move.

“So what are some things you’ve seen change?”

Not much has changed. Just the people.

-Rocio Valle


Michelle

Michelle

October 30th, 2013 | by adamcarr

“I just go to work and come home and that’s it.”

I’ve been a widow for nine years now. I just go to work and come home and that’s it. Sometimes I’ll say ‘I should just get out of here.’ But then I don’t.

“So what is it that keeps you here?”

Because I’m comfortable here. Nobody bothers me.

-Michelle Harmon


Marcial

Marcial

October 30th, 2013 | by adamcarr

“I would change nothing. This place is absolutely perfect.”

I grew up here. This is my neighborhood.

“Do you see yourself ever leaving the neighborhood?”

I’m joining the National Guard. In three weeks I’m going to take the test.

“How long will the commitment be?”

Hopefully awhile.

“When you’re done, will you come back here?”

Here? It’s a possibility. I’ve been in this neighborhood for awhile, so it’s hard to leave this. It’s hard to explain.

“If you could change something about this place, what would you change?”

I would change nothing. This place is absolutely perfect.

“Why do you think that?”

I don’t know. It’s just — I don’t know.

-Marcial Castillo


Marilyn

Marilyn

October 30th, 2013 | by adamcarr

“I don’t think I could really change anything.”

I don’t think I could really change anything. I like these bushes — but they gotta be trimmed — you know why? It gives you privacy. Not that I want to be alone. I’ve been okay living here, you know. If I had bad neighbors… but I don’t really have bad neighbors. I don’t talk to the people in back that much. Of course, people work so you don’t get to see ’em. I have no trouble with the neighbors or anything. You know. It’s just a nice place to live.

-Marilyn Johnson


Sonia

Sonia

October 30th, 2013 | by adamcarr

“Milwaukee, I don’t know.”

My Mom was born in Puerto Rico and when she came, she had me here. Milwaukee, I don’t know. It’s always felt like home to me. It’s little. Everybody knows each other. But to me Milwaukee is my home. I was born here and I know everybody. Milwaukee’s like the family to me.

“Have you ever been to Puerto Rico?”

No. But my one dream is to go over there and see how things are.

“Have you ever thought about leaving the neighborhood?”

No. Me and my mom have a close bond and I don’t want anything like that to get in the way of it.

-Sonia Gonzalez


Carolina

Carolina

October 30th, 2013 | by adamcarr

“Because Texas was too hot.”

Because Texas was too hot and Milwaukee was nice. I’m from Austin and I moved here a year and a half ago, now. My husband came first because he has family here. Then, I came to visit. I would fly up here, but the tickets started to be too expensive.

“So in your year and a half living here, tell me about this neighborhood, this area…”

I like the way they have basements. In Texas, we have attics. We lived in a basement when we first moved here. The appartment was in the basement — the thing I didn’t like about it, when it gets hot, like real hot, the floor starts to sweat.

-Carolina Ramirez


Juan

Juan

October 30th, 2013 | by adamcarr

“I walk and look and see everything.”

I don’t know. I’ve come from Texas to here and I gotta to stay here. The people are good. They’re the same as Texas.

“So how do you spend your time around here?”

I walk and look and see everything.

-Juan Nabejar


John & Isiah

John & Isiah

October 30th, 2013 | by adamcarr

“Where I’m from — if I eat, they eat. // That’s it. When I’m in my 30s I’ll try to leave. “

John:
The Boys and Girls Club. That’s where everything goes on. That’s where my personality sticks out — on the court. I’ve been going there all my life… I’ll probably want to stay here. Couple more years until I can go to college. Try to find a college out of town and find a place for myself.

“You want to go to school out of state?”

I want to catch a scholarship for basketball.

“So you want this neighborhood to be, eventually, where you’re from?”

This is where I’m from. I’m just going to feed my town. Where I’m from — if I eat, they eat.

-John Velazquez

Isiah:
I’m just going to stay here until I find somewhere I want to go. That’s it. When I’m in my 30s I’ll try to leave, get sick and tired of saying here. Go somewhere nicer. That’s what you wanna feel when you’re older.

-Isiah Lazo


Susie & John

Susie & John

October 30th, 2013 | by adamcarr

“I ain’t go no other place to go! // Everything’s decent, you know?”

Susie:
Because I ain’t go no other place to go! That’s why I’m here. I have nowhere to go and I make it my home. I do the best with what I got here. I bought a foreclosure and it was real cheap and I just figured to be a first time home buyer. Let me move by the Mexicans and it’s all good!

-Susie Scott

John:
It looks like a lovely place. People are friendly. It’s quiet and friendly. I can’t really ask for too much here. Everything’s decent, you know?

-John Laviolette


Charlie

Charlie

October 30th, 2013 | by adamcarr

“My dog loves it.”

Why here as a problem or why here as what?

“However you interpret it.”

It’s a beautiful neighborhood since I lived here. My dog loves it. But other than that… ‘Why here?’ … It sucks. If it comes to that, cars burning in the alley…

-Charlie Seda


Nibardo

Nibardo

October 30th, 2013 | by adamcarr

“I don’t know the people like that anymore.”

Nowadays, they really don’t graffiti no more. I don’t know what they do now, exactly. I don’t know the people like that anymore. Back in ’08, ’09, there used to be plenty graffiti. It used to be a really big problem. But now, just a little bit of carjacking, you know? Breaking in. But it’s really a good neighborhood. It’s really not that bad compared to down south. That’s the worst. I’ve actually been there and all that stuff. I was really born there. But I was raised here. It’s mostly a good neighborhood. it’s really not that bad. I actually love it here. I’m glad to be here. I love it here. It’s not too bad.

-Nibardo Campos


Alex & Jamie

Alex & Jamie

October 30th, 2013 | by adamcarr

“It was a hard transition coming back from military life back to where I was. // Smalltown-like. People talk to each other.”

Alex:
I grew up on 11th and Orchard and it was a tight-knit society there too. We wound up where we were, last year, a couple doors away from where we are now. Everybody kinda looked out for one anothe… It was a hard transition coming back from military life back to where I was.

-Alex Balistreri

Jamie:
We came from North Carolina because this is my husband’s hometown. I’m a smalltown girl from North Carolina and this is the least… city-like? It was the quietest neighborhood. More smalltown-like. People talk to each other. People help each other out. It’s kinda like where I’m from.

-Jamie Balistreri


Sophia, Carmello Jr. & Carmello III

Sophia, Carmello Jr. & Carmello III

October 30th, 2013 | by adamcarr

“Peace and quiet, so I can play with Mary and Angela. // From 30th to 32nd, I got lucky with this neighborhood. // The lady in the back. Look out for her.”

Sophia Correa:
Peace and quiet, so I can play with Mary and Angela.

Carmello Jr.
This is a very quiet neighborhood. I love it. I got lucky with this neighborhood. From 30th to 32nd.

Carmello Correa Jr.:

Carmello III
The only thing we don’t love is the lady in the back. Look out for her.


Sharon

Sharon

October 30th, 2013 | by adamcarr

“We bought it when we were young and now we’re old.”

Why here? Because we can! I don’t know. We’ve lived here 48 years. We bought when we were young and now we’re old. And we love the neighborhood. It’s a good neighborhood. It goes from bad to worse. Good to bad, bad to worse. Whatever. I can’t complain that much. This is our home. We’re not going to start all over again. It’s fine.

-Sharon Gleason


Rene

Rene

October 30th, 2013 | by adamcarr

“I just live around the corner.”

The reason why I live here is because my Mom lives here and my mom’s boyfriend lives here. I just live around the corner.

“So, from the place that you live, what do you want?”

I don’t know.

“You know. How do you want to use it?”

You lost me on that. I don’t understand that.

-Rene Pena


Jesus

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Jesus

October 30th, 2013 | by adamcarr

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-Jesus Aro


Christian

Christian

October 30th, 2013 | by adamcarr

“I play around all day.”

I like it here. The neighborhood. The people. I play around all day.

-Christian Infante


Alicia

Alicia

October 30th, 2013 | by adamcarr

“I just want to explore, get out of here, see what’s out there.”

If it was my choice, I’d be in Wauwatosa again. If it was my choice, I wouldn’t be here. I’m just here because I have to be here. Right now. My goal is, within two years, to move out. Get out of Milwaukee, get out of state, explore. I haven’t done that. I just want to explore, get out of here, see what’s out there.

-Alicia Collen


Khamkou & Sengyer

Khamkou & Sengyer

October 30th, 2013 | by adamcarr

“We’re the minority too, just like everybody else. // Maybe my son can help me? He can buy the house?”

Khamkou:
My dad bought the house and I’m staying with him. We’ve been here about 15 years. I like it here. They’ve got those art houses with that famous builder.

“Has anything changed since you got here?”

There were more white people when we got here. Now, it’s mostly hispanic.

“And you know, you’re the first Asian person I’ve talked to.”

We’re like, the Asians here. There’s a Hmong church down the road too. But we fit in.

“Why?”

Probably because we’re Asian. We’re the minority too, just like everybody else.

-Khamkou Yang

Sengyer:
There were mostly white people here, when I bought the house, but right now, they’ve moved out! And we have a lot of different kind of people come here. This place is very quiet. I like it. But I think about, why do I live on the corner? I can’t do anything about it right now. Maybe my son can help me? He can buy the house? But he just started working.

-Sengyer Yang


Josue

Josue

October 30th, 2013 | by adamcarr

“I feel comfortable living around these people”

I know mostly everybody on the block, and this area, and I feel comfortable living around these people. I used to live on the other block. I’ve been living, right here, on this block, for about 7 years. I just kinda hang out.

-Josue Gonzalez


Tyron & Noel

Tyron & Noel

October 30th, 2013 | by adamcarr

“Our parents decided to come here. To this place. // You can tell who hangs out with who just by the way they dress.”

Tyron:
We live here because our parents decided to come here. To this place.

-Tyron Carrasquillo

Noel:
I’m not from here. I’m from Chicago. But here? It’s okay. Everything is kinda slow and people are kinda closed-minded. It’s real different.

“Than Chicago?”

No. Than everywhere.

“Everywhere?”

People here are… You can tell who hangs out with who just by the way they dress. There’s not that much diverse thinking. You’re gonna hang out with people that dress the way you dress and do things the way you guys do things. And it’s like that here. People here are scared to approach you or talk to you because they think the way you look is a certain way. It’s just different.

-Noel Acevedeo


Fabrizio

Fabrizio

October 30th, 2013 | by adamcarr

“It’s kinda been the same since 12 years ago.”

“Do you like living here?”

I do. At the beginning. Lately it’s become a bit of a challenge. It’s the summertime. In the winter, I hope that it goes down. But yeah. I like it. It’s kinda been the same since 12 years ago.

-Fabrizio Hernandez


Christopher

Christopher

October 30th, 2013 | by adamcarr

“But the South Side?”

“What made you move to the neighborhood?”

I would say safety. When you go to the North Side, there’s a lot of violence that I’ve experienced. In the suburbs, it seems like there’s a lot of racism. North Side they stick to their own kind, suburbs they stick to their own kind. But the South Side? Everybody mingles with everybody and it’s all good.

-Christopher Fitch


Juvenal

Juvenal

October 30th, 2013 | by adamcarr

“I don’t know another place.”

I like this area, so.

“But there are so many areas.”

I don’t know. When I came from Mexico, I came here. I don’t know another place. It’s okay.

-Juvenal Salgado


Jesse

Jesse

October 30th, 2013 | by adamcarr

“I live upstairs and they live downstairs.”

My parents own the house right there. They’ve been owning it for 18 years now. So I live upstairs and they live downstairs. That’s why I live here.

-Jesse Pena


Juan

Juan

October 30th, 2013 | by adamcarr

“I’ve never seen another country. Maybe someday.”

I love Milwaukee. I love all the life. The weather’s nice.

“So why here and nowhere else?”

I’ve never seen another country. Maybe someday.

-Juan Arechiga


Ashley, Dylan & Shelly

Ashley, Dylan & Shelly

October 30th, 2013 | by adamcarr

“And I learned it from my Mom. // We’re just relaxed and we have a family. // They need their seconds and thirds and fourths and even fifths.”

Ashley:
If they respect me, I’m gonna respect them. If they don’t respect me, then I don’t pay attention and I go find somebody else to play with. If they’re not being respectful to me, I’m not going ot be their friend at all. And I learned it from my Mom.

-Ashley Jager

Dylan:
Well. I like going to the park. We always make friends here. There’s always activities. We’re just relaxed and we have a family.

-Dylan Robles

Shelly:
They’re hungry. They eat too much. Gotta wear ’em out. They need their seconds and thirds and fourths and even fifths.

-Shelly Raich


Anahi, Pablo & Maya

Anahi, Pablo & Maya

October 30th, 2013 | by adamcarr

“Papi takes us here. // We’re here for a reason. Right? // We want to be here so we can play together.”

Anahi:
Papi takes us here because he wants us to spend time with each other. “Yeah?” Yeah. I love it.

-Anahi Cisneros

Pablo:
We’re here for a reason. Right? We’re here for a purpose. If everybody could be for others, instead of being for themselves, everything would be much better. You can just tell — here, on this side of the neighborhood, there’s more people trying to help out.

-Pablo Cisneros II

Maya:
We want to be here so we can play together. Monkey bars. My dad showed me how to swing, but he’s too big to be doing it.

-Maya Cisneros


Monica

Monica

October 30th, 2013 | by adamcarr

“When I first came here, I thought it was lonely.”

Less populated, less crowded, but more opportunities. When I first came here, I thought it was lonely. It was in the year 2000. I saw less people, not so crowded as a big city. I mean, I didn’t feel lonely, but I got used to it.

-Monica Romero


Beatrice

Beatrice

October 30th, 2013 | by adamcarr

“I had a dream. The voice, it said “Milwaukee and Wisconsin”

Why here? Out of stupidity. I had a dream, and a voice — you believe in dreams? — it just said “Milwaukee and Wisconsin.” Didn’t tell me to come here. Didn’t tell me to take my raggedy ass here. So I came here on my own.

-Beatrice Corley


Natalia

Natalia

October 30th, 2013 | by adamcarr

“I’m here because God brought my family here and we’re immigrants.”

I’m here because God brought my family here and we’re immigrants. They just came to Milwaukee and they lived here.

“Do you like it here?”

Not really.

“Where are you from?”

New York. Younkers.

-Natalia Hinnawi


Mary

Mary

October 30th, 2013 | by adamcarr

“Too many cars pass by.”

Everywhere around here has travel agencies, but this area doesn’t. I am here because I’m trying to take all the customers. I have two businesses here and the people that want to transfer money or buy flight tickets, they look to hispanic businesses to buy. They look for somebody to explain what they need exactly.

“So when you sit here, watching what goes on outside all day, what do you see?”

Too many cars pass by.

-Mary Marroquin


Dan

Dan

October 30th, 2013 | by adamcarr

“I just kinda grew up here.”

My parents just kind of moved here and I just kinda grew up here. I guess the reason we stay is because it’s pretty nice. Not much violence. And my dog loves it.

“Do you think you’ll stay?”

I might live here as an adult, get an apartment to start off, but eventually I’ll move out of here. I don’t know where to. But, you know, when that bridge comes.

“So where’s a place that you would want to move?”

I don’t know. I’ve only been here and that’s pretty much it.

-Dan Ruiz


Jessica

Jessica

October 30th, 2013 | by adamcarr

“They should build something in front of my house.”

This is a more interesting neighborhood. The park. I see kids around. Pets. It’s good.

“So what do you want from this place that you’re not getting?”

They should build something in front of my house. It’s not nice.

“What would you like to see?”

Maybe a little store? They can open a shop?

-Jessica Venegas


Delores

Delores

October 30th, 2013 | by adamcarr

“Yeah.”

I don’t go down that way. There aren’t any stores down there.

“But wait. There are stores.”

Well. I don’t go down that way.

“So why do you live here?”

My mother lives here. And I live with her.

“Have you always lived with your mother?”

No.

“Do you like it?”

Yeah.

“So where are you from?”

I’m from Milwaukee.

“So let me ask you this — from wherever you end up living, what do you want from that place?”

A good neighborhood.

“What does that mean?”

No crime. Neighbors get along.

“So this is a good neighborhood?”

Yeah.

-Delores Hucker


Thelma

Thelma

October 30th, 2013 | by adamcarr

“I can go this way, I can go this way, I can go that way or this way.”

I’ve been here going on twenty-three years. I’m not planning on going nowhere right away. I know if I have to, I can go this way, I can go this way, I can go that way or this way so many blocks, to catch a bus. Other than that, I don’t get out much. But when I do, it’s to the doctor’s office, or grocery store, and that’s about it.

-Thelma Allen


William

William

October 30th, 2013 | by adamcarr

“And I made it back here.”

I moved here when I was working and younger. I’ve been here ever since.

“Do you think you’ve been able to have a simple life here?”

Yes, yes, yes. That’s what it is. I just had a heart attack in December. In January I had a major heart attack, had to have surgery. Before that, two back surgeries. And I made it back here. It’s probably where I want to die. As a matter of fact, on the first of the year, I died back there on the kitchen floor. They only had a few minutes to get me to the hospital. They had to hit me seven times to bring me back, just to make me move.

-William David Allen


Jojo

Jojo

October 30th, 2013 | by adamcarr

“If each day I meet one person. Multiply that by 32 years.”

This neighborhood reminds me of the old country, where I grew up. I grew up in a city, where everybody knows everybody. Where everything is available, from stores to shops. Multi-ethnic. Easy. It was peaceful.

“And Jojo. You seem to know everybody around here.”

It’s not easy. If each day, in here or on the street, I meet one person. Multiply that by 32 years. How many people is that?

“All of them?”

All of them. And then, the door is open.

-Jojo Hinnawi


Orlando

Orlando

October 30th, 2013 | by adamcarr

“Grew up on 32nd. And that’s about it.”

South side my whole life. Grew up on 32nd. And that’s about it.

“Never thought about leaving?”

Yeah, I’ve vacated. Miami and stuff. And I like it Down South. Nice and hot. I’ve been there four or five months at a rip. But I always get homesick and I want to come back home. I don’t know.

“What do you miss?”

Just my people. Everything. You know? This is where I grew up, this is where I’m gonna say.

-Orlando Lagar


Kim

Kim

October 30th, 2013 | by adamcarr

“I don’t have a particular house right now.”

I think it’s pretty nice around here. I like it.

“Where do you live?”

I live around the neighborhood. I don’t have a particular house right now. That’s what we’re doing now — we’re house shopping. I got a lot of friends in this neighborhood.

“So what’s nice about this place?” I

t has the park. I like to look at the cars that I don’t have. And they make some great tacos over here! The chicken is pretty good too. But other than that…

-Kim Brim


Anthony

Anthony

October 30th, 2013 | by adamcarr

“We just play soccer.”

I play soccer with my older brothers. We just play soccer. Play soccer.

-Anthony Nogura


Selena

Selena

October 30th, 2013 | by adamcarr

“Not here.”

I like this neighborhood. Clean. Looks kinda safe. “Looks kinda safe?” Yeah. “So, if you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?” Either Chicago or Florida. “Not here?” Not here. Milwaukee’s kinda horrible to me.

-Selena Poole


Albert

Albert

October 30th, 2013 | by adamcarr

“If I was a father I’d like this neighborhod.”

If I was a father I’d like this neighborhood because it’s a nice little family-type area.

“But you’re not a father?”

Nope.

“Maybe some day?”

Nope.

“Never?”

Don’t intend to.

-Albert Limon


Gemini

Gemini

October 30th, 2013 | by adamcarr

“Last time it was almost a year, then right back to Iowa.”

My parents have pretty much lived here their whole lives. I moved to Iowa and I’m just moving back.

“So what’s it like moving back?”

Being out there, there’s definitely a difference. You don’t see garbage on the ground. The houses aren’t so close together.

“So how long do you think you’ll make it?”

Last time it was almost a year, then right back to Iowa is where I went.

-Gemini Joyce


Gordon

Gordon

October 30th, 2013 | by adamcarr

“Ain’t no other place like it. You can’t go away from home, I guess.”

I was born here. Ain’t no other place like it. You can’t go away from home, I guess. I don’t know.

“What’s the furthest you’ve ever lived from here?”

I lived in New York for a couple months. Tennessee. But I always find myself back here.

-Gordon Sanquiche


Jay

Jay

October 30th, 2013 | by adamcarr

“It feels like I’m in a Mexican city sometimes.”

Why anywhere else but here? I love Milwaukee. I’ve lived in this neighborhood for two years now.

“So what do you tell people about where you live?”

It’s better than where I came from. I came from the North Side, and it’s better over here. The South Side. It’s safer. A lot safer. Better place to raise a kid.

“Do you feel like you’re in a totally different city?”

Yeah. I actually do. It feels like I’m in a Mexican city sometimes. I like it.

-Jay Walker


Heather & Micaila

Heather & Micaila

October 30th, 2013 | by adamcarr

“I have a place to sleep at night. // This is a great home and this is a great great great great family.”

Heather:
Something happened to my apartment in Waukesha and my future mother-in-law is dying of cancer. So my rent to her is paying her bills and I have a place to sleep at night.

“So not the happiest of circumstances to be here.”

It is. Because she’s alive and healthy and doing better. And my future mom-in-law and Micaila get to spend time with each other before anything does progress or get worse.

-Heather Kottke

Micaila:
This is a great home and this is a great great great great family.

-Micaila Kottke


Maricruz & Elizabeth

Maricruz & Elizabeth

October 30th, 2013 | by adamcarr

“Sisters and siblings and aunts and uncles. // We live really close to Grandma.”

Maricruz:
We’re very family oriented. From my mom’s side, the other day, we had all of her sisters and siblings and aunts and uncles get together. We were like 45.

-Maricruz Martinez

Elizabeth:
We live really close to Grandma. Sometimes we go walking or running without our parents. If we want to go, we just ask them.

-Elizabeth Martinez


Wilfredo & John Anthony

Wilfredo & John Anthony

October 30th, 2013 | by adamcarr

“My cousins are here and my family. And friends. // I have no complaints.”

Wilfredo:
I got my grandkids in this school and it’s a good area.

“Tell me about the area.”

There’s this school and the stores and I have no complaints.

-Wilfredo Mendez

John Anthony:
This school is great. It’s really cool and I love it because my cousins are here and my family. And friends.

-John Anthony Wojciechowski


Joey

Joey

October 30th, 2013 | by adamcarr

“You got to have money to have fun.”

I gotta go wherever my Mom goes.

“So is this where you are or where you want to be?”

This is my hood. My block. I stay down there and I’m going to my girl’s house.

“So if somebody’s never been here before, what would you tell them?”

Be safe. Watch out for some of the stupid people. Go to restaurants and have fun. You got to have money to have fun. If you have money, I’ll get you whatever you need.

-Joey Gallegos


Suzanne

Suzanne

October 30th, 2013 | by adamcarr

“You’ve been devastated, but you’re still in the garden.”

When I was looking for a new place to move, it was with me and my four children. At that time, they were 3, 6, 9, and 12 years old. So my main emphasis was on a very healthy, wholesome environment for them. I wanted a 4 bedroom house, we wanted it close to schools. Because of their ages, we needed both an elementary school and a middle school. And high school wasn’t too far off, so that was in mind. The house that we found was right by the Frank Lloyd Wright houses. I would have loved to get one of those, but it wasn’t big enough for me and the four kids. The domes were nearby, the police station was right here on Burnham, and 35th & Burnham, there was a grocery store, pharmacy, and dime store. My kids’ doctors office was upstairs from there. There was buses if we needed them. There were parks nearby. It was a wonderful place. We have a yard with a fence and trees in it. And the churches. We only need one church for ourselves, but it was a really good sign that there were a lot of churches in the neighborhood. To me, that was indicative that a lot of our neighbors also have a faith. The more that we have, the better. I like having the differences, because that way we can compliment each other.

“How long ago did you move here?”

Let’s see. About 28 years?

“So I’m 28 years old, so you’ve lived here my whole life, so why have you stayed here?”

As we got to know the neighborhood and our neighbors, we just fell even more in love with it. It’s got a very healthy mix of people who have been here their whole lives and people who will only be here for a short time. I don’t know the specific breakdown of the properties, but between the owner occupied and the rentals, it’s maybe 50/50 or whatever it is. And some of the neighbors have always lived here have passed on at 100 and some years old, in their 90s. I felt very fortunate to have gotten to know them during their lifetime and they could share with me the history of this specific region. And on the other side, there’s the neighbors who have only been here for a short time, the ones that come and go — each one adds something. Their unique personalities and things that you remember about them. I just really enjoy that a lot. So do my kids. My kids have grown up with a very worldwide appreciation, even if they don’t travel. They have traveled, but by being here, you get the same type of influences. People are people.

“You described love. I think love is a very complex thing. Love involves being hurt, love involves celebration, love involves commitment, love involves sacrifice. It involves all these different things, and it can go through seasons. One of the things I’ve found in having conversations with people around here is that a lot of times people have these very complex relationships. In one breath, they’ll say, ‘I love this place. It’s perfect.’ And in the next, they’ll say, ‘It drives me crazy. There are these problems around here and it worries me.’

By having the complexity of the neighborhood, as I’ve already started to say — When there’s the difficulties and trials and challenges of life, which there always will be, it’s very easy to realize that we’re not alone. I’ve lost people who have been very very close and dear to me. So have some of my neighbors, I’ve lost a lot of neighbors, but then again there’s new neighbors. It’s an ongoing thing. Because our neighborhood is multi-generational, it’s a way of life. If you live somewhere where everybody’s pretty much the same, you’re all gonna get old at the same rate. You’re all going to be dying at the same time, sad to say. Not to say that we haven’t had difficulties, because it’s true. We’ve gone to many funerals for some of our Vietnam vets and a World War II vet. One lived a couple houses to the south and the other a couple houses to the north. And yet, we’re all part of the community and by being able to be there for each other, it helps me to realize that whatever I’m facing, I’ve also got the love and support of the community. Whether I vocalize it or not. Sometimes you have pain and problems that are so big and so strong that you can’t really put the words out. Even inside of you, you don’t want to deal with it but you have to. And sometimes being around other people that you realize would be loving and helpful and supportive in every and any kind of way. Just knowing that, even without telling them, ‘I’ve got cancer’ or ‘Somebody very significant to me died last night.’ You have like a cocoon. Like a nest. You’re still in the garden. You’ve been devastated, but you’re still in the garden. There’s still going to be little children laughing and smiling and playing. The older people are still going to be happy to see you. They’re gonna smile when they see you. As soon as you realize you’re not happy, they’re gonna be concerned. But by living in such a community, you’re pre-destined to be able to go on. To deal with whatever comes, because you’ve been there to help other people through their hard times and that’s helped you to grow. Or me to grow.

-Suzanne Schicantek