About Bay View

Wisconsin Gazette - - Opinion -

Founded in 1879 and in­de­pen­dent un­til 1887, the for­mer vil­lage hugs the Lake Michi­gan shore­line between Jones Is­land and St. Fran­cis, and parts of the neigh­bor­hood are listed on the Na­tional Reg­is­ter of His­toric Places.

The com­mu­nity was es­tab­lished as a com­pany town for the Mil­wau­kee Iron Com­pany, and the high num­ber of steel work­ers made Bay View a cen­ter for ad­vo­cates of work­ers’ rights. That ac­tivism took a vi­o­lent turn May 4, 1886, when 14,000 work­ers — strik­ing for an eighthour work­day — were fired upon by Na­tional Guards­men. Seven peo­ple died, in­clud­ing a 13-year-old boy.

Bay View, which never lost its work­ing class roots, was an­nexed into Mil­wau­kee the next year.

The Rev. James Groppi, the Catholic priest cen­tral to Mil­wau­kee’s civil rights marches of the 1960s, was born and raised in Bay View. New York Yan­kees short­stop and sports com­men­ta­tor Tony Kubek grew up there. Ac­tor Spencer Tracy at­tended Bay View’s Trow­bridge Street School.

To­day the blended com­mu­nity is home to work­ing class fam­i­lies, hip­sters, and young en­trepreneurs es­cap­ing the higher rents of the East Side and Walker’s Point. The streets bus­tle with traf­fic — ve­hic­u­lar and foot — and bars, restau­rants, theater com­pa­nies and, now, brew­eries have brought a new en­ergy to the neigh­bor­hood.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the com­mu­nity, as well as a list of busi­nesses, visit the Bay View Neigh­bor­hood As­so­ci­a­tion web­site at bayviewneigh­bor­hood.org. — M.M.

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