Here are articles discussing the challenges facing Milwaukee in overcoming poverty in the city:

From generation to generation : When Joseph and Eva Rogers moved to Milwaukee from Arkansas in 1969, there was no better city for African-American workers to find employment. Neither had made it past grade school, but Joe found a job on the bottle line at Graf Beverages, known for root beer, and Eva worked at a rag factory. They were part of what turned out to be the last chapter of the Great Migration, in which 6 million Southern laborers moved north for a better life, and reshaped the nation.

An intractable problem : For years, frustrated industrial employers in Milwaukee have struggled to fill job openings, even when they are located near pockets of concentrated unemployment. Good pay and benefits, even on-the-job training, don’t help much

‘I’m defying the odds’ : Alisha Fox begins her story matter-of-factly: At age 1, social workers took her from her mother — single, working poor, living in a rundown Milwaukee neighborhood — and placed her in foster care. Three years later, she landed with her father, a sometimes construction worker prone to heavy marijuana use and violent bouts of depression. Her life became a progression of adversity: neglect, abuse, incest, depression, mental health treatment, courtroom appearances, depositions.

The unlikeliest neighborhood : Dennis Walton remembers swimming in the new Calvin Moody indoor pool in the dead of winter. Built in 1978, the 54,000-square-foot complex was a year-round gathering spot in what was then called Franklin Heights, on Milwaukee’s north side. .“It had a music system built into the pool so you could listen to the music underwater,” recalls Walton, 42, a lifelong resident of the neighborhood. “Beethoven. The local radio station. Everything.”

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