Promoting Assets and Reducing Crime

PARC is a cross-collaborative, private-public partnership that works to address the needs of the community in four areas:

Safety

Housing

Commercial Corridor Development

Neighborhood Identity & Branding

There are several critical components of this collaborative effort that make it work.

Working Team

A group of safety and business professionals who, in coordination with public law enforcement, bring their years of expertise to analyze data, partner and organize on issues affecting the community.

Community Prosecution Unit (CPU)

Comprising a dedicated Assistant District Attorney, CPU Coordinator, neighborhood ambassadors, and other partners as necessary, this unit helps proactively address neighborhood challenges that impact the safety, and the perception of safety, in the Near West Side.

NWSP recognizes that the Near West Side of Milwaukee has tremendous core assets, including more than

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It also boasts a central location with easy freeway access, major religious, health care and educational institutions as well as attractive restaurants and entertainment venues. The PARC model helps uncover the community’s full potential as an ideal place to live, work, and play.

By leveraging the PARC model, Near West Side Partners has seen significant success.

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Decrease in total violent crime from 2015-2019
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Decrease in total property crime from 2015-2019
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New businesses and 105 new jobs between 2015 and 2020
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Decrease in vacant parcels since 2016
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Increase in home property values in the Near West Side between 2015 and 2020

Data Gathering & Analysis

Central to a sustainable effort is strong data and research. Marquette University’s Center for Peacemaking works with DataShare to gather and analyze key public health and safety data that will guide planning and evaluation of PARC initiatives.

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