On top of being known as the “City Of Festivals” and “Cream City,” Milwaukee has been aptly called “A City Of Neighborhoods.” While enclaves like Bay View, Walker’s Point, and Third Ward are well-known neighborhoods, much of the city is reduced to broad regional generalizations like the East Side, South Side, North Side, and Downtown. In reality, Milwaukee has approximately 100 different neighborhoods, each with their own landmarks, their own distinct style, a unique history, and at least something to set it apart from its community counterparts.

From 1983 to 1990, Milwaukee Department of City Development had a local graphic designer named Jan Kotowicz design a neighborhood poster for a variety of different Milwaukee neighborhoods. With funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Community Development Block Grant Program, the illustrator joined forces with local historian John Gurda to create a total of 27 dazzling posters with neighborhood history on the poster’s reverse side. Each address in a specific neighborhood was mailed that region’s poster free of charge as part of what Gurda called a “city-building initiative.”

The artistic undertaking ran out of funding in 1990, leaving the project incomplete. However, Kotowicz and Gurda got the band together again in 2015 to release 11 new neighborhood posters to coincide with Gurda’s book, Milwaukee: City Of Neighborhoods. Though still well short of capturing every part of Milwaukee, the series makes quite a dent. These posters don’t just have noble intentions and a positive community focus, they’re also awesome. Even the worst one is great. Best yet, they can still be purchased from the Department of City Development and Historic Milwaukee, Inc. on the cheap.

This Milwaukee Day (April 14), Historic Milwaukee, Inc. is selling them for just $4.14. As you prepare to celebrate Milwaukee and ponder a print purchase, allow us to rank every Milwaukee neighborhood poster. We love them all, but there are some clear favorites here.

38. Bay View

37. Franklin Heights

36. Story Hill

35. St. Sava/White Manor

34. Concordia

33. Halyard Park

32. Hillside

31. Johnson’s Woods

30. Thurston Woods

29. Amani/Matcalfe Park

28. Midtown

27. Washington Heights

26. Third Ward

25. Silver City

24. Marquette

23. Upper East Side

22. Jackson Park

21. Historic South Side

20. Sherman Park

19. North Milwaukee

18. Menomonee Valley

17. Lindsay Heights

16. Walker’s Point

15. Riverwest

14. Merill Park

13. Northpoint

12. Washington Park

11. Enderis Park

10. Rufus King

9. Tippecanoe

8. Downtown

7. North Division

6. Layton Park

5. Lower East Side

4. Brewers’ Hill

3. The Valley

2. Harambee

1. Clarke Square

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