Freshwater Hub

Milwaukee, Wisconsin is changing the narrative on the post-industrial urban landscape. Not unlike many of its like coastal communities—hubs of economic prosperity carved into the shoreline of the world’s largest freshwater system—Milwaukee’s industrial past took advantage of its port and waterways to fuel growth and development during the 19th and 20th centuries. Yet now, the city is re-emerging as a nationally—and internationally—recognized hub for innovation, sustainability, and water technologies by leveraging its regional asset. SmithGroup's Cassie Goodwin spoke with Great Lakes By Design magazine to discuss how SmithGroup is helping the community transform its approach to water—enabling the city's urban landscape to become a stage for green infrastructure initiatives that strategically enhance neighborhoods.