The history of the Menomonee Valley is one of transformation. The original fertile wild rice marsh was completely filled as the Valley became Milwaukee’s industrial powerhouse. By the late twentieth century most of the industries had moved out, leaving blight and pollution.
The last 15 years have seen efforts by the city, business interests and environmental advocates to revitalize the Valley. Visionary plans are underway that combine economic development with environmental restoration. Businesses have returned, the river has been rehabilitated and new parks have been created, along with new opportunities for arts, culture and recreation.