Time and Place

The Innovative Cities Lecture Series
Time: 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm
Location: Architecture and Urban Planning Building 345

A Place in the Neighborhood: An Anti-Displacement Plan for Neighborhoods Surrounding Downtown Milwaukee” presentation by Sam Leichtling, Long Range Planning Manager, Department of City Development, City of Milwaukee

Lecture Summary

In November 2017, the Common Council adopted a resolution directing the DCD to prepare an Anti-Displacement Plan for neighborhoods surrounding Downtown Milwaukee, in light of the high amounts of new development. Along with traditional development goals, the plan works to prioritize choice and equity, so that existing businesses and residents can choose to remain and historically disadvantaged groups can enjoy and access the new wealth-creating opportunities.


As the Long Range Planning Manager for the City of Milwaukee’s Department of City Development, Sam oversees the staff responsible for the development, updating and implementation of the fourteen area plans that make up the city’s Comprehensive Plan. He has worked on other planning projects including the Water and Land Use Plan for Milwaukee’s Harbor District, the Equitable Growth through Transit Oriented Development planning initiative, the City of Milwaukee’s Anti-Displacement Plan, and the Granville Strategic Action Plan and Land Use Study.

Sam previously served as the Program Director for the City of Milwaukee’s Neighborhood Improvement Development Corporation (NIDC), and has worked in housing and neighborhood development included developing and implementing the recommendations of Mayor Tom Barrett’s Milwaukee Foreclosure Partnership Initiative.

Sam holds master’s degrees in Urban Planning and Public Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where he studied housing development under the late Professor Welford Sanders, and a bachelor’s degree from Carleton College. Sam is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) and a National Development Council certified Housing Development Finance Professional (HDFP). Sam serves on the board of directors of the Planning Chapter of the UWM Alumni Association and in 2017 was recognized as a UWM “Graduate of the Last Decade (GOLD)” award winner.

Please RSVP to sbaile@uwm.edu if you plan on attending!
Pizza will be served, but you will need to provide your own beverage.
AICP-CM credits will be awarded.

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Need Directions?

Get directions to The School of Architecture and Urban Planning building at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is located at 2131 East Hartford Avenue, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Questions, comments?

All lectures are free and open to planners, students, staff, faculty, and friends of the University.
Please contact Sadie Baile, Department of Urban Planning Project Assistant at sbaile@uwm.edu