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Milwaukee’s Bayview neighborhood with its Lake Michigan vistas, quaint century-old homes, vitalized neighborhoods and unique shops is one of the city’s most beautiful areas. Originally started as a company town south of the city in the 19th century, the original Village of Bay View is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the Bay View Historic District.
Though the original borders have changed over the years to include more territory, the Bay View Historical Society states: “One thing most Bay Viewites will agree upon is that Bay View is not necessarily defined by precise boundaries; it is more a state of mind influenced by both Lake Michigan (“the lake”) and a long history of a strong sense of community.” Bayview borders and includes several parks such as South Shore Park which features the Oak Leaf Trail, a softball diamond, horseshoe and volleyball courts, and a pavilion overlooking the swimming beach and the marina at the South Shore Yacht Club.
Numerous art galleries along Kinnikkinnik Avenue call Bayview home, while its many unique restaurants and bars frequently host local musicians. While this presence of artists in the area adds flavor to Bayview, so does The South Shore Farmers Market, the largest farmers’ market in Milwaukee.
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