Milwaukee’s pick as host to the 2020 Democratic National Convention will give the city on the shores of Lake Michigan the chance to show the world it’s shedding its Rust Belt image.

State and local officials who successfully lobbied to get the DNC to Milwaukee see a city on the rise. A flurry of construction is reshaping a once-dilapidated downtown.

That includes the NBA Bucks’ new arena, where the convention will be held, and about $5 billion in construction projects in and around downtown.

This Dec. 13, 2017 photo shows The Milwaukee Art Museum, on water front, and the downtown skyline in Milwaukee. (Mike De Sisti/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel via AP)
This Dec. 13, 2017 photo shows The Milwaukee Art Museum, on water front, and the downtown skyline in Milwaukee. (Mike De Sisti/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel via AP)

It’s been difficult to shake the Rust Belt image because manufacturing has long been part of Milwaukee’s identity. But that’s dwindling. Milwaukee author John Gurda says the city is now much more economically diverse.

Milwaukee is also known for being the home of famed motorcycle-maker Harley-Davidson.

In this Dec. 17, 2018 photo, the downtown skyline is seen from the top of the Potawatomi Hotel & Casino in Milwaukee. (Mike De Sisti/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel via AP)
In this Dec. 17, 2018 photo, the downtown skyline is seen from the top of the Potawatomi Hotel & Casino in Milwaukee. (Mike De Sisti/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel via AP)

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