Downtown Businesses

Jeff Vercauteren

There has been much discussion recently about changes in the types of businesses downtown, including a perceived increase in restaurants and bars and a perceived decrease in retail stores. The 2015 State of the Downtown Report recently released by Downtown Madison, Inc. includes a wealth of data and information on downtown issues, including the mix […]

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Megan Christiansen – A Life Well Lived

Capitol Neighborhoods

Our friend and neighbor, Megan Christiansen, passed away on October 15th after a two year struggle with pancreatic cancer. Megan was an asset to our neighborhood who readily contributed her time and talents. For many years Megan was the treasurer of CNI. Bert Stitt, past president of CNI, shared, “It was Megan’s astute and dedicated […]

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Now & Then: Long Live the Queen

Michael K. Bridgeman

“The queen of Madison’s hostelries, the Park Hotel, is dead.” So wrote Frank Custer in The Capital Times on Aug. 5, 1961, when he detailed the demolition of the old Park Hotel to make way for the building that stands today at 22 S. Carroll St. Throughout its 144-year history, the hotel has been renovated […]

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Saving Madison From Salt

Capitol Neighborhoods

From the Madison Water Utility It doesn’t look like much – a sparse basement conference room filled with folding tables and guys in sweatshirts and baseball caps quietly taking notes. But organizers say that this – one of the first road salt application training classes ever held in Madison – is about as important as […]

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The History of Lake Mendota in the Palm of Your Hands

Capitol Neighborhoods

by Don Sanford Have you ever wondered why someone built a road across Lake Mendota’s North Bay? Or perhaps you want to know when a sea serpent was last spotted, or if your friend really did swim across the lake many years ago. The answers to these questions, and many more, can be found in […]

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Green Madison

Mayor Paul Soglin

Green Madison, a citywide effort to reduce energy consumption and win the $5 million Georgetown University Energy Prize, launched a new city-wide game-based approach to reducing energy use this fall.  Hundreds of City of Madison employees played earlier this summer really became engaged in the effort and the competition and had fun! Madison residents–including employees […]

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New Residential Water Conservation Rate In Effect

Capitol Neighborhoods

From the Madison Water Utility For the first time ever, Madison Water Utility is implementing a conservation rate for our residential customers (people living in single-family homes and duplexes). The change makes Madison the largest city in Wisconsin to offer a residential water rate that rewards conservation. The new rate goes into effect today (9/29/2015), […]

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Preparations for 2016

Dane County Supervisor Mary Kolar

My fellow County Board Supervisors and I just finished the extensive process of completing the 2016 Dane County Budget.  The process starts with the County Executive proposing his budget, Supervisors proposing amendments, numerous committees voting on whether or not to support the proposed amendments, and then the Personnel and Finance Committees reviews all of the […]

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Preserve Services, Expand Partnerships

Dane County Executive Joe Parisi

Recently, I introduced my 2016 Budget for Dane County. My budget focuses on providing our critical core services while expanding partnerships to better our community. My budget includes the strongest efforts yet by Dane County to address mental illness. I am expanding our mental health teams to more schools across Dane County in partnership with […]

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