The City of Madison is creating its first ever Historic Preservation Plan. This plan will identify, celebrate and preserve the places that represent our collective histories. In addition, the ordinance standards for Madison’s five local historic districts will be updated. The descriptions and materials related to both of these efforts can be found here: Historic […]
Author Archives: Capitol Neighborhoods
Madison Water Utility turns 135!
Almost as soon as Madison was founded in 1848, there was talk of the need for a centralized water system to deal with fires that plagued the city. But by 1880, that talk had turned into a public outcry, largely because of a forward-thinking UW undergrad and his unusual chemistry experiments. His name was Magnus […]
Tune in to Radio that Mooves You
Listeners disappointed by the recent demise of Madison’s progressive talk radio station The Mic 92.1 FM can take heart: There’s another radio station in Madison with a focus on progressive talk and public affairs programming right in the heart of downtown Madison. WMUU 102.9 FM is a small station broadcasting a four-mile signal from Central […]
The Economic Value of Walkability: New Evidence
One of the hallmarks of great urban spaces is walkability–places with lots of destinations and points of interest in close proximity to one another, buzzing sidewalks, people to watch, interesting public spaces–all these are things that the experts and market surveys are telling us people want to have. It’s all well and good to acknowledge […]
CNI Holiday Party 2016
Join us for this year’s Holiday Party at The Rigby, 6pm on Thursday, December 15! Meet and mingle with your neighbors while enjoying complimentary appetizers and a cash bar. Not a member? You’re welcome to join us and find out more about membership in our organization.
Saving the Ash Trees
By Pete Ostlind Imagine – a park without trees! Can you picture this? Probably not, trees are the very essence of our downtown parks. Trees are the peace, calm and beauty of open spaces or the wild spectacle during a blustery storm. Trees are the cool shade on hot August afternoons, the home for birds, […]
Mansion Hill Update
By Fred Mohs The cause of historic preservation suffered a defeat Monday, August 29 th when, with the exception of alder Ledell Zellers, the Plan Commission voted to approve the demolition of 219 West Gilman Street, a contributing building in the National Mansion Hill Historic District. This 1884 frame house is important as an example […]
Can You Imagine a Day Without Water?
From the Madison Water Utility Let’s be honest, our water infrastructure is something most of us never think about. We take it for granted that we can turn the tap and fill a glass, make coffee or give the dog a drink. We shower, fish, swim, eat fresh fruit and vegetables, flush our toilets and […]
A One-Stop Guide to Designing the Streets of the Future
A recently published report by the National Association of City Transportation Officials includes insights from dozens of officials and practitioners across North America. http://www.citylab.com/design/2016/04/a-guide-to-designing-the-streets-of-the-future/478326/
Save a Tree in Brittingham or Law Park
The City has established an Adopt-a- Park-Tree program whereby individuals or groups can adopt a specific tree(s) in a park and pay for the chemical treatment that has proven effective at saving ash trees from the certain death that comes with an infestation of the emerald ash borer (EAB). Capitol Neighborhoods Inc. (CNI) is setting up a special fund for […]