Annual Report: Bassett District

By Jonathan Cooper, District Chair This past year proved to be another good year for the Bassett neighborhood and its residents. Redevelopment in the neighborhood shifted from residential to commercial but with no real slowdown and some significant improvements occurred which have enhanced living in our slice of downtown. The improvements to the area of […]

Annual Report: First Settlement

The Progressive leaves First Settlement – Yes, alas, our beloved Progressive Magazine, which had made its home in our neighborhood for the past few decades, decided to sell their property at 409 East Main Street. The law firm of Hawks Quindel, with offices currently at 222 West Washington Avenue, has purchased this delightful little former […]

Annual Report: Mansion Hill District

By Fred Mohs During the past twelve months, Mansion Hill residents have confronted issues that far transcend its neighborhood boundaries. In one way or another, almost all of the activities engaged in this year had to do with encouraging, or defending against changes in ordinances, laws or regulations having to do with historic preservation. In […]

Annual Report: Miffland District

by Tim Kamps, District Chair Over the last year, we in the Miffland neighborhood have continued to witness the rapid pace of development in downtown Madison, including many buildings under construction, as well as new proposals. Most of this activity is focused on apartments, and two high-rise buildings are nearly complete: the Lux, on West […]

Ash Trees In Downtown Parks Need Your Help

By Pete Ostlind Our mature ash trees in City parks are at risk of certain death due to the emerald ash borer (EAB). The emerald Ash borer has spread throughout Madison. The City has a program to chemically treat ash trees along the streets that meet certain criteria. All other ash trees will be cut […]

Creative Learning Preschool’s “Here for Good Campaign”

Despite the bountiful amenities and family-supporting careers we enjoy in downtown Madison, the downtown has become a sort of ‘childcare desert.’ In fact, there is only one city-accredited center open to the public that provides daycare for infants in central downtown: Creative Learning Preschool. The CLP ‘Here for Good’ Capital Campaign is committed to raising […]

Mansion Hill Historic District Street Signs

By Fred Mohs Thanks to the leadership of Alder, Ledell Zellers, all of the street signs in the Mansion Hill Historic District have been changed to ones that announce the Historic District along with a picture of 28 East Gilman. After consulting with many neighbors, we decided that Gene Devitt’s house, 28 East Gilman, was […]

Madison Is Rich In Public Art

By Craig Deller, Fellow-American Institute for Conservation, for the Madison Trust for Historic Preservation Public art punctuates our surroundings. It reminds us of important moments in history, and it honors the fallen. It makes us smile in parks and squares and captures our attention in underpasses and stations. Unlike its privileged cousins housed in the […]

Blair Street Gardens Starts Its 31st Season

By Ellen Henningsen, President, Blair Street Gardens Committee, Inc. Wilson Green, a restful garden of trees, shrubs, perennials, grasses, annuals and edibles, graces the western edge of Capitol Neighborhoods. On E. Wilson Street next to the Crowley Station, it is one of three gardens maintained by Blair Street Gardens Committee, Inc. (BSG). In addition to […]

Statement on Proposed Closing of Downtown Post Office

The U.S. Post Office located in the Madison Municipal Building at 215 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. has been an important resource in our downtown since the building’s construction in the late 1920s. This landmarked building, with its impressive two-story Ionic colonnade, was specifically designed to serve as the Madison Post Office and Federal Courthouse. […]