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 […]

Ensuring Equity; Inspiring Sustainability

The Dane County Board is currently at work on the Dane County budget for 2017. The County Board of Supervisors’ committees are deliberating the budget as proposed by the County Executive and are considering potential amendments. The full Board will consider the results at 7 PM on November 14th. At the two Budget Hearings held […]

Bridging The Digital Divide

The City is involved in another public/private partnership that is going to benefit residents of four targeted areas of the city, Allied Drive, Darbo Worthington, Brentwood and Kennedy Heights. These four neighborhoods are affected by what we have come to know as the Digital Divide. The Digital Divide is a barrier to people having affordable […]

Helping The Homeless

We live in a compassionate, caring community. It’s core to our quality of life and helps make our neighborhoods the very best they can be. Homelessness is a real challenge facing too many families not only here, but in growing communities across the country. What makes us unique is the way we are coming together […]

ALEC’s Dark Money Game

I walked into my 6 th American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) conference last week as a familiar Wisconsin myth was being told. It was the powerful myth that the ALEC crowd adores: Wisconsin Republicans “shut down” a government investigation run amok that was suppressing the First Amendment rights of “free market supporters” (i.e., ALEC members […]

E-Cigarette Issues

For over thirty years I have worked to promote a smoke-free Wisconsin. I authored and helped usher through the Legislature the original Wisconsin Clean Indoor Air Act and more recently, passage of the Smoke Free Wisconsin Act which expanded the smoking ban to workplaces. Now we face a new threat to our right to breath […]

Downtown Market Study

As many of you know, the City of Madison has hired a consultant to prepare a retail and market analysis of downtown Madison to better inform policy decisions related to the future of the downtown business districts. The consultant, Tangible Consulting, is conducting an online survey of downtown residents (which all Capitol Neighborhoods members recently […]

Now & Then: Madison’s Steel Structures

Trachte buildings are common across the Madison area. Vintage Trachtes are easily identified corrugated steel buildings with vertical walls and an arched roof* that are used as garages, utility sheds, gas stations, boathouse or commercial buildings. They are plentiful here because Trachte was founded in Madison in 1901. The business began with brothers George and […]

Enjoying Cleaner Lakes

Sandwiching downtown Madison, it’s easy to take Lakes Mendota and Monona for granted. As we walk, jog, bike, or drive past them, potentially every day, they are a part of our everyday lives. How can we ensure the water quality of these lakes continues to improve? We can do so by sharing information about the […]

Annual Neighborhood Conference

I am proud to say that Madison has a strong tradition of neighborhood activism, with leaders playing a critical role in shaping the future of our city.  I am inviting you to attend the citywide Neighborhood Conference that is scheduled for Saturday, October 8th, at Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center. This year marks the […]