Dane County: Best for Biking

Biking is a big part of our quality of life and a way for people to get out and enjoy our lakes and countryside. Just this summer, the League of American Bicyclists has awarded Dane County one of its top awards, recognizing it as one of the top counties for biking. Dane County is one […]

The NRA vs. the People

I remember where I was when I heard about Sandy Hook, one of the most horrifying occurrences in this country in my lifetime. And I remember the panic I felt thinking of my son, Sam, who was six and sitting in his first grade classroom. And I remember lingering at his school for days afterwards […]

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 […]

Downtown is for People

Last month would have marked the 100th birthday of Jane Jacobs, the influential writer who challenged traditional urban planning in the 1950s and 1960s. A central part of Jacobs’ view of a city is embracing the vibrancy and diversity that makes city life unique. Her most famous work, The Death and Life of Great American […]

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 […]

Now & Then: Taking It to the Limit

The battle over the height of buildings in downtown Madison was sparked 100 years go when the Gay Building was erected on the capitol square. The nine-story structure, now known as the Churchill Building, opened in 1915. It was the project of Leonard Gay, described as “a leading Madison real estate developer, building erector, and […]