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 […]

Ask Me About Photo ID

The New Voter ID law is changing our election experience. In the February election, even with a relatively low voter turnout, City of Madison Clerk Maribeth Witzel Behl, 98 eligible voters were unable to cast a regular ballot. With the Presidential primary in April and of course the general election in November, we need to […]

Appreciating Dane County Employees

At the start of every Dane County Board meeting, a Supervisor provides an inspirational message or prayer before we together say the Pledge of Allegiance. At our February 18th meeting, Supervisor Robin Schmidt delivered her inspirational message by which she recognized the many Dane County employees and the service they provide to us all. I’m […]

Dane County Veterans Services

Recently, Republicans in the State Legislature proposed to cut the services and offices of our local County Veterans service officers. This move is unconscionable. Our veterans deserve more than to have services cut. Our Dane County Veterans Service Office works to assist veterans and their families with obtaining local, state and federal benefits. The office […]

Upgrading Wisconsin Natural Resources

Wisconsin is gifted with fantastic natural resources – rivers, lakes, and forests, and a state park system to be proud of. Conservation and environmental issues are a deep concern to many Wisconsinites, regardless of political affiliation. However, control of our environment and water resources is being taken away from the people and sold out to […]

Towards Flint

Our nation is watching in horror as the Flint water disaster unfolds, a completely avoidable, unnecessary public health crises that threatens an entire town and the health and welfare of its people. A Republican controlled executive and legislative branch authorized unaccountable emergency managers to swoop in, take over municipalities, and engaging in “cost cutting” measures […]

A Vision for the Capitol Square

The Capitol Square is the heart of our downtown. As downtown residents, we are fortunate to be able to access the square relatively easily and enjoy the experience of walking around the square, dining at any number of establishments, and visiting locally-owned boutique stores.Over the next two years, the City of Madison will undertake the […]

Neighborhood Grant Program

For those unfamiliar, applications are being accepted for the Neighborhood Grant Program of theCity of Madison Planning Division. These grants help neighborhoods beautify gateways, create public gathering places, build leadership skills, or plan for the future. Since the program began in 1999, it has helped neighbors take on some 300 projects realized with over 20,000 […]