Community partnerships are important in many parts of our lives, especially in neighborhood and non-profit organizations where financial resources are limited and the reach of our initiatives extends only so far as our members and volunteers are able to carry them. Partnerships enable us to work together, to maximize and prioritize resources, and to reach […]

Now & Then — Madison’s Iron Age

Cast iron was a popular building material in the last half of the 19th century. It was inexpensive and could be easily molded or cast into almost any shape, often imitating carved stone. Aesthetically, many contemporary critics dismissed cast iron as vulgar and unrefined. Cast iron has drawbacks, too; it rusts easily and can be […]

Housing First

While our homeless services system of does a tremendous job of providing shelter, transitional, and permanent supportive housing for our most vulnerable citizens, it is overtaxed and unable to serve everyone. To address this challenge, the City of Madison is pursuing a “Housing First” strategy to help those families and individuals with the greatest needs. […]

Access to Opportunity Initiative

Dane County is repeatedly ranked as one of the best places to live in America with practically limitless opportunity. However, not all of our residents have access to all our community has to offer. My top priority as County Executive is to work with our entire community to ensure that every single resident has access […]

Preserve Safe Options for Biking and Walking

Bicycling, walking, and other healthy activates are very popular throughout the state. Safe and accessible bikeways and pedestrian ways are vital to thriving local communities and bicycling is important to Wisconsin’s tourism industry and economy overall. Bicycling produces a $1.9 billion economic impact to the Wisconsin economy and is responsible for more than 13,000 jobs. […]

What does a Dane County Supervisor do?

What do I do as the District 1, Dane County Supervisor? Here’s a summary. The Dane County Board of Supervisors meets twice a month except for only once during July and August. Our meetings start at 7 PM and have lasted past midnight, but have also been over in less than 30 minutes. Most often, committees […]

A Nod Of Thanks

I notice lately that as our downtown housing development projects are being built, using more and more space vertically and horizontally, I worry that the feel of our city on the Isthmus is getting a bit crammed. “Infill and density” are the terms used for growth, and it often reflects that this is good for […]

Madison Is the Best Place for Senior Citizens

A recent article in Time Magazine lists Madison, WI as the best city for senior citizens. We at Capitol Lakes second that. Capitol Lakes was once called Methodist Retirement Center and then Meriter Retirement Center. In 2008, it was purchased by Pacific Retirement Services, Inc., a not for profit organization with offices in Medford, OR. […]

April Downtown Business District News

April kicks off the downtown event season, with the Dane County Farmers’ Market on the Square opening Saturday April 18, Madison Museum of Contemporary Art’s “Hair Affair: The Art of Hair” April 23, the Crazylegs Classic Run/Walk April 25, MMoCA Gallery Night May 1, the Syttende Mai Run/Walk, May 16, the Madison Marathon (Twilight 10K […]