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Now & Then: Heads and Beds

The downtown landscape can change quickly in Madison. It was a little more than two years ago (April 21, 2013) that the Wisconsin State Journal reported on “the most ambitious mixed-use project ever on State Street.” Today, The Hub is ready for occupancy at State and Frances Streets. The University Inn, demolished in November of […]

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Revised Landmarks Ordinance Update

The Ad Hoc Landmarks Ordinance Review Committee (LORC), composed of Alders Bidar, Clear, King, Rummel, and Schmidt, has completed the “phase 1” rewrite of the Landmarks ordinance. It will be approved at the Common Council on July 21. The Landmarks ordinance review process started four years ago to clarify and improve the ordinance. The Landmarks […]

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Tenney Park Restoration Work

We are all very aware of the construction work that has been underway on Johnson Street, but I wanted to give you an update of the work that is being done at Tenney Park as well. From the bike path to the shoreline restoration of the Tenney Lagoon, the improvements will make it an even […]

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The Dane County Way

As State lawmakers finish up work on the Wisconsin budget, they would benefit from looking to Dane County as a model for solutions, rather than hampering our ability to continue our successes. In Dane County we are doing many things right. The facts speak for themselves: We are the most effective job creator among Wisconsin’s […]

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Is Madison’s Water Supply Sustainable?

By the Madison Water Utility It’s not common knowledge that Madison, often called the City of Four Lakes, actually gets its drinking water from an aquifer. The vast deposit of saturated sandstone sits hundreds of feet below Madison, providing the city with more than 10 billion gallons of water every year. “It’s a resource that […]

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Services Available for Our Downtown Neighbors

At the July 13th Bassett Neighborhood meeting, I had the pleasure of joining Alder Mike Verveer as we answered questions about services available downtown for the homeless. We provided more details about a potential move of the Porchlight men’s overnight shelter currently operated out of Grace Episcopal Church on West Washington Avenue. The evening gave […]

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Republicans’ Destructive State Budget

After nearly five months of budget deliberations by the Legislature, Governor Walker recently signed the 2015-17 state budget into law. And let me tell you, as I observed first hand as the ranking Assembly Democrat on the Joint Finance Committee (JFC), this budget is as much of a mess as when the Governor introduced it […]

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Metro Transit to discontinue audible turn signals

Madison’s Metro Transit announced Tuesday it would discontinue its audible turn alerts on buses after receiving complaints and hearing more than an hour of public testimony protesting the frequent beeping. The audible turn alert system chirps every time a bus’ turn signal is activated and was installed with the goal of increasing safety. But the […]

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CNI Statement on Madison Metro Audible Turn Signals

Capitol Neighborhoods represents and advocates for those who live, work, and recreate downtown, including working to maintain and improve the quality of life for downtown residents. Several of our residents and neighbors have expressed concerns with the new audible turn signals installed on Madison Metro buses. These audible turn signals have at times caused disruption […]

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