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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Partnerships

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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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