Now & Then: The Long and Short of It

Our history can be near or far, which can be a measure of distance or time. For these Now & Then pieces the geographic focus is our neighborhood and the time horizon is usually long, at least by Madison standards. This month I begin by looking back only a few years to 2012 when a […]

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Amazing Year For Period Garden Park

By Joe Bonardi Of the past nine years that I have volunteered renovating Period Garden Park, 110 East Gorham St., 2016 will always be a standout year, due to the great projects we accomplished. A city grant was granted to us to add a vintage-style park identity sign that was installed this spring next to […]

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Can You Imagine a Day Without Water?

From the Madison Water Utility Let’s be honest, our water infrastructure is something most of us never think about. We take it for granted that we can turn the tap and fill a glass, make coffee or give the dog a drink. We shower, fish, swim, eat fresh fruit and vegetables, flush our toilets and […]

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Ensuring Equity; Inspiring Sustainability

The Dane County Board is currently at work on the Dane County budget for 2017. The County Board of Supervisors’ committees are deliberating the budget as proposed by the County Executive and are considering potential amendments. The full Board will consider the results at 7 PM on November 14th. At the two Budget Hearings held […]

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Bridging The Digital Divide

The City is involved in another public/private partnership that is going to benefit residents of four targeted areas of the city, Allied Drive, Darbo Worthington, Brentwood and Kennedy Heights. These four neighborhoods are affected by what we have come to know as the Digital Divide. The Digital Divide is a barrier to people having affordable […]

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Helping The Homeless

We live in a compassionate, caring community. It’s core to our quality of life and helps make our neighborhoods the very best they can be. Homelessness is a real challenge facing too many families not only here, but in growing communities across the country. What makes us unique is the way we are coming together […]

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ALEC’s Dark Money Game

I walked into my 6 th American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) conference last week as a familiar Wisconsin myth was being told. It was the powerful myth that the ALEC crowd adores: Wisconsin Republicans “shut down” a government investigation run amok that was suppressing the First Amendment rights of “free market supporters” (i.e., ALEC members […]

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E-Cigarette Issues

For over thirty years I have worked to promote a smoke-free Wisconsin. I authored and helped usher through the Legislature the original Wisconsin Clean Indoor Air Act and more recently, passage of the Smoke Free Wisconsin Act which expanded the smoking ban to workplaces. Now we face a new threat to our right to breath […]

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Downtown Market Study

As many of you know, the City of Madison has hired a consultant to prepare a retail and market analysis of downtown Madison to better inform policy decisions related to the future of the downtown business districts. The consultant, Tangible Consulting, is conducting an online survey of downtown residents (which all Capitol Neighborhoods members recently […]

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