Now & Then: Madison’s Steel Structures

Trachte buildings are common across the Madison area. Vintage Trachtes are easily identified corrugated steel buildings with vertical walls and an arched roof* that are used as garages, utility sheds, gas stations, boathouse or commercial buildings. They are plentiful here because Trachte was founded in Madison in 1901. The business began with brothers George and […]

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A One-Stop Guide to Designing the Streets of the Future

A recently published report by the National Association of City Transportation Officials includes insights from dozens of officials and practitioners across North America. http://www.citylab.com/design/2016/04/a-guide-to-designing-the-streets-of-the-future/478326/

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Enjoying Cleaner Lakes

Sandwiching downtown Madison, it’s easy to take Lakes Mendota and Monona for granted. As we walk, jog, bike, or drive past them, potentially every day, they are a part of our everyday lives. How can we ensure the water quality of these lakes continues to improve? We can do so by sharing information about the […]

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Annual Neighborhood Conference

I am proud to say that Madison has a strong tradition of neighborhood activism, with leaders playing a critical role in shaping the future of our city.  I am inviting you to attend the citywide Neighborhood Conference that is scheduled for Saturday, October 8th, at Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center. This year marks the […]

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Dane County: Best for Biking

Biking is a big part of our quality of life and a way for people to get out and enjoy our lakes and countryside. Just this summer, the League of American Bicyclists has awarded Dane County one of its top awards, recognizing it as one of the top counties for biking. Dane County is one […]

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The NRA vs. the People

I remember where I was when I heard about Sandy Hook, one of the most horrifying occurrences in this country in my lifetime. And I remember the panic I felt thinking of my son, Sam, who was six and sitting in his first grade classroom. And I remember lingering at his school for days afterwards […]

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Save a Tree in Brittingham or Law Park

The City has established an Adopt-a- Park-Tree program whereby individuals or groups can adopt a specific tree(s) in a park and pay for the chemical treatment that has proven effective at saving ash trees from the certain death that comes with an infestation of the emerald ash borer (EAB). Capitol Neighborhoods Inc. (CNI) is setting up a special fund for […]

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Downtown is for People

Last month would have marked the 100th birthday of Jane Jacobs, the influential writer who challenged traditional urban planning in the 1950s and 1960s. A central part of Jacobs’ view of a city is embracing the vibrancy and diversity that makes city life unique. Her most famous work, The Death and Life of Great American […]

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Annual Report: Bassett District

By Jonathan Cooper, District Chair This past year proved to be another good year for the Bassett neighborhood and its residents. Redevelopment in the neighborhood shifted from residential to commercial but with no real slowdown and some significant improvements occurred which have enhanced living in our slice of downtown. The improvements to the area of […]

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