Blair Street Gardens Starts Its 31st Season

Capitol Neighborhoods

By Ellen Henningsen, President, Blair Street Gardens Committee, Inc. Wilson Green, a restful garden of trees, shrubs, perennials, grasses, annuals and edibles, graces the western edge of Capitol Neighborhoods. On E. Wilson Street next to the Crowley Station, it is one of three gardens maintained by Blair Street Gardens Committee, Inc. (BSG). In addition to […]

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Ask Me About Photo ID

Mayor Paul Soglin

The New Voter ID law is changing our election experience. In the February election, even with a relatively low voter turnout, City of Madison Clerk Maribeth Witzel Behl, 98 eligible voters were unable to cast a regular ballot. With the Presidential primary in April and of course the general election in November, we need to […]

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Appreciating Dane County Employees

Dane County Supervisor Mary Kolar

At the start of every Dane County Board meeting, a Supervisor provides an inspirational message or prayer before we together say the Pledge of Allegiance. At our February 18th meeting, Supervisor Robin Schmidt delivered her inspirational message by which she recognized the many Dane County employees and the service they provide to us all. I’m […]

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Dane County Veterans Services

Dane County Executive Joe Parisi

Recently, Republicans in the State Legislature proposed to cut the services and offices of our local County Veterans service officers. This move is unconscionable. Our veterans deserve more than to have services cut. Our Dane County Veterans Service Office works to assist veterans and their families with obtaining local, state and federal benefits. The office […]

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Upgrading Wisconsin Natural Resources

State Senator Fred Risser

Wisconsin is gifted with fantastic natural resources – rivers, lakes, and forests, and a state park system to be proud of. Conservation and environmental issues are a deep concern to many Wisconsinites, regardless of political affiliation. However, control of our environment and water resources is being taken away from the people and sold out to […]

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Towards Flint

State Representative Chris Taylor

Our nation is watching in horror as the Flint water disaster unfolds, a completely avoidable, unnecessary public health crises that threatens an entire town and the health and welfare of its people. A Republican controlled executive and legislative branch authorized unaccountable emergency managers to swoop in, take over municipalities, and engaging in “cost cutting” measures […]

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Statement on Proposed Closing of Downtown Post Office

Capitol Neighborhoods

The U.S. Post Office located in the Madison Municipal Building at 215 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. has been an important resource in our downtown since the building’s construction in the late 1920s. This landmarked building, with its impressive two-story Ionic colonnade, was specifically designed to serve as the Madison Post Office and Federal Courthouse. […]

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A Vision for the Capitol Square

Jeff Vercauteren

The Capitol Square is the heart of our downtown. As downtown residents, we are fortunate to be able to access the square relatively easily and enjoy the experience of walking around the square, dining at any number of establishments, and visiting locally-owned boutique stores.Over the next two years, the City of Madison will undertake the […]

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Now & Then: A Cold-Weather History Walk Down State Street

Michael K. Bridgeman

Last year at this time I described indoor spaces that display historic photographs of Madison. I offered it as an alternative tour, a way to see the old city by ducking into warm spaces to get away from the cold. I promised a second installment and this year’s tour runs the length of State Street, […]

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