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

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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Neighborhood Grant Program

For those unfamiliar, applications are being accepted for the Neighborhood Grant Program of theCity of Madison Planning Division. These grants help neighborhoods beautify gateways, create public gathering places, build leadership skills, or plan for the future. Since the program began in 1999, it has helped neighbors take on some 300 projects realized with over 20,000 […]

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EPA Looks To Madison As Leader On Lead Pipe Issue

You can’t see it. You can’t taste it. But the impact of lead in drinking water can be devastating. “Lead is a hidden contaminant,” says Madison Water Utility water quality manager Joe Grande. “There’s a growing concern in the water industry … that we’ve been talking about lead for two decades now, and little has […]

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Preparing Our Future Leaders

We see it all over the news: politicians courting the youth vote, social movements and nonprofits run by Millennials, and an overall increase in the level of social connectedness. Our country’s youngest generations are rightfully demanding to be heard. This increase of the Millennial generation and younger voices is not something to fear; it is […]

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The Dane County Way

Recently, I signed my 2016 Budget for Dane County. My budget focuses on providing our critical core services while expanding partnerships to better our community. My budget includes the strongest efforts yet by Dane County to address mental illness. I am expanding our mental health teams to more schools across Dane County in partnership with […]

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Bipartisan Legislation Advances

As your state representative, I work hard to promote and pass a proactive agenda that reflects our shared, progressive values. While there are many policies the political right and left do not agree on, I believe it is absolutely critical for us to find compromise and work together on important issues where we are in […]

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Downtown Businesses

There has been much discussion recently about changes in the types of businesses downtown, including a perceived increase in restaurants and bars and a perceived decrease in retail stores. The 2015 State of the Downtown Report recently released by Downtown Madison, Inc. includes a wealth of data and information on downtown issues, including the mix […]

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Megan Christiansen – A Life Well Lived

Our friend and neighbor, Megan Christiansen, passed away on October 15th after a two year struggle with pancreatic cancer. Megan was an asset to our neighborhood who readily contributed her time and talents. For many years Megan was the treasurer of CNI. Bert Stitt, past president of CNI, shared, “It was Megan’s astute and dedicated […]

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Now & Then: Long Live the Queen

“The queen of Madison’s hostelries, the Park Hotel, is dead.” So wrote Frank Custer in The Capital Times on Aug. 5, 1961, when he detailed the demolition of the old Park Hotel to make way for the building that stands today at 22 S. Carroll St. Throughout its 144-year history, the hotel has been renovated […]

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