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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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Annual Report: First Settlement

The Progressive leaves First Settlement – Yes, alas, our beloved Progressive Magazine, which had made its home in our neighborhood for the past few decades, decided to sell their property at 409 East Main Street. The law firm of Hawks Quindel, with offices currently at 222 West Washington Avenue, has purchased this delightful little former […]

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Annual Report: Mansion Hill District

By Fred Mohs During the past twelve months, Mansion Hill residents have confronted issues that far transcend its neighborhood boundaries. In one way or another, almost all of the activities engaged in this year had to do with encouraging, or defending against changes in ordinances, laws or regulations having to do with historic preservation. In […]

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Annual Report: Miffland District

by Tim Kamps, District Chair Over the last year, we in the Miffland neighborhood have continued to witness the rapid pace of development in downtown Madison, including many buildings under construction, as well as new proposals. Most of this activity is focused on apartments, and two high-rise buildings are nearly complete: the Lux, on West […]

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Ash Trees In Downtown Parks Need Your Help

By Pete Ostlind Our mature ash trees in City parks are at risk of certain death due to the emerald ash borer (EAB). The emerald Ash borer has spread throughout Madison. The City has a program to chemically treat ash trees along the streets that meet certain criteria. All other ash trees will be cut […]

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Now & Then: Taking It to the Limit

The battle over the height of buildings in downtown Madison was sparked 100 years go when the Gay Building was erected on the capitol square. The nine-story structure, now known as the Churchill Building, opened in 1915. It was the project of Leonard Gay, described as “a leading Madison real estate developer, building erector, and […]

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A Strange Yet Wonderful Spring

Although we are having a strange and unpredictable Spring, it does not feel all that odd for Wisconsin. Our March was the warmest on record, but April was cooler than usual, and this caused everything to bloom at once. It was the first time I have seen Daffodils blooming with the Lilacs, and it has […]

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Creative Learning Preschool’s “Here for Good Campaign”

Despite the bountiful amenities and family-supporting careers we enjoy in downtown Madison, the downtown has become a sort of ‘childcare desert.’ In fact, there is only one city-accredited center open to the public that provides daycare for infants in central downtown: Creative Learning Preschool. The CLP ‘Here for Good’ Capital Campaign is committed to raising […]

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