Madison Commons Media Digest, April 21, 2019

Madison and Dane County

Madison seeks to limit late entry to more Downtown bars, Chris Rickert, Wisconsin State Journal, April 21. Census: Dane County leads state in population growth; more than double any other county in Wisconsin, Chris Hubbuch, WSJ, April 18. State delivers $23.4 million in tax credits for Madison affordable housing project, Dean Mosiman, WSJ, April 19. Satya Rhodes-Conway takes over as mayor; change in council leadership goes less smoothly, Dean Mosiman, WSJ, April 17. Dane County Board sets 2019-2021 legislative agenda;  Candidates set for Dane Co.

April 2019 Backyard Heroes

Community Shares, a partner of Madison Commons, recognizes two volunteers each month. The volunteers come from Community Shares' member groups and are selected for their service to the community and to community issues. Judy Skog, Sierra Club Foundation - John Muir Chapter

Judy Skog is a founding member of the Tar Sands Team, a joint effort between the Wisconsin Chapter of the Sierra Club and 350-Madison to halt the expansion of pipelines that threaten Wisconsin’s land and water. The Tar Sands Team is working to protect Wisconsin’s water, land and air. Skog brings positive energy, hopefulness, humor and adorable pictures of her grandchildren everywhere she goes.

Madison Spring Arts Guide

Spring is now here and with it are many opportunities to enjoy art in Madison. For those looking to make the most of their springtime, here is a selection of outdoor art, indoor exhibitions, screenings, and performances for residents to enjoy. Public Art in Madison 
As the weather gets warmer, those looking to enjoy art and fresh air can find a variety of murals around Madison. Our interactive map below locates where to find these murals, and charts a great art-inspired walk or bike ride around town. With your help, this interactive public arts map can be an ongoing project.

United Way to invest $19.5 million into Dane County community

United Way of Dane County will invest more than $19.5 million dollars in programs that focus on reducing poverty. As a part of their campaign “Champions for Change,” United Way raised funds from over 30,000 donors, business and partner agencies in 2018. A total of $19,526,101 dollars will be invested in to the Dane County community, focusing on programs and strategies that address areas of education, income and health. “The goal of investing this money is to provide support for programs proven to help stabilize families and ensure that every person in Dane County can succeed in school, work and life,” said Martha Cranley, the Executive Vice President of Community Impact at United Way. In a year round process, hundreds of volunteers including experts, business leaders, and key stakeholders read proposals submitted by community agencies.

The Bus Stops Here: For Improved Bus Stops

The state of Madison Metro bus stops may not garner the kind of media attention that a $30 million price tag for a new storage facility does, nor might a nicely endowed bus stop cost even half as much as one new off-street parking stall—let alone a few yards of asphalted street—but bus stop conditions can attract or turn off potential riders. Bus stops speak volumes to what a community really thinks of its transit system, how it prioritizes transit in its budget, how it allots Tax Incremental Financing funds and how it makes land use decisions. Is the stop a mere post in the ground where people must wait for the bus by standing in the wind, rain, snow and dark? Or can they wait by sitting in a sheltered, lighted, even heat-controlled area? Does the stop have schedule information that tells riders when their bus is coming?

Who will be Madison’s next mayor?

Soglin aims to hold on to position, Rhodes-Conway pushing for a change

We asked the candidates running to be Madison’s mayor the same five questions to understand their vision for the future of Madison. The answers we received show differences in scope, detail, and logic for where the candidates think Madison is, and where the city is going.

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