The City of Madison began laying the groundwork for updates to the historic Mifflin Street neighborhood with its 2012 Downtown Plan, but from then until 2018, not much happened. Plans were made and forgotten, sometimes conflicting with each other along the way. But in the fall of 2018, the city launched the Mifflandia project, a planning initiative aimed at creating a real, viable plan for the area by engaging neighborhood residents. Organizers hope aspects like free food and a relaxed atmosphere can attract residents who would otherwise have little interest in the planning process. The first meeting last October, for example, offered donuts as attendees were polled on topics like housing styles, affordability, sustainability, and business types residents would like to see in the Mifflin neighborhood.