A quick question

BRT construction, bakery unionization, and what to do about a local fountain. Here's what you need to know about Madison today.

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A quick question

Happy Friday, Madison!

We've made it to the end of the week so I'll keep this short.

What’s your zip code?

We're just curious!

— Hayley

🚌 BRT construction starts next week.

  • The city says construction on its bus rapid transit system will begin on the west side next week.
  • Work will take place on Mineral Point Road, Whitney Way, and University Ave. You can learn more about the project and construction at a public information meeting on March 14.
Define Bus Rapid Transit (BRT).

The new transit system has been years in the making. Compared to Madison's current transportation system, BRT will travel in dedicated lanes with fewer stops but more frequent service.

🥖 A push for unionization at Madison Sourdough.

Photo via City of Madison

🛑 Madison needs more crossing guards.

  • The city is looking to hire more crossing guards, especially on the west side. The position is part-time and pays $18.18 hourly.
  • “There’s still plenty of time left in the school year,” said Alex Stewart, Crossing Guard Supervisor. “We’re looking for some safety-conscious community members to join our amazing team in this important work."

🖼️ The Wisconsin Historical Society has a new temporary location.

  • The state historical society recently moved to a temporary space in the US Bank Plaza on the Capitol Square as  it prepares for the construction of a new history center. For now, the museum is only hosting school groups but will have more programming in the fall, Channel 3000 reports.
  • Some context: The longtime home of the museum is being demolished to make way for the construction of a new facility that will more than double the museum’s exhibit space. The project is scheduled for completion in 2026.
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The Annie C. Stewart fountain, via City of Madison

⛲️ What should the city do with this fountain?

  • The city needs help deciding the fate of its oldest piece of public art. The Annie C. Stewart fountain was constructed about 100 years ago as a memorial to the charitable community member, who died by suicide in 1905.
  • The piece has been vandalized multiple times over the decades and Wisconsin's weather has further degraded its condition, leaving the piece “nearly beyond repair.”
  • City officials are considering several options but want to hear from as many people as possible before making a final decision. Fill out this survey and let them know what you think.

🥣 Your lunchtime read: Local food wholesaler Soups I Did It Again grounds upcoming expansion in community values.

  • Via Madison Magazine: "As they move to grow their business operations, David Pedersen and Bazile Booth of Soups I Did It Again continue supporting local growers and giving back to the community."

🎙️ Today on City Cast Madison

Majestic Theatre on King Street. Photo by Bianca Martin

Election Audit Hits $2M+, State Buildings for Sale and Music Scenester Quits

Bianca Martin, Molly Stentz, and Dylan Brogan round up the week’s news with a look at the GOP’s increasingly expensive probe into the 2020 election, the departure of a big player in Madison’s concert scene, and the state selling three huge office buildings downtown.

🏦 Finances 101

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This week's floof is a very Good Boy named Greg. This cutie is a man of the people and loves to relax. His favorite activity, according his owners Nicole and Dan, is chasing a frisbee at Giddings and Tenney park or romping with his canine cousin, Tuna.

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