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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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🚌 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.
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.
- Employees of the east side bakery have filed a petition with the National Labor Relations Board to join a union.
- So far, the bakery's owner has declined to recognize the union and asked for the board to conduct an election, according to Cap Times. There are roughly 40 staffers eligible to join the union.
- Related: More Wisconsin workers are organizing. How much leverage do they have? (Cap Times)
🛑 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.
⛲️ 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
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
This is a sponsored column from Bank of Sun Prairie.
- Self employed? Read these tax tips.
- Save for college with a special savings account
- How much should you save for retirement? Here's where to start.
- How to Protect Your Money While You Travel
- 90's Themed Trivia at Delta Beer Lab
- Latino Art Fair at Overture Center
- Sixteen Candles: Ultimate 80s Dance Party at the Majestic
- Friday Family Films: Hidden Figures (2016) at Goodman South Madison Library
- Just Bust! Open Mic at Wisconsin Historical Society
- Le Youth at Liquid Madison
- Dyke Dive at the Wisco
- Titus Andronicus at High Noon Saloon
- Badflower at The Sylvee
- Kelsey Miles at The Bur Oak
- Madison Reads Leopold: Voices of a Land Ethic at the UW–Madison Arboretum
- Monsters Of Poetry: Erika Meitner, Paul Tran, Nate Marshall, and Matthew Guenette at Genna’s Lounge 🟠
- Service Day at Dane County Humane Society
- Kids in the Rotunda: Trinity Irish Dance at Overture Center
- Gimme Gimme Disco at the Majestic
- BACK TO 80s DRAG BRUNCH! Hosted by Bianca Lynn Breeze at The Bur Oak
- Walking in Leopold's Footsteps Nature Hike at the UW–Madison Arboretum
- Winter Festival of Poetry Week 7 at Arts + Literature Laboratory
🟠 Wondering about the orange circle? That symbol next to an event means that Tone Madison recommends checking it out.
🐶 Friday Floof
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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⏪ Yesterday's news
- The city redefines "family."
- Big names coming to Breese Stevens this summer.
- Need tax help?
- The School Board wants your thoughts.
- Read this if you drive a Hyundai or Kia.