New shelter + construction projects + food at Crystal?!

Morning Update: Thursday, March 10

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Good morning, Madison.

For everyone keeping score at home, it's Thursday. Happy Thursday.

We've got a bunch of news to cover this morning so let's just dive right into it!

— Hayley

🏘️ City and county officials have picked a site for a permanent homeless men's shelter.

“It will be transformational. This truly represents a pretty big step for our community in really thinking about how do we serve this population and deliver what they need to get stable and get their lives back.” — Satya Rhodes-Conway, Madison mayor

🛑 PSA: You might hit some construction on your commute next week.

🌮 You'll soon be able to order food at Crystal Corner — for real this time.

🏡 Black homeownership in Madison is one-third the rate of homeownership in the U.S.

🧑‍🚒 Make your voice heard in the search for Madison's next fire chief.

✨ The “Divine Nine” plaza.

  • The University of Wisconsin-Madison will begin construction this spring on a plaza for the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC), which represents the university's historically Black fraternities and sororities.
  • As the Daily Cardinal reports, the plaza will be located in the garden space across from the Walgreens on East Campus Mall and is set to be unveiled in May. The space is meant to serve as a physical acknowledgment of underrepresented communities on campus.
“There are too many students of color, specifically Black students, who feel like imposters on their own campus. [...] This project will be a daily reminder for every student of color that walks past the plaza that they not only belong on this campus but are honored and acknowledged by the university." — Israel Oby, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.

🏫 Your lunchtime read: Despite financial hurdles, undocumented college students in Wisconsin chase their dreams.

  • From the Cap Times: "Because there is no law prohibiting the admission of undocumented immigrants to U.S. colleges, except in three states (Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina), [Alejandra] Gonzalez had no problem getting into school. But she quickly learned how challenging it is for undocumented students in Wisconsin to afford higher education because they are cut off from in-state tuition and major sources of financial aid."

🦠 Covid-19 Update

Wisconsin Vaccination Rate: 60.5%

Dane County Vaccination Rate: 78.3%


📅 Events: Thursday, March 10

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