Goooood morning, Madison!
One quick note: Yesterday's email included a link to a local holiday market guide that didn't work. If you want to learn about the markets, click here. (This one works, I promise.)
Now for some big news from us!
We just published a winter survival guide for Madison. Because whether you've lived here for years or are brand new to town, we could all use a little help making it through the harsh winter months.
Check out the full guide here.
🚌 City Council approved two major transportation projects.
- The council unanimously approved two actions to improve transportation equity and options in Madison. The first involves how buses in town operate and the second seeks to broaden access to transportation options for people who live and work in the city.
- Metro Network Redesign: The newly approved bus plan will eliminate some transfer points and consolidate service on frequent routes, promising more consistent service with shorter travel times. The new system will be implemented next June. For context, Madison's current transit network was put in place in 1998.
- Transportation Demand Management (TDM): The TDM program requires developers and new businesses to implement some form of walking, biking, or carpooling incentives in their proposals. The purpose of the TDM is to help reduce traffic emissions and greenhouse gases and create more livable (and safer) streets.
🏈 Interim head coach Jim Leonhard will leave the Badgers at the end of the season.
- If you'll recall: Leonhard has served as interim head coach of the Wisconsin Badgers after former coach Paul Chryst was fired. He was considered a top candidate for the permanent coaching gig but ultimately, the Badgers hired former Cincinnati coach Luke Fickell.
- Leonhard said he will stay on as the defensive coordinator through the Guaranteed Rate Bowl against Oklahoma State.
🏘️ More money for affordable housing.
- At its meeting Tuesday night, the Madison City Council approved $11.3 million for new affordable rental housing. According to the city, these projects will add roughly 500 new rental units, 344 of which will be affordable housing.
- The money will go to three development proposals around town: the redevelopment of St. John’s Lutheran Church downtown, redevelopment of the former Gardner Bakery on East Washington Avenue, and the Merchant Place redevelopment on Odana Road.
- Homeownership: The council also approved $4 million for new homeownership initiatives. According to Cap Times, funds will support development proposals, housing services programs, and homebuyer education programs.
🛶 Check out the newest Rutabaga Paddlesports shop.
- The local sporting goods store cut the ribbon on its new Fitchburg location this week. Fun fact: The company was founded in 1974 by a group of UW-Madison students who sold outdoor gear out of their basement.
- The new store was designed with the environment in mind. According to the State Journal, the new shop was built with siding designed to last up to 100 years and solar panels that cover two-thirds of the roof.
- Rutabaga's owner also has plans to develop a mixed-use building on the property with workforce housing and a bicycle shop on the ground floor. Construction on that project could start next summer, according to the State Journal.
🌳 Read this if you live in the Tenney Park neighborhood.
- Tonight, residents of the Tenney Park neighborhood will have the opportunity to get a look at an updated proposal for a big development on Sherman Avenue.
- Some context: In October, a Chicago-based developer proposed a $90 million, six-story redevelopment with 445 apartments at 1617 Sherman Ave., adjacent to Tenney Park. The project drew major concerns from Madison’s Urban Design Commission and residents.
- Join the conversation: The developers will host a virtual meeting tonight at 6 p.m. to unveil the revised proposal.
- Via Wisconsin Watch: "Wisconsin is one of just five states that allow civil detention for pregnant people accused of substance use. Its legal proceedings take place out of public view, under seal, with a low standard of evidence and often a court-appointed attorney for the fetus — but none for the person gestating it. The law can require forced addiction treatment for the duration of pregnancy."
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- Greater Madison Music City Music Recovery Framework Release Party at Cafe Coda
- Workshop: Tie Dyed Silk Scarves at Madison Children's Museum
- Brews and Q's Taproom Trivia at Karben4 Brewing
- El Mercadito at Centro Hispano
- Joe List at Comedy on State
- Trivia Night on King Street! at Madison's
- Winter Fantasia: Reimagined at Overture Center
- 80s Rewind - Tacky Holiday Edition at Crucible
- A Nutcracker Masquerade at Bartell Theatre
- Adult Swim: Holiday Craftacular at Madison Children's Museum
- Another Johnnyswim Christmas Show at Majestic Theatre
- Carroll/Artry/Ward at Arts + Literature Laboratory
- Double Feature at Atlas Improv Co.
- Exhibition Celebration | Reception for Wendy Red Star: Apsáalooke: Children of the Large-Beaked Bird at Madison Museum of Contemporary Art
- Gio's Garden Holiday Party 2022 at Goodman Community Center
- Houses In Motion at High Noon Saloon
- The New Standards at Stoughton Opera House
- Orquesta Salsoul Del Mad at Cafe CODA
- Pretty From a Distance, Comingle at The Bur Oak
- Second Harvest FoodShare at Central Library
- Jazz Series at Tandem Press
- Tony Barba & Blood Moon at North Street Cabaret
- WPCRC Family Fun Night at Warner Park
- Yule Ball at Sun Prairie Public Library