What is the most Madison thing possible?

What is the most Madison thing possible?
Paul Soglin and his mustache. Photo credit: Soglin's (now deleted) Twitter account

Good morning, Madison!

Eight years ago, the State Journal published a crowd-sourced list of 100 things that define Madison.

That list is now a bit outdated (former Mayor Paul Soglin’s mustache was item no. 2 on the list).

So now the paper is seeking new suggestions from the public for an updated list. You can submit your suggestions here. Might we suggest the Madison Minutes notepad?

— Sam


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🏳️‍🌈 Federal legislation protecting same-sex and interracial marriages is poised to become law, thanks in part to U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin.

🚨 One person was injured in a shooting on State Street Tuesday.

🏈 New Badgers football coach Luke Fickell’s visit to town.

The West Campus District. Credit: UW-Madison

🚧 UW-Madison is seeking input on redevelopment plans for the west side of campus.

  • Background: The university is redeveloping certain “high-opportunity land parcels” on the west side of campus to generate more revenue. The planning process began in August, and final plans are expected to be delivered to the Board of Regents for approval next summer.
  • The plan will outline changes to building use, greenspace, and parking/transportation.
  • The project website prompts visitors to answer a short survey about their experiences with the west side of campus and their priorities for redevelopment.
Credit: Mentoring Positives

🍳 This local nonprofit needs help to outfit its new kitchen.

  • Mentoring Positives, a nonprofit that mentors youth, moved into a new space on the east side and needs help outfitting their commercial kitchen, according to Madison365.
  • The new space, on the first floor of the newly-built Ella Apartments, has room for community gatherings and mentorship, as well as a kitchen where local kids can produce and sell food.
  • The nonprofit is trying to raise $13,000 to fund remaining needs like utensils and kitchenware. You can donate online or email Will Green to get involved.

❓ Have you ordered free Covid tests from the state yet?

🐦 Your lunchtime read: Sittin’ in the morning sun

  • Via Isthmus: “Birding sits are accessible because there aren’t any trails or debris that could serve as barriers for people who use a wheelchair or have a visual disability, Svabek says. And they have their advantages: a number of birds can be heard by remaining mostly still, while the slightest stir, when hiking, can cause birds to fly away. This morning, says Svabek, they have heard the calls of sandhill cranes and the high-pitched screech of the red-winged blackbird.”

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Good morning, Madison! That podcast we’ve been teasing for months? It’s here! For their debut episode, the City Cast Madison team visited the Madison firefighters who operate the first-ever electric firetruck in use in the United States. The Nation’s First Electric Fire Truck Lives Here by City