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CITIZEN DAVE: Thoughts and ideas about city building from Madison's former mayor
Citizen Dave: Idea of the Week... don't die in your sleep

I'm lucky that Kathy Burke walks her dog and has an excellent sense of smell. If it weren't for that, my wife Dianne and I might have made the obituary section this week. >More
Citizen Dave: Does being childless disqualify you from serving on the Madison school board?

John Matthews, the very long-time president of the Madison teachers union said something about the Madison school board races that shouldn't go unnoticed in this Cap Times story. >More
Citizen Dave: Grocery stores and the making of the Grandview Commons neighborhood

It's a tale of two groceries. In the Tenney-Lapham Neighborhood, almost in the shadow of the Capitol, a developer proposes a 60,000 square foot grocery store and gets cheers from the neighbors. Ten miles to the east, in a new subdivision built along new urbanist principles, a proposal to build a slightly smaller grocery store creates years of controversy that may culminate in a decision Tuesday night at the Madison Common Council. >More
Citizen Dave: Blame the baseball owners for the Ryan Braun mess

Okay, it's an easy joke, but I can't resist a good pun. Major League Baseball did a piss poor job of handling Ryan Braun's drug test. According to press reports, the guy who took the sample couldn't find a Fed Ex drop box so he kept it in his basement over the weekend. >More
Citizen Dave: Singles and the city

More of us are living alone than ever before, and that has interesting implications for city life. The most recent census data shows that one in four American households consist of only one person. But in cities the percentage is much higher. Half of all New York households are households of one, and places like Denver and San Francisco have similar numbers. It turns out that singles are good for cities and cities are good for singles. >More
Citizen Dave: The world is lumpy, and cities matter

It has become a cliché that the world is flat as famously described by Thomas Friedman. But new research by Barry Wellman, a communications professor at the University of Toronto, suggests just the opposite. Wellman studied millions of tweets and discovered they're not evenly distributed at all. >More
Citizen Dave: Ten reasons to defriend me

Last week, I wrote about how I had hit the Facebook friend ceiling of 5,000. I was sort of implying, without being too heavy-handed about it, that if you're one of the 5,000, maybe you'd want to defriend me and make room for others. I can't bear to do the defriending from my end. I saw Sophie's Choice. So to make things easier for all of us, if you're one of my Facebook friends, let me offer ten reasons why you should defriend me. >More
Citizen Dave: A new language of politics

On President's Day, let's take a moment to remember a man who never was president but should have been. Bobby Kennedy's campaign for the 1968 Democratic nomination lasted just 82 days before he was shot in a hotel kitchen while reaching to shake the hand of a dishwasher. He may have been the last American politician who had the courage to tell us what we needed to hear, not what he thought would get him the most votes. >More
Citizen Dave: The Week in Review... when will the Republican debates return so we can laugh again?

Ok, so look people, this was not an especially funny week. Now, last week -- last week was golden. You had the Russians bringing back a guy from the dead to prosecute him for back taxes. You had the 50th anniversary of the Cuban trade embargo -- a huge success on the verge of toppling Castro after only half a century! And you had Republicans running for president of the United States and saying things. >More
Citizen Dave: I am not being stuck up!

As of yesterday, I joined a very select group -- or at least it would have been four years ago. Yesterday I reached my 5,000th friend on Facebook. This means that I'm sorry but you can't "friend" me even if you wanted to. You had your chance but now it's over. It's not that I don't want to be your friend, it's just that I can't because Big Brother Facebook won't let me. >More
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