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CITIZEN DAVE: Thoughts and ideas about city building from Madison's former mayor
Citizen Dave: The Week in Review, from Cain and Blago to Packers stock and Madison Prep

Any week that features Newt, the Herminator, Blago and The Donald at the top of the news is going to make The Week in Review write itself. So, let's start with Herman Cain "suspending" his presidential campaign after checking in with his wife about some stuff. >More
Citizen Dave: Idea of the week... dressing to bike in winter

Last week, I wrote about my new (old) winter bike, and my determination to use it through rain, snow, sleet and darkness of night. So far it's performing flawlessly, and I'm enjoying getting out in the December chill and dark. Really. I am. So, let's talk about winter biking fashion this week. >More
Citizen Dave: The courage of Kaleem Caire

Kaleem Caire has only been back in Madison for less than two years, but he sure has grabbed our attention. Caire didn't waste any time after coming home from a successful private sector career on the East Coast to be the new president for the Urban League of Greater Madison, starting to shake up the local establishment more or less immediately upon arrival. >More
Citizen Dave: John Wall Family Pavilion at Tenney Park an investment in the public realm

There's a concept in urban design called "third places." The idea is that you have your home and you have your workplace, but a lot of what makes cities fun and vibrant to live in are the third places: bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and spaces like State Street or other well-designed public areas. >More
Citizen Dave: Tammy, Tommy and the promise of civility

I admit it. I like Tommy Thompson. I know I'm not supposed to. As a card-carrying Madison liberal, I'm supposed to despise everything GOP, especially these days. But the truth is that Tommy's record shows that he didn't hate government, and he found a way to work with the Democrats who held majorities during most of the time that he served as governor. Frankly, he out-maneuvered us a lot of the time. >More
Citizen Dave: The Week in Review, from the Bucks and Badgers to the recall and religion

Let's start with the sports pages, where there was bad news for the Milwaukee Bucks. Hopeful Bucks fans were praying that the entire season would be cancelled and the Bucks would go 82 games without a loss. As we all know, the NBA usually plays an 82-game season for the sole purpose of eliminating the Bucks from the playoffs. >More
Citizen Dave: Idea of the week... winter bike commuting

When I lost my job in April, the city of Madison took away the cool little black Honda Fit that I used for official city business. They also had the audacity to take away my income. Now living in a one-car and one-income household, the answer to my transportation needs was a bike. >More
Citizen Dave: The foreclosure next door

When I was a kid growing up in West Allis, there was an elderly couple living next door. On summer afternoons, retired farmers Mr. & Mrs. Harry Lawrence would sit in their front yard beneath two perfectly shaped apple trees that stood sentry on either side of the sidewalk. Their tidy little Cape Cod had an expansive backyard with more apple trees from an old orchard that had been there before our subdivision. Harry Lawrence had built a perfect white wooden picket fence around it. >More
Citizen Dave: Dane County takes leadership role on lakes

Dane County Board Chair Scott McDonell has put out a promising and bold proposal to improve the Madison lakes. Scott's proposal would invest $27 million over five years to remove carp that stir up sediment, upgrade sewer outfalls so that less pollutants reach our lakes, buy land in critical areas for water runoff, install more of the barriers that keep scum away from our beaches, and implement recommendations still to come from a pending study. >More
Citizen Dave: The Wisconsin deer hunt is about a lot more than killing deer

Well, I'm back from my annual deer hunting trip. As with every year, I'm feeling recharged by my long quiet hours in the woods, fields and swamps of western and northern Wisconsin. I'm grateful for the camaraderie of deer camp and all that goes with it. >More
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