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CITIZEN DAVE: Thoughts and ideas about city building from Madison's former mayor
Citizen Dave: Madison Bike To Work Week 2014 goes whole hog

Bacon, as is widely known, is nature's perfect food. When you combine bacon with biking the world is just a better place. Well, you're in luck. Because on Thursday morning, May 15, there will be bacon on the bike path. >More
Citizen Dave: Mayor Wanda Fullmore steps down with grace

Wanda Fullmore swam through a sea of love last night during a packed to the rafters retirement party at Monona Terrace. The long-time Madison mayor (technically, "mayoral office clerk") stepped down after better than three decades in office. Over that time she played along with the ruse that five other people were serving as mayor. >More
Citizen Dave: With services like Uber and Lyft, lightness will trump heft every time

The local dust-up over the ride-sharing companies Uber and Lyft is really just part of a much bigger question. What's happening pretty much everywhere is that virtual companies are finding ways to undercut traditional, big businesses that are loaded down with infrastructure and hampered by regulations. >More
Citizen Dave: Some misconceptions about golf

Finally, the courses are open and we can get back to suffering. But there's trouble on the horizon. The grand old game of golf is losing players. Every day adherents die, and they're not being replaced by young people. In order to reverse the trend, radicals and heretics are proposing various ways of defiling the game. >More
Citizen Dave: New Madison Police Chief Mike Koval could help lighten things up in city government

The Madison Police and Fire Commission couldn't have made a bad choice for the next chief of police. Both Mike Koval and Carl Gloede, the two finalists, would have made fine choices. But with Mike Koval we could get something we haven't seen much of in that office and which city government badly needs right now: someone with a sense of humor. >More
Citizen Dave: How to fix the Madison landmarks ordinance

A good rule to live by in managing anything is to treat setbacks as opportunities. So, when the Madison Common Council voted last week not to override a Landmarks Commission decision to kill an important redevelopment project on Mansion Hill, I was disappointed, but I can see a greater good coming out of it. >More
Citizen Dave: Mansion Hill is the victim of historic preservation

The Madison Common Council will vote tonight on a motion to overturn a ruling of the Landmarks Commission blocking the redevelopment of three buildings in the Mansion Hill neighborhood. The council should do that, and then it should take a hard look at the entire ordinance, but I won't rehash those arguments here. >More
Citizen Dave: Food Patriots is a hit at Wisconsin Film Festival 2014

The movement toward fresh, local, sustainably produced food is one of the best things to happen to this country in recent years. It means healthier kids and adults, less obesity and all of the issues that spring from it, and less impact on our environment. It turns out that obtaining more of what we eat locally is the best way to fight climate change. >More
Citizen Dave: Fix the broken Madison Landmarks Commission

Last week, Madison Landmarks Commission chair Stu Levitan wrote a blistering response to my op-ed taking that body to task for its refusal to grant a certificate of appropriateness to tear down three tired buildings on Gilman Street and replace them with three much better ones. Stu concedes pretty much that the three existing buildings are bad. And he doesn't comment about the proposal for the new ones. He just says that they're too big. >More
Citizen Dave: It's time to pay NCAA players, including the Badgers

I was as excited as anybody to see the Wisconsin Badgers men's basketball team make the Final Four. I think Bo Ryan is one of the best coaches around, and a heck of a decent guy on top of it. He's a class act, and a coach who really seems to care about his kids, not just as basketball players but as people too. The New York Times reported on Saturday that his program has one of the highest graduation rates in the country. >More
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