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Photo ID proposal sparks First Amendment controversy

Sandi Torkildson, owner of A Room of One's Own bookstore, wants people to take their First Amendment rights seriously. That's why she's opposing changes to a city ordinance governing the sale of used CDs, DVDs and books on tape to pawn shops and secondhand dealers. >More
 More bike path connections around Dane County in the works

If there's one thing people love about Dane County parks, it's the bike trails, says park planner Chris James. "We no more than cut the ribbons on these trails and we see tremendous use on them, from all age groups," says James. "Trail is by far the number-one demand for recreational use." >More
 Moving Day scavengers take bite out of Madison's city budget

During the big moving weekend Aug. 14, George Dreckmann noticed lots of metal scavengers out prowling the streets. Dreckmann, Madison's recycling coordinator, stopped one pickup he saw loaded down with scrap and told the pilferers to knock it off. It's illegal to scavenge from city bins and street curbs. >More
 Proposals for East Washington development still on wish list

Earlier this summer, Madison officials sifted through six development proposals for the old Don Miller car dealership site on East Washington, land the city bought last year. A committee is recommending two of them, and a third is still under discussion. That doesn't mean, however, that the other three proposals are necessarily dead. >More
 Proposals for East Washington now public

A committee looking at proposals for the old Don Miller car dealership site on East Washington Avenue is recommending the city accept two of them. The committee is endorsing a proposal by the Rifkin Group to build a $24 million mixed-used energy-efficient development on the south side of the 800 block. On the north side of the 700 block, it is endorsing Gebhardt Development's $31.5 million proposal for a mixture of housing types, including 185 apartment units, 21 live/work lofts and 33,000 square feet of retail and office space. >More
 Railroad wants to close three east-side streets

Wisconsin & Southern Railroad Co. is petitioning the state's commissioner of railroads to close three streets on Madison's east side: Blount, Livingston and Brearly. >More
 Madison to developers: Let's make nice

Deserved or not, Madison has a reputation of being hostile to developers. Exhibit A cited by people who hold this view is the rough time the Edgewater Hotel renovation had getting approved. >More
 Mayor Soglin puts brakes on Ride the Drive for September

Ride the Drive was started by former Mayor Dave Cieslewicz as a way to promote biking in Madison. The event closes major roads around downtown to motorized vehicles so people can enjoy them on bike or foot. It was so popular -- drawing more than 20,000 people -- that it became a twice-a-year happening. >More
 Palm and Solomon could be moved out of their Madison aldermanic districts

Two Madison Common Council members are likely to be moved out of their districts as the city goes through redistricting. The council members -- Brian Solomon on the west side and Larry Palm on the east -- would continue to serve their districts, even though they will no longer live within them. They would not be eligible to run for reelection in 2013, unless they move back or run for a different seat. >More
 No end to Edgewater Hotel fight

The Madison Trust for Historic Preservation has sent a letter to Madison Mayor Paul Soglin asking the city not to defend against part of a lawsuit over its handling of the Edgewater Hotel project. A win by city will "seriously jeopardize the integrity of the Landmarks Ordinance" governing historic districts, wrote the group's executive director, Jason Tish. >More
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