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New Madison zoning code could restrict the size of new dwellings

When Alice Erickson moved to the Spring Harbor neighborhood in 1979, it was a quaint cottage neighborhood on Lake Mendota. But starting around 1990, a new wave of people moved in, cutting down trees, tearing down houses and building "super-sized homes on very small lots" in their place. >More
 Wanted: More granny units around Madison

About 10 years ago, two of John Michael Linck's elderly neighbors sold their homes near West High and moved into condos. But the women soon regretted their decision. "They said, 'We're really sorry. [The condos] are kind of sterile, there's no children around, it's not a neighborhood,'" Linck says. >More
 Sellers offer alternatives to expanded Madison booze ban

When the Madison Common Council proposed expanding its ban on the sale of small containers of alcohol, liquor industry representatives raised holy hell. >More
 Legislature cooks up new housing property tax exemptions

The state Legislature had a pretty simple task: make sure nonprofit groups that provide housing for low-income people remain exempt from property taxes. New court rulings have called this exemption into question in Madison and elsewhere. >More
 Park just under that log cabin at new Madison Children's Museum

The Madison Children's Museum has an unusual vision for its future home at East Dayton and North Hamilton streets. It wants to put a log cabin above a parking garage at the corner. >More
 Mayor's ouster of critic Carl DuRocher upsets some council members

Mayor Dave Cieslewicz has only a few powers that cannot be overruled by the Common Council. One of them is the power to make appointments to the city's 80-some committees, boards and commissions. The council can approve or reject these appointments, but it can't force the mayor to make different selections. Still, some people want it to try. >More
 Has the Madison Metro rate hike hit ridership?

Mayor Dave Cieslewicz pushed through the 50-cent bus fare increase earlier this year, saying it was needed to pay for rising fuel costs and expanded services. Opponents predicted the rate hike would backfire because ridership would drop. >More
 Madison zoning redo could aid housing co-ops

As the city of Madison rewrites its zoning codes, housing cooperatives are seeking better recognition and an easier time setting up. >More
 City considers cost of new downtown library

Last week a special committee recommended a proposal by Fiore Companies to build a new six-story central library at Henry Street and Washington Avenue. The city's Library Board and the Common Council both must approve the project. >More
 Dane County Board focusing on sustainable ag

The Dane County Board is fast-tracking an initiative for a sustainable agriculture program that some hope could become a national model. >More
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