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Needed: More affordable housing in Madison

At a public hearing last week for a proposed affordable housing project off East Washington Avenue, one resident asked a city representative where all the city's other affordable housing projects are located. Natalie Erdman, executive director of the city's Community Development Authority, says there is affordable housing all over the city. But what counts as "affordable housing" has changed over time. >More
 The war on carp: Dane County targets invasive fish in Cherokee Marsh

In late November, a fishing operation pulled 10,244 carp from Cherokee Marsh. Dane County Clerk Scott McDonell wishes they'd killed more. "The only good carp is a dead carp," he jokes. "They're not a native species. And the effects are pretty dramatic." >More
 Madison struggles to make the TIF development tool more fair and effective

Common Council members involved in the process insist that they're trying to make the city's arcane TIF rules easier for everyone to understand and, in the process, better encourage the city's development goals. >More
 Judge Doyle Square could eat up city of Madison's parking reserves

The prospective developers of Judge Doyle Square are looking to tap not only tax incremental financing revenue, but parking utility funds. At the level requested, the project would seriously deplete the city's parking utility reserve fund, leaving it strapped for cash for future projects. >More
 Who will pay for Judge Doyle Square?

The Judge Doyle Square project now being contemplated by the city has been billed as the largest city project ever. If it happens, the city isn't the only public body that will be paying for it. >More
 Who was Judge Doyle?

Former Gov. Jim Doyle confesses that he's a bit biased on the subject of his dad, whose name is attached to what is poised to be the most expensive city project in Madison's history: Judge Doyle Square. "This is just his proud son talking, but I think you'd find universal praise of him," the former governor says of his father, who died in 1987. "He was the model of what a judge should be." >More
 Madison's other convention center: The Concourse Hotel (updated)

Stephen Zanoni says that if Madison subsidizes a headquarters hotel to help Monona Terrace, it is Monona Terrace that has the most to lose. Zanoni, who manages Monona Terrace's biggest competitor, the Madison Concourse Hotel, admits that his hotel also has skin in the game. >More
 Cash for conventions: Madison offers incentives to groups to book Monona Terrace

Heywood Sanders warns Madison that the convention industry has gotten so competitive that cities are offering cash to lure events to their facilities. The public administration professor at the University of Texas at San Antonio gave a series of lectures on the subject last week, as the city contemplates spending more on Monona Terrace. In fact, Madison pays upwards of $150,000 a year to attract visitors to Monona Terrace, says Deb Archer, president and CEO of the Greater Madison Convention and Visitors Bureau. >More
 Madison's homeless advocates brace for winter

Steve Schooler is worried. With winter approaching, he wonders if the emergency shelters he runs for Porchlight will have enough space to accommodate all the homeless men in Madison. "In the last couple winters, we had 180 guests a night. That's stretching us to the virtual breaking limit," Schooler says. "If we bump up much further above that, there's going to be major issues. >More
 Madison Common Council puts 2014 budget to bed early

In a break from recent years, the Madison Common Council did not agonize all night for several days over adopting its 2014 budget. It wasn't so much that the council suddenly figured out the magic of budgeting, but that this year it had so little money to work with. >More
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