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Calculating Monona Terrace's economic impact

The way Gregg McManners sees it, Monona Terrace is raking in dough for Madison. McManners has said that Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center, where he is general manager, has more than paid for itself in economic benefits: "The average economic impact generated by Monona Terrace in the past seven years, which has benefited the city of $41,581,300 or roughly 62% of its construction cost every year." >More
 Occupy Madison builds its first "tiny house" for the homeless

Betty Ybarra has been living out of a tent since she became homeless last May. But she and her partner will soon have a house all to themselves. With the help of Occupy Madison, the two have been building their own "tiny house" at a workshop off Stoughton and Cottage Grove roads. >More
 Koua Vang and city don't reach settlement on Occupy Madison camp

Koua Vang just couldn't settle. The city cited Vang in the spring for allowing homeless members of Occupy Madison to camp on vacant land he owns in the 3600 block of Portage Road. The city zoning codes don't allow camping, but Vang let about 20 Occupy members camp out there while they waited for the county's legal campgrounds to open up. >More
 Common Council defeats proposal to turn the Madison Municipal Building into a hotel

An effort to let developers use the Madison Municipal Building as part of the Judge Doyle Square project narrowly failed to get approval from the Common Council Tuesday night. The massive project on two city blocks, adjacent to Monona Terrace, includes replacing the city's Government East parking garage with underground parking, a headquarters hotel to complement Monona Terrace, and retail, housing and office space. >More
 What are Madison police doing to watch out for the homeless?

After a homeless man was fatally beaten on the Capitol Square June 18, Capt. Carl Gloede says Madison police started hearing comments that "this happens all the time and nothing ever happens about it." >More
 Paul Soglin holds early fundraiser for 2015 mayoral run

Mayor Paul Soglin won't face reelection until 2015, and so far nobody has officially decided to run against him. >More
 Dane County supervisors expect real results from new Poverty Commission

Dane County Supv. Jenni Dye knows what many people think about committees. "Sometimes people think of committees and commissions as where ideas go to die," she says. "We're hoping the opposite happens." The commission in question is a new one that Dye helped form, the Dane County Poverty Commission. >More
 City of Madison solicits budget proposals online

It isn't the most practical idea to ever percolate through the city's budget process. But it also sounds kind of awesome: a special event where people can ride go-carts around Capitol Square. The idea, as suggested on the city's new interactive budget site, is simple: "The City of Madison would try to hire Wisconsin natives Danica Patrick and Matt Kenseth to make this one of Madison's most popular weekend events; professional, amateur, and public racing categories; zoom-zoom." >More
 Jail Library Group connects Dane County inmates to knowledge, community

David Person loves reading to his 2-year-old daughter. But unlike most parents, he can't do it whenever he wants. Person is currently locked up in the Dane County Jail for violating his probation. >More
 Can Madison's city government, school district work together?

Steve Somerson and Helena Tsotsis would like Madison's city government and schools to work together. As parents of children in the school district, they say they haven't seen much cooperation in the past. >More
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