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Judge Doyle Square opponents hope hotel subsidy is dead

Ald. David Ahrens doesn't tend to get excited about the actions of the Common Council, where he is often at odds with his 19 colleagues, protesting their votes and arguing that the data don't support their actions. But on Tuesday night, Ahrens was thrilled about the direction the council took on Judge Doyle Square, a development he's been arguing against for more than a year. >More
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Citizen Dave: A lack of strong leadership is dooming Judge Doyle Square

In my view, good politicians keep their political capital balance just slightly in the black. Politicians who do nothing but hoard political capital may be popular, but they accomplish little, while those who are profligate spenders of it find themselves out of office and unable to accomplish anything. >More
Madison aims to improve connection between the Municipal Building and City-County Building

With 23 different city departments spread between two different buildings, residents sometimes end up bouncing back and forth between the Madison Municipal Building and the City-County Building, both located on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, searching for a particular office. >More
Madison Common Council quietly keeps Judge Doyle Square hotel alive

The Madison Common Council quietly kept negotiations alive on the controversial Monona Terrace hotel project Tuesday night, leading a prominent critic to accuse his council colleagues of circumventing the public process. >More
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Judge Doyle Square moves forward without hotel

Plans for a new hotel for Monona Terrace seemed to suffer a major setback this week, when Mayor Paul Soglin -- who has long championed the idea -- announced that he would seek to move forward on other elements of the Judge Doyle Square project next year. >More
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Time to start over on Judge Doyle Square

It's Madison's latest big development dust-up. There always seems to be one. Monona Terrace, Overture, the Central Library, the Edgewater. In the end these big projects usually go forward. And I don't have any doubt that at some point Judge Doyle Square, the massive, complicated development situated on the block and a half that contains the Madison Municipal Building and the Government East parking ramp, will go forward in some form. >More
Madison official's claims for new Monona Terrace hotel questioned

As the Madison Common Council continues to wrestle with the question of whether it should subsidize a hotel to the tune of $44 million, the debate lingers over what benefits that hotel may or may not bring. >More
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Citizen: The astronomical taxpayer investment for Judge Doyle Square developers would amount to corporate welfare

Most corporate welfare is easily recognizable as such. Oil companies get huge, targeted tax breaks. Big agribusiness collects mountains of direct subsidies. The Export-Import Bank regularly lends Fortune 500 companies billions to create jobs overseas. And, at least in popular perception, the typical purveyor of such blatant largesse is some corporate lackey from the right side of the aisle. >More
Reimagining the Madison Municipal Building

Although the Municipal Building remains gorgeous to look at from the outside, the inside has been carved up and covered over. Its heating and air-conditioning systems are in terrible shape, and it's widely considered an unpleasant workspace. >More
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The high cost of Judge Doyle Square

Madison Common Council members say the city simply can't afford what developer Bob Dunn wants it to pay for the controversial $174 million Judge Doyle Square project. Dunn is seeking $75.5 million from the city, including $47.2 million in tax incremental financing and $28.3 million to pay for building a new parking garage and a bike center. >More
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