I think they believe the capitol should be sanitized. Sanitized like a country club, no riffraff.
Actually I think they do not regard people in the capitol basement as people at all. I bet they never talk to them, look them in the eye, buy them a cup of coffee, or even acknowledge them on the stairs.
It's creepy.http://host.madison.com/ct/news/local/g ... 002e0.html
Here's a guy who takes the opposite view. I remember meeting him back when he lived in Madison as a student -- he'd taken this personal vow of silence and walked everywhere, and he had a remarkable effect when he entered a room and started listening
. I wish some of the Repubs would sign up for the UW course he's teaching now through the Nelson Institute.
Regarding the Brad Murphy memo on the homeless warming shelter (which I finally found -- thanks for showing me where to get it), I see the main problem being scheduling. UDC meets about twice a month and it takes 3 weeks to get on its agenda once a design is submitted, so already we see a month delay. Changing the parking lot layout and restriping it seems like BS because the whole entire property is one big parking lot. Perhaps the city will waive this one. And as I noted, I don't get the "new landscape" plan part.
Traffic Engineering, City Engineering, and Zoning all have to approve the plans, as well.
I think the way to get this done is have representatives from all the committees all sit down together and hash it out. This isn't some developer's plan to build something permanent and make a profit, it's a temporary shoestring arrangement for humanitarian purposes. Public safety and safety of occupants need to be protected, but a lot of the requirements for more permanent structures aren't meaningful in this context. Also, almost nobody lives adjacent to the lots in question so we aren't damaging any residential property values or liveability.
I think Madison will come through on this one.
And I too wonder why a vacant dorm (student housing, as mentioned) can't be turned into homeless quarters with appropriate staffing and services on site. You'd think it would save money in the long run.