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“Top of State” Summer Programming Series
The “Top of State” programming series is taking place this summer at Philosophers’ Grove and 30 on the Square, where State Street meets the Square. The mix of programs will range from markets to music, arts and crafts, children's activities, resource fairs and learning opportunities, and pop-up or drop-in events. Regular upcoming programs include: Ian’s Pizza Outdoor Open Mic, MadCity Bazaar—Madison’s Urban Pop Up Flea Market, and Kids’ Day at Top of State. For more information and a full list of programs, visit The Top of State summer programs are presented by Madison’s Central BID in partnership with the City of Madison, Madison Parks Foundation and Isthmus.

Input Sought on Draft Bicycle Transportation Plan
The Madison Area Transportation Planning Board (MATPB) is preparing a new Bicycle Transportation Plan for the Madison Metropolitan Area & Dane County. MATPB staff have prepared draft policy and facility recommendations and will be gathering input throughout the spring and summer of 2015. To learn more about the Plan, visit the plan website. There you can find draft recommendations and maps as well as provide input through an interactive mapping tool.

Madison in Motion: Transportation Master Plan
The City of Madison is in the process of developing the Madison in Motion: Sustainable Madison Transportation Master Plan. The purpose of the plan will be to guide transportation decisions in Madison, in order to help make Madison a more walkable, bikeable and transit-oriented city. To learn more about the plan, upcoming meetings and to provide input, click here.

Downtown Road Construction Projects
Many road construction projects are currently taking place or are in the planning process for downtown Madison. For detailed updates and information on some of these road construction projects, visit the Madison's Central BID website at
Madison slated for more than 5,500 new apartments through 2017
Posted: July 6, 2015

Madison moves forward on Judge Doyle Square plan to bring Exact Sciences downtown
Posted: June 30, 2015

After a decade of challenges, Alexander Co. completes $150 million redevelopment of prime Downtown block
Posted: June 28, 2015

Madison considers turning Fairchild property into homeless services site
Posted: June 27, 2015

East Wash development including StartingBlock entrepreneurial hub grows in scale
Posted: June 24, 2015

City may provide $9 million loan to school district with repayment through TIF district surplus
Posted: June 24, 2015

Memorial Union enters final phase of renovation, restoration
Posted: June 23, 2015

Renovations on schedule at Madison's Fire Station 1
Posted: June 16, 2015

Madison explores MG&E site for Capitol East parking ramp
Posted: June 12, 2015
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