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Holiday Trolley, Carolers & Gift Drive!
Enjoy downtown Madison this holiday season! The free Downtown Holiday Trolley will be running on State Street and the Capitol Square on Saturday, December 20th from 10:00am to 4:00pm. Volunteer community and UW-Madison choral groups and dancers will also be strolling the central business district to carol and perform for shoppers on Saturdays in December as well. For more info, click here!

Also a Holiday Gift Drive for Teens, supported by downtown merchants, to benefit United Way of Dane County, is helping bring holiday cheer to teens of families in need. It's easy to give. While shopping downtown anytime from Nov. 28 through Dec. 29, pick up a Gift Drive Item, and drop off your donation at one of five downtown locations for United Way to distribute. For a “wish list” of Gift Drive items to donate, plus participating stores and drop off locations, click here. The downtown Holiday Gift Drive is sponsored by Madison’s Central BID, the Greater State Street Business Association (GSSBA) and Isthmus.

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.

Public Entertainment Permits Available
Entertain Madison and book your own gig this summer! Peace Park, Rotary Plaza, and 30 On the Square/ Philosophers' Grove are all available as sites. No permit is necessary for activities that do not have amplification or set-up. For those that do need permits, they are only $15.25/hour! For more information contact Madison Parks at 608-266-4711 or or click here for an info sheet.

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
StartingBlock project signs on American Family for support
Posted: December 12, 2014

Developer proposes more housing for East Washington Avenue
Posted: December 11, 2014

Madison public potty committee ponders where to go
Posted: December 8, 2014

Madison will redo process for Judge Doyle Square
Posted: December 4, 2014

Mayor Paul Soglin wants to protect State Street from becoming 'a street of megasaloons'
Posted: December 4, 2014

King Street entertainment district hatches a $12 million boutique hotel, restaurant and music venue
Posted: December 3, 2014

Edgewater outdoor ice rink now open to the public
Posted: November 28, 2014

Ditch the car habit, ex-Minneapolis mayor Rybak tells DMI crowd
Posted: November 20, 2014
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