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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
Paul Soglin proposes retail grant program for State Street
Posted: August 29, 2015

City Council will decide if unprecedented investment for Judge Doyle Square is worth it
Posted: August 28, 2015

Paul Soglin: New Hill Farms building could spur Downtown redevelopment
Posted: August 27, 2015

Most of Memorial Union, Terrace closing for final phase of renovation
Posted: August 26, 2015

Madison, Dane County reaching out to homeless on City-County Building's "front porch"
Posted: August 18, 2015

Madison needs standards for acceptable behavior Downtown
Posted: August 11, 2015

As problems continue, stones get the sack in Philosopher's Grove
Posted: August 11, 2015

Debate on Paul Soglin's downtown Madison bench ordinance to begin this week
Posted: August 10, 2015
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