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Downtown Holiday Open House
The Downtown Madison Holiday Open House is taking place on Friday and Saturday, November 28-29 on State Street and the Capitol Square and will feature holiday fun and great shopping! Activities from 9:30am – 4pm both days include the BID Holiday Trolley and welcome bags with items from downtown merchants, ice sculpting, holiday crafting and pictures with Santa, art activities, and free family performances including great music and a holiday magic and balloon sculpting show. Brought to you by Madison's Central BID. For more info, click here.

Madison Beltline Study Public Involvement Meetings
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation Southwest Region has scheduled a series of Public Involvement Meetings to discuss preliminary findings of a study to identify and evaluate a range of potential strategies that address local and regional safety and mobility issues along the Madison Beltline. The next Madison meeting will be held on Wednesday, December 3, 2014 from 5:30pm to 8pm, with a presentation at 6 pm at Centro Hispano of Dane County, 810 W. Badger Road. For more information about the Madison Beltline Study and additional meeting dates and times, click here. ​

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.

State Street 700-800 Blocks Reconstruction Project
The City of Madison, in partnership with the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is developing design plans for the reconstruction of the 700 & 800 Blocks of State Street and Library Mall. The focus of the design is to create a special place at the intersection of two recently constructed iconic Madison corridors, State Street and East Campus Mall. The City of Madison Common Council approved the plans for the 700-800 blocks of State Street as recommended by the State Street Oversight Committee (and the Board of Public Works). Construction is scheduled to begin in the middle of May and be substantially completed by the start of UW classes in the fall. For more info on the project, 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
New Madison Science Museum in works for downtown
Posted: November 20, 2014

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

Luxury apartments approved for Downtown
Posted: November 11, 2014

Developer proposes 10-story apartment building near Kohl Center
Posted: November 11, 2014

City efforts to build new Downtown park could start soon
Posted: November 7, 2014

Focus on grounds, not buildings in UW-Madison campus master plan
Posted: November 4, 2014

Downtown Madison housing boom shows few signs of slowing
Posted: October 30, 2014

Madison offers small TIF grants for renovating downtown homes
Posted: October 22, 2014
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