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Downtown Madison Family Halloween!
Enjoy Halloween fun for the whole family in Downtown Madison on Wednesday, October 29th from 3-6pm on State Street and the Capitol Square. Activities include magic shows, hayrides, crafts, spooky stories, art projects, festive Halloween photos, kids' musical theater, trick or treat at participating businesses, and more! The Downtown Madison Family Halloween is brought to you by Madison's Central BID. For more info, click here.

Top of State Design Workshop
The City of Madison invites you to a Top of State Design Workshop including Philosophers’ Grove and 30 on the Square on Thursday, November 20, 2014 from 5:30-7:30pm at the Madison Central Library, 201 West Mifflin St., 3rd Floor Community Room 301. The intersection of the Capitol Square and State Street is an important crossroads for the City. To ensure that it is an active and vibrant place for all residents and visitors, the City has begun an effort to look at new design and programming approaches to bring more activity and use to the area. Members of the Downtown Coordinating Committee and City staff will be using input gathered at this meeting to guide ideas for potential design improvements, use and programming recommendations for the Common Council. For more information, 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
Madison offers small TIF grants for renovating downtown homes
Posted: October 22, 2014

City negotiators reveal concepts for downsized Monona Terrace hotel
Posted: October 14, 2014

East Wash concert venue plans unveiled
Posted: October 13, 2014

Madison poised for next steps to bus rapid transit system
Posted: October 7, 2014

Board of Estimates recommends $13.3 million TIF loan for AnchorBank project
Posted: October 1, 2014

Developer proposes remake of dated Downtown office building
Posted: September 30, 2014

Otto Gebhardt proposes another East Washington Avenue development
Posted: September 30, 2014

Bethel Lutheran looks to move and restore historic home
Posted: September 30, 2014

City mulls design changes to address crime problems on upper State Street
Posted: September 29, 2014

Latest version of Archipelago Village proposed
Posted: September 27, 2014
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