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David Mollenhoff

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Hammes Company

There are those who would have you believe the proposed expansion of the Edgewater Hotel is a wonderful thing. They say it's great that developer Robert Dunn and his supporters were able to overcome opposition to building a $93 million job-creating, economy-boosting, neighborhood-upgrading, subsidy-deserving project. But what actually happened ought to make people cringe. more

Mar 28, 2011 7:09 PM Opinion

What Madison city leaders are doing to pass the Edgewater Hotel project should make citizens cringe. Law after time-tested law is being altered or abandoned to assure the project's approval. The proposed $93 million project is located in one of the most heavily regulated parts of the city. It's in the middle of the city's oldest historic district, home to nearly half of its landmarks. more

Mar 18, 2010 2:00 PM Opinion

Madison is and always has been viewed by its residents as a special city. Why? The three most common answers are: It's the capital of the state. It's the home of the university. It's the lakes. Remove any of these key ingredients and you profoundly change the equation. All are needed. However, it is my conclusion that the lakes have played the largest role in making Madison special. How, when and why did the lakes come to exert such a commanding influence on this city? The answers are fascinating and replete with lessons for tomorrow. Let's begin with the most important ways that the lakes shaped Madison. I count nine. more

Jul 19, 2007 5:58 PM Isthmus Cover Stories

Live here for a few weeks, experience the city's charms, and boom, it just hits you: Madison is special. But what makes it so? Is there a Madison essence? It's a question worth asking, especially now, in our sesquicentennial year. I say Madison is special and, like other places, has a unique "personality." This consists of the qualities that emerged earliest, lasted longest and are still influencing our behavior today. more

Mar 10, 2006 8:11 PM Isthmus Cover Stories