Downtown Madison

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Joe Tarr

After 35 years, Dorn True Value will close its Broom Street location — leaving downtown without a hardware store. Capitol Centre Market will expand into the space, adding a deli and bakery. more

Jan 23, 2018 3:33 PM News 2 Comments


Alllison Geyer

Booted from their space on West Dayton Street earlier than anticipated, Cafe Coda co-founders Hanah Jon Taylor and Susan Fox hope to move their jazz club to a vacant storefront on Willy Street. more

Aug 4, 2017 4:07 PM MUSIC

A boutique hotel proposed for the top of State Street hopes to use a nearby city ramp for parking. But it is just one of several developments looking to use the same ramp, prompting fears that there won’t be enough parking downtown. more

Mar 15, 2017 11:07 AM News 1 Comments


Jonathan Brown

Starting Nov. 10 an LED waterfall will flow down the side of the former AT&T building at 316 W. Washington Ave. The commissioned mural on the side of the 10-story building was designed by a Houston-based firm. more

Nov 10, 2016 5:00 AM A & E


Dylan Brogan

At least a dozen downtown street lights have been removed because of corrosion and cracks. The problem was discovered after a street light came crashing down on the Capitol Square. more

Oct 21, 2016 1:57 PM News


Dylan Brogan

A Dane County Judge says the property once home to St. Raphael Cathedral is not exempt from city property taxes. more

Oct 4, 2016 3:23 PM News 2 Comments


Carolyn Fath

Every year since 2010, Downtown Madison, Inc. has compiled a data-driven report on the state of the city’s urban center. Read what civic and business leaders are saying about the biggest challenges and opportunities. more

Sep 22, 2016 5:00 AM News

In June, A Room of One’s Own announced the shop is for sale. Since then, many people have suggested another option: a community of people who could own the shop collectively, as a co-op. The store will host a Sept. 20 meeting on the idea. more

Sep 16, 2016 11:00 AM News

Red Caboose, a downtown child care institution, is planning to leave its downtown location and build a new facility on the east side. What does this mean for child care downtown? more

Sep 8, 2016 5:00 AM News

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Carolyn Fath

If you’ve strolled down the 100 block of State Street in the past year, the city has quietly counted you. The city’s two thermal imaging cameras (which cost about $12,000) were installed to help recruit and retain retail shops. more

Sep 1, 2016 5:00 AM News


Carolyn Fath

The trees on Capitol Square have appeared a little off, with their leaves turning colors in mid-summer. They’re suffering from an ailment known as chlorosis. Grounds crews are trying to nurse them back to health. more

Aug 18, 2016 5:00 AM News

A redeveloped and reinvigorated East Washington Avenue opens up possibilities for destination retail and cultural events that appeal to diverse audiences. more

May 19, 2016 5:00 AM Opinion 6 Comments


Laurent Hrybyk

Rooftop pools. Ice skating rinks. Virtual driving ranges. Automated parking. Have these new college apartments become the new normal? And what happens to students who cannot afford to live there? more

May 12, 2016 5:00 AM News 1 Comments

Many fear that State Street is turning into a giant food and booze court. But a proposed Under Armour store boosts contrary arguments that the free market will sort things out. Not everyone is convinced. more

Apr 8, 2016 3:02 PM News 1 Comments


Amy Schereck

​Downtown may be in the midst of a transformation, with a shift away from retail toward even more restaurants and bars. But the new head of the Central Business Improvement District says millennials will lead the way. more

Mar 10, 2016 5:00 AM News