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David Michael Miller

Troy Vosseller, Madison’s startup wunderkind, argues two things would unleash entrepreneurs in Wisconsin: getting rid of non-compete clauses and beefing up the UW-Madison’s computer science program. more

Oct 26, 2017 5:00 AM News

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David Michael Miller

Wisconsin’s recovery from the Great Recession has been hopelessly incomplete. Dane County is flourishing while rural communities and Milwaukee languish. However, there are other ideas for jump starting the economy besides a $3 billion bet on Foxconn. more

Oct 19, 2017 5:00 AM Isthmus Cover Stories

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David Michael Miller

Call it “the two Wisconsins.” While Dane County booms and the bigger cities in the Fox River Valley and western Wisconsin prosper, the rest of the state is largely mired in a downturn that is a recession in all but name. more

Oct 12, 2017 5:00 AM Isthmus Cover Stories 6 Comments

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Thomas DeVillers

Residents fear a Monopoly model — with developers accumulating several parcels in order to exchange green plastic houses for larger red “hotels” (in this case apartment buildings) — might become a prototype in Madison’s traditional neighborhoods. more

Oct 5, 2017 5:00 AM News 5 Comments

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David Michael Miller

Walker’s wildly liberal giveaway of tax dollars suggests a desperation to wipe away his failed promise to create 250,000 new jobs and the state’s consistently below-average ranking in job creation. more

Aug 17, 2017 5:00 AM Opinion 2 Comments

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David Michael Miller

The iPhone maker’s plant in Wisconsin will reportedly generate 3,000 to 13,000 new jobs with an average salary of $53,000, plus benefits. But the company’s track record is troubling. more

Aug 3, 2017 5:00 AM Opinion

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David Michael Miller

Our cover story this week is all about Monona. Staff writer Dylan Brogan talks to Mayor Mary O’Connor about what makes this small city tick. more

Jul 27, 2017 5:00 AM Isthmus Cover Stories

On July 24, Monona approved an agreement with Galway Companies to redevelop the area along the Yahara River, just north of the Beltline. The 20-acre site is triangle bordered by Bridge Road, West Broadway and the river. more

Jul 27, 2017 5:00 AM Isthmus Cover Stories

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OPN Architects

Developers seeking to build a boutique hotel on the corner of King and South Webster Streets downtown “take a step back” after their desired site sells to another buyer. more

Jul 20, 2017 5:00 AM News

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David Michael Miller

What do out-of-staters think of when they are asked what comes to mind when they think of Wisconsin? Cheese. That’s not helping attract well-educated, long-term residents to the workforce. more

Jul 20, 2017 5:00 AM Opinion 1 Comments

Green energy could be Wisconsin’s next big industry, providing high-paying jobs. The field is experiencing a job boom that reflects economics, not any sort of liberal agenda. more

Jul 13, 2017 5:00 AM News 1 Comments

Downtown hotels saw their property values double, even triple this year. Facing higher tax bills, one industry rep says they will cut labor costs. more

May 25, 2017 5:00 AM News 3 Comments

The city purchased land in the High Point-Raymond neighborhood and constructed a multi-purpose path connecting the Jeffy Trail dead-end to the Ice Age Junction Path. Now the city is intent on destroying that public space over neighborhood opposition. more

May 11, 2017 5:00 AM Opinion 2 Comments

Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Amy Goldstein spent several years in Janesville, documenting the fallout from GM's departure in 2008. This excerpt from her new book focuses on Mike Vaughn, whose family is one of three followed closely by Goldstein. more

Apr 17, 2017 7:00 AM Isthmus Cover Stories

Oscar Mayer has a potential buyer in Reich Brothers Holdings, which specializes in buying and repurposing old industrial sites. The company’s co-CEO has hopes that Madison’s signature industry could find new life as a job center. more

Mar 16, 2017 5:00 AM News

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

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David Michael Miller

It sounded like an amazing idea to turn Madison College’s downtown campus into a science museum, art galleries, nonprofit space and affordable housing. But it also turned out to be too costly. more

Mar 9, 2017 5:00 AM News

City planners have long envisioned an iconic building on the triangular lot at Park Street and Fish Hatchery Road. But the neighbors prefer T. Wall’s modest, four-story proposal. more

Feb 16, 2017 5:00 AM News 1 Comments

A development proposed for the 800 block of East Washington Avenue has caused controversy over a 2,500-person music venue from Frank Productions. But a $16 million parking structure, to be built with public funds, is proving to be another contentious more

Oct 28, 2016 4:07 PM News 3 Comments

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Tim Anderson/Madison Design Professionals Workgroup

Madison has one of the most beautiful state capitols in the country. But the disconnect between the Capitol Square and the shores of Lake Monona has long been a major disappointment. Will the city’s leaders seize the moment to fix that? more

Oct 13, 2016 12:00 AM Isthmus Cover Stories 1 Comments