City of Madison

The Madison Public Market, expected to open in 2021, is a chance to work toward equity by helping people create viable businesses. Read more


Tax incremental financing was a slick idea and for the most part it’s worked out great in Madison. But there’s a downside. Read more

Citizen Dave 3 Comments

Three alders were appointed to the Madison Common Council this year. They all pledged not to run for a permanent spot on the council. Yet, two of them are. Read more



Dylan Brogan

Paul Soglin has upset the apple cart in next year’s race for Madison mayor. His opponents say he’s been mayor long enough. Read more

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Wisconsin Historical Society / David Sandell

The ‘60s in Madison have been well documented, but a new book by Stuart Levitan digs up new treasures that amuse, enlighten and shock. Read more

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A task force is looking at whether to turn the current part-time 20-member city council into a full-time 10-member body. Read more

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After a week of rising water, sandbagging and worries of more flash flooding, Madison still isn’t out of the woods yet. Dylan Brogan relays the human toll of the disaster and, with the help of local experts, explains how we got to this point. Read more

Isthmus Cover Stories 4 Comments

Even before Paul Soglin announced July 17 that he will retire as mayor when his term expires in April, three candidates were vying for his seat. Read more

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David Michael Miller

China, one of the world’s largest buyers of recyclables, has drastically limited the amount of material it will accept. That means the city is now sending things like children’s toys and five-gallon paint buckets to the landfill. Read more

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For the past seven years, the Madison Parks Division has applied for and received a federal permit to conduct an annual culling of Canada geese. Goslings found during the “roundup” are euthanized with gas. Read more

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David Michael Miller

Madison is investigating how city agencies surveil and collect data on the public. Officials say some of the technology needs to be kept secret. Read more

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David Michael Miller

Americans seem to be believe that free parking is a fundamental right. It’s not. If you can afford a car at all — gas, insurance, maintenance — nine bucks a month is not unreasonable for parking. Read more

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Alejandro A. Alonso Galva

Officials from Toa Baja, Puerto Rico, find inspiration and sympathetic ears on a tour of Madison. Read more



Wisconsin Historical Society

Had he lived, Lincoln would have likely pursued a reconstruction policy that was at once charitable to the defeated rebels while firm in its progress toward welcoming former slaves as full citizens of the republic. Read more

Citizen Dave 9 Comments


Dylan Brogan

Madison elects first Latina to the board while Adamczyk's bid to shut down his own office fails. Read more


The Madison Police Department says it is changing how it tracks records request as a result of a lawsuit brought by Isthmus and the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty. Read more



Carolyn Gantner

A champion for international friendship, Ald. Samba Baldeh helped Madison establish its first sister city relationship in Africa. Now he’s setting his sights on something bigger. Read more



David Michael Miller

Madison’s equal opportunities division manager is charging the city’s HR department of being biased against women and people of color. Read more

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Madison’s pilot composting project has been plagued by contamination of plastic and the city no longer has anywhere to process the waste. But officials insist city-wide composting will eventually happen. Read more

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Provenance Hotels proposes a high-end nine-story hotel with 110 to 120 rooms, two bars and restaurants and a rooftop terrace. But the facility would provide no parking and would need special city exceptions to zoning regulations. Read more

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