Downtown Madison

No power meant forced closures for many downtown Madison businesses. Somehow the bargain event of the season on State Street — Maxwell Street Days — was not affected. Read more


Madison rejected two ideas — a zipline and a public restroom — for activating the top of State Street and curbing bad behavior. Read more

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CAS4 Architecture

McGrath Property Group’s five-floor mixed use project would include 153 apartments, 220 parking spaces and 11,000 square-feet of commercial space. Read more

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Jason Tish

Built in 1915, the Churchill Building was Madison’s first “skyscraper.” The building had an enormous influence on how Madison developed. Now the state wants to tear the building down for the most ironic of uses — a history museum. Read more

Isthmus Cover Stories 8 Comments

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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. Read more

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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. Read more


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. Read more

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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. Read more

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. Read more



Dylan Brogan

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

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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. Read more


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. Read more


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? Read more


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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. Read more



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. Read more


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

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? Read more

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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. Read more

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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. Read more