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Michael Barrett

"Destination: Atwood Avenue" was a nice little promo piece in "Isthmus" that should definitely be featured in the Greater Madison Convention and Visitor's Bureau pamphlets. It lacked, however, a good investigative question: Why has Atwood seen such a revival? Read more

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Michael Barrett

Over the last 11 years, the city of Madison has increased pavement spending at 11 times the rate of population growth plus inflation. So why have both reconstructions and highway expansions increased at far above the inflation and population growth rate? That depends on whom you ask. Read more

Opinion

Gleaming atop Madison's new Fire Station #12 sits its green crown jewel -- a solar panel. Station #12 on the city's far west side is so green it was just awarded the U.S. Green Building Council's "Platinum" status. Mayor Dave Cieslewicz is shouting the news from the mountaintops. Here it is, a full flowering of his Natural Step program for a sustainable city. Read more

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GM just went bust. The Highway "Trust" Fund went bust a few months ago. The repo man is busy, busy, busy. No better time than today to introduce a great book that celebrates a better way: "Pedaling Revolution: How Cyclists Are Changing American Cities", by Jeff Mapes. Read more

Books

So far, all we have seen from our elected representatives are proposals for building more and bigger highways, wasteful electrical transmission lines and other energy-gluttonous, wasteful proposals. We want you to lead us beyond those wasteful, gray, dead-end strategies. Read more

Opinion

How much is the city of Madison committed to its cars? Consider these numbers from Mayor Dave Cieslewicz's proposed 2009 capital budget... Read more

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